Our berner is 11 months old now. I trained him on my own for the first 8 months we had him and now we are in intermediate training at pet smart. I have been using training treats to train him this whole time without weaning him off the treats. Is this really bad? I have just started trying to wean him off the treats this pass day. Should I do this slowly? If so how slow? He has been great with training and listens to me well. I just want to make sure he respects me and wants to follow my commands, not just listen because he wants a treat. Also I am having a problem on walks now where he constantly lays downs on the grass. Is this common? It usually happens towards the middle/end of our walk, or if he finds a very lush area of grass. Is this a behavioral issue or just an issue of being tired? Usually if he does this I use the command "up" and if he does not listen I place a treat far away from him and tell him to "take it" and he gets up. Then I make him walk to another area of grass and allow him to lay down and rest after I give him permission. Is this the right way to handle the situation?