Our terrier is pretty willful - she will escape if possible (though she doesn’t seek it actively, will run away if chased outside, only obeys commands half the time, etc.). Now, all that is the result of bad training, I’ll admit that up front.
That said, everything changed when someone gave us half a bag of Greenies when their dog passed away. Now we have a 100% trained dog - all we have to do is head for the Greenie tin and she’ll do anything. [side note: turns out she understood all those commands we’d taught her, we just hadn’t incentivized her right]
That really became clear when it occurred to me to make a big, grand gesture when giving her one. I raise it up in the air, and then slooooowly twist it to snap it into two separate pieces…as a result, on the rare occasion she escapes, I can just find her, raise my arms in the air, start to twist, and she bolts at me like greased lightning. It’s magic.
So are Greenies like that for your dog, or is there some other snack your dog loves deeply?