How do I get my dog to eat dog food?

Question: 

How do I get my dog off of treats and on to regular dog food. He will eat his dog food once in a while but prefers treats and I know this is not good for him.

Answer: 

This is a classic Pavlovian behavior as your dog knows he will get treats and is awarded once you breakdown to those wishes. Use dog food as treats and only offer dog food for meals. This will likely be tougher on you than your dog. It is possible to change your dog’s eating habits with patience and determined persistence.