I don't think most trainers would agree with you, in fact I think most trainers would encourage it. Jackie Mertens has about the best DVD you can buy Sound Beginnings and she highly encourages using treats. Combined with a clicker, treat training is the best way for early obedience.Personally I don't think it's a good idea to use treats in training. I think most trainers would agree with that. You don't want your dog expecting a treat every time is does what you ask.
I agree with you and Zeb..but after the fun little puppy stuff…training is just that ….training..not negotiating..I’ve done treats for early/ young yard work with great results.
Once we start doing field work- treats go away!