Brora is 14 weeks old. Last week was her first puppy kindergarten class Nashe did fairly well, knew more commands than most of the other puppies, and although distracted, paid attention to me fairly well.
She is NOT a food motivated dog. We do not feed her before class and we use deli meat which she does like quite a bit.
We have been working on walking on the least correctly. She tends to pull (both forward and backward). We bought a harness so we can have nice relaxing walks, but also work with just the collar and she seemed to really be improving.
Today we had our second class. It was so frustrating. If the dogs were in their spaces and the instructor was off with other owners/dogs, she would do trick after trick and focus on me. Once the instructor came to check on us, I could not for the life of me get ANY attention on me- she was on the end of the leash pulling as hard as she could to get to the instructor. We tried using that as a reward (trick, then go say hi) which worked minimally and got her attention just long enough for a "yes" from me.
The worst was the loose leash walking. We were spread out around the room and everyone took turns walking from one pylon to another. I figured she would be good, is not great, because we have been working on this for weeks. The second I stood to walk, she was at the end of her leash, standing on her back legs pulling. I tried walking backwards, stepping on front of her... She could care less. The instructor tried to walk her and got some,but not much.
How the heck can I gain her attention in this atmosphere? I understand she is young, but it's like having my (diagnosed!) ADHD/OCD terrier.... While at home she will do anything to please. It was very deflating... She was by far the worst behaved, but clearly has much more training that most of the other dogs.