1 year old hesitating on almost all commands
I have a 1 year old male GSD that is hesitating when given most of his commands (sit, down, cage, etc). I know that he knows what these commands mean because most of the time he flinches like he's going to start but then he stops and just looks at me.
Additionally I get this feeling that he only does what I tell him to because he feels he has to not because he wants to. The reason I say this is because when he's on a leash he is listens first time about 75% and the rest of the time I'd say it's because he was focusing somewhere else. If he's not on the leash he will want to interact with me part of the time but for the most part he tries to keep at least 10 feet between us. If I reach out for him, even just to pet him he will try to dodge my hand, not like a dog that has been beat more like a running back trying to juke a defender.
Now...here comes what I think it is. I think that the person I used for a trainer screwed him and I up...that we got off on the wrong foot and everything she taught me has got me to this point now. The training we did was about 80% negative and 20% positive. She taught me to praise him when he did it right but use the pinch collar and give him a sharp correction when he didn't do it correctly.