Tell us a little about your training methods.
There's lots of videos to be watched on YouTube for tips etc.
a trainer is always a good idea, might also be a good idea to go to a doggy school, they dong train your dog bug they show you how to train your dog.
Maybe even look into operant conditioning. I think it is the best form of training
Do what your gut tells you to do.....a trainer would certainly help you iron out any doubts you might have. Any trainer worth their salt will be able to display some of the capabilities your dog has and in doing so, will help you realize that all is not nearly lost whatsoever. Your attitude regarding " The only thing I can think of is going to a trainer to show me what I'm doing wrong." sounds very open minded and definitely a good mentality. The trainer I hired made me feel rather inadequate as he was able to get immediate results....which I was struggling with..of course. Once he helped me understand the processes involved, while clearly demonstrating his methods ( with results ) it opened my eyes on how to proceed and obtain much better results.
One last thought...getting a trainer ( hopefully a good one ) is a commitment of sorts and shows that you want this to happen and are willing to put the effort in, which is required.
Hang in there and stay the course as you get educated.
At the moment I have been using positive training with treats.
She will sit when she wants something for example. Sometimes she will sit for me for no real reason when I'm practicing. It's just not consistent with her.....I was expecting her to start doing anything that pleases me seeing as she follows me around the house everywhere.
I take her out about 6 times a day - she is usually so excited to go out, but yesterday and today I have tried to make sure she is calm before she goes out. Even then, she will pull the lead when leaving and I need to hold it tight until she goes a little loose and then I will continue walking....
She knows what heel means and will do it when she's tired...
I know how you feel. I felt like that for a while with my young bitch, she seemed to do everything I asked half hearted but we worked through it. I worked on getting her to 'watch me' and make eye contact and since we started it there's been a huge improvement.
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