You should really stop delaying training because of reactivity. You need to find a trainer that will work with you one on one. Agility, nosework, tracking are all "one dog" exercises and I've heard of many successful agility dogs that were at one time dog aggressive.
The first step in training them to not be reactive is to get them comfortable with a certain type of work. When they are really good, or at least controllable in that setting, you start introducing other dogs. This way, the reactive dog is so busy doing its own thing, it doesn't even realize the other dogs are there. Obedience is mostly worked on at home/by yourself as well. You get your dog to a point where they will always look up at you and just do what you ask when you are on your own, and then you add other dogs to test if the dog will do it in all situations. The idea is to, again, have such great focus on you, that the dog doesn't notice the other dogs there.
You talk like you have to train past the reactivity before you can start training in a sport, but in reality, training in the sport is a huge part of training past the reactivity.
I was laying up last night worrying about this. Thanks, should I join the schutzand? I find when I look for training, there are so many theories, the different trainers criticize the others. The first one I took her to, is where all the lunging started.
Ellie has her assessment tomorrow with someone who works on reactivity.
It's called "tough love". It is harder on the mother than on the kid but it works like a charm. It will each your daughter to think twice next time when she knows mom doesn't solve it any longer.
I wish I could, but when it comes to our pets, we can't. If it was anything other then a living creature, I can't do tough love. I have her bird now too!!!
Exactly, people don't learn to take responsibility when you always take the responsibility away from them. If it is her dog, it is her dog and she needs to take charge of it.
I wish I could take a hard line, but I just think of Ellie, locked in a crate for hours and hours crying or play, go for walks, never alone, getting trained here. It is an easy choice. Another thing that is super serious is if she is trained willy nilly, she will bite someone, if she does, her fate is not in my hands anymore. She doesn't like kids. If I didn't worry about that, and Ellie is a nice well adjusted dog, it might be different.
I still think your daughter needs to be involved. If one of the dogs is hers she needs to take responsibility for it, whether that is her or sending the dog back to the breeder. That should be her responsibility. I don't always agree with the way my siblings raise and train their pets but as long as they aren't being abused I try to be available to help when asked.
She just partys too much and her brain goes out the window