I posted this in another thread regarding handling disobedience, when the dog is wilfully disobeying you even when it knows how to perform the command properly. The best comment IMO in that thread was to "put up"/isolate the dog, which I started doing. However it doesn't seem to be helping, though it is early days yet.
Here is my post from the other thread.
I thought it might be best to post a new thread here to solicit advice and perhaps remedy this within the week. My BH trial is next Saturday April 14th.
I have this "problem" with my dog. 90% of the time she is fine but if she is really full of beans and playful she will disobey me and try and engage me in play. What happens is that when I put her in a long down and walk away (30 ft) she will wait until my back is turned and get up and walk around sniffing stuff. When this happens (this is what I was doing) I would walk back to the spot (silently) point at the ground and ignore her. She tries to get me to chase her by play bowing and her "play with me" bark but I ignore her. She would eventually come back and lie back in her spot and not budge the second time. I thought this was a good tactic for dealing with this but she still does it occasionally, so I don't think it is effective (it has helped to some point). This is a little frustrating for me because we are doing BH trial in a few weeks and I can just see her doing this during her long down. Generally if I let her run around and go nuts for a little bit before hand she is less likely to do it, but still not 100%.
What I have started doing now is that if she does this, I will load her up into the truck immediately and leave for a walk by myself for about 10-20 minutes, while she is alone in the truck. I've had to do this twice in the past few days. The first time, a few days ago, (I put her in a long down at the entrance to the dog park and she has to ignore all dogs and stay while I disappear out of site for about 3 minutes). (I know she can do this as we have done it often before) She broke the down after a few seconds, after which I put her in the truck and went for a walk. After I returned I attempted the long down again and this time she was perfect, A small dog came over to her and attempted to engage her, hopping and barking at her and she didn't budge. I disappeared for 3 minutes and she was happily waiting for me in the down position when I returned.
This morning it happened again. We had just done a bit of play with another dog, then some tracking and were about to dry run the BH. My buddy was up first so I put Maggie in a long down and she broke it as soon as my back was turned. Again with the "I wanna play" routine. This time I put her in the truck, went back and watched my buddy do his routine, out of view, we chatted for a bit and I drove home and she is now in her cage for a few hours.
I realize she's only young 18 months and she is very playful and full of energy, so I don't want to be too hard on her, but I do want to enforce play/work time (and she gets plenty of play time). We did 2 miles hike in the dog park last night where she went nuts playing with all the dogs, running/swimming, followed by a 4.22 mile bike ride (30 mins), as prep for AD trial. When we got home after I fed her, she was running circles in the back yard!.
I've started playing tug with her recently as a lead in to bite work and to wean off treats so I'm wondering if that is making her a bit more "play/rebellious".
Any thoughts on how to handle this, I think the banishing to the truck is a good idea, I've only had 2 chances to try it out so I can't tell how effective it is yet.
This method might take longer than I thought. I did the dog park entrance long down yesterday and she was perfect. This time old lady with a small black puppy on a retractable leash went over to maggie and the little dog was jumping and practically walking over Maggie. She never skipped a beat and stayed perfectly in position. I thought to myself, wow that really worked!!
Then this morning our club were doing dry runs for the BH, Maggie performed the routine extremely well but while she was in the long down, she got up and moved twice. I was 30 ft away with my back to her. Again she attempted to lure me into playing with her. Now I'm worried she'll do the same at the trial next week. I just can't figure out what is the trigger that makes her behave perfectly in one case and act like a brat the next.
I have tried exercising her before the long down so she has less energy (which seems to help a little) but results vary.
Any advice appreciated