First I'd like to apologize for my English, it's not my first language.
We have a fantastic 3 years old female GSD with a very high drive. We have come a long way in both obedience and protection training and we're hoping to compete IPO1 sometime the coming year. Unfortunately, we're having some problem with the part where the dog should follow by my side as we follow the "decoy" to the point where I will lay the dog down and she will wait until the "decoy" start to "run" await.
She is having a really hard time following by my side, she can handle 1-2 steps but then she starts to increase her pace. So my questing is, how should we train her to "cap" (is this the right word?) - i.e. stay obedient and by my side even under such pressure.
When we're training protection, we're using a help trainer that goes behind me with the dog in a line (and correcting the dog as she want to increase her pace and go ahead of me). Progress does however not come.
This is also manifests itself when we're out walking - she can go by my side but as we meet another dog, she often can't hold her self and starts to increase the pace.
We have tried to train this by different methods:
1) Placing a ball in the middle of a imaginary circle. Then walk the circle's circumference with my dog between me and the ball. When she can go by my side calmly (while watching the ball at all times) she can have the ball. She can handle this exercise just fine.
2) Placing a ball in front of us. Then walk with my dog towards it. When she can go by my side calmly (while watching the ball) she can have the ball. This is not going so well. She usually handles in in the end but it can take 5-10 times - and it doesn't improve.
So... any ideas on how we can train this so she can control herself while in such high drive state?