Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
I understand how you feel. When our dog was younger, in training she didn't focus much either, not even when the trainer handled her himself and had hot dog treats. Both trainers we went to told us we had a very strong willed dog.
As she got older, she became more treat motivated and my daughter would hold the between her eyes, hoping to get eye contact.
What did motivate our dog was playing on agility equipment. She definitely performed better at training when she was active in agility. The key is finding something she likes. Since she likes to smell, hide treats in the grass and have Kyra search them, then maybe she will look forward to the treats and focus on you when you hold them.