Focus on everything, except where focus should be
I had Novas second puppy class yesterday, what a disaster lol.
First class I was so proud of her as I think of all the dogs in the class besides being the youngest she was the most well behaved and also listened the best but yesterday was the complete opposite!
She pulled on her leash and tried to go run and play with other puppies almost the entire class session, she did not care one bit about me calling her name or having treats.
We did this walk with peanut butter on a spoon deal to teach her to walk at my side and she would rather sniff the grass and go off on a tangent.
Under the shelter she kept trying to chew the carpet or get leaves that had fallen on the ground.
I feel bad because the entire hour was me calling her and having to give leash corrections to try to get her to pay attention or come near me.
Funny thing is during the entire obedience part of the class when she wanted to play so bad, at the end of the class when puppies get play time, she was kind of not interested at that point.
Here is hoping next class goes better...
Anybody else had a puppy pull a 180 and have an "off day" like this?
Right now I really need to get her to pay more attention to me when I call her name, even at home when she is distracted by the cats or something else interesting she ignores completely, almost like she is deaf.
Other than focus, she is doing really good though. Almost completely house trained, up and down the stairs with ease, a good sit/down, pretty good in her crate, etc.
Also her leash walking is starting to come around I think, the same deal as above she gets a desire to focus on everything else besides me and wants to pull or investigate. I'll hold the leash until she stops and sits and looks at me. She will do this 20x in a row, I'll mix it up and walk backwards, sideways, etc until she gets the idea that she has to follow me. The last 2 walks after a while she finally started to follow right at my side with no leash tension.
Based on how I have seen her lean things in the past once she "gets it" she perfects it right after so lets hope that is the case with the leash.
As always open to tips, opinions, stories, etc.