Obedience is going down the toilet
Ok, so Pepper has been a very fast learner since we brought her home. She mastered sit, down, come and started mastering stay within the first week (only 9 weeks old). She would happily focus on me for 10-15 minutes at a stretch. Then we started going to puppy classes at 13 weeks. The first two weeks were awesome. She was at the head of her class, and quickly mastered watch, watch with a test, and touch. The problem started with heel. For whatever reason, she HATES heel. At first, she flat out refused to do it at all, even with meat as a lure. Eventually, she started to do it, and did it perfectly for about a week. My problem started a week ago. During our third puppy class, she was so horrendously distracted by the other puppies, that I couldn’t get her to do ANYTHING all class, not even sit. She didn’t do that during the first two classes. When I got her home, she started listening again, and I could get her to do all her tricks...except heel. She’ll do it....but she’ll lunge and bite at my hand while I’m leading her into position. Not nip, hard blood-drawing bites. And even then, she’ll only do it twice. After twice, she decides our training session is completely over and will not obey anything else. This is every day.
Has this happened to anyone else? Is she going through a rebellious stage? Does she just have a mental block with heel? If so, how do I fix it? Heel is important.