What would you do with this dog?
OKay. So we've been playing with a friend's dog (GSD little over a year female) for a few weeks now. She's living with us and we offered to work on some training with her. I'm not a complete idiot. Trained my own dog through the BH so far and have worked with my other dog as well...although she's not old enough to title. So I understand and use training in drive, clicker training, corrections, etc. This dog makes me feel stupid.
I can't get this dog to do anything. She has little to no food drive. I've even tried artificially creating some food drive (i.e. skip 3-4 meals-she was chunky anyway) and she still doesn't seem to care about any of the tasty things I try to interest her with. So we ruled out food as a reward.
Likes to play. We'll use a ball or a tug. She likes those things BUT not enough to maintain any kind of focus or persevere through frustration. AND I am trying to teach her focus with a clicker...but it's like she doesn't care enough to keep trying. I might get 3-4 good repetitions in with her of voluntary attention and then she just walks away...even though she knows I have the ball, or if I have her on a leash and she can't walk away she just lays down on my feet with her back to me. I know my 2 liked the ball and would keep pushing me with behaviors even when they were little like scratching/biting at my hand, jumping, whining, etc. and when a particular thing worked and I marked it and they got the ball, they caught on pretty quick...within 4-5 tries the behavior was offered sooner and sooner in their attempts. This dog just quits. It's like she can't handle the non-reward. Is it the difference of being raised in a learning environment, or is she just really that genetically unfocused/driven?
She seems to have a lot of energy, always jumping and running around kind of aimlessly (it reminds me of the puppy zoomies where they just run all over the place just to run)...but no real drive to work. It's frustrating because I'd like to take the edge off mentally with some training but she can't sit still and when I tried to wear her out physically and then train she was tired and went and laid down.
She seems to pick up on physically reinforced household commands pretty quickly. Like OFF the furniture...(I move her off the furniture) or CRATE (I put her in her crate) or WALK (I pop and reverse direction when she pulls)...but to teach her everything via physical force isn't exactly what I want to do...
She's very soft. All you have to do is raise your voice and she's submissive with her body posture...but interestingly when I've tried to work her up into playing with me she drops the toy and attaches herself to my leg. She's a humper. What does that even mean? She's also very doggy. She was allowed too much access to the other dog in her house growing up, I don't let her interact with my 2.
So what would you do with a dog that doesn't like to eat and doesn't like toys much when you have them? How would you reward and what kind of method would you use to train?
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