Re: Poor Lexi had a rough first day of obedience class
Just to be clear, from what you're describing what you're seeing is fear and not dominance. Addressing that is the most important thing you can do right now. You want to slowly build her confidence. You can start by working with her at home. Classes are great but you have to do a lot of work at home too for it all to work. You may have to take a different approach in her class. Do not force her to do anything but instead work on small steps and reward her for every success, no matter how tiny.
Get some really good treats (like real chicken or something smelly and very appealing) and teach her to sit and focus on you when you are inside without any distractions. Then, once she's got that down, move her out into the yard with a leash on. Start out there without any distractions and then slowly introduce distractions. When she sits and focuses on you instead of barking or charging at something, praise her a lot and give her a big handful of the treats.
I adopted a fear aggressive dog and when we went to the first obedience class he was terrified the entire time. We often did things a little different from other people, keeping everything positive, giving lots of rewards and making sure that he always felt secure and that we weren't flooding him with new experiences because once they get to a certain point they shut down and you actually can do more harm than good. We progressed very slowly but he eventually passed advanced obedience and got his CGC.
Keep asking questions! There are a lot of people on here who have experience with dogs like yours!
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