Re: Please help me know if I am on the right track...
I like the Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller, etc. type stuff, never did get much from the Monks books.
Just off the top of my head, it sounds like there is too much of an association between mealtime and training. Training should be occurring all day long. While I do make them "work" for their food at mealtime (downs, waits, etc.), I don't have a problem with putting that bowl down for them to eat their dinner. And if a dog is too hungry, as you might have noticed, they don't focus very well on training.
You've got a tough task on your hands since you can't really exercise her physically the way a normal pup should be exercised. I don't know how active she is allowed to be, but what might help is if you can find some games to play with her that also increase that bond and force her to listen to you. A suggestion that might be too active is hide and seek - you can have her wait in one room, go hide a toy in another, and then release her to go find the toy. Or you can hide the toy in a sheet or blanket and she has to dig it out (*great* game for terriers!!). What activities is she allowed to do?
As for the regular stuff during the day, hold some food back from her dinner, and use it during the day for training. Once she knows what you are asking her for, then treat less often and randomly (be sure to give verbal praise) -- you don't want her to work only for food.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.