I view this kind of thing in the same vein as distraction training. We teach our dogs focused positions. Sit and stare at Mom, Down and Stare at Mom. Ignore the people, other dogs, noises, etc. We teach watch in the foos position and enforce it. Once the behavior is learned, looking away gets a correction and we build in more and more distractions until it's proofed. You can actually check Anka's tattoo on her inner thigh and she'll not break eye contact from her Dad. Anka does not particularly care to be touched and she can also get a little hyper when touched by strangers. But she does it because she's under command and her Dad expects it of her and she's learned that if her Dad asks it, she can trust him, and she's got to do it.
Something you might try doing is a oppositional sit. I put my dog in a sit, with the lead under the chin and with very mild pressure I will pull, starting under the chin and extending out the leash. I reinforce and repeat the command..Sit. If the dog breaks I will hold the collar with a hand on each side and pick the dog up and push it back to the start position and say SIT again- very non-emotional. Moving just gets you put back where you were and we start again. This sends the message that Even though I'm pulling on you, you've got to dig in and hold that position. You can build this to the point where you're working on a long line with more distance, more pressure, and pulling in multiple directions and you can start adding in people as distractions. Maybe you're 4 feet out and you've got her in a sit and someone walks close to her and pats her in passing...and you build from there.
I done this with all my positions and it helps them to lock up and not move until they are given the release word. I would add that if you haven't built a release word into your training yet, I would.
ETA- Do you think it might have something to do with her just being done with people petting her? It sounds like you have more success in the beginning than at the end. Do you get frustrated when she doesn't want to be pet? Your frustration miht make her more nervous. Also during the final do you get more nervous?...She might feed off of you. Just some thoughts...
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Last edited by JKlatsky; 05-07-2010 at 11:20 AM.