Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Like Jax said, move around a bit when you train, make her chase you for the food or toy (the movement itself will make her more animated and drivey) and use only high value reward. If you use food, for example, then you have to make sure she is really really hungry. Maybe try only doing obedience during her meal time, twice a day. Also, don't train too often. It's like anything else in life ... even the most fun thing ever, if you do it day in and day out, eventually you would get sick of it.
As for the actual training, be sure you are training for only one thing at a time. In other words, if you want speed, train for speed, don't train for speed and duration. Let's say you want a faster sit, then you reward AND release the dog as soon her butt hits the ground. Don't ask for a fast sit and then make her sit for 2-3 seconds before you reward her. And make the reward/release a big big deal. Jump up and away and throw her a HUGE party. Finally, make sure the clicker/marker marks not only the reward but also the release as well.
Also keep in mind some dogs will only move only so fast. My Obie will never do his obedience with the speed and enthusiasm of my Ike ... no matter how hungry he is or how much he wants the reward toy.