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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Use food to teach new stuff if she has food drive. Your dog will learn better and achieve greater precision if she is in a calmer state of mind. Then mix it up with working her in drive with a ball or tug. You can stretch the obedience practice and keep her focused and in drive for gradually longer and longer period. Frustrate her with the toy, getting her amped up, by delaying the reward - this builds drive too.
Though your dog sounds fine, looks like she has plenty of drive. Building drive is not about getting your dog to go all out 100% for extended amounts of time, it is about building up the intensity of the drive by creating frustration (like tying back and teasing with a toy, and timing the reward to when she is at maximum frustration). Building drive for obedience is getting her excited for a reward (as you are doing), and extending the amount of time she stays in drive, focused, and doing obedience before the reward comes.
At this age, don't make the reward come so late that she falls out of drive. If that is a reward every 30 sec to 1 min to start, then start with that. Don't try to push her to over a few minutes right now, You'll get more drive building with short, intense training sessions.
If you are thinking of doing SchH/IPO, any clubs you can join now? They can coach you and help you avoid developing bad habits that will make things more difficult for later.
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