- it's a sign of stress
- she doesn't see why she should listen
It's not that she doesn't know what to do. I don't think her problem is even that she doesn't want to do it. I think she just has no motivation to actually DO it. Which is why when she's on food reward, she's great.
The reason I'm wondering if it could be a sign of stress is that when we went downtown Seattle, she was the worst I've ever seen her. She was absolutely not listening to anything. Corrections, commands, nothing. I got so fed up with her that I put her on the Halti a few blocks into our trip. Anyone who knows my philosophy with my pups knows that the Halti is a last resort. Then, today, while we were walking through campus at "rush hour" I realized she was trotting next to me on a perfect loose leash, on the flat collar, without food reward of any kind. She's done the school thing so many times, it's old hat.
So can shutting down handler awareness be stress? She definitely pulls in other situations, too. Like on walks around the neighborhood she pulls all over the place and gets really sniffy. She also used to pull a lot at school, but not so much anymore. When we were at the grocery store, she pulled a little but after a good correction and re-focus, she was fine.
Thoughts? Opinions? Advice? I have a competition in a week and a half and I can't be killing my shoulders since there's a PT test.