This is my first time on here so here it goes
I have a 14 month old Japanese Spitz named Akira. She is the most gorgeous girl, but she is incredibly independent and it is impossible to get her to listen to me. As she was growing up, i was told so many different things about training her e.g.: when she bites tap her on the nose, when she barks growl at her and so on. Treat training was a disaster as she started being naughty so that when she was good, she would get her treat e.g. she would jump up on the couch and sit there waiting for me to tell her to get down so that when she did, she's get a treat for being good. We did puppy school and junior manners (which didn't go so well!)
I blame all this entirely on myself for being confused. We are now having major issues with barking, and jumping, also she will not come back when i call her unless its on her terms so i cannot let her off lead.
Has anyone had any experience training a japanese spitz before? She is wonderfully behaved with walking, sleeping, eating, playing and if very friendly (unless your a little boy for some reason).
I just feel at a bit of a loss and the neighbour has companied about her.
Ive tried a citronella collar but she liked it. Ive tried shaking a coke bottle with some rock to distract her but she didn't listen and I've tried taking her out on lead, which was fine but i want her to be able to run around the backyard. Ive had a trainer out but his methods seemed quite harsh and she seemed really scared so i have been hesitant to call him back in.
Previously i had a samoyed and she was a dream to train but Akira is very much a handful!
Thanks in advance!!!