I need some tips on how to keep Pip's attention while we are training. I have been luring her into positions, and that has worked a bit, but as I try to get her to do the action without luring, she looks at me like I'm a moron :P For instance, for "down" I only have to move my hand in a direction and she will do it, but if I stand up and say "down" she doesn't understand - obviously not connecting the word with the action, despite me saying it when she does it.
When I am standing, trying to get her to do something, I will sometimes show her a treat to get her attention, this works for a while - even if she doesn't understand me, she is at least interested, but after a few seconds, she wanders off, distracted by something, looses interest in the food - regardless of what tasty morsel it is.
She does the same when we go for walks (though currently still stuck in the house with her stitches) We walk, if she starts to pull, I stop, she stops, before she has the chance to work out why we have stopped, she is off sniffing something, forgetting why it was she was hurrying to get home!
So, point is, how do I hold her attention for long enough for her to learn anything?