We've had Roxy for almost a year now and I still find her incredibly hard to train. Initially she freaked out whenever I wanted something from her: avoiding eye contact, licking lips and when I insisted rolling onto her back. We went to training lessons with an awesome dog trainer, who allowed us to bring our other dog along as 'therapy dog' because it seemed to help her relax. I learned that I need to watch my body language because little things like leaning forward will frighten her. *sigh*
That way she managed to pick up some (very) basics mainly by watching our other dog. She now uses 'sit' to say 'please'. When I throw the ball she'll bring it back because that's what he does Yet, if I want her to sit in another surrounding, e.g. out on our walk she'll again resort to lip licking and avoiding eye contact... It's really frustrating. I always have to make sure I sound very happy because if not she'll flop onto her back.
She doesn't like the sound of the clicker and even if. She isn't very food motivated so if I offer her treats she will often not take them or so slowly that it's kind of counterproductive.
Her recall is appaling. While she comes when she isn't doing anything, I have no chance when when she is excited. Like when I hold a ball or when she sees another dog or anything that catches her attention. Then she gets into what I call 'the zone'. She then is completely beyond reach and I think she actually really can't hear me anymore. I can yell directly into her ear and she will not as much as turn her head. She is so focused on whatever grabs her attention that she. Just. Can't. Break. Eycontact!! Maybe taht's a BC thingy... I don't know.
It's very frustrating.
For quite some time I left her alone thinking if she trusts us it may get better. Well, it doesn't. She is now with us for almost one year and it's still very much the same. I just don't know how to get through to her when she is in the zone or how I can help her snapping out of her anxiety, becuse in both cases she is unable to focus or think.