She is a working dog breed and so really really wants to please you.
"what would you like me to do?" is what she is saying to you.
See my avatar pic, that is my Chubb he was the same as your little girl.
You have mentioned "not breaking her spirit" - I reckon the way to break
a dogs spirit is leave it alone in the back yard and ignore it.
Enjoy your pup she is a sweetie.!