Historically, what i have found in my working dog, is he wont eat or drink when training, not till the release, and then some. Now i assumed that Pohm would ever be able to refuse food! And in the house, she doesnt, but outside, not interested in it at all, and i took some pork crackling with me, so it was tasty stuff!
I dont always have a clicker on me when Pohm lays down. So in those circumstances, when she lies down, ive been marking with yes. I have been watching a video of the first clicker training, i unconciously have been using "yes" simultaneously with the click. As if on automatic pilot. Its a habit of mine i guess.
I dont go to classes.
i live rurally, so have done distance learning with Steve from K9 with the GSD, he's rock solid and bomb proof in his training and the best ive ever done with a dog.
If i have a ball, Pohm wont eat and declines the food. Even when ive not fed her. If i do it in my spare room however, she will eat the treats. As i have NEVER thrown a ball in my spare room, so no expectations of such on her part i guess?