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Yes, make the training more interesting and upbeat!
I'll repeat a story I've told before here. A friend of mine started competing with his young agility dog, and one of their first trials was in an arena normally used for horse sports. In the first run, half way around the course, the dog abandoned his handler and ran off into a corner to sniff all the wonderful smells. My friend was philosophical when he came out of the ring. Well, he said, I guess I know what I have to do now. I have to make myself more interesting than horse poop.
That, to me, sort of sums up the whole dog-human training relationship.
Be imaginative. Be upbeat. Keep a fast pace. Reward lots. Vary the rewards. Don't be predictable.
Best of luck! We've all been there.
Ruby 13-01-2007 to 18-03-2015.
My dog of a lifetime. I'll miss you forever.