So I should wait till she is showing much more confidence before doing something like the umbrella thing?Your training should start with building the confidence level first and then tackle either the sight or the sound reactiveness but, not both at the same time.
I have been working with her on the sit command. I take a treat and bring it over her head to get her to sit. Sometimes while doing that she will run away as if she decided she dosen't like my hand being there. I've gotten her to sit a few times and give her the treat and praise her. If she doesn't sit I don't give the treat.
In the past couple days she has shown interest in food. She is now even eating her meals soooo fast....I'm concerned. But I thought I would go out on the porch with treats and see if she would come. I stood right outside the door and she went back to her origional behavior of ignoring me. So I moved sideways, and without looking at her, threw one inside the house and stretched my hand out with another. She came and ate both and then went back to her bed. I just didn't want her to think I was going to force her out. I have seen her on her own just step outside the door and jump back in. So maybe she just needs to try somethings on her own.
Another issue that has popped up is.....how to get a dog that hates being outside to let you know they have to go potty. I take her out often. But she will usually just do one or the other and wants back in badly. So there have been a couple times she went in the house. She gives no warning that she needs to go. How do I correct her with her issues?? She seems to know it isn't right which is good. I have just been saying "No...no potty in the house". When I saw her chewing on something that was bad and I said "No" she knows what it means . And she listens. I also give her one of her chew toys so she knows what is okay to chew on. Kind of unfortunately, the only thing or word she understands is "No". I guess that was all she probably heard.
She seems to do better at night. I guess I never realized how noisy my neighborhood was during the day or all of a sudden every kid is outside screaming, there are table saws going and there are like 10 new dogs barking. The air show is in town too, so the Blue Angels are flying overhead. Uuuuugggghhhhhhhhhhhh......! At night she behaves a lot better outside. She also becomes more investigative in the house at night too. She has limited herself to the family room. She will now walk into the kitchen for about 5 seconds. If she isn't sleeping, she is pacing.
There are a few things that we have to figure out. And it may take some time. But the same dog that wouldn't even look at me two weeks ago now gets excited to see me. Will climb into my lap for affection. She gets herself so excited for any of us in the morning or when we come home. Whining and wagging her whole body. Totally different dog, but not 100%. I think it is a good sign.
I decided to pet her while she was eating today. We won't tolerate food aggression with our dogs. We can take anything away fairly easily. I then went to take her bowl, but at the last second decided for some reason it may not be a good idea. I will do that later when my husband is home.
Thanks for the advice...keep it coming. Tricia