Sunsine is almost one year old now and is in her second intermediate obedience class. She also does pet therapy weekly at the local nursing home. Recently she has become very afraid at obedience class and is transferring this fear into our therapy day as well. Wensday it took all my energy to get her happy about training but then we did heeling excercise inbetween other dogs and she instantly froze and refused to move.
I wonder if I am doing more harm sticking to obedience classes right now. We have an aggressive dog in our class that really seems to be triggered by sunshine and will lunge and bark at her when we get too close. I have ask the instructor for help to build her confidence as she has always been a timid girl, he tells me to keep bringing her out but each week she is getting worse!
I am waiting for her breeder to call me back with more help but I am afraid I am at a loss as to what to do. She does very well with her commands except the heeling. At home she pulls and now at class she is so scared it is hard for her to move. I hate to see her so upset but I don't want to stop classes as we were going to move into agility next.