Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
Hi Doonsmum, I don't feed her any treats by hand, she'll only get apples and carrots in her feed bucket when I'm finished if she's been good so not too sure if she's looking for them ;D
I agree its being young lol, despite being 6 she hasn't had a lot of work done with her, so mentatlity wise, she's like a toddler!!
Spyder- gave your theory a bash yesterday and will keep it up for the next week-10 days, she became a nightmare the third time I asked and actually threw her head up in the air once, and quite high and hard so I pushed her on and stopped her again- I got her out of the head tossing, really don't want her to start as the amount of times she either tried to sit or go up was...ahem...remarkable. Will keep on at it... if it doesn't work, Doonsmum's excercise next ;D
The main thing is to go to something entirely different if the head toss gets too much then maybe 10-15 minutes later do one or two more then something else. The point you want to get across to her is you will not press the point too hard BUT you WILL bring it back.
You will also have to judge on a day to day basis just how long you can keep her halted. Again don't press too hard but do try to add a little more each time.
A lot of this is going to have to be your assessment of her mood from day to day and if she is being particularly figity I would not press it more than one halt in that session.
Again the point is to make it part of what you expect just like asking for a trot...you expect her to trot.
It is going to have to be a judgement call each day.