To the point, i'm teaching Annie the spanish walk. So far, we've got big pretty steps, as long as she's standing in one spot. When it comes to trying to walk, she gets fast, and frustrated and starts doing a little dance number more like a paso than anything. I think its the anticipation of her favorite peppermint and the annoyance at being told to be slow and exaggerated making her speed up and stomp about. Anyway, my question is, how do I slow her down mentally enough to get her to focus on what I want, and not the asking or the reward?
As for the method we're using, I tap her heel with a dressage whip and make a "donk" noise to associate to the action. She has begun executing the action simply with the "donk" for a cue, and only gets a treat every couple of times. The problem is when we try to incorporate forward motion with he exaggerated steps.
I was thinking maybe a visual cue, like lifting my own leg when I ask her to lift hers, and then start moving as if i"m doing the walk too? I saw this in a video, and it worked for the girl who made it, but i'm not sure it would work with anne. Any suggestions?