Ive posted a few problems I've had with my young female chocolate dog. She turned 7 months old yesterday. We do some sort of work everyday whether its just some OB out in the yard or maybe just a few bumpers in the yard then we will meet with our training group and extend some 50-75 yard singles. I give lots of praise and really try to keep sessions short due to my problem. Some days we go out and she has a fire to her, retrieves like she loves it but then again, we might go out and she just looks at me like I'm dumb. She is a very, shy, timid dog. She doesn't do well in new places and around new people. We've been working on this by taking her around new places and just having fun(no training) just meeting new people and places but she doesn't seem to be getting better about getting over being scared of things. Some days I think Im going to have a good working dog and some days I think Im really wasting my time with her and that I should just leave her in the house and look for me another lab to start working with. Have any of y'all had this problem? Anyone had a dog that is shy and doesn't really like to retrieve some days but then one day it just clicks and they love it? or with her drive being so low, am I wasting my time trying to change her into being a working dog? What are some things to do to maybe build her drive? I have had her around some dead birds and it does really seem to help but they are at a shortage around here and I don't want her wanting to retrieve only a bird and not doing any work with a bumper.I know Im rambling and have asked a lot of questions but I just hate feeling like Im wasting my time with a dog that might not have what it takes to be the dog I want.
We are following a training plan. We are doing Lardy's TRT. Any input is greatly appreciated!