We have been working on hold for about a week now, doing sessions twice a day (most days). I gave Dixie a break a few days ago because I didn't want boredom to become an issue.
There is significant improvement in hold since we started, but I feel like we have hit a plateau and I can't figure out how to get her to keep improving. Maybe I am just expecting too much too soon, and need to keep on with what I am doing and just give it more time. If so, please tell me that. I started off with a paint roller and have moved on to a 2" bumper to try and get her used to something more similar to her retrieving bumpers (3"). She will hold it for random amounts of time, anywhere from 5-45 seconds-ish. I begin working with her on my tailgate and she does pretty well with that. As the session goes on, she will drop it quicker (possibly boredom). When she is doing well, I will command hold and then get her to jump off my truck. When I tell her 'heel' she normally walks around behind me and drops it before coming to heel. On marks, she delivers to hand, but if I command heel and sit before taking it, 7 out of 10 times, she will drop it before coming to heel. I have tried tapping her nose and her chin for correction and wasn't getting results, so I tried a nick also. When she fails to do it off the truck, I get her back up there and work on the tailgate again. By then, she has lockjaw and is not interested in holding. I force her to do it at least once (successfully) before putting her away.
Basically, I can't get her to hold for an extended amount of time and I can't get her to hold consistently when coming to heel. Please help.
PS- sorry for the long post. I wanted to include as much info as possible for you. Also, cross posted on the refuge for members there to comment on. (I can't see the fuge at work...)
PROBLEMS FROM ZOLOFT