Well, tonight was Sweetheart's first obedience class. As my sigh indicates, it went less than stellar. She was so totally focused on the other dogs that she pretty much ignored Les and I the whole time. I was rather disappointed at first but then I thought "for the last nine months she was either tied to a tree and dying, at the vet's office trying to stay alive or recovering at my house with little outside interaction". The mall event this month and last month and tonight's obedience class make it three times she has been out in public (the vet's office doesn't count because that wasn't fun). I was proud of her for the fact she didn't bark or whine, she didn't try to wiggle out of her collar to get to the other dogs and she didn't growl or raise her hackles. I liken training her to trying to train a cat. :) No loyalty and fiercely independent. :)
I know I need higher value treats (hot dogs, cheese, chicken), patience and I need to work with her EVERY day!!!
Sweetheart did do lovely at the mall this Saturday. She didn't get annoyed with the other foster and adoptive dogs who were there and that is great. She growled once when they were checking her out at first and then after that she was fine. She LOVES the people who come up to pet her. She will wag her tail and lean into them. People are always surprised at how sweet and loving she is after I tell them about her horrific past.
Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day! Having Sweetheart with me was the best Valentine's Day gift I could have given myself.