We've had her almost two weeks, and while she is adjusting wonderfully to our home, we are having a lot of problems
- teaching basic commands (sit, stay, come, etc)
- crate training/coping with separation anxiety
We've tried high-reward treats and clicker training and it doesn't seem to work. Supposedly bassets and mastiffs are both very stubborn breeds. Most of the time I can't even hold her interest, even with a delicious treat in my hand. The only thing that seems to change her behavior is praise as a form of positive reinforcement, but it doesn't seem to be helping her learn commands or adjust to her crate.
I care about teaching her obedience as quickly and effiencely as possible. While she isn't aggressive towards humans, she is HUGE -- weighs 100 lbs -- and is therefore could be a liability. Most people are great, and she's so friendly, but I worry about her knocking down small children or old people and hurting them on accident. A few times I've seen her scuff with other dogs as well. That really worries me, because she is almost as strong as me, and I'm not sure I could really control her if she got in a fight.
My question, TQC, is whether or not it's time to hire a trainer? Or if there is a training method I should be trying that I'm not?
I'm posting this here because I haven't found what I've been looking for doing research on my own or going to dog forums -- I'm hoping someone with experience training dogs can help me out.