I adopted a 2-5 yr old pit bull from an animal shelter a year ago. She is extremely, extremely sweet and good inside the house. She doesn't chew anything or bite and has been house trained and have never gone inside the house.
Sadly, I took this to mean she didn't need much training and I am a first time dog owner. When I take her for a walk, she is able to walk beside me or behind. She lunges at cats and squirrels but that's not really a problem. Overall, she is a real joy.
On our way back home, no matter how much time we have spend outdoors, she would refuse to go back inside. She'd lie a street away from the house and stay there with this quiet defiance look. It has been extremely frustrating and the only thing I can do is to bribe her with treats.
I screwed up in the beginning for spoiling her, and I want to change that. I have tried longer walks and leash-free time in a field, but it haven't done anything. I have tried positive reinforcement. It's a odd problem, not the usual don't-chew my shoes. And it has been dangerous a couple of times because we live in the middle of town and there is traffic and people. It has been getting worse and worse.
I have tried to be very patient, but it is incredibly frustrating not to be able to take her out as often as I'd like and I am so anxious about the whole thing.
Anyone? Some advice/tips? I can't afford a trainer.