Generally, if a dog won't take a treat, they are too stressed/overwhelmed. The good trainers I've worked with have generally said that's a sign that you're pushing too hard, your dog needs a break, you need to decrease your expectations, figure out how to set up the scenario to support the dog in a different way to make sure they are in a better emotional state. Not taking food is a really good indicator that whatever you're doing is "too much."
Thanks MC! Generally it is not during normal training such as sit, down, go get it or here(come)....just when she doesn't want to walk on leash - or be put up when we have to leave the house. She now realizes when we are getting ready. And what it means when we take her to the bedroom.
The trainer we went to for 3 sessions mentioned similar - have a plan - when in the fire - make new plan. When we discussed we wanted Mila to sit before going out the door. She said what is the true goal - Do not run out the door like her hair is on fire....that is so she doesn't get hurt as the door opens up and she catches her foot under it before we get the door open.
So she said work on that - do not care about the sit at first. Just work on not rushing the door - one thing at a time.
Walking on leash
1. I still work with no leash and giver her treats when she is walking with me or around me
2. I will put leash on and walk with treat in hand and walk - give her some and walk some more around the yard - then I take it off
3. She has been much better in the back yard
4. Next step is take out the gate to the side yard and get her used to that area on leash - when I take her there now she is excited.
Putting her in a Kennel or now even the bedroom - when we leave
1. Kennel - we feed her at night in the kennel.
2. She is all the way in now while eating
3. Havent tried to put her in for a bit now.
4. Bedroom is next thing to work on
5. When we leave she is not happy - not sure if typical dober not wanting to be away from human or something more.
So I will work as you mentioned and the trainer - not push. Currently it is just down to the two items she is stuck with. Not perfect on other items but getting better. I don't work with her every day so not to over-work her.
Appreciate the insights and help!