I think that's right. More positive experiences and games/training which build confidence will surely help. Agility is great for that and tons of fun, doesn't have to be serious at all. But they're so proud of themselves when they do something well which is physically challenging. I really believe they do. And you're right. I notice a great deal of difference in the confidence level as Lyric matures. How old is Chi again?Although I agree that she needs to know what is right and wrong, I truly do not think that heavy handed, correction training is the key. In fact, as some of you know, we tried that and it backfired miserably. I do honestly believe that with enough repetition on my part, positive experiences and of course maturity, she will gain the confidence she is now lacking and become more stable.
And like you said, there's definitely something in the breeding and not staying with the litter mates a little longer that could have an impact.
And I totally agree that heavy handedness has no place in training these sensative creatures. I wish you all the very best in working through all this. It sounds like you're doing really well with her and she'll come around so much better with a little time. Kudos for all your hard work and dedication to your dog.