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Hi Lily's mom,
Our trainer gave us a leadership exercise that really helped with our Cooper when he was starting to test his limits. It's very easy, the trick is that you (your daughter) does nothing during the exercise.
Put Lily's leash on and make sure it's just long enough so that she can lay comfortably right next to the chair that you're sitting on, but no longer, then sit on the leash so it can't pull out longer.
Then just sit there. Don't talk to her, don't let her jump on your lap, don't pet her, etc.
The point is that she learns that you are the one deciding where and when she is moving. The goal is for her to submit to the leash and lay still and relaxed for 30 minutes.
Now of course you can't do this in a busy room with other kids or dogs running around playing. My husband and I do it while we eat dinner, each with one of our dogs next to us. Our Lily drops to the floor immediately and relaxes. Some nights Cooper takes up to 5 minutes to settle down. The first night we tried it he maybe fought for 10 minutes and actually whined and cried like we were hurting him just by not letting him run off.
Just remember to not react to the dog unless you have to push them off your lap or something.
It doesn't seem like a big deal, but it sure helped us.
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