I have noticed when Havana's neuro issues flare up and/or she's in need of a chiro adjustment she is more irritable. Which totally makes sense. She also goes into full Cousteau mode and will look at me and then choose to not do what I've asked her to do. Some of this might be structural - I think she truly tried to sit, but she just physically couldn't at that moment. And I understand that, too. But it's the other things. Like she's supposed to be the neutral dog in a class I assist with and I tell her "Leave it! Let's go!" and start to walk on and she looks up at me, then makes a bee-line for the other dog, even with food in her face to help her remember. Or she'll just let out repeated little "boofs" when she hears something that annoys her. It's not her alert bark, it's more of a quiet "shut up" that she repeats over and over at increasingly shorter intervals. So she might hear something "boof", a minute or two later she still hears it and does it again, then every minute or so, etc. I can't even hear what she's barking at half the time. But to be persistent about boofing at 3:00am is not ok. Pixel wasn't barking, so whatever she heard was extremely minor.
Her neuro episodes are becoming more frequent and easier to trigger. I know this means she doesn't get the exercise she's used to doing, either. Now she can't do 4-6 inch baby jumps at flyball (no box), but she can't leap through the snow, either.
I'm trying to engage her brain more, but after playing a fun game of Go to Mat which she enjoyed, she was as bad as ever. I'm going to enter her in a rally trial, but I'm concerned about her physical limitations. I don't have the schedule or money to get her into a class and I'm bad about staying committed to working on stuff at home - and it's -2F, so we're not doing outside training.
Someone wave a magic wand and fix it! Barring that, any ideas? I'm very frustrated with her right now and I know that's also blocking my creative problem solving.