So this post is about my first sport dog/ppd prospect, she's a 15 month Rottweiler puppy. The dog has lots of drive (for her breed), no fear issues and I was able to train the basic bite fundamentals by myself at home. My problem is getting her to engage with me or a helper in unfamiliar environments without becoming overly distracted. Based on what I've seen, it's not a drive problem, it's her drives being pulled in many directions at once. The distraction comes in several forms, from being curious and wanting to explore/sniff/lick/eat new things to more cautious or even suspicious of new things, however not showing signs of fear/nerviness. I understand this is normal young dog behavior to a certain extent, and I think could be some early hints of defensiveness (which would be typical of dogs in her lines), my question is what to do about it and am wondering about which direction to take. I've heard multiple opinions.
The way I see it, there's really only 2 strategies: a) just put her up and let her mature, let her brain develop such that she finds focus and becomes less stimulated by novel stimuli or b) train through it and get her desensitized (at least to the environments she would be training in). I'd be very interested to hear some thoughts/anecdotes because this dog has some very knowledgeable trainers stumped at the moment. Thanks!