We worked on his Down/Stay and Implied Stay in the Down today and he toiled with it a little bit. If he thinks he is about to be left out of some adventure he really struggles with parking himself. But he was doing better by the end of the day. We will pick it up again tomorrow and I am confident he will settle and become more reliable in this exercise.
For now he is relaxing in his kennel next to his weekend roommate, George, a dog I trained a number of months ago who is here while his parents are out of town. I think Max enjoys having a buddy in there for company over night. Especially a good buddy like George.