Zeus is very silly with Place and he pushes it for sure but in the end he did stay on his mat (after a fashion, he fell asleep and fell off of it about 45 minutes in and I let him sleep instead of waking him up) for about an hour and 10 minutes today. He did better once I have him something to do while he was on his bed. I gave him a nylabone and it kept him happy until he fell asleep.
His afternoon workout (he only got one today as I had appointments take me into town this afternoon) went pretty well as well. He got mixed up a few times with Down and Sit but he wasn't back talking as much as he has in the past. All in all, I think Zeus is trying hard and it will come down to his age and practice time. He is doing great considering he has the attention span of a bee.
I will say, for a gigantic, uncoordinated, puppy Zeus has been very charming in the house. I thought he was going to be a bull in a china shop but unless Ace gets him hyper he really has been polite in the house. Good boy, Zeus.