She is getting better and better at being reliable with these commands. She isn't perfect yet but she is pretty darn good for a young and enthusiastic dog.Most of the time, when she makes a mistake, just a verbal "no" sets her straight. Though if that doesn't work a quick leash pop gets her focus back. She reminds me very much of my sweet Golden Retriever, Nikki, in that much of her mistakes and misbehavior don't stem from actual defiance but from a short attention span coupled with a very friendly nature. Often we lose her focus a little but it is not all together difficult to get back.
She stayed on Placemat for an hour today. There was one moment when the urge to play overcame her and she needed to be put back on the mat but other than that she stayed on her mat nicely.
She has also been enjoying going for jogs. She liked the bike well enough but her owners plan to run with her and so that is what we have been doing. She sometimes gets a little bouncy but she has been very good about staying on the left and not tripping anyone up.
We are adding more and more distractions during her workouts. These include toys being tossed, her dog friends playing near by, food on the floor (so difficult!) and while she does still have some puppy antics she is rising to meet these challenges. I am proud of this little lab!