Sorry I had to skip a day in the blog. Our internet was down (or at least I kept losing a signal) and I eventually gave up on blogging.
Poor Linus. It is so hard to be a puppy. Especially a Lab puppy. Everything is so bright and fun and EVERYTHING is a potential toy. It is so hard to be a puppy that has to learn that we can't always play with the leaves, or in a puddle, or with the cat.
We had a hard time with restraining ourselves today. We worked on the long line which gave him 20 feet of mistake making potential while still keeping him on leash in case he bolted. He did well unless there was something he really really wanted, like the cat or a particularly playful leaf. In our last walk of the day he was getting it a little better. We will certainly need to work on it some more. As soon as it is not super muddy in the garden we will start really truly off leash training outside of the training room.
When we are in the training room he does really well off leash so I know he gets it, we just need to translate this to all the time. In the house he is fantastic. When I tell him to lay down he drops right down (except once when he scrambled to grab his key toy and then laid down), I tell him to wait for his food and he looks tortured but he waits until I tell him its I tell him to get on his Place Mat and he goes right to it. His only issue with Place is that he forgets he is in a command and sometimes wanders away.
He is still having a hard time with recall. He REALLY wants it to be a game and he pounces right past me, but when I correct him for this he then acts sullen and pouty and he then won't come close enough to me. ::sigh:: It is HARD to be a puppy.