Today was almost exclusively about Down and Implied Stay. He made progress in both areas but still has a ways to go. He flat out does not like Down when there are distractions around (there are always distractions around). Implied Stay is the hardest thing ever because it requires sitting still. He back-talks the entire time during these exercises but he is at least following the commands now. Though he cries, yelps, yodels, and chirps throughout his workouts, his focus is getting better. And that is the important thing.
We worked on walking nicely on the leash while there are distractions around. He did better than I was expecting, though there was still a lot of back-talk. We were able to walk down the drive around other dogs and he stayed mostly in a Heel. He would immediately start crying and yelping when we stopped and I made him sit.
His big problem is just that his attention span is so small. He wants to do well but his doggy ADD gets in the way often. His focus will get better as the week goes on, however, and he will start enjoying the training more.
Tomorrow is going to be a bit of a boring day for Max. Saturdays are always busy for me, lesson-wise. He will still get some exercise and work done, but he is also looking at a little more down time that usual. I hope to reenforce what we did today and also to start Placemat, if I have time. I am pleased with how Max is doing and how hard he is working. He is doing just fine.