Max just keeps getting better all the time. He can be a challenge but not because of defiance or being sour. His challenges come from being a very happy dog with a very short attention span. Like a good lab, he doesn't take corrections personally and he doesn't pout. He is very much in the moment, all the time and so keeping him on task will be something for his owners to work on until he grows up a little bit more. He is so big it is easy to forget how young he is!
Today we worked some more on all of his commands. He now can be expected to comply with Heel/Autosit, Down (both at the left side and from the front), Sit, Implied Stay (this is HAAARD!), Come, Placemat, and to Wait at mealtimes. He makes mistakes sometimes and will by no means be a robot dog but he enjoys work, even though he complains and back-talks sometimes.
Tomorrow I am going to fine tune his obedience and make sure there are no really rough spots. He still toils a little with Down but I am pleased with his progress. I am also going to take his go-home video to show his parents when they come to pick him up. This will show them what he knows even though he will be very excited and exuberant seeing his people for the first time in 7 days. Of course, we will also take his Yearbook Photo for the website.
The last few days of Board and Train are dedicated to making sure his foundation is solid and he is ready to start living his new obedient lifestyl