ms Jocoyn thank you for updating on Beau. You say not so much on the genetic obedience . Go back into your memory and your youtubeys, the pups in the swimming pool -- they all paddled AWAY from the person putting them in -- wondered about that test - they weren't entirely comfortable , which would have been a once-around. Only one pup went out a bit and then circled and then proceeded to the far side. Go visit some local kennels later on when warm weather hits again and replicate this little sequence - just as an intellectual exercise - for future. The dogs that will work better as team will , after paddling around , figure out that the person is who to return to for a lift out or to visit .
One youtubey I recall the pups were taken to a school? some instituition with glassed in area light streaming in to polished floor and the pups ran well ahead of the person, people , sheer mayhem , here there everywhere --- not so much interest once again in the person -- they should have moved like a school of fish with the raiser .
Just as an example and not to take away from your report , when I took Nick out the first time to Mikes it was because Mike could not get away to visit - and I had an appointment some 10 minutes drive east of him , so I took the pups to see him. I showed them following beside me , Nick to the left , his brother Ando-Kenya to the right , perfect heel position , attentive , eye contact . When I sat back in the shade to talk to Mike , his daughter , Kaitlyn walked away , called the pups and they did exactly the same thing with her . Later they went on the trampoline where she made it move and the pups bobbled like corks on wavy water . Understand that this being close has nothing to do with being insecure. Not at all .
Then Kaitlyn sat with me and Mike did his thing. Shortly after I left to drive away to my appointment. Came back two hours later - the pups were consistent the entire time , having scrambled over rubble , agility stuff , tall grass , ditches -- and then they all had a snooze in the shade .
This experience was repeated a week or so later , this time my husband tagged along , and Mike's wife was home and the dogs were true to performance. Just something to look for , next time , to make it easier on yourself for training.