Obedience versus Joy
I know that the title of the post imply mutual exclusivity but that is not what I mean.
Allow me to explain.
So I think I have achieved a good basic obedience level. It worked in most environments for now, at the park (not dog park) with dogs somewhat far, when I go to a cafe, in the house, around people walking etc... etc....
Over the weekend, I decided to go to a beach here where dogs are allowed off leash. It was full of people, some kids and lots of activities around, DJ, people dancing. People kiting, playing ball etc....Nice place.
There were maybe 7-10 other dogs that all seemed relaxed and comfortable.
Rex had a great time, he ran, swam, chased and played with nice dogs. He was full of joy. However, recall went to close to non existent. So if we wanted to chill a bit for example and I wanted him close before we go at it again and go play it did not work. Playing involved running at the beach, other dogs coming and playing, they go, I tease Rex to go in the water, he follows, I play with him with his toy abit but then he checks out when he wants and just go run with the dogs and sometime play with other people.
So two examples:
when we are playing and other dogs playing, and I wanted him to come to me it was, it is as if I did no exist. He would check on me at times and I was with him as he moved and play. But could not go back to chill a bit unless I got him and leashed him to bring him back,
Then when we are sitting, and say I made him sit with us. 5 minutes later, there would be commotion and he would go, so break the stay and go. I tell him "hey" but he would not listen.
So it was either enforce some obedience, or kind of go along with it and let him have his joyous moments. So I chose the easy going laissez aller attitude and looked away on obedience and enforcing it and letting him enjoy to the max.
Do experiences like this create a retraction of the obedience achieved thus far? I mean he is a one year old male that wanted to obviously have fun which was more interesting of staying put for a 5 minutes.
Are experiences like this detrimental for training achieved? Should they be avoided? Or used to one's advantage, having have his joy and try some obedience and not be too anal about it?
Thank you for your feedback