What is the next step?
I have a few questions about current technique, but my main question is where to go next in my GSD's training? Here is a list of commands he already knows: (Notice no "down" command, I phased it out due to his HD)
Heel (On Leash)
We have been working on these commands for about 6 months and he is really starting to master his sit, stay, retrieve, come combination. He sits, I throw the ball, say the command "GO!", he gets the ball and brings it back. We are still working on these commands while there are lots of distractions, but it is hard to get a 1 year old to ignore a house full of people! Despite his excellent progress, I am having a minor problem. He sits very slowly. I really would like to him to sit on a dime where when I say sit, his butt hits the floor quick! Currently, I say the command and there is about a 3 second delay as he slowly lowers his rear to the floor. How can I speed this action up?
So the next question is where do I go from here? My hunting dogs (labs) at the parents house are like machines, and only know 5-8 commands. Should I teach Clyde more or perfect these? I have a few things Id like to teach him, but not sure how. Any help with these and guidance on what to do next would be much appreciated.
Here are 2 things my labs do at home that I would like to teach Clyde, but cant find any resources as to how to teach him.
1. When bringing a ball back, one of my labs will actually throw the ball up into the air for my dad to catch. I dont even know where to begin with this one!
2. I would also like to teach him to respond to a point. I can hide his ball, say "Wheres your ball?" and he will go nuts searching until he finds it. However, I would like to be able to point in a direction and have him run that way to search. How?
Thanks for all of your help!