Hi Guys, This is my first post so please bear with me
My boy is 7 months old. He was brought from a good breeder of pet GSDs. I have always been interested in training etc but never knew about drives and willingness to work before purchasing my boy. I started his basic obedience as soon as he was home at 8 weeks and we got off to a flying start. I then looked in to starting IPO with him but he is quite a shy dog and I was unsure if his temperament was right, along side the fact he isn't a working Shepherd, so I decided not to.
He loves playing with a ball and his flirt pole is his favourite thing although I wouldn't say his prey or ball drive is extremely high (Maybe average). He has always been more food motivated.
However, he seems to have recently hit an adolescent phase which includes ignoring recall (he is now back on his long line) and seemingly forgetting extremely basic commands that have previously been proofed, even in the house and pulling frantically on his lead for every smell! I've read up on this and have just continued with his training schedule (3X per day in about 10 minute sessions) and also use "life" training... So i make him sit and wait before going outside, make his place for his dinner etc etc. On top of all of this he has suddenly become reactive to dogs, however we have been using counter conditioning and this is getting better.
My main issue and question with alllllll of this is that he has seemingly lost his interest in training with me. He used to cry if we hadn't trained and now keeping his focus in our very quiet kitchen is a massive task. He knows all basic commands along with some random ones...(Down, sit, heel- (loose lead walk), paw, place, wait, leave, stay, drop it, hold, open, touch, middle). But I want to start teaching him advanced obedience... I would love to teach him a proper focused heel, for him to place anywhere and not just in the house, off lead heeling, down/sit in motion, a retrieve etc. Number one, although I have been trying I have no idea how to teach these because i cant keep his focus for more than a second at the moment. The first command he learnt was to focus/look and it was so important for us but at the moment he has no enthusiasm to train at all. He isn't even interested in really high value treats...
Oh and also, he has recently had a vet check so no problems there.
Does anyone have any experience with this and teaching higher level obedience commands please?
Thanks in advance!