I would suggest working blind hides while having the person that placed the hides there behind you to confirm that the dog is in the right spot and right position before rewarding. It's helpful if the person placing the hides has some experience so they can cue you immediately if the dog starts to false so you can move him along right away. Just a quick ah,ah and move on.
You can help the dog into a down verbally if you are sure it's no a false response. Try and time the command so it comes before he looks to you.
Are you on toy or food reward? Toy reward makes it easier to pay the dog at source from a distance, which will help with checking back to you.
It's a consistency in timing problem most of the time. You really have to concentrate on timing your rewards accurately when the dog is in perfect position.
It's OK to ask for that position until he is solid and giving a good final that you want to see. It can also help to rush the reward for a bit if you have a second between the dog is responding well and looking back to you. Try and get that reward or click in before he initially breaks focus. You can then add distance OR duration a little at a time. I typically add duration first, with me right there to correct the dog if it breaks. After you get a good 20-30 seconds of focus on the hide, you can start backing off the dog a bit and adding distance incrementally.
ETA: Only reward what you want to see. Help him down and wait for good focus on the hide before you reward.
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Last edited by David Winners; 09-05-2019 at 01:18 PM.