Others will chime in with better advice, but for now, here are a few things I've learned on my own:
- Make sure he's getting enough exercise. My pup is obedient and loves to learn, but always acts out and loses focus if she doesn't get enough exercise. This is especially true for puppies.
- Be persistent, but patient. Find what kind of training works for you, when, where, etc. and stick with that. Know your dog's limits. Avoid distractions. etc.
- NILF might help. (unless you're already using it)
- Find what motivates your dog. Treats? Praise? Toys? Whatever works. Make sure they see that listening to you = nice things! Fun rewards! I don't recommend positive-only training, but helping them associate obedience with good things definitely produces results.
You may also want to read about different ways to correct your dog (if it comes down to it), but I'm not that well-versed on anything besides prong collars soo I'll just leave it at that.
Based solely on what you've mentioned I don't think you need to worry too much about corrections, though. I think he just needs to get some direction again, develop a consistent routine, etc.
But again, I'm not an expert. That's just my 2 cents.
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