Seems like a lifetime Val.
I've gotten very familiar with one step forward and a whole bunch back.....
He's a lot of dog, and needs a much better handler then I am. But we are kind of stuck with each other, put up with each other, and work around each other's faults.
He's a hard dominant dog and I suspect was sold for issues with Handler aggression. I've heard whispers and as we added more and more compulsion in bite work had a first hand glimpse of it myself. I've pretty much made every mistake in the book with him.
Backed way up and started foundation work with him like he was a puppy and switched most of the commands. I use more English now with him then German. Started working him with a decoy in prey only, we were making progress and the decoy was injured. <Not by a dog>
So we spent a few more months doing lots of ob! Lots of silly stuff like him in a down and me and someone else playing catch with a sleeve. Him heeling and someone throwing a sleeve. Basically things I could do alone or with minimal help.
He can be a very frustrating dog but we are making a lot of progress with him. And he will take fair corrections from me so I figure life is good. In ob he is soft to me and becoming more so in protection. Several times he has outed now just with me saying his name and tapping his collar. More of a reminder like hey, dufas, remember me, type of thing. Never, never, thought I would see that.
He is a good house dog and companion. He lives with my parents down the road and they are in their 70's.
We had two heavy days of ob with him this weekend. New field, his decoy was on the field with other intact dogs and he did a poor to fair heeling pattern the first time and much better the second time. We did a lot of heeling around the decoy with and without a sleeve and without a pattern not so good but workable.
We will be doing a lot of this in the future and I'm feeling fairly good about it.
My decoy/trainer is great. He spends a lot of time with me and not only are my dogs walking off the field learning something, I am. The man has the patience of a Saint.
When I train his son, it kind of tugs at my heart. Bogie is what Doc should of been, could of been. We did that.
And that is just too sad for words.