Like, for an example.. today I had him at the park. Just him and I. No e-collar, no prong, just his fursaver with a tab attached.
Had his favorite ball out, he was JUMPING all around me, kicking up like a stallion... LOL.. totally pouncy, happy boy.
His heeling was FANTASTIC!!!!
Totally engaged with me, I had my "let's just play" voice and attitude, no "real formal" stuff, just wanted to throw in some obedience amoungst the play time. No corrections, no "mommy voice" nothing, just fun.
Lisa gave you some good advice! I would agree that Stark does not understand the exercise.
I just had a discussion with my trainer about my training methods because Timber just doesn't have the same enthusiasm when we go through the CDX routine at her place as he does when we practice.
Timber is used to the "fun mom" when we practice and then when I go to my trainer, I get serious, as I would in the ring for the CDX routine, and he doesn't work as well.
So, when I read what you wrote, I thought this might be something to think about.
We also did something out of the ordinary. She had me pick a nonsense word. A nonsense word has several syllables, but has no meaning to the dog, i.e. strawberry.
She had me set him up to do a down on recall, but instead of giving a down command, I was to say strawberry. So, here comes Timber on the recall and I say strawberry. He stopped in his tracks and looked at me quite puzzled. I then called him in to me.
In all actuality, he should have kept coming in for the recall; but he didn't.
My trainer said a lot of dogs will just down when they hear the owners voice, so they aren't listening to the word.
I'm going to try it again in a few days to see if he learned to pay attention.