Okay, this may be confusing since I'm typing as I think. If it is, I apologize.
I have a 7 week (going on 8) old male GSD named Kayne. Currently, all we are really focusing on is the basics such as crate training and potty training. On top of that, I'm using a clicker to get him to make and hold eye contact when I say his name.
The issue is, he has figured it out the training. When I do it the first time he'll look around for a bit, and when he makes eye contact and I click/treat. After that first time, he just sits there and holds eye contact. If I don't click/treat and divert his attention instead, he won't do it again or it will take him forever. I'm being very patient, but we have made very little-if any-progress the last few days.
My question is: Should I just keep clicking the delayed eye contact in hopes that it will get faster, or what do I do when he doesn't make eye contact?
I'm worried that clicking the slow eye contact will make him think that he can go about his business for a minute before responding. I'm also worried that when he doesn't respond and I say his name again, that it will teach him that he doesn't always have to listen to me.
Also, how could I go about making training more fun for him? When he does something right, I act super excited and pet him and offer to tug, but he seems like all he wants to do is maintain eye contact even though I haven't said his name for that next treat!
Note: This is my first GSD puppy, and I've read quite a bit about clicker training, but reading and doing is completely different. Also, we keep training sessions to under 5 minutes and 2-3 times a day. I'll also randomly be playing with him and throw in one or two commands with a click/treat.
THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER!!