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I have been working with my pup from day 1, but after a break of two or three weeks (illness) it seems he has forgotten EVERYTHING! and on top of that it seems 10 times harder to keep his attention.

I am not really a proponent of the "work for anything you eat" method of training but I feel like that might be my last resort to getting his attention.

I can't even get a solid recall in my backyard without distractions anymore!
 

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Any suggestions on how to capture that attention again? other than starving him.
 

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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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I thought for years that all pups did a sort of brain dump around 6-8 months. It always seemed like no matter how good they were, they lost their marbles around then.
I know that growing up all the trainers I knew said leave them be until months.
I'm old, times change. But I still say let them be pups. Mostly now, for the first year we work on manners and light stuff.
If you want his attention, find something he really wants and make him earn it.
 

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I thought for years that all pups did a sort of brain dump around 6-8 months. It always seemed like no matter how good they were, they lost their marbles around then.
I know that growing up all the trainers I knew said leave them be until months.
I'm old, times change. But I still say let them be pups. Mostly now, for the first year we work on manners and light stuff.
If you want his attention, find something he really wants and make him earn it.
I've heard this many times myself, but being as this is the first dog I have actively invested hours upon hours on it's the first time I've truly experienced it lol
 

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he goes out into the yard on lead.
when he ignores your recall, you give the lead a little snap to get him into the attention zone , he starts the recall, you praise right then for the intention , and more when he is with you.

if he gets away with ignoring you and you keep calling, begging, bribing , he has learned there is no consequence in blowing you off
 
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