Hey can you provide suggestions on how to learn/teach the physical cues you use or resources to where I can learn those ??? I would love to do this.Thecowboysgirl's suggestion " call him when he will be 100% successful. Don't call him when he is distracted or farther away than he can succeed."...IMO this is the way to go...."success breeds success"
One other thought.....with my current dog......I paired a visual/physical cue with most every verbal command/cue......always using both in the beginning.....eventually the verbal commands were mostly phased out and we communicated via my body/arms/legs/hands/head nods/ facial gestures etc. I believe by doing this it made it much easier for the dog to give me her focus awaiting the physical cue since they have to be looking at you.
At 9 weeks old however.....I think I just primarily focused on being the most entertaining creature my pup had to play with and explore with......lots of fun and bonding.