Natalie- Nice job! A couple things I would do different. On the downs, I would reward in the position. Not release him right away to the reward. Not yet anyway. He is slow because he is unsure of what you're asking him. I also start out by rewarding the position because I don't want the dog anticipating the release. That way I will have a reliable down stay for later. On his stand, I would bring his rear end up instead of luring forward. That way he can stay in a heel position when given the command. Again, really nice job! That's just how I would do it. Good job on your excitement and staying engaged.