Priorities: Attention and focus
What happened:I am so fed up of this loathesome little toad; but going back for part 2 of walkies after his & my breakfast (and coffee) turned out to be a pretty good idea, I was more focused and motivated. Great times at the WW1 memorial, we played chasing sticks with intermittent sits, and he's learnt the game and getting better at calming down and doing it quickly or at distance, and sitting in a way which isn't vibrating like a rocket booster. We also had some good sits and come-chase-the-sticks after he reacted to joggers and other dogs. Not perfect yet but you could see the improvement, and in one case improvement with the same dog coming past. ughhhh i really hope nobody objects to us being there, it's such a perfect spot.
I think he's scared of cars; or, if he wasn't before, he is now. Some fucker drove their bloody jeep through the field where we play, without stopping when they saw the dog so i could put him on the leash. I am ???. The dog was very good, and sat while it passed - then ran over to chase behind it. For the next few minutes, he would play fetch a bit, but in between kept going and looking after the car with his ears all pointy. Eventually, put him on the lead and tried to walk him home by a different route, but he was too spooked by the passing cars. Tried the field and, with some reluctance, got home.
Some more success with other doggies. With saying "floor" repeatedly, so they can come up and sniff calmly; and then with redirecting him at a distance, and also while walking away. Still not happy with how long it takes me to get a `sit`, but the dog has to be out of eyeline basically. Once he is sat, the stick will redirect him with me.
Anyway, he's now had lunch and is to sleep. Seems like 3hrs is the magic number for a napping pup. And I was happy with that 2nd walk and his progress too.