This is probably an easy one for the seasoned vets but as a noob I thought I'd ask.
Working on the basic baseball drill teaching back and over. Pup is 10 mos old and pro trained through the basics (OBD, FF, water and land singles etc.).
He's picked up the idea in a handful of sessions with one caveat. When I raise my hand a command back, he comes all the way to me then turns around and sprints to the bumper. He does the same on over but usually 2 steps to me then sprints to the mark.
I put a baseball hitting net (see through) between us, give the command and he will go around the net to me then sprint back around to the bumper. It is almost like he is coming to heel before taking off but stops a few feet short of me then sprints to the bumper.
Tonight I tossed the bumper right over his head and it landed 5 feet behind him. He watched it over his head then land behind him. I walked about 25 yards away from him, he's facing me, bumper right behind him all in a nice line. He runs 24 yards to me then all the way back to the bumper, then back to me for a hand delivery.
Any obvious fixes on this one or does he just need more time/reps to get the concept?
He also likes to look at the fall even on back, but doesn't move his lower body, and it seems to take 5-30 seconds for him to look at me before I can give him the hand signal. Maybe related, not sure.