Looking for a few suggestions, its been 7 years since I trained a really hot dog.
My current charge is 9 months old, and I love the drive, I love the fire, I love the brains. What I dont love is that even after a nice free run, even after spending some time on the chain gang (he accepts and settles right in), it takes us a little time for him to settle down to work. Once he does, we really make progress.
What I have been doing is the following, it is trial and error but it seems to be getting better.
I let him out of kennel (make him sit and stay before he comes out on command), give him 5-10 minute free run out back. I then put him on the chain gang and either work another dog, or I do some basic chores around the kennel, yard, ect...
First thing I do is put him on a lead and heel him around the yard. If he starts to act crazy and such, I dont say anything, just let him spin around on the slip lead till he settles down, after he realizes he cant escape, he normally sits down and looks at me. I dont say a word while he is "freaking out." At first I would do this three or four times in the first 5 minutes, only giving praise after he sat and looked at me, I would go to pet him adn he would start to get all excited, I would not touch him or say anything till he settled in again.
It gets better every day, yesterday, he only "freaked out" once.
I am wondering if anyone else has any suggestions. When he settles in to work, he has major potential to be everything I would want in a gun dog.
(as a side note, the dog has been with me for two weeks, my brother is a fishing guide in Alaska and I get this dog for the summer). He is solid on basic commands, SIT (stay), Come, Kennel, Heel.