My choc lab is 3 months old. He has sit down really well. I am now working on stay without saying it. I am using the "traffic stop" hand signal while having treats in my other hand. I can't get him to stay if I do the traffic signal hand sign. I have used treats and gradually increased the period between delivery followed by a release with "ok". But I can't back up without him "breaking". If I do the traffic stop hand signal he breaks even quicker.
Tonight I tried putting him on leash with choke chain. He went right to sit. After a couple of failed attempts followed by a quick correction with the leash/collar back to sit I was able to back away.
Should I continue to do this on lead? Something is nagging me that this isn't right for the long run.
How can I get him to do this off lead in a controlled environments.
This is a pure bred lab puppy from Dakota Cajun Roux so he's not dumb