We have been through FF, CC, FTP, and done the mini T. Now I have a larger TT mowed out back and Gauge understands the game. I have two things that I’d like to improve and I could use some constructive advice.
First, I’m not satisfied with his sit. He sits quickly but I want him to turn around and face me. Instead he sits (possibly with his back to me) and looks my direction.
Second, His run out to the pile is good. Once he picks up a bumper he returns kinda slow, occasionally he will stop and pee. I really believe the stopping to pee is a delay tactic ( I certainly wouldn’t deny him the need to relieve himself). I’m considering a mild nick or burn to get him motivated to run back to me. A friend had an issue with nicking while his dog carried a bumper and the dog spit it out. I have refrained from collar use while he carries the bumper. This may be the cause of my problem.