Thanks guys ---> to everyone who replied. Good discussion on training here.
Bob, that's looking a lot like how I work on stays. I agree about either adding in distance OR duration OR distractions but I only raise one at a time.
100% agree on adding one at a time.
I've seen a LB video where a 12 wk old pup is taught the stay with markers on it's "spot". (Plastic feed pan turned upside down".
I've just started working my almost 8 yr old GSD on a low box. Seems like a ton can be done if the dog understands markers. He does.
I think it will be a big help because he's so excitable.
My 11 yr old GSD is just a matter of reading him the directions and he just does what I ask.