Make sure your dog is very hungry.
Luckily, this is not a problem. Jak is ALWAYS hungry, even after he finishes his meals :lol: He's not a dog you have to skip a meal with in order to work with him with food.
Teach the static fuss position first. Have your dog sitting by your side in the correct position, tell him fuss, and as soon as he looks in your eyes, immediately reward with food and praise with "good fuss." Don't lure him with the food. Be patient and he will eventually offer the correct behavior.
This is what I worked on yesterday. He is already looking up at me when I give the command. I rewarded immediately at first (with treats), and then increased the time gradually, stopping at 15 seconds and throwing the ball for him.
If you want to incorporate the automatic sit, do it later after he is getting more proficient
I really haven't been working on the automatic sit; he just does it.
Try a tug instead of the ball after the release. I saw you throw the ball as a reward, and I don't recommend that.
My TD doesn't want me playing tug with him. He told me to use the ball, but didn't tell me how, so that's why I asked if I was doing it right.
You are going too long and not rewarding the dog enough. That is where the food comes in. You can reward the dog instantly without having to release the dog like you would with a toy.
You can't hear me, but I'm giving lots of verbal praise, but I understand what you're saying here.
What collars are you using? I'd use a small prong correctly fitted and a fursaver on the dead ring. You won't need to use the prong for a while, but get him use to wearing it.
That's pretty much what I've been doing, except I've had the leash on the live ring of the fur saver. I have a small prong, but I've been just letting him wear the medium. I put his prong on him for everything, though I'm not using it yet. He wears the fur saver all the time as his regular collar. The leash I was using in the videos is huge and bulky, and not good for this, you're right. I couldn't find my cheapo dollar tree one (it's light, thin, and 3 feet long) so I had to just use that one. I have since found the smaller one, and will be using it from now on. I don't really have to use it, though, you're right there, too.
keep the sessions short and try to do a few a day.
On weekends, this isn't a problem, but during the week, I'm limited to the hours between 5:30 and 8:00 or so, before it gets dark, and I also have to do dinner, laundry, etc. when I get home, so I don't get to do but one session per evening through the week. If I bring him to work with me, I can get in a short training session during my lunch hour, but I have to be careful because of messing up work clothes and all.