So three stars and a wish for this week:
1) Starting asking Sagan to DOWN before we do any obstacles, particularly when we have all of the dogs circling, and he is amped up with the movement. I thought this would take some time, but he did beautifully on this on Wednesday. Self control=access to fun, stimulating stuff. Excellent.
2) Sagan was able to WAIT while I walked out in front of obstacles. Held his down beautifully until I released him.
3) The toys are continuing to be exciting and Sagan was able to tug as a reward for doing things, and was interested in the toy as something thrown after an obstacle. Even when I threw it and he ran off with the toy, he was still ultimately interested in engaging with me and the toy.
That I not have to use the toy as a lure to get him to come back to me. I do not feel confident that his recall is as strong as it should be. If I am using the toy as a reward for doing the work, I really shouldn't also use it as a lure to get him back when he does NOT do the work he is supposed to.