i am having a similar conundrum, so this is going to be one of those really 'obvious answers once you know what it is' questions...so apologies in advance BUT...Noobs wrote: Go back a step in the spin training, don't do play dead yet until you've proofed the spin. He might be getting confused. It's also possible that your sessions are too long and he's getting tired. I went a little too long this morning and after Murphy performed a figure 8 several times around my legs, he went under my legs behind me and then back up front through my legs again instead of out the side.
So just take a couple of steps back.
following on from the above, i know its fairly common for dogs to offer behaviors when they know we are asking *something* of them but aren't sure what...but what is the best way to switch between new "in progress" behaviors, and existing "already learned" behavior? i am still a bit stuck as to how to "proof" new things, while still keeping it interesting for the small one and not simply making her do five minutes of "roll over", five minutes of "sit", five minutes of "down" (each in different sessions) - etc etc.
for example - we have been working on "roll over" which she has caught on to brilliantly. when first working through the stages of this one i wasn't mixing it up with anything else - ONLY working on "roll over". but now she's got "roll over", when i ask her to "sit" she rolls over. so i have to spend a few minutes sort of "reminding" her what "sit" means again. is this normal or am i doing it wrong?
i know the answer is that i haven't proofed "sit" properly, not REALLY - so i have taken steps back and worked just on "sit" again for a while...but how do i do that without it being deathly boring for the dog just doing sit / sit / sit over and over again until she knows that one exactly and i can move on to other things?
ftr our sessions are always only between 5 and 10 mins long, so i am hoping it isn't an issue of her getting tired/bored already...
hope that makes sense... i tend to overthink things sometimes, sorry!