Hi, Jane -
Thanks for your answer, and the details! It does make sense. It will be tough, as my next three weekends have things that take me away in late morning for 3-5 hours, and one is a conference where he'll be staying with friends. So, do I just go back to the walks and start over with this when we have an open weekend?
Also, when I do the crating thing if he doesn't go in the morning, do I feed him in there?
Hi, Jane - thanks for checking in. Two further questions I have for when I am able to set aside days to do this training with Pilot - do you recommend walking him around the yard on leash, limiting the area of the yard I offer, or just letting him roam and "do his thing" (the latter seems more unlikely to keep him focused and to get him to produce)?
Also, he seems a little annoyed that I ask him to "go potty" on walks, and even kind of pulls away from going, if I say it. It seems to be getting a little better - I don't say it as much, or I say it softer (I'm soft-spoken to begin with). It does seem really important though to reinforce that (or some kind of) command with his going, so he gets what he's supposed to do. I see him almost do it in the yard - lift his leg and pull back, whether I softly give command or just be silent. It's like it's a good spot and he "might" do it, but doesn't.
Thanks for any insights, here.