SDiT occasionally whines in public. advice?
my boy, basil, is mostly well behaved. he is trained to an e-collar and leash pressure. he passed the therapy dog certification a couple of months ago before i realized that id rather have a SD and cut away from the program before he was accepted into an organization. he is a little over a year old, so he is quite a bit younger than the other SDs ive seen (most were at least double that, and those were the young ones).
recently, he's been having an issue with down-stays extending past an hour and a half. he will let out a whine every minute or couple of minutes when he gets bored, which is unacceptable and is seriously making me rethink his eligibility for service work. i believe he is whining from boredom because he is young and it really tests his impulse control to sit still away from the house. i wanted to take basil to college in order to further his training, but i dont want to disturb the class or take my attention from schoolwork. i have 2 classes back to back for an hour and a half each, so this leaves about 15 minutes between either class. its enough for a quick romp around the campus field, but not enough to alleviate boredom for another hour.
does anyone have any advice? should i continue training him for another year or so and see where we get before i take him into a setting as demanding as school? should i bring my dog on select days that i feel confident enough to deal with anything he throws at me? should i maybe bring him a nylabone for the second period?
this is my first time training with a SD, so i am a bit unsure.