Chilling out

I’ve noticed in a couple of other posts, the advice to teach your dogs to chill out. How do you do that?

As some of you may know, I have a border collie, who is now 7 1/2 months old. Obviously, chilling out is not his strong point. I’ve not pushed him too much to be honest. He came knowing sit, and nothing else. He can now wait, down, spin (not sure why, but its fun!), and paw. Paw took ages, and down needs work every week, as he goes into a little drop then gets straight up if I don’t work on it. He barks for attention, and I’m working on him giving me a paw. He will offer a paw maybe 25% of the time to start now, which I think is really good, and much more often after the first bark doesn’t work.

So.. chilling, he doesn’t do at all. He runs, plays, etc. til he drops at the moment. Is he too young to teach to chill, and what do you do anyway?

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