As a Sailor, the title of this thread is very intriguing and has multiple meanings. Captain was welped 11/11/18, so he is 9 weeks as of this posting, and we have had him home with us in eastern Virginia for one week. He is a chocolate lab, and his name has nothing to do with my career. My family has named all of our labs after alcohol. Kaluha, Bailey, Brandy, etc. His family includes my wife and I, our two young boys, and our 6-year old female rescue. We believe our rescue is a Maltese, and she doesn't like interacting with Captain, but shows no aggressiongio about his presence. I have been the primary leader in his life. My family does very little training with him, but they do help with potty training and feeding. Captain is fed three times a day at 07, 12 and 17 with Blue Life Protection Formula for large breed puppies. I use his kibble as rewards during training because he enjoys it, and I didn't want to add an additional food source at risk of upsetting his stomach. His water bowl is always at least half of water. He is very comfortable in his crate. It's not uncommon for him to go in and out to get toys, lie down, or just sniff around. He has a separate and smaller crate in our bedroom that he still sleeps in at night. For the past two nights he has slept through 2200-0530. For some, 0530 is a bit too early, but it works well with our schedule for now. He naps during the day in what will become his only kennel. When we go outside for the purpose of potty, I leave him be until he has done both. I only reward him when he relieves himself, and I do this by giving a treat, saying "yes" and usually including some petting. During the night he gets no reward or praise. I do say " potty" a few times while he is relieving himself. When we go outside for play, or after he has relieved himself, we play and train. Until his vaccines are complete, outside only consists of our backyard which is grass and a treated-wood patio. He will follow closely most times I walk about the yard. When I stop, he will usually stop, sit and look up at me. I always reward and praise. There is no verbal command because I want him to know that I expect him to stop and look at me when we are walking and I stop. If the ground is not extremely wet and/or cold, he will follow my hand to a sit and/or down position. He does not respond to "sit" or "down" at all without my hand being in front of his face. He is barely starting to respond to his name. We have not changed his name, and there have been no nicknames since we picked him up a week ago. When I squat, he will usually come running to me from any distance. I always say "come" and reward when he arrives. When he finds an item of interest in our yard, I present a reward in front of his face and say "release" as I take it from him and present him the reward. Sometimes this item is a stick, a leaf, a little seed thing from one of the trees/bushes, his or the other dog's poop, or possibly rabbit poop. In the instances where his attention is more focused on an item I can't physically remove such as the rabbit poop, I will distract him with a reward and follow up with another reward in my fingers that he will follow away. This usually gets him off the item and onto some new interest like me and playing or training. Our training sessions are short, and every time he is awake. I am frustrated that he does not respond better to his name. I am frustrated that when he does respond to his name, he looks at my hands rather than my face. I am frustrated that he doesn't execute sit or down without a reward immediately in front of his face.