Brodie and I are in level 2 obedience training, trying to get him passed on the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. We have 3 more weeks. Last week in class, the instructor brought out a clipboard which is used during the meet and greet portion of the test - they use crutches and a clipboard dropped behind the dog to see the reaction. He could care less about crutches, but that clipboard..... In class last week, all 7 dogs were tested with a partner dog and handler in a meet and greet. Brodie was fine, but about dog #4 he started to freak over the clipboard drop. After dog 7, he actually acted like the center of the floor (she dropped at almost the same spot each time) was going to explode. During a practice with a weave in between other dogs and handlers, he was not concerned about the dogs or handlers, he was freaked out over the center of the training room floor. To date, I have not had an issue with heel or sit when I stop - until last night. He seemed nervous and I swear it was the center of that training room floor that had him agitated. Any suggestions of how to address? Also, Brodie knows down. He will down to a verbal command or hand signal, especially quick if a treat is involved. He will down on our walks on streets. Get him into the training room and he will not down on command. He will eventually if a treat is involved. He has to do a down for his test in 3 weeks. Any suggestions on getting him to do a down on command regardless of location?