and perhaps you could move back to just working articles off the track( the long track, anyway) and tightening your criteria with the clicker. Now he must be looking down the track, etc. You will have to be quick to catch him before he swings out. Maybe between that and straddling him, he will get the point.
Ok so update! Tonight I used the long hallway in the house to lie a bunch of articles down in a row. Before I did this, I read some method about holding food closed in your hand, dog by the side, and an article held over the 'opening' of your hand. When he platzed and nosed/sniffed the article, click, and flip the article over showing the treats. I think this really helped him put the treats to the article directly as I had never rewarded him from the actual article.
Then I went to the hallway, article close to the wall, me on his other side. and asked for him to 'find it' and indicate. First I had my hand down by the article with food, then just stood by him sort of blocking his body with mine. By the end of the session, we could walk down the hall with me by his butt, and he indicated 6 in a row.
I was very impressed with his dedication to each article as I have not worked on this like I should have. After I told him we were 'done' he immediately went out to the closest article that I hadn't picked up, platzed, and kept touching the article and looking up at me like 'hey, mom, right here, here it is, look here, give me treat?'. I think he's starting to get it. I probably won't put it on the track for a while though, got to have it down pat before I mess it up again.
On a second note, I was reminded again just how much Zeus loves to train and be right. He's been more confused with everything lately because we're working on so many diffferent things and my head isn't "completely in gear" like it should, and failure really 'gets him down'. He gets frustrated easily and I know I confuse him. After the session tonight, I released him, and he burst into the zoomies/play with mom mode. For a mellow dog who doesn't 'express' much, times like that make my day.