First things first, I let him out to run with Khan. Khan is my alpha dog, but he's not the overly aggressive type. He will politely and quietly keep the other dogs in check. Asking a dog with pent up energy to learn something is like givinga kid Starbucks and asking them to study fractions.
Once all the sillies were out, he had breakfast and a small rest, and we started work. Jumping is a big no no and in his case, earns him a sharp knee to the chest. This doesn't work on all dogs but it seems to be getting the point across with him.
I fit him in a basic choke chain, as he has learned not only to jerk people around on a leash, but back out of a flat collar if you try to make him do something he doesn't want. Choke collars are a bit harder to back out of. Keep in mind that you shouldn't keep constant pressure, the idea isn't to actually choke them.
As we go for a walk, each time he pulls or gets ahead of me (keep in mind he is on about 2 and a half feet of leash. He isn't getting a running start on the pull!) He is stopped and asked to sit. He already knows the command, so no sit, and I pop the leash. Again, not to choke or hurt him, a quick, light jerk, and lots of praise when he sits. The entire walk takes about 15 minutes and by the end of it, he is sitting when asked and rarely steps ahead of me. His shoulders should he at my leg. I moved in front of him to take the picture but he is made to sit beside me.
Once we get home, he is asked to sit quietly while I open and close the gate, more praise, and is let off to rest and relax. Not a bad start at all. I don't believe in treats for training. I am the alpha, not a treat dispenser and I'm not bribing them for good behavior. Toys or praise are just as good for motivation. Posted via Mobile Device