Act Like a Leader

When giving verbal cues, use a calm, even voice and only say it ONCE.

One word per action (many signals per word is okay). Down should not mean BOTH get off the furniture AND lie down on the floor. But pointing at the ground and raising your hand in the air can both mean lie down on the ground.

Avoid gray area signals – like bending over toward your dog when you want them to stay. Leaning/bending toward your dog is the same move you usually use to call him to you. To avoid confusion, stand up straight, and/or come up with a different hand signal for "come".

Choose and use a release word (like Okay) to signal when your dog is done with something

Practice Doggy Discipline. When your dog engages in undesirable behavior, don’t use an excited voice, but rather use a low one or a word like “nuh uh!” or “Nope” to correct him. You should NEVER strike your dog.

Always give your dog an acceptable alternative thing to do instead of the undesired behavior instead of just correcting him. Cheming on your socks? Trade him for a bone instead of just saying "NO".

Timing is EVERYTHING! Never correct your dog if it’s more than 3 seconds after the fact.

No Free Lunch Policy:

No free-feeding: meal time should be on a schedule and given in set quantities appropriate for your dog's size, energy and breed.

Call your dog to you for petting and attention instead of going to him.

No dogs on the furniture without working for the privilege (sit/down/touch first).

Don’t let your dog sleep on the bed (at least for the first month or so that you’re establishing leadership). After that, where ever you want to let your dog sleep is totally up to you - just remember to occasionally remind your dog that it's your bed, not his. People bed privlages are earned, not entitled.

You go through doorways first.

Make your dog move out of your way if he’s in your path; don’t walk over or around him.

When playing with toys, you should always end up with the toy at the end of the game.

Practice body handling. Play with your dogs paws, tail, ears and mouth every chance you get. It's fun! And it'll make them much more likely to willingly accept the same type of handling from small children or your vet.

Play the trade game with bones, toys and food.

Approach the food bowl while your dog’s eating and make delicious things happen (drop in treats).

Go for at least one controlled walk per day.

And most importantly: EXERCISE YOUR DOG! A tired dog is a good dog.