Before I took him on I had a look about, volunteered a few months at a dog training centre to get some basics, also did a serious amount of homework on breeds, I'd looked at everything from collies to ridgebacks, to find something that fitted my lifestyle.
Food aggression has been sorted, he can't guard it if its not there for long.
Even the first steps taking him home, it's my house, I'll let you in, don't go barging in there.
The previous owners had him on a chain collar that was a clip thing, so no wonder his lady couldn't handle him. I tried him on it and it was pull, pull, pull. He's a big lad and very strong so I went for a nylon slip lead.
If he tries to chase things or go for other dogs, all he needs now is one of two things, to be told "that's daddie's" and a little finger pull or for me to get him to sit, wait, then uh-oh and we jog past them, the fella loves to run