As far as discipline, I smacked him "hard" with his leash once when he was overly aggressive with an outside supplier at work. If I grab the leash and look angry he will drop in place and give me the "wasn't me" look from that time on. He is starting to control his emotions better and realizing that there are limits that will generate a response from me he won't like. The problem is my wife unwillingness to enforce some discipline. She backs down rather than gets aggressive with asserting her dominance. I have always felt that training my wife to handle the dog is more difficult than training the dog. In her defense, Chip is 6 months old, FULL of energy, and 80 lbs. He is sweet as the day is long, but if you do not understand his relative harmlessness he can be a little intimidating. He is big and his bark is unusually low and a little scary. Doesn't scare me, but it will get your attention. If Chip wanted to be rough or was intending you some harm, he would be dangerous and gone from our house. He is not mean or aggressive right to his core. I know this. I sense this. I see this.
Charles "Chip" Von Stonehill
Metro Detroit Area, Mi