As far as food goes, I've never had a food fussy dog until I had German Shepherds. I use kibble moistened and adding a bit of canned food. Now and then I add other tid bits or broth. In their breakfast portion I add a boiled egg. I don't panic if they don't eat. I pick up the meal after 15 minutes and put it away until their next meal. If they don't eat it that meal,then I pick it up and throw it away and give them a fresh meal the next timr. I seldom have to throw the food away and neither of my dogs have starved yet. They are both slim and I'd like to see a pound or two more on them, but I don't worry about it or cater to them more than I already do.
For the trainer, I'd go with a prong collar over a choke collar. Your pup is at an age where he needs consequences for pig headed behavior. Treats and rewards are great for teaching a new behavior and promoting wanted behaviors but honestly, sometimes an entire roast beef won't be more interesting than the smell a gal in heat might have left on a light pole. That is where leash pressure is needed. For tugging you need to be more stubborn than the dog and use the consequence of no forward movement when he tugs. Wait for him to be calm before rewarding him with forward movement. It will be stop and go for a long time, be patient. if he lunges, a ding from the prong collar tells him that lunging is something that can be unpleasant. Don't feel bad about it. It could save his life.
for jumping on you, he is glad to see you. Ignore him as best you can until he calms down. We were able to teach my boy to come greet with a toy in his mouth. It helped the urge for him to grab us when we came in the door.
Finding a good trainer is invaluable. Not only can they see things you might miss, like poor timing on rewards or corrections but they can encourage you when it seems like you are not gaining any ground.
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Last edited by car2ner; 09-14-2016 at 09:55 AM.