My name is Brandi and I recently adopted a 1 year old GSD named Max. I’m so glad I came across this site because I’m in NEED of advice to work with Max. A little background, My husband and I adopted Max from a friend who could no longer keep Max. Max was in a kennel all day long because my friend lived in an apartment and worked all day. So about a month ago we recieved Max. He was and still is SUPER HYPER (we have a fenced in backyard where he is free to run and play). He wasn’t very obedient and I’ve been trying to work with him and it’s been a disaster. Two days of having Max, I asked my friend how do I remove the choke collar and my friend said “you don’t, we’ve always kept it on him” (friend has had Max since he was a few weeks old). I told my friend that i couldn’t even put my finger under the collar and that there was something sticky and it stunk. My friend came over and took the choke collar off and it had embedded into his skin so we rushed him to the emergency vet. The vet said the choke collar was only for training which my friend responded that their vet said it was okay to leave the choke collar on. Anyways, so Max has had it ruff and I want to give him a happy and healthy life. I’ve been using treats and toys and I’m not using the choke collar at all. Max had nipped me and snapped at me and it’s not okay at all. My plan is to get him neutered and when he’s healed, taking him to training classes.