This is my log of Shamas training. I welcome suggestions, as I update and vent out frustrations. Shamas was brought home on October 27th and is 5 years old. I believe that hes not a city dog, as his phobias are all things athat are "normal" here in the core of the city. Trucks, buses, sirens, heavy traffic, main roads...etc After a few run-ins with badly behaved dogs in my area, he became dog-shy. We have worked with him over the winter at Petsmart, and he's getting better with that now. It's about 50/50 whether he will lunge towards, or turn and walk away from another dog on the streets of our area. I generally turn him away at the first sight of another dog, going around the block to get back home again. In the beginning, between the lunging and the pulling, we had a LOT of trouble handling him on the walk. we first tried the Easy walk harness. That caused blisters and sores. So we tried Gentle Leader. That cause balding on his nose. Next was a prong collar(my families trainers swear by it for difficult dogs and I had only used it under much hesitancy). We only used that for about a week before discovering the more humaine Martingale collar and discontinuing use. When winter came, I got a harness. I couldn't handle training him in the snow and ice, and felt more stable with him ahead of me. Now I use a harness unless I want him right at my side. Although 5 years old, Shamas doesn't seem to have had any training past the basic. Sit and Lay down. He understands getting in trouble, and Sit is his go-to response for everything. He shows at my side if I say "let's go" and walk off but has no recall. I suspect he was a friend...a companion dog, woh was never taught any commands. He LOVES to learn new things, and now knows Sit, Shake a paw, Lay down, Take it to your crate, Time for bed, Go Pee, Shamas Come, Walk by, Let's Go, Ah! Leave it! , Don't beg-GO Walk AWAY!(when he gets into it with the cats)and a few others. I'm working on teaching him to ring a bell to let me kno when he needs to go outside. I started Crate training, but he got so upset at being left in with the door shut that I held training at having him use it for now. I have bigger fish to fry than teaching him to have time iin his crate. He uses it regularly, he just doesn't like the door shut. And when i have to leave him home alone, I don't need to crate him- I put him in my room witht he door close, and there's a second crate in there where he spends the nights. We have some trouble with the cats. Matts, the eldest is fine with him. Midnight is not bad..he seems like he'd like to meet the dog but is afraid. Helen HATES him. as far as she's concerned, he's an invader who took her place on our bed. The plan had been that he'd sleep in my daughter's room...but Helen was so menacing that we ended up bringing him to our room for his own saftety, and he's slept there ever since. The problem is, Helen has always slept in our room. So she's moved into the girls room, and guards it viciously against the dog. Since we couldn't keep the dog out of the cat litters, we put 3 downstairs for whent they play in the basement, and one in the room that the cats frequent.