Hardy is still only ten months old. He flies all over the place, he pulls badly on lead and may be unpredictable around other dogs – largely I believe because he picks up on the anxiety of his lady owner.
He is very open to encouragement and reward. It works so much better with him to call him away from something and reward him, than to command him Down or Off. He needs to be shown what he should do, not only what he should not do.
One problem is that Hardy doesn’t really know what is expected of him, because the rules are not consistent and the boundaries blurred. He has a very empathetic owner who was already learning quickly while I was there, and two lovely children who will help her.
Already Hardy was learning some impulse control.