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Hi i just got a 4 yr old german shepherd who weighs approx. 120 lbs with basically no training. He pulls at the leash and it doesnt make for a very good walk lol. Can u give me some pointers? Also pointers on how to train him to come when i call him? Thank you!

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If the dog is 4 then he may be set in his ways. All dogs are motivated by one of two things according to most common thought but I say there are three. Food, Toy and Praise. Some dogs respond to treats, some to a particular toy and some simply to be loved on. You will have to first determine which motivates your dog. If he seems to react to treats that is ok. If there is a particular toy he gets excited over that is good but you must keep it unless he gets rewarded. And, some just want to be loved. See if you can find out which one and let me know.

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Chris Cantrell

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Typically answer questions about basic obedience and search and rescue training for any types/breeds of dogs. I DO NOT answer questions regarding any health related issues. I DO NOT PROMISE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OTHER THAN THE AREAS I HAVE LISTED. If you are going to ask a question I do expect to get sufficient information. I cannot make any promises that I can answer your question if it is a behavioral issue because you have to be around the animal to properly evaluate what the animal is or is not doing so do not expect a miracle through email.

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Chief of local rescue squad. I have 2 trained K-9's. One is trained for live, cadaver and HRD. The second is trained for live search and in training currently for cadaver and HRD. Formerly trained Police K-9's for Patrol, protection and Narcotics.

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Alabama Association of Rescue Squads, North American Search Dog Alliance

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NASAR, AARS, Alabama Fire College

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