Thanks Sonny. He doesn't do NJ
I might send him an e-mail, not sure though yet.
I do have to say that we've been doing a lot with Chief. We've been leaving him home (in his crate) while we go to work. (he would normally come with us, but we can't always correct him, especially when we're dealing with customers) When we get home, we take him out and (mostly) I go out with him with his Jolly ball on a string (it's like 50+ft of rope) and we play around with it for a good 45 min-1 hour. In the beginning, he would never "drop it", but now when he comes trotting up with it, he'll either drop it without me saying anything, or I say it once and he'll do it.
He has been enjoying that a lot, as well as going on the treadmill. Whenever he comes inside, he almost always goes right on the treadmill and waits for it to start. He has been doing that off leash and doing very well.
We have also (almost) completely stopped him from going outside and playing with Chucky (FIL's dog) as he would try to dominate him and be aggressive with him. Since we stopped that, he has been coming inside when told and behaving a heck of a lot better.
We have also, been giving him more affections (after his exercise and discipline-which is him sitting or laying down and waiting for our permission to eat/drink). I guess since we didn't want to shower him with love only, we didn't do it. But I have seen a marked improvement in him while in the house.
Another thing we did, well I did really, was to tone down my excitement when talking/petting him. With my parents' dogs I would love to rile(sp?) them up and I see that I cannot do that with Chief. So now with my calm energy and everything, I can actually sit on the floor and pet him and not having him getting all crazy on me
I think as long as we continue to do this, he'll keep getting better and better.