I have a 9 month old Giant Schnauzer/Poodle mix. He is very smart, but a little stubborn. We have basic obedience down when it is just me and my husband, but still working on it with company, children, and other dogs. We are working on not jumping, and leave it. Leroy loves going to the off leash dog park and gets along with other dogs. I found that training sessions with him help to calm him down, so I hope that adding new tricks will help too as he really likes to please.