Ok hello everybody, So I have a dog who you can see in the picture, his names Ben and I rescued him about 4 years ago. Ben is a great dog, a smart dog too I just dont know how to get it out of him, they call it dog training, its really human training isnt it?!. There are a few points I want to touch on and if anybody can see any patterns and possible answers to the points raised I will be so greatful for any feedback. Ben gets very excited when we go for a walk, he's a sniper always on the lookout for anything and pulls like a steam train. I have tried different leads, a halti being the most effective though he hates it and wriggles out at road crossings or open spaces. (problem one) how do I get him not to pull so hard? he doesnt seem to listen. 2. When I let him off the lead he legs it. He goes wild chasing birds and runs circles round me like a wolf rounding up prey. He will come back generally but only when he is knackered, I darent take him for walks in woods etc, only open grassy areas because he doesnt come back. 3. In the garden he is desperate to play and go outside but he immediatley grabs a stick or stone or anything and holds it in his mouth. He won't drop any toy even in the house, I have to catch him and pull it out his mouth usually. When were playing outside he just stares at me, an intense stare at me or another ball, but if I kick a ball he will chase it and leap on it but not bring it back and drop it. Its been like this forever! 4. He is really uninterested in food or treats. Seems quite depressed too! How can I get him more balanced? Your probably thinking I am a horrible person who shouts like mad at him, I dont, I'll admit the problems have made having a good relationshiop with him hard but I really want to make the situation better, I am the 'master' afterall!, - or at least want to be!...help help help!!!!!!! it he just stupid or have I got to take a whole approach?!