I don't really know how much of the title is truthful. He's my little puppy, yes, but he's not really a puppy. He's a year and a half old and rescued. Also, I've been reading the forums for a while, just found no need to get an account because I didn't have a dog at the time. Also, I'm not new to dogs, I've had many of them. I trained them to do lots of things like say grace, e.t.c. Anyway, now that I'm back in the dog world, I want to join a community of others also training their dogs. My puppy is not really like any other...He's a funny kind of mix, he has hair, not fur, Two and a half feet long, maybe three, and hairy all over. His previous name was Scruffy, but we decided to change it. He didn't know the name well enough, so we weren't hurting anything by changing it to Keeper. I swear, he is the most adorable thing. We have to gove him haircuts every week, too. At his old home he was only taught no-nos. He is extremely sensitive if you say 'uh-uh' to him and he will go lie down on the carpet making you feel guilty for saying it. Anyway, we're trying to teach him only TO do things, not to not do things. I know this puts a damper on lots of obedience train but t just seems like the best thing to do. Oh yeah, he is VERY food oriented. I mean, training him with treats is tough, but it works. He already knows sit, but that's really it. Lie down is surprisingly tough for him. Not to say he isn't smart, though. Anyway, we're looking for new ways to teach him that don't involve negative reinforcement. Thank you so much. For readi-Oh my, I wrote you a novel. Thank you VERY much for reading. Any dog obedience ideas or easy tricks would be great!