Hi, My name is Susan and, my newest companion is Rinja....a 5 month old German Shepherd. We also have a 6 year old English Mastiff whose name is Noble. I have really enjoyed meandering through this website. So much to see and, so much to learn. I know it will be great fun for both of us. We are going to need the help! lol I know I have quite a challenge on my hands as this puppy is much smarter than I am. So far, we have learned to sit, down, walk on loose lead (almost a decent 'heel') to 'watch me' and to 'speak'. Although she does these things well, she still has the attention span of a gnat. Hopefully, this is just the 'puppy brain' syndrome and will improve with time. I am having a bit of difficulty teaching her how to learn to calm herself. Any hints or suggestions would be more than appreciated. She is forever in the 'alert mode' and, I want her to enjoy learning. Training our mastiffs over the years was a completely different ball game, as they are usually born with a guilt complex and are not as speedy. Rinja is 90 mph which made me wonder if perhaps there might be a bit of Border Collie somewhere? I'm sure there isn't but, she has that kind of energy level. She never misses anything and is always on alert for new sounds, bugs, leaves, people, anything that moves, breathes or simply exists,etc. Am looking forward to being a member of this group and learning as much as I can about her and how to train her in a manner that we will both enjoy. She's a cutie!