Today I took Sarah out for an official walk. Prior to today, we did some training in the front yard, simple things like sit, stay, come, etc. Primarily, the purpose was discipline. On the whole, she's doing a good job, but boy does she have a stubborn streak. By the way, she did a great job of sitting and staying for me to snap this picture today.
On her walk today, she had two speeds - reverse and full speed ahead. I knew that teaching her to heel would be hard, and I was right. After a half hour walk, my hands are sore from constantly pulling her back to my side. After rereading Cesar Millan's dog walking technique online, I realized I didn't make sure Sarah was in the right state of mind before we left for our walk. I'll be sure to try that on our next walk.
In addition to the walk, there are a couple of other behavioral things I really want to get her to stop doing: chewing on wooden furniture and doors in our computer area and treating my son like he's her chew toy.
At this point, I've been using the "NO!" technique every time I've caught her chewing the wood, and I've gotten mixed results. She's got a bunch of chew toys that she enjoys playing with, but I also read that getting a ribbed nylon bone and smearing peanut butter on it should distract her from the wood. And then there's the sour apple, hot sauce, and vinegar spray techniques as well, but I'm not sure if I want my wooden furniture smelling like sour apple, hot sauce, or vinegar. I think consistent walks every day will help relieve some of her energy, which is no doubt contributing to her chewing in addition to her teeth.
No matter what, though, I'm getting in touch with an obedience trainer for some help in these areas, so hopefully we'll make progress soon.
On the whole, she's a very good puppy, but I'm really looking forward to the docile Great Dane I've read and heard about so much.