Hi. I am following @JudyN and @Shalista from a different forum. Been reading comments, like the atmosphere here. We live with an 8 y.o. Ridgeback Ari. He is a rather big one - 30", 109 lbs of dog. Intact. Made a lot of mistakes in the early days (the biggest was probably letting him become a dog park bully). Bad habits form quickly, and take years of hard labor to lose. Somehow managed to live through seemingly never ending adolescence, when every other 4-legged male had to be challenged and tested, the bigger and scarier looking - the better. Walks at 5 AM in a remote nature park in order to avoid other dogs. On the plus side - sunrise in a nature park can be quite beautiful. Now, at 8 y.o. - can't imagine a better quadruped Chill, doesn't get bothered by other dogs, walks are a pleasure even in busy places, even shares the sofa from time to time. He still likes to stare at fragile elderly ladies in the neighborhood who feel uncomfortable in his presence, in order to make them feel even more uncomfortable, but heck - who is perfect? I am here mainly to let the new dog people know that it's OK to make mistakes, it's OK not to have a perfect puppy all the time, it's OK when others roll their eyes at you or your little monster, it's OK not to be too serious and just enjoy them. "Dog training classes" are for people. They can be good for puppies too, but the humans are the real students there. Cheers!