Just returned from the first training session. Dallas is as attentive a student as I have seen. He has a great deal of patience for a teenage boy- I attribute that to his being brought up around baby animals especially horses- they have quite a herd over there.
Found out why the other dogs don't behave, they were trained with "food and treats" I train with praise and toys. Makes a big difference and lowers the aggression in the dogs as well.
Rugby knows Lie Down now- both hand and command signals. I told Dallas that is always the first command I teach. I also told him due to the fact that they have so many horses (one daughter teaches classes) that the command of NO should not be used here because NO and WHOA are too close! I have visions of them being outside and having Rugby act out, and someone yell NO and several horses in the arena suddenly skidding to a stop and riders sliding off! So it is the command of "Not Acceptable"
Rugby is in puppy heaven over there- they took him on a long ride last night- well they rode the horses and he walked along. He didn't mess with the horses, or run off- the kids all love him and they are going swimming with him later. It was a good choice to let him go. I am at peace with it.