Hey Linda. Have you ever taken care of small dogs before? I've noticed bigger dogs being more disciplined than smaller ones... or maybe that's because I've always had friends with dogs who they are knowledgeable in training. My big pups are just too rambunctious. They're older, but I can't help call them pups because they'll ram me like I was one of them. LOL. So much for establishing respect.Phoenix was a very easy puppy, she was smart, had her houseborken in three weeks, she was hard on toys, destroyed them practically as soon as she got them until I gave her an antler, she still loves her antlers and she has her "fierceness" rope. I just say "be fierce" and she runs for her rope growling and acting aggressive, then she drops it in my lap and we play with it. Sometimes she gets carried away and grabs my sleeve and once she bit my finger when her teeth got to close to the knot in the rope. I started taking her for runs in the woods when she was little and we still go every day. Her favorite time of the day is her run in the woods. She's a really good girl but very protective of me and I do not trust her with strangers. But no one is perfect and that may not be such a bad thing. I had her in the woods one day and some strange man jumped out at me, she was off a little way playing but as soon as she saw him she came running, had I not grabbed her she would have bitten him. I did report the incident to the police and turns out they had been looking for this man as he had approached several other people. I haven't seen him since so I don't know what happened with him. But safe to say no one bothers me with her around.