I must have gotten spoiled. Let me start by saying I grew up training animals. Having a dad that was a rodeo clown & a mom that ran barrels, I guess you could say I know the basics. So let me get to it. I've had many dogs, but I recently got an aus. sheppard. He is a full male & was a 6 month old, out-door only, kennel dog. I've had him about 4 months & he is doing really well, but I still have a LOT of work to do on him. My problem is that I'm not sure how to go about off leash training him. He does great on a leash, great in the house, but as soon as we are outside and off leash he has no regard for me what-so-ever. I would like to be able to take him to the dog park when it warms up (city dweller now. bleck) but I can't do that till I am sure he will be obedient off leash. He knows basic commands & stays right at heal on a loose leash. Am I expecting too much too soon? The problem is that I don't even see reaction that is rewardable. He completely ignores when he is off. I also have to work a lot with him on just general socialization. He needs to get out in the world. Any advise is great. I had a blue heeler as soon as I moved out for college & she was AMAZING. I think I thought an aussie would be that easy too.