About two years ago, we adopted a three year old GSD named Buddy. Now, I have never had a dog before, but my wife has, so she assured me we could handle him just fine. Well, we get him, and he is a big doggie. He loves to jump and hug and knock you over and all those bad doggie habits. He's VERY friendly and the couple of times "questionable" people have shown up on our property he puts on a very intimidating show, which I like About a year and a half ago we took him to the vet for his shots and a once-over before we sent him to a trainer in Terre Haute for obediance and some defense training, to the tune of about $400. The vet discovered heartworm. The people who "gave" him to us claimed they got rid of him because they didn't have room. Turned out they got rid of him because they didn't want to spend the money to treat the heartworm! So, we dropped a small fortune in treatments and cleared it up. He was pretty sick for a while so he never went to training. I can tell he is bored. He has a great ball drive and he's actually very intelligent. He also LOVES to get loose and go roaming but as long as he is alone when he gets out of his kennel or off his lead he will stick around the house. If I try to catch him he takes off. Very bad doggie We live somewhat in the country and I'd like to train him to be on his own but not leave and wander the neighborhood like the other dogs. I don't think this is possible, but what can I do to get him to break these bad habits? Does he need fixed? Will this cure him of his wandering problem? He does fetch, sit, and shake. That's about it. I'd like to train him to stay down (he knows down but he doesn't like it) and train him to quiet down when he gets to barking (he hates deer, they drive him nuts, and they are thick here).