Today we mostly got to know each other as we did some very basic Heel work. He is very used to pulling hard on his leash and so adapting to his prong collar was an experience but after maybe a quarter of the way down the first block he was shaping up. He even did an automatic sit for me near the end of our last workout of the day. Implied Stay was also started today that was a challenge for him because he wanted to go do his own thing.
Bear's biggest hurdles will be his impulsiveness (because he is a puppy) and his independence which can read like defiance (because he is an Akita) but this is my breed and I am already having a blast with him.