The very base of our training starts and ends on the chain gang. We put puppies and dogs on the chain to learn acceptance, restriction, and self-accountability for their actions. Its very important for a pup to accept rules, boundaries and instruction. Anything a pup learns on its own it will retain ten times better than what we teach them. So letting them work it out on their own to start is very valuable. When coming off of the chain gang to go work, a pup must have manners. For a retriever, flusher, or pet, the pup must sit STILL before being let off and a pointing breed must stand. A pup must BE STILL before coming off the chain, and then when the chain is dropped, the pup must wait to be released and not bolt off. We always put the dog back on the chain after the end of a training session when we are done to give the pup some time to retain the lesson and defuse.