Two years ago my parents let me pick out the family dog and gave me the responsibility of training him. Just to let you know, he is a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Bodie. At first it was very frustrating in many aspects, but classical conditioning seemed to be very effective because of one of my mom's favorite TV shows is the "Dog Whisperer." Ceaser Milan is dog trainer who works wonders correcting behaviors of our furry friends through perfecting the use of conditioning.
Personally his methods came very handy to me when we struggled with one of the most simple tasks a dog can do, going for a walk. While aussies are smart dogs, they are very energetic and friendly meaning everything from putting on the leash, to getting my dog to behave, was a challenge. Then I saw an episode on how Cesar trained a dog behave on a walk through using a treadmill.
Training exercise was simple. I would put my Bodie's walking collar on so he knew it was time to "walk". I would them lure him to our treadmill and allow him to walk there at a decent pace in a straight line. We would reward him for successful walking on the treadmill for a for an amount of time each day, rewarding him for staying focused on walking on the treadmill. His behavior was reflected into the real walking situation by using the same reward system. Now that he is a pretty big dog, it is nice to have him well mannered and behaved on walks as he leads us on the leash. Not to mention, when its too cold out he loves to get exercise on the treadmill, if we give him treats of course!