I like to start off with some eye contact games. This helps your dog to start looking to you for direction, and lets him know that it's ok to look you in the eye... this is not a natural behaviour for most dogs, and training is required. My next favourite thing is to teach tricks. Doesn't matter what it is- I am always working on a new trick or two with my younger dogs. From sit, down, wave, roll over, play dead, to weaving in and out of my legs, bowing, scooting backwards around me, speak, ohhhh, the list goes on. It is fun for both you and your dog, and only serves to build the relationship between the both of you, and settles the dog down. Done consistantly, even with the more challenging dogs, you will find within just a week or two, you have a whole new dog that respects you more, and gives you undivided attention, and loves to play with you more than anyone else. What could be better than that?