08-24-2018, 08:04 AM
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Athenalove, your post 7 above is excellent. It’s exactly as I use to train my high drive Aussie. She knows well over 75 commands and responds to voice, hand, body moves, whistle and flashlight. I reward everything good whether or not is a command thing.
I wear a double pocket nail pouch from Home Depot almost all the time we are outside. I even have it on in the car or truck. Usually I only carry standard value rewards but if I’m going to do something new or we are going to a dog friendly store I carry some higher value rewards. Punishment is not understood by dogs so don’t use it, it will work against you every time. The only time I use a correction is for a blown command. Then only a slight “ no” or light leash tug. I’ve even gone away from the prong even with Samantha’s heavy neck fur. It’s simply not needed. I do put it on backwards or inside out when I think we could meet trouble dogs. They will hurt themselves if they try any neck bites. It’s happened...very effective.
People look at me funny with a nail bag but I’m not in a style show, I’m out with my dog exercising and training.
Last edited by Bentwings; 08-24-2018 at 08:06 AM.