- Jul 19, 2018
I wish I could get my wife to understand this. She does more untraining than training by far sometimes, and she never wants to use negative reinforcement, which is ironic because she religiously collars all four dogs. I guess she only wants to use the beep to recall. She didn't want to use the shock on the collar yesterday after our newest dog blatantly ignored several commands and the beep and was quite rudely rushing up on people and dogs at the dog park. He's friendly as can be, but I don't blame people for potentially being nervous when an 85 lb pit lab mix comes trucking up on them or their dogs. I was gone for three weeks for work and I could tell within a minute the little a hole had the run of the place while I was gone. She made up some excuses, but I know she just didn't want to have him yip in front of the people at the dog park. God forbid, one of them might give us a dirty look. I made her hand over the controller, told her I didn't give a damn what the other people did or didn't think (which earned me quite the scowl), and had him listening to come, sit, lay down, stay, and heel in no time. These are commands I expect him to know at this point. Over the course of 3 or 4 laps around the park I think I had to hit him twice or three times with the collar on 1 and he was right back where he needed to be. I told her, look, I get it, but he knows what's expected of him at this point. But he also knows he doesn't have to listen to you, and every time you do this you're undoing my training. Stop asking him to do things you aren't prepared to immediately correct if he doesn't do them. If your not in a position to enforce a command with a dog who still likes to test you, your better off not to give it.One thing I should add about the whoa command. Any command is absolute. If your wife, kids, neighbor, another dog are in area, it wants to stop to pee, it cannot deviate. A command is a command.
Sorry to bring a marriage argument into this, but damn, it's been a real bone of contention lately.