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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Dec. 4th, 2009 10:58 pm
Just how sensitive IS my dog?

REALLY sensitive. That's how much. She can't even handle a prong collar being used on another dog. Seriously. Tonight we ran into my next door neighbor whose new trainer has her buying into the "My dog is a dominan, alpha male type because he's a German shepherd and therefore I must train with a firm hand" nonsense. I'm not going to argue with her. I tried turning her onto positive training and she tried it at first, I think with a trainer she didn't like much and so now has this new one. Ugh.

Anyway. New trainer has her using a prong on the dog (well, he/she had her using a choke chain but luckily I got her to switch to using a prong, which, while awful, is less dangerous and has less potential for physical damage than a choke chain). So she wanted Krieger to sit before we approached. Fine. I wanted Dahlia calm and so had her remain at my side calmly. Had to break her out of her freeze/stalk mode once which she seems to want to get into more often these days.

So they're close to meeting when Krieger breaks his stay to come forward. She jerks the prong and tells him to sit.

Dahlia JUMPS BACK and starts yawning and licking her lips and then wants nothing to do with Krieger. She won't go near him and Sharon and walked a foot away and turned her back to us.

Wow.

And because it's too cute, here's Dahlia before our walk tonight.

walk

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harro_der
harro_der
Christina
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

She has to be sensing something is wrong, especially with the jerk reaction :( I thought you weren't supposed to do that with a prong? You're supposed to let them catch themselves if they get that far? I don't know, I DO know I will never use that on my dogs.


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a_kosmos
a_kosmos
Scheherazade is my patron saint.
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)

Poor sweet girl!


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anobjectinspace
anobjectinspace
Topher
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)

Ohhh Dahlia is such a sweetheart!

*pets her*


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joansies
joansies
OrbWeaver
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)

The training facility we took Thoth to had us use a prong collar, too. However, it was never used quite so violently. He worked very well with the prong collar. The problem with such collars is that most people are too violent with them, which DOES hurt the dog. And some dogs just aren't meant for such training devices. Misty pulls like the dickens and would only hurt herself on one.

I wish my parents would take misty to training (not necessarily at the same place) though. Thoth is trained and responds well. Misty...not so much. :/


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yesididit
yesididit
yesididit
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)

i walk my dogs with prong collars, but only because i walk them together, and if there is a squirrel or bunny, the two of them would pull me right off my feet. puppys obedience classes were done with the gentle leader, so he learned to heel and all that good stuff. i dont use the prong collars for behavioral control or corrections, just to be able to stop them from dragging me along while they eagerly try to pursue a bunny. i just cant stomach doing that *pop* of the collar to correct them. puppy learned so much without any such method. i'm a firm believer in positive training methods.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

Dahlia is an incredibly sensitive dog. I couldn't even dream of putting anything like a prong on her. She'd shut right now. She nearly shut down at someone else using it for a correction near her. Hell, if I run into her by accident she nearly shuts down. I don't know why. Sometimes I wish she weren't so darned sensitive! lol


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yesididit
yesididit
yesididit
Sat, Dec. 5th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)

thats one thing i really appreciate with puppy is that he's pretty much terminally happy. quick to rebound from anything and everything, happy to investigate new things. molly is the sensitive one. raise your voice and she'll cower. when i sneeze (i sneeze loudly) she comes running and tries to lick my face all worried she did something wrong. she didnt mind the prong collar at all though. i guess her excitement for going for a walk overruled, or perhaps her previous owners had used a prong collar, i'm not really sure. a gal on my friends list has a young border collie she's working on agility classes with and she learned when she accidentally stepped on his foot that he'd cower from her.


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