Okay, I apologize if this gets long-winded.
I've had an e-collar now for a few months, but I've put it away for a while because I wasn't getting the results I was looking for. I've been using Lou Castle's method for training the recall, and Duke really hasn't been learning as quickly as I had hoped. So, I assumed that I was doing something wrong and put it away. I don't want to mess up the training that he already has.
It seems like when I take him out to work on the recall, he just gets frustrated. I started using treats as a reward when he responded correctly to the stim, to see if that would keep the sessions more fun, but he still doesn't seem to care much about coming towards me or staying very close to me when I'm hitting the stim. He will respond 90% of the time, but even then he doesn't seem like he's very motivated. Has anyone else had this problem?
His working level is usually around a 25 on my dogtra collar. I know, that's high... But he really didn't seem to notice anything lower, and even still, a 25 only gets an ear flick or a scratch going (and sometimes not much of anything).
My other question pertains to my cat. Duke just won't leave my cat alone. Anytime the cat comes downstairs, duke is on him like white-on-rice. He won't forget, or leave the cat's side, for the entire day if the cat so chooses to stay on the first floor. This doesn't bother me so much as the mouthing. Duke will mouth/pin the cat pretty frequently, and I have tried just about every method I can think of to make it stop. Nothing has worked. So I'm wondering, is there a way to train him not to put his mouth on the cat? Or should I train him to just ignore the cat all together?
I'm not sure the crittering method will work here, since the cat lives with us? I also don't want to accidentally make duke think that the cat is a source for aggression. Has anyone successfully trained their dog to be gentle around the cat using an e-collar?
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find a trainer. i never allow my pups to be ovebearing with
the cats. i seperate them, keep the pup leashed, pull the
away from the cats, allow them to be together but watch
the situation closely.
it doesn't sound like your cat minds the pup's mouthing. when
the cat has had enough he/she will let the pup know. keep
a close eye on the situation and don't let the pup be overbearing.
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