This guy was great, I think. He used methods I normally wouldn't, nothing I would call harsh at all, but the results were fast. J still has a LONG way to go, but within a few minutes of this guy taking control of J, J was comfortable enough to come to the man for attention after he'd done what was asked of him... The door training was fun. Took J a few tries to realize that when the doorbell goes off, or knocking, it doesn't mean he has to go running at it, and he goes away from it now when people are knocking like crazy... The chain in a bag thing was great, IMO. It's not hurting the dog, it startled him and made him do something other than bark at the poor man, or go after the door. It isn't hitting the dog, it's hitting the ground near his feet.
The leash training was hard work for everyone, but it also caught on fast. J follows my leg and sits or stands next to it when we stop. The corrections were not harsh, it's not hurting him,. It's a collar pop, with this http://www.americaneskimodogs.org/im...g_collar_1.jpg
adjusted so it's not going to choke him when it pops, it can slip over his head, they use them because they make the same noise as the chain throw bag correction.
I think the man you talked with, FlyBy, was a bit extreme.. Though this guy doesn't let his dogs or his clients dogs meet or greet without their owner letting them. THAT was hard, because J wanted to go get love from him until about the 5th time, then he caught on, until I said, "Okay, go".
It's going to be exhausting... I'm pooped. J took a nap while we filled out paper work.
We talked for about an hour I'd say, before we started actually working. He stayed for 2-2.5 hours, and this was just to get our leash and door manners worked on. We're going to get the neighbors and whomever to help us with that 3-4 times a day.
I'm happy with him, J wasn't scared, he was confused and nervous at first, but that's him in any situation. The guy said he's had worse fear aggressive dogs and they're fine now..
Well then, I'll keep you all updated. We're going to start using his dogs when J has everything else down.