Tucker is almost 11mo. He likes people and other dogs, but we are working on not being so vocal with his excitement. I have drastically curbed his greeting new people and honestly he doesn't seem to care so much any more about meeting them, but just gets excited around groups of people and new experiences.
Today after hiking we stopped at a general store and walked across to a small public trout pond. Lots of people fishing. Lots of young children. But pretty quiet as they WERE fishing.
Within 2 minutes he was completely wound up. Screaming, talking, howling, you name it. He is not only huge, but LOUD. Controlling him wasn't an issue otherwise, but we retreated back across the street before someone threw us in the pond
I went back to the truck and put on his ecollar and went back to hang out at a distance. Right now we use a very low setting and that works for everything else, but a few corrections and he still didn't know I existed.
So, I cranked it up, so to speak (still at less than 1/3 of the highest setting and he listened. We then did some general obedience and went in closer before we called it quits.
I admit to feeling bad about turning it up, but he was being a complete jerk.
Was using the ecollar ok in this situation? I didn't have time to call my trainer and talk thru it obviously. I had to make an executive decision and he is almost a year old. With the amount of hiking and traveling he's already done, this shouldnt have been an "Oh my!" experience for him.
And of course now I'm second guessing myself. I guess I could start duct taping his mouth shut...
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