Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Prong Collar magic
I think I have a new puppy.
I never, ever, thought I would have to resort to a prong collar on any GSD I raise.
Lisl is the first working line dog I've had and she is a bit more spirited and obnoxious as a puppy than other GSD's I've raised.
The problem was not her walking on lead. She does that fine and heels well...in one direction only. Away from home.
As soon as we turn around, or round a corner of the block in the direction of home she starts pulling on the lead. Click training hasn't stopped this, a conventional choke collar (that I've succesfully used on all my other dogs) had no effect. Even when she was hacking and breathing hard, she'd just as soon choke herself to get back home.
Frankly, I've never seen this behavior. I've had dogs that hate the lead and collar no matter which way they're heading, and other dogs that don't care at all and will follow me anywhere at my heel.
Not this dog.
The prong collar came today and after I arrived home from work we immediately went for a long walk both to and from home. After the prongs did their job the very first time and she let out a little yelp, she never pulled again after walking for over 45 minutes both to and from home.
I swear this isn't the same dog I left when I went to work this morning. The walk was very enjoyable despite the 19° temp and 10° windchill.
These collars really do work without hurting the dog. If I thought for a second I was hurting Lisl I would have removed it and never put it on her again. I think she enjoyed the walk more too without me having to make constant corrections.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf
An Unhappy German is a Sour Kraut!