Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
On using the prong to load the dog: you can actually load the prong collar like the way you load a clicker. The mechanism is the same: pop the prong, feed/play, pop the prong, feed/play. Classical conditioning stuff and do this enough time the dog will start to come into drive when she feels the pop. It's entirely up to you and your dog whether you want to do this or not or when you want to do this. I started this with Ike very early ... around 12-13 weeks with a baby poodle prong. I would be playing tug and while we were tugging, I would lightly pop him a few times on the prong - all the time I would keep tugging and also keep talking and the praising so the prong acted as a stimulant and not as an aversive, kind of like a pat on the shoulder or a "atta boy" slap on the butt. And later on, when we were healing, I would pop him on a prong one time right before I mark/release/reward him. Now I can pop him pretty hard on that thing and you would see him load and gets even higher in drive.
Overall Indra looks good and has a nice focus on you. I agree with Lies in that I would load her up a little more before taking the first step. Also, I would try to get Indra's head a little higher and get her butt lower to the ground and have her push off with her back legs more ... what Joanne Plumb calls "collection". To get her head higher and a bit more back, perhaps you can hold the tug on your left shoulder and then pin the shoulder back a little bit so she really has to crank her head back to look at it. To get her to use her back legs more, I would do lots of heel, stop/sit, heel, stop/sit and turns. Lots and lots and lots of turns.
You guys are looking great!
Last edited by Jason L; 08-05-2010 at 10:40 AM.