Boy I dislike prong collars, particularly for puppies. Positive training doesn't work because people don't have patience, and often do not believe it will work, and never give it a true chance.
It is not because I think the prong is abusive. Used properly it is not. But we are going to the big guns for small stuff, and before the dog is out of the teething/chewing stage, the puppy already needs a collar correction to know you mean business. They already know that if the big-boy collar is on, they better act one way.
Training is simply put communication between you and your dog. Through signs, body language, or words you tell the dog what you want, and when he knows what you want, he does what you want, and he is thus communicating back, Motivation (rewards or punishment) plays into it and is dependent on the dog's inner desire to please you. With a less biddable dog, you will need more motivation -- positive: treats, praise, game of tug; or negative: verbal admonition, lack of reward, physical block or physical correction.
In the above example, let's apply mindfulness -- one thing at time. Either weed the garden or play with the dog. Then you do not need to resort to physical corrections for puppy behavior. I like to set a dog up to succeed and then praise the dog for succeeding rather than setting a dog up for failure so I can correct (punish) the dog. When you take a young puppy out in the yard, to be "with" you while you are doing a job, you are setting the dog up for failure, and thus you had to punish the dog. A dog rarely goes out and amuses himself/exercises himself. They are outside, Yay! and after running about for a minute or so, doing a few laps, they look for the most exciting thing going on. And guess what? That's you. You are more exciting than watching the grass grow and the wind blow. So now he wants to engage you in play. Only, you are not being mindful. You are doing two things at once. You are half-engaging with your pup and half-engaging your weeds. And the outcome is that your puppy tries to engage with you and realizes that you are crabby.
I want communication and engagement with me to be awesome. So when I have a dog out with me, I am pretty much in tune with what the dog is doing. Maybe I'm washing the dishes or listening to a book while writing, but that is with older dogs. With puppies, if I have them out of their safe space, then I am paying attention to them. I don't crate them, save maybe for a cold night when everyone is in and I have bitches that might want to eat each other, or to move some bitches past others, or for a ride in the car. But it is not normal. I have kennels, some indoor/outdoor, and that allows puppies to be "in" the house and around the bustle but not able to get themselves into unsafe situations. So if I ever were to "weed the garden" then the puppies would be in their kennels, and I could get it done quicker, and then let the puppies out and I can watch them play with each other or with me. That way I set them up to succeed and can praise them for it. And they can make it all the way to thirteen without knowing what a prong collar feels like.
Heidi Ho, Odie
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Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
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