Re: Anyone familiar w/ "Sit Means Sit" shock training?
Thanks for all the feedback. I did look through the other threads as well and can see that people have a wide variety of feelings about SMS.
BTW, is there a way to search threads for a specific topic so I can avoid repeating a topic like I did here?
I live in Orlando and I was told the SMS trainer in Jacksonville is really good. I'm still waiting to hear back from her. I am a pronged collar trainer, but I incorporate lots of praise and treats and play to make it a positive experience. My 10-mo-old has responded reasonably well; he sits, stays, lays, heels, fetches and comes very well.
He does have some behavior issues that I'm having trouble breaking though: digging, jumping on people, jumping on furniture, and on-leash dog aggression and occasional people aggression.
I do not trust him off leash and I feel that I have not trained him nearly to his abilities. I am intrigued by the SMS videos and am seriously thinking about signing up. I have taken the advise of others and have tried to exercise him hard both physically and mentally, but he still seems to have some behavior issues.
I believe e-collars, when used properly, are humane and good training tools. Having the ability to stimulate or even correct a dog from afar seems to be a real benefit over some of the other methods of training discussed. I am all ears though, and I appreciate everyone's constructive feedback.