Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Re: Teaching her to ignore others on walks
I would recommend a prong collar once the dog is a little older, especially if your method isn't working as well as you'd like. I know they look like torture devices, but when used properly, they are a terrific training tool. When the dog barks or lunges, give a sharp correction away from where the dog is looking, then leave no tension on the lead. I can walk my dogs through ANYWHERE or ANYONE (rollerbladers, bikers, runners, other dogs, ANYONE) and they won't lunge on their leashes. They may look or lean in very distracting situations, but never jump, bark or lunge. Jack (my pup) doesn't even have a training collar...he's just learned so well from Marshall that he doesn't need one as of yet.
Your idea may work for your case, but in reality you're training your dog for a rock-solid "watch me," or in your case, a rock-solid "leave it." Great for building solid performance on those commands, but you're distracting the dog from performing the bad behavior rather than directly addressing the problem and showing the dog that this kind of behavior is not acceptable.
Just my opinions...take them as you will. I hope they help.
The Brat Pack:
- GSD Marshall (10/2007)
- Adopted Collie/Terrier Jack (8/2008)
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