Did Electronic Collar Make Your Dog Paranoid At First?
I have a male GSD that is really quite well behaved for his age (just under 2 years). We've had him for about 6 weeks, and really our biggest problem with him is that when he is in the yard, he is constantly barking at us if we are walking around the parts of the yard he can't reach on his cable. (No, he doesn't live out there on it, just goes out for short periods on nice days).
Anyway, it's one of the only times he will not listen to a verbal "no" and obviously I am not close enough to issue a leash correction. So, I decided to try an electronic collar to help attempt to phase out this behavior.
I fitted the collar properly, used it on one of the LOWEST settings possible. The instant he barked, I hit the button. I did not HOLD the continuous button, but used the NICK button, which lasts all of 1 second. He yelped and immediately began looking at the ground for the next two hours, sniffing around and jumping at leaves and the tags on his collar.
I brought him inside later, took the collar off, and all he did was pace around. I then put him in his spot (a blanket in the corner of the room with a leash attached to the couch)because he usually calms down there. He would not even lay down once I attached the leash. He even jumped and yelped one time when it clinked against his tags.
I mean, I hit the button ONCE and had previously tried it on myself (it's not my intent to hurt him).
It's like he is convinced just from the one light zap that it's somehow connected to his normal collar and/or leash.
MY QUESTION (and please no judgement here):
Is this normal while they are trying to figure out what happened and will go away in a day or two? Or are we looking at developing neurotic behavior over one correction?