Tether or e-collar for up north vacation?
So my hubby and I were having a discussion, and we are hoping to not use EITHER for little Della. She is set up to go in for another few sessions with a trainer in the next couple of weeks. But here's the dilemma:
We are all going to a family reunion up north. My uncle has another cabin on his property, so I will be sharing this with my hubby, son, mom, bro, and the dogs. There is room, so I am bringing all their kennels....
Lena, not worried about her, her recall is pretty darn good. Bear, I am already just going to assume he won't listen so I am going to tether him. He's not a fast runner like the girls, and not as high energy, but he wanders. But we are still discussing how we should go about it with Della.
Her recall leaves something to be improved upon. She is much better now, but when it comes to small, fuzzy things that are not a part of the household, I am still a little hesitant. She does come back almost every time, but with all the new sights and smells, I worry if she will have problems with focusing. We have started taking her to nearby forest to walk the trails and sort of de-sensitize her to these sort of things (we have only been able to do this recently because her reaction to being on a leash, which is now also very much improved). So, we are hoping to be able to rely exclusively on the training, but I am not getting my hopes up. She is also more independent now, and not so attached to Lena, so I don't want to assume if Lena comes, so will Della.
I'm for the long leash\tether, and my spouse is thinking e-collar. He wants one that isn't super powerful, but one that will at least vibrate and get her focus off whatever she is chasing.
My concern was because of her anxiety, that the collar may be too much for her. I know I probably should discuss further with my trainer, but I am pretty sure she is not really a huge advocate for it. Any helpful insight on other things I should consider/opinions on this matter?
Edit to add: I am just looking for insight as I know I am not an expert...I know many of you are incredibly well versed in training matters, and value what you have to say.
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Von Mozart's Lena Sable GSD 4/26/14-
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Last edited by Girl_Loves_Hydraulics; 06-01-2015 at 12:37 PM.