Sorry... Yes Leash
Please do not cut down my trainer as he is exceptionally good. He has been training for Police forces as well as private protection dogs for about 30 years. Sensitivity meant not in physical way. He is a true European with Sch in his bloodline. Just can tell sometimes he is pissed & will mop for about 10 seconds.
Last off.... I do not have major issues, was just asking if an Ecollar is a good progression after getting his First level Obediance done.
I mentioned a few things to show I do not have a perfect dog and to get a conversation started.
A dog that has regularly worked with a good trainer from 6 to 24 months should not have the issues you've described. There is a disconnect somewhere. A good trainer does not just train the dog, but also trains the handler. Either the trainer is not communicating to you what you need to do and not do (and why!), or you are not following through with the trainer's advice. Given that you're putting in effort and research, I'm assuming it's the former, thus my suggestion for a different trainer.
Being "pissed [and mopping]" makes it sound like the dog is frustrated, and if that's the case, then there's no clarity in the training. The dog doesn't know what you want from it, so you need to back up in your training and address the missing steps.
Simple expressions like "true European with Sch in this bloodline" suggest a lack of understanding what you're working with. There are different GSD lines in Europe (as in the US) and they have different characteristics. A DDR dog will be quite different from a WGSL, and both can be fairly described as "European." So, "European," as a description, really doesn't mean squat. Nor does having Sch titles somewhere in the bloodline. If the parents were titled at a high level, that's definitely a good thing, but if one dog three generations away got its BH, that really doesn't translate to anything for your
dog. Both situations can be described as "having Sch in the bloodline."
Similarly, "first level obedience" can mean a million different things. What does that mean for you?
I'm afraid that having to "drag [the dog] away" (in any situation) does constitute a "major issue."
Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticizing you or your dog. It's a learning process that everyone goes through. But it's important to work with people that can give you accurate information, can explain what should be expected from your
dog, and guide you to that point.
There is no set time for when to use an eCollar. As people say, "know your dog." This is where having a good trainer becomes imperative, because they can see your handling skills, your dog's behaviour, and make a call for you. Does your trainer suggest using the eCollar to address the things your want changed?
Lou Castle's methods work great for many dogs, and they may work well for you, too. Discuss them with whatever trainer you end up with, and make a training plan to address any obedience or behavioural issues.