pLaurent wrote:Don't do what I see people doing all the time - "Sit, Spot....Sit sit sit...I said SIT DOWN!" The dog learns he doesn't have to listen until the command has repeated 30 times. Use a command once, give her 3 seconds to comply, then help her do what you asked. Naturally, you only do this once you are sure she understands the command.
arlosgirl wrote:thanks, i remembered that you had talked about hating them, so i thought id better ask. ill look for a nylon one. whats a martingale?
arlosgirl wrote:those are cool! do they have them at pet stores? or do u have to order them?
mnp13 wrote:I HATE CHOKE CHAINS
They are hard to use correctly, they only work in one direction, and they choke your dog because there is no limit on the amount the collar can tighten.
they are NOT SAFE, especially for a hyper dog. When the dog is on the wrong side of you or behind you the chain will not release correctly because it gets caught on the ring. so when you give a correction the collar releases pressure much too slowly.
if you must get a choke, get a nylon one because they slide much easier. if it must be metal, get the absolute smallest links you can find that are strong enough for your dog.
if you want to be defiant, get a martingale. Remember, you are the customer here. If you don't want to use a choke don't use one. A martingale delivers a correction that is similar to a choke, but without the damage that a choke can do.
cheekymunkee wrote:I went to a training session like that as well. The trainer had her rat terrier puppy at the class WITH A PRONG COLLAR ON!! I put Justice back in the car & left after about 5 minutes of observing the class. Justice does need a prong ( she is a hard headed pulling machine!!) but I do not understand what makes a 3 pound dog need one.
a-bull wrote:I just don't think it should be a given that a dog needs to be trained on a prong---many, many dogs don't, and a prong on a Rat is just ridiculous. All three of my parents Rat Terriers are beautifully trained, done so strictly through positive reinforcement.
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