We have now been walking a young dog that has learned to understand pack behavior and wants to be part of the pack, a pack with YOU in charge. Once the dog gets older, say nine months or so, they'll start to feel like a teenager that just got a driver's license and the only thing they can think about is getting in the car and going places. Of course as adults we now know NOTHING in their eyes. Or do we?
If your dogs has hit their rebellious teen phase and grounding them to their room (kennel) is not a option, lets look at some other solutions.
We have been using flat collars, treats and positive reinforcement but now they're blowing us off a bit. Maybe it is time to remind them we are the alpha (Mom).
That reminder could be just a limited slip collar that applies pressure and releases or it could be a prong collar to simulate moms 'nip' of pressure and release. Either way, when you apply the pressure, make it fast and quick with an even faster release. NEVER do we apply and hold pressure that simulates an attack.
Pressure that holds on a dog sends the wrong message. It will cause them to pull away to escape the pressure. Remember in part one where we talked about pulling against pressure?
When the dog steps out ahead we STOP and the dog corrects itself if we are holding the lead in the correct manner or have a knight walker lead on our dog.
Let them correct themselves the first time or so. If they persist, you give a tap on the lead and release when they step out on you If you keep pressure on the lead at any time they will learn to distrust you and make their own rules.
Your energy is also a tool. In fact, it's the best tool you have! Keep yourself CALM and assertive. Never be in a hurry or agitated. If any of these things start happening STOP yourself. Find a positive note to stop the training, something that the dog knows well and is happy to do for you. Start up again later when you are in a better state of mind. Dogs learn by example. An insecure leader creates an insecure dog and anxious leader creates an anxious dog.
Your mood, fears and anxiety all travel 'down the lead' to the dog and the dog will start to react to what you are showing it.
Remember: Be the PERSON your dog needs you to be!