So i left my browser open for 24 hours while i composed a 5000 word essay/diatribe, pushed "submit" and watched the page time out.
So i got my catharsis and y'all were spared.
Sometimes i think there's an inherent intelligence behind computer glitches.
Yes, Kona will be going to some sort of formal training. It's a kick in my ego, but hey, i'm already in a public forum screaming for HAallp. Huh. In any case he's not invited until after his third puppy shots, which is soon. I'm a bit apprehensive because he's so easily distracted by EVERYTHING... i just can't picture him getting much training in an inherently distracting environment. But, i'm told he needs 'socialized' so meh.
And i think i will let my wife take him. That idea amuses me.
I like your idea about using different words. Heck i already say stuff like "get outa here" and "quit that" and more often than not Kona knows what i mean. The hard part is consistancy. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower and focus to say the right words and not the wrong ones. I'm probably best at it around this house, but still occasionally find myself saying "Kona" and "No" in the same sentence, like i forgot what the dog manual said.
I think i may have misunderstood the confinement thing from the very beginning. But, we all have lives to go about, doesn't what you suggest lead to the dog being confined an inordinate amount of time? Kona is usually loose when i'm home, and i'm home a lot since i work here. Even so, i already feel like i'm crating him too much. Guilty, like i'm getting rid of a problem. Of course, if i don't, then that's a problem too. *sigh*
I think i'll give him a bit more time before i do something like a shock collar. For training purposes i've settled on one of these:
It's called a "Gentle Leader Headcollar" and it's the greatest thing since someone put peanut butter on sliced bread. It works almost exactly like a horse halter, it pulls the dog by the nose and everything else has to follow. That's the best part, the dog HAS NO CHOICE but to go in the direction you pull the lead, since his face is going there. No, maybe the best part is it directs the dog's attention AT YOU, the important person he's supposed to be paying attention to. The only problem i've had is occasionally if Kona doesnt want to go forward for some reason, he can sit down on his haunches and let me tug on his face. In that case, i've just said a word or two of encouragement and give a couple little tugs, and he's always gone along with me.
I can post a URL, if it's not considered spam here. This collar cost me $20 but was well worth it.
It's supposed to work around the home too, if you attach a drag line to it, you can get hold of the line to make corrections. I haven't tried it yet, primarily because i'm usually hollering from across the room anyway.
So OK, i'll keep y'all posted. I think it's a good idea to try some different vocabulary. If NO doesn't mean NO, then perhaps "OFF" will mean "OFF." Hmm when i write it down it doesn't logically follow... but i'm thinking that with a vocabulary that includes "sit," "heel," "come," "stay," "down," "bed," and "pig's ears," he can handle a few more words.