Please do not think that your post upset me in any way, shape or form.... it didn't! As I said up there, I think it's a great avenue to explore when it comes to keeping your dog safe!
When I said the things I did - I was in no way pointing a finger at you- honest! I wrote what I did in the general sense, just putting the information out there.
There are people who will just use an e-collar on a dog without understanding how and when to use it. Please know that I did not mean that you were one of them at all! I know you want the best for Cledus and that you asked the question to gather information. I was just putting my thoughts out there.
I use e-collars in my training! I will be using one with my hunting dog. There are just some commands that out in the field he *must* obey for his safety, and obey them first time, every time. *Come* is one of the major ones - and one of the toughest to get the dog to consistantly obey on your first verbal cue.
I understand what you mean about Cledus knowing *come* but if there are distractions- all bets are off!
I am going through that with Max now. He's 6 months old.
No- it's not your fault that Cledus doesn't obey commands when distractions are present- it's the nature of every dog! It's part of the learning process.
Please know that my post was not meant to imply that anything you are doing, or choose to do with Cledus is wrong- I didn't mean to upset you. I'm so sorry if I did.
I do believe that an e-collar can be a very valuable training tool- especially when you are dealing with an easily distractable, unpredictable dog and his safety is priority.
I am more than happy to give you as much information as I can in order to help you make the right decision - for *you* and for Cledus.
I'm going to post a separate reply with some suggestions on how to work with Cledus using the *come* command around distractions. I'm also going to include how to encorporate hand signals.
Oh gosh, I feel so bad that you thought I was upset and I feel so bad that I might have upset you
And give Cledus a belly scratch for me