I must start off by talking about my two guest dogs Roxy and Archie.
Regrettably I have no photographs to prove they were here! My efforts at taking good pics were rather poor, to say the least. A blurred shot hear, the end of a tail there. And Paul point blank refuses to put them onto the internet !
But back to R & A. Neither are here for training, only boarding. However, I've managed to get Roxy to heel correctly on lead (she's previously untrained) while obtaining some real improvements from Archie.
He started off on a long lead refusing to listen to me. But today, nine days later, I had him walking off lead to heel. When allowed to leave my side, he was returning to the recall every time.
Yesterday I had my sheep chasing client arrive from Threlkeld. Overall, things were going well, with the use of commands appearing to be doing the trick. But then Jack suddenly blotted his copy book!
I needed the e-collar.
Now this can be quite an emotive issue and I am not a huge fan of these collars. However, the results I have had in curing dogs who chase sheep has been quite remarkable.
For the older dog who has already enjoyed the "thrill of the chase", the e-collar has proven to be the real antidote. It stops this awful behaviour, allowing the dog to live a life free from threat of the farmers' gun.
For younger dogs, I use commands.
Over the years I have owned a variety of breeds, from Rottweilers to Heinz 57's. But I have had them all as pups and have never needed to resort to an e-collar.