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Dog Training Q&A What Would Jeff Do?

May 31, 2018

The Truth, What Would Jeff Do? Dog Training Tip of the DAy #127

I get lots of testimonials a day from folks that watch our free content and I am so proud of the work that so many people are doing.

Hi Jeff. I only recently discovered your youtube videos but better late than never.

I have 3 dogs – a 9 year old lab (66 lb) , a 5 year old cockapoo (40 lbs) and a 4 ½ year old mixed breed terrier/heeler – Sadie (40 lbs).

Sadie is a lovely little dog but extremely nervous and reactive. I think that I have a bin full of every collar/leash/harness system known in my attempts to be able to walk Sadie and keep her from lunging at other dogs and people – men in particular. When she would get excited the other 2 were affected as well. I have been pulled over more than once and dragged across the road in a prone position across the snow. Very dangerous for all concerned. Sadie has successfully bitten a human while on a walk and had some near misses. At one point I muzzled her. I was familiar with a prong collar but had some misinformation on it’s uses and effectiveness.

I spent the better part of an afternoon about a month and a half ago watching your videos on prong collars and ordered a Herm Sprenger collar for Sadie. I followed the training steps and on my first walk with Sadie it was like magic. She very quickly responded to subtle corrections and we are gradually working up to being able to pass other dogs on the same side of the street. Occasionally she is still reactive but it is short lived and I am learning her cues to when she is becoming hyperfocused and correcting before she is too heightened. I bought prong collars for the other 2 as well and we typically walk loose leashed together now. I am relaxed, so they tend to be relaxed as well. I feel badly that I waited so long to help Sadie with the prong collar as I imagine that her heightened state and anxiety was not pleasant for her.
Her other issue-excessive, reactive barking. The Garmin Barklimiter arrived today and we will give this a try. This is another training tool that I have been hesitant to use but what I want for Sadie is to not be in an anxious state unnecessarily.

Sadie has had the Barklimiter on for about 3 hours and it is the first time that we have been able to sit outside and enjoy a Sunday afternoon without coming in due to her barking. The neighbour’s dog even came over to fence fight and she abandoned that very quickly. She is now perched at the window inside and quietly enjoying the outdoors. I think that what is most significant for me is her altered state (intense, anxious to calm). How wonderful for her!

Thank you again.


By the way, we are all the way in London, Ontario.

Jeff Gellman
Solid K9 Training
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