moosikins Posted November 25, 2014 Report Share Posted November 25, 2014 We have a STAR collar for Callie (6 mo.) for "heel"/loose leash walking that works like a charm - after the first ten minutes of having it and only a few very gentle corrections, she figured it out and now walks alongside us like an angel. She plops right down on her rump when we stop walking and immediately joins us at our side when we continue. I know the collar is unpopular but it was a necessity to help with the walking... With that in mind, we tried using it for the other commands (sit, down, etc.) during puppy class because she was having such a hard time listening/focusing on us last night. It had a completely unexpected reaction given her success with the collar and walking. Normally she's great with commands, but something was really distracting at the pet store last night, so we slipped the collar on. When we corrected her (always as gently as possible), she completely "broke". She looked like I had kicked her - sad eyes, scared/tense posture, hidden tail. It was horrible...I immediately scooped her up and hugged her close until she relaxed in my arms. Why would she do so great with the collar for walking and be so upset with being corrected with it for a different command? I know Border Collies are sensitive, but this seems like a pretty extreme reaction, especially since she's familiar with the collar and has received corrections before. The commands were nothing new - same thing we always do in puppy class and she knows them all well so she shouldn't have been confused about what was expected. There doesn't seem to be any lasting damage - she did fine with the collar later in the class for walking and went back to her normal, cheerful (but still distracted) self after the long hug. What are your thoughts? How do you train a stubborn dog? P.S. - We're really careful with the STAR collar. We do know it has the potential to hurt her so we never allow anyone else in the family to use it and we are always careful to control our frustration so the corrections are always gentle. We love our baby dog dearly. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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