• Michael D’Abruzzo

    January 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Because of her strength and obvious stubbornness, she is a good candidate for the e-collar. I wouldn’t use it for “leave-it”. The best would be to use it for “heel”. We can coach you through it if you have done the phase 1 and phase 2 heel with little to no distractions. Keep doing basic leadership stuff too. Anything that she gets away with that is bossy in any part of her life can make it harder to understand that she can’t be “bossy” on the walks. It sounds a lot like barrier frustration and that can be fixed with more motivation and less physical force combined with allowing her to socialize when she DOES act the right way. If you attempt a phase 3 heel with an ecollar without doing the phase 1 and 2 steps it can be a disaster. How are you doing with these?

    It is important that she understands exactly where the position is supposed to be in phase 1 and that you teach her what the warning steps are about and when the corrections come in phase 2 (with low to no distractions). Let us know, you can fix this but sounds like you need help.

    Here’s the phase 1 video, it’s on youtube. But all the other videos are in the video section of this site: