• Michael D’Abruzzo

    September 28, 2010 at 1:48 am

    It is hard to tell unless you make a systematic plan. She needs to know that the negative reinforcement was part of the normal avoidable correction with the formal “heel” command and not something that happens automatically as a result of another dog being present.

    Have you been working on a formal “heel” in a low distraction environment? It is one of the harder things to do right, but it can make everything so much easier when the dog understands it. If you need some guidance let me know. You can start with simply doing a phase 1 “heel” in the home. But, what you need is at least a good phase 2 heel (that’s in the video section of the site). I know sometimes you will be in unavoidable situations, but don’t underestimate the importance of a plan. When she knows the “heel” we can then talk about a counterconditioning plan. But this is first.

    Here’s the phase 1 video (its on youtube).