After watching these videos I can see I need to work on controlling Ara better… especially with the “home invasion”. If I hadn’t had Ara on lead after her ‘watch” command and her going into the “speak” command she would have attack the decoy regardless to me not giving her the ‘take it” command to do so. Also she wouldn’t “out” but I only had her on the flat collar for these scenarios… as she wasn’t hearing or listening to my commands (too excited) and was pulling the whole time it would have been working against the wanted behaviour instead of the prong proofing the incompatible behaviour. Example to ensure the dog knows when I say sit I mean sit and don’t move until I give the next command or she free. I may need to take steps backward and work more at her obedience… doing practice bitework drills with the commands first before doing any more scenarios.
Kate (trainer of Ara) refer me to her video of “teenage Jess works her German Shepherd dog Piper” to watch to learn how to have better control of Ara using the prong collar. (third video)
What are your thoughts Mike/Judy? … do you think I should take steps backward with Ara first til I have good control with the prong and then later on do the control bitework drills with commands then move onto pairing the prong correction with the e-collar?