|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 2:43pm PST |
I'm new here but have been filtering through for a long time. I just need some advice on what I can do with my Shiba Inu. So, i've been working on my Shiba's training since he was young but none of it seems to stick. He's around 2 now.
I tried positive only training which didn't seem to work. He would only respond in the case that a treat was available and wouldn't respond to the command until he saw the treat. So, if he was at a distance, it was ineffective. Then I tried whistle training his recall where i blow a whistle and treat repeatedly. That worked amazing for like a month and then he just stopped caring.
After that, I decided maybe I wasn't doing things right and figured I was half way there. I had an in-home trainer come and help me and it seems that i've been on the right track. Months go by and still no real results.
So... after awhile I was trying to figure out another method. I found a trainer in my area that used positive reinforcement methods combined with a remote collar. I was really hesitant and quite frankly uncomfortable with the idea of it. Eventually, I tried to collar on myself at the level they'd use with Fox. It didn't hurt at all and he didn't seem to show discomfort.
With this, I hired the trainer to do a 2 week board and train program. They're really cool people and treat the dog as if he is part of their family and the such. I just thought maybe I was doing things wrong. After 2 weeks, i've picked him up and his behaviors in the house are the same as before. Though, his outdoor behavior in terms of loose leash walking and the such is great.
The trainer told me I would have to continue working on the come command and that the remote collar would greatly help. Also, i've gone through a ton of training with my dog so i'm aware that nothing comes easy. I'm also aware that because now he's home, I need to teach him the commands he learned in a new area.
My problem is this. Do I continue using the remote collar? Would it be confusing to my dog if I used positive reinforcement for certain things and the remote collar for others? Should I use only one method? The trainer who had him for 2 weeks is going to come over and help me out in the house with him to get him settled and understand the rules.
Also, my Shiba has this crazy behavior that I don't understand. Any time I try to put on his leash or harness, he runs away! I've never met a dog that didn't want to go on a walk. I'm not sure how to resolve this, either.
Please help! I'm really confused. Haha.
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