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Will C

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  1. Can anyone come and watch the trial? I live in Fenton Michigan and would be tempted to come and watch.
  2. I have a couple of prong collars but they don't seem to fit tight enough. They tend to slide a little and then the leash ends up at the side instead of the top so if you correct, it pulls his head sideways. If I take out anymore links there won't be enough left make any correction. He still seems to pull more than he should. His neck ends up pink from the collar prongs.
  3. I just sent an email to the program as I hope others will do. Someone needs to stop this man and it might as well be all of us!
  4. I didn't know if they made them. I have used martingales on horses before but I didn't realize they made them for dogs. He is coming along pretty nice. Today I had him out playing frisbie and one of the neighbors were mowing there lawn with a push mower and he took off. I called out his name and told him down and he did it. I then called him to me praised him and then downed him so I could go get the frisbie. After I retrieved the frisbie I hooked the leash to his regular collar and did some obedience. I did some healing, sitting, and downing. I downed him and walked about 50 feet away and waited and then called him. I let him go about 15 feet and then downed him. He obeyed! I called him again and let him go about 20 more feet and downed him again. He did it again! I waited a few minutes and then called him in. He sat infront of me. I gave him a treat, praised him, and pet him like crazy. For having him 5 weeks he is doing great. I guess I am doing something right.
  5. Well, Tucker had his first class tonight and of course he showed them all up. I actually put a pinch collar on him at the class. It really didn't have to do any correction because as soon as he moved he realized things were different. He did everything just like he had been doing it for years. Of course as soon as the collar came off he was right back to pulling. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do to get to the point of not needing the pinch collar. I tried the Halti and that was a big no go. He was out of that in seconds. I am hoping that he will learn the commands and then he won't need the collar but I had to get his attention some how. I tried treats but that didn't get it his attention. Too many other things more interesting. He did love the other dogs though which was big relief.
  6. Well, I am hoping that we can get this pull thing under control. We have been having really good leash free playtime in our yard. I have walked him around the border several different times and he seems to know where the boundaries are. I have been able to get him to follow some hand signals to direct him left or right and he also will sit, down, and stay from a distance with voice and hand commands. If his progress continues the way it has in the 3 weeks that we have owned him, then he should be great for obedience, agility, and herding if I ever get to that point. I would love to have someone near that could see if he would work sheep. I don't know if there is anyone in my area or not. Less than 12 hours we'll be in class. Can't wait to see what happens.
  7. I was able to get ahold of one of the trainers in my area and she is letting me join in as a walkin in a class that is in progress. She is sure she can stop Tucker's leash pulling. There is only 5 weeks left in the class but she is willing to work with me. I at least have a decent start because I have him obeying the sit, down, and stay command. The biggest problem is getting him to pay attention which she said she will be able to help me resolve. Class is Thursday night so I will let you all know how it goes. Wish us luck.
  8. Here is a picture of Tucker. He is 9months old. We have only had him for 6days. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5/wcron...ckerSmall9m.jpg Will & Tucker Fenton Michigan
  9. Stacy, Tucker is 9 months old and he has been at our house for only 5 days. We purchased a crate/kennel to keep him in at night and when we are gone. In 5 days he has gone from barking for 15 minutes to barking twice at bedtime after everyone has gone to bed, and not barking at all when we leave the house or when I have to sleep during the day. I personally would not let a 9 month old dog run free in the house at night or when unattended. Injury, Chewing, and other damage can occur and I don't want an injured dog or another problem to solve. Also, Tucker goes out to play for about 45 minutes during the morning and then goes for a walk. Again at about 1:00 p.m. we go out and play again. I bring him in and have him lay down for a good brushing. Brushing really seems to relax him. In fact he is laying at my feet sleeping right now. I leave again for work at about 2:20 p.m.. I work a split shift. When I leave he might bark once from inside his crate. My daughter comes home from school about 40 minutes later and she lets him out and he is out of his crate for the afternoon and evening. When I get home at about 5:30 p.m.. I take him out to relieve himself and then we play again. At about 8:00p.m. we go for another walk. Our walks are only about 1 to 1 1/2 miles. We come back and we have a petting session to calm him down for the night. He seems to be getting better everyday that he is here. Exercise is good but I also think that they have to have that quiet time and it has to be something that they like and want. Brushing works well for us. I hope this helps...and sorry for the long reply. Will
  10. I guess I misunderstood. The information doesn't mention about shock. I read some information on Tritronics web page make it sound that it is by vibration and sound. Maybe I am missing something in the information. I didn't have a clue that the remotes used shock. Why can't they come up with just a vibrating against the neck to get their attention? That is all I am having trouble with is getting Tucker's attention. I must admit that it was better today on healing by finally getting him to realize that I was holding a treat down by him so that his head would turn in some. Before he just sniffed the ground and look everywhere but at me.
  11. Can anyone give me some names of some trainers in Michigan? I live in Fenton and would like to find someone close to me. Also, I have some questions. I have heard that remote collars are good. I have heard that they're bad. Same with choke collars. Can someone give me some insight as to how you one is suppose to know how to train their dog if the trainers can't even come close to agreeing. Help would be greatly appreciated.
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