Some of the things we are trying to fix are bolting out the front door, not minding commands when he knows what we want, barking when guests knock on the door and enter the house, and aggression toward strangers, especially men. The bolting and minding are getting a lot better. He knows "heel", "come", "sit", "down", "stay back", etc. With his collar on he does well and I don't usually have to zap him, even on a low setting. The aggression is not coming along as well. He is protective. It's worse when we are walking at night. Off leash he will charge people and will only be stopped by hitting him with the collar on it's highest setting. Even then, he continues to bark and appear menacing. This makes me look like a pretty big asshole walking down the street and I would like to prevent that. I think he's making a little progress there, but it's tough to test it out without potentially putting a stranger in harm's way.
I have a Sportdog 1225 e-collar. It has 8 settings of continuous or 1/10 second stimulation. We typically use it on 4 or 5, where I can see a reaction from the dog but he doesn't yelp. If he doesn't listen after I zap him, I'll turn it up. On 7 or 8 he yelps, which I understand is not the best way to do things. I've hit him with full power twice. And so you know, I have done it to myself also to see how it feels.
So I'm asking you guys for tips and tricks. Anything I'm doing wrong or could be doing differently? Anything I'm overlooking completely? Criticism is welcome as long as you don't hurt my tender feelers. One specific question I have is how is water going to affect things? While fishing, Clyde will sometimes charge a hooked fish and spook the pool. I can't stop him verbally. If he is wet or standing in the water do I need to dial back on the power?
Also welcome is any advice on how I can use a shock collar on Raffa.
I read most of this thread and a few other snippets, but it wasn't much help. Mildly entertaining, though.
http://www.drakemag.com/phpBB3/message-boards/ ... 8&start=48