Posted : 10/1/2007 8:18:27 PM
I definitely didn't like the idea of spraying bitter apple...which is why I asked. I think I'm going to continue training as we have been, as I've seen definite and steady improvement, in only a couple of months. As for Click To Calm ... I read the book, haha. We tried it. She actually grew VISIBLY afraid just walking normally (as in, she looked soooo on edge and refused to walk after we began clicking, as opposed to before...and once i stopped bringing the clicker on our walks, she returned to normal). The collar has been helping and she loves it (which was surprise to me). mudpuppy, I don't want you to think I'm ignoring your advice, but I've had Dweezil for about a year and 8 months now, and I have definitely tried what I could without using any kind of correction. We tried clicking for several months and all I saw was a decline in her obedience.
The prong collar has helped and she doesn't display nearly as many fearful/reactive behaviors as she used to (bikes--she doesn't even LOOK at them anymore! her fur doesn't stand up like she wants to attack them, and people bike by completely peacefully)--and she actually stops barking quite quickly with a gentle correction...I just wanted to find a way to (eventually) keep her from barking in the first place. Or, best case scenario, be able to tell her to "leave it" or "don't bark" beforehand... even though I think this might be a complicated thing to ask.
I have no real 'complaints,' however, because I knew that she wasn't going to be 100% better after only a couple of months, but I have been so so surprised at how much progress she's made. I was also very hesitant to train her with a prong collar, but she's totally fine with it and is excited for walks again, and our walks are 200x more pleasant.
Thanks for the input, though, of course!