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Want to see a completely different dog? Get that Herm-Sprenger collar. Then go to the Leerburg website to see the best way to adjust and place it. FYI when I attended a Connie Cleveland workshop it seemed that she did exactly as Leerburg did. Then when walking your dog use a loose leash and when the dog wanders too far out say "Heel" followed by an immediate correction.
I did try using methods such as: 1) clicker training loose leash walking 2) slowing down 3) reversing direction 4) food follows. I fully believe in using these methods. However after spending several weeks training this way two things happened. First my dog lunged at something which pulled me off a small mound and nearly pulled me down on my face. Secondly when I tried to reverse direction while carrying a bag of poop, the bag slammed against my jacket and I had a water balloon type explosion of poop on my jacket. Don't get me wrong, the dog had the loose leash behavior and the dog understood heel, both from operant conditioning but due to distractions I couldn't get duration of heeling. Interestingly enough if I do heads up competition heeling I do get duration of behavior but this is not practical for my 1/2 to 3/4 mile walks which are supposed to be fun relaxing walks.
I am assuming your dog understands heel. And for the record I won't use a choke chain ever again.
Last edited by gdgli; 06-02-2019 at 07:44 AM.