Wondering what opinions are?
I am a long time prong collar trainer and I would not put a prong on a 16 week old pup, Your trainer evidently "is not the brightest bulb in the box" How long did she read the pup before she jumped in with a prong collar.I paid a trainer a LOT of money to come to my house and help teach us how to train our puppy. I am admittedly a newbie when it comes to dogs, so I figures I wanted to do things right with this pup.
My puppy is 16 weeks old and she has us using a prong collar on him. I don't think it's mean or anything, but when the collar is on, the pup just lays there - he won't move, let alone do anything wrong, so there are no moments to even correct him.
Just looking for some opinions and thoughts on this method. Thanks!
I would love any advice you have for helping us train him not to growl or show any aggression. I realize he is a pup and is trying to assert himself and find his place in our family, I just need to make suer I do the right thing so that he realizes that while we love him, he is not on the same level - or better than - the kids. ThanksPlease forgive me, but if a trainer put a prong on your puppy for growling, they are even more stupid than I thought.
This sounds like resource guarding to me. There is a sticky on that plus a number of threads with tips.If the pup is happily laying in his bed chewing a toy and my son (I have 3 boys 11, 9 & 6) goes to pet him, sometimes he will growl - he has never snapped, just growled, but that is not acceptable. Also, he used to growl when he was sitting with me and my son would come join us - however, he hasn't done this is several days.
I agree - I will look that up. Thanks!This sounds like resource guarding to me. There is a sticky on that plus a number of threads with tips.
You do NOT want to train the dog not to growl though. A growl is a warning sign. You want him to warn you when he is stressed or annoyed. What you are aiming for is making it so he doesn't feel the need to guard things or to be annoyed.
3 weeks in home is not enough with many pups relax and supervise children. Definitely dump trainer. I once had a plumber that should not have been allowed near a pipe or monkey wrench. I dumped him pretty quick.Yes, that trainer was a very expensive mistake, and I will look into other trainers for sure.
Braxton, is a sweet pup, very playful and affectionate. He has only been with us 3 weeks, and I see improvements in his behavior every day. Let me ask you this, is it unreasonable for me to think that he will never growl at my kids? I am just wondering if my expectation at this point are unrealistic.
He is fearful of people he does not know and he is very fearful of men (loves my husband, though it did take a few days). He is not fearful of loud noises, the vacuum - my household is very active and he seems very comfortable here. Again, maybe he just needs time and I am getting too nervous too soon.
Thank you! I really need the reassurance.3 weeks in home is not enough with many pups relax and supervise children. Definitely dump trainer. I once had a plumber that should not have been allowed near a pipe or monkey wrench. I dumped him pretty quick.