For my birthday my Mum got me series 3 of Cesar Millan's Dog whisper show. I've been watching it heaps, it was very interesting to see him work with an Aussie who had basically exactly the same issues as Koda just more extreme. I thought to myself "why not give Cesar's method a go to see if it works with Koda."
I tried out the method of doing the 'chhtt' sound with a quick correction via a tug on the leash or a tap on the neck/shoulder area whenever Koda starts to show signs that he is going to react to something. I am almost in disbelief of how effective this is, and i almost feel like i've been doing this the wrong way for Koda this entire time.
Yes, i saw a behaviourist and she advised me to do the whole 'look and treat' thing. But she never saw Koda react to things and he is responding to Cesars method much better. With the 'look and treat' method, Koda would look at me to get a treat, but he was generally still in an excited or anxious state of mind and if i dropped the leash he would still run off and chase the car, person, chicken, dog or whatever it is that set him off. Whereas when i tested Cesar's method on Koda today. With only a couple of corrections i had Koda laying down at my feet in a calm submissive state of mind while there were cars driving in and out of the drive way, 4 strange people wandering around, tractors going around in paddocks, and chickens clucking very loudly. It was just unbelievable! I think i'll be sticking to this method now, because not only do i feel more confident but Koda seems so much more happy and relaxed. Even after one day i've noticed he seems to be not reacting as much as he normally would before i even do anything.
I took this photo while there were strangers walking around and tractors going around the place, and he was just so relaxed