Couple of points I would like to add.
Firstly, your treats need to varied and cut up smaller, no bigger than your little finger nail so they can go down fast. Treats need to be delivered within 3 seconds of the click. I find the VIP Chicken Chunkers are the best. Break the chunkers into 3 or 4 pieces.
Secondly, you need to teach him his name. I mean here that he needs to be so well conditioned to his name that every time you use the name, he looks at you. Use the bathroom as a start point and call his name. Reward if he looks at you. Repeat repeat repeat until he looks everytime you call.
Rinse and repeat in every new environment you move to. This needs to be so well engrained in a head strong dog so it will take a bit of time.
Once you have this down pat you can start building your recalls and getting his attention when you need control.
On the collar side, play the collar grab game, but reward him everytime you grab the collar - does not need to be food - it can be an ear rub, or scratch under the chin with "good boy".
PS - forgot the halter thing. We recommend the Gentle Leader. We believe it is stronger, harder to get off and a better fit. But if a dog is a bolter, we would prefer the owner uses a Gentle Walker.
Last edited by Nev Allen; 06-03-2012 at 09:16 AM.
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