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No Stress Dog Training

Training your dog can be a stressful experience, for both you and your dog. Sometimes, it’s like trying to train a cat. It can be done, but at great risk to your sanity. I speak from experience. Having owned two black Labs and one 105 lb. Lab/Shepard mix named Sam Too, I know first hand how difficult it can be to train them. I don’t know if it was the Lab part or the Shepard part that made was so stubborn. No matter what we tried, we could not get him trained.

We took him to a local kennel that specialized in training difficult dogs, it became apparent that it was not working. Even the lady that was the instructor admitted that she didn’t think she could do anything for us. It’s not that Sam was a bad dog. He didn’t bite, he was house broken pretty quickly, he was friendly. He had the personality you expect from a Lab. He just wanted to please…on his terms. We weren’t sure if he couldn’t obey or if he just didn’t want to. To add to that, if he was put into his kennel and left alone, he would start to bark. He could keep it up for a long time. No matter what we tried, we could not change his behavior.

Then our Vet suggested we call a young lady named Melanie. She had called herself a canine coach. We had our doubts. After all, one of the best dog trainers in the area gave up in exasperation. But, we decided that we had nothing to lose except a little more money. So, we gave her a call. She came out and explained how she trained dogs. She used a training collar that gave the dog a quick shock. Before we started to talk, she put a collar on Sam and we put him into his kennel. We went into another room to talk. As expected, he began to bark.

No amount of hollering at him could get him to quit. Melanie handed me the remote controller and told me to just say “quiet, Sam” and push the button. He gave a yelp and for a moment there was silence. The he started up again. Melanie said to do it again. After a couple more times, there was silence from the other room. He had finally quit. It was a miracle. Melanie explained that the collar gave him a mild shock, just enough for it to be uncomfortable.

We thought that it was cruel, but she assured us that it wasn’t. Many professional trainers used them. It didn’t really hurt. It was just a mild shock. After six one hour sessions with Melanie and a lot of working with Sam between sessions, we had a well trained, and more importantly, a well behaved dog. You may not have access to someone like Melanie, but you can get training collars with the instructions to do what we did. Although we only had Sam for another year, he was a joy and a valued part of our family. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 2. But, that’s another story.

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