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Part 2 of the Michael Ellis
E-collar Series Coming Mid-May 2013

In this short video, Michael discusses what will be covered in the second DVD on the electric collar. This DVD is titled Common Application of the Electric Collar, and will cover just that. It is broken down into 3 main categories: obedience, high arousal work, and management. Watch this short video to find out more and check our website and newsletter for more information on an exact release date. It will be completed within the next 2 weeks.

May 3, 2013   |   2 Minutes, 56 Seconds

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Question: Do you think that a dominant dog collar would be a possible solution to my dog's situation?


I have a four-year-old pit bull. She is 65 pounds, spayed, unknown history before I acquired her three years ago from the shelter. She was extremely reactive to certain stimulants, i.e. a cat running by, certain words or gestures, which make me believe that she may have lived with someone who was trying to teach her certain undesirable behaviors such as fighting or aggression. She was unspayed at the time of her rescue and extremely fearful; she also had some wounds on her muzzle and front legs that make me even more suspicious that she may have come from a fighting background. I was able to address all of those issues, and she now lives with five other dogs of varying ages, breeds, and temperaments peacefully and is not aggressive at all towards my family or myself, but on walks (always on leash, of course!), she shows extreme aggression... twirling, shrieking, snapping at other dogs. We live in the mountains and hike many miles together, and there is really nowhere I can take her where there is a guarantee of not running into other (usually unleashed) dogs. We have done basic obedience training, which she excels at because she has such a desire to please, but she is still extremely reactive to certain situations (other dogs running and playing off-leash is the biggest issue).

My question is whether or not you think that the dominant dog collar would be a possible solution. I have tried no-pull harnesses (she is extremely strong with a very high pain threshold and just pulls until she rubs her skin raw), prong collars (not much reaction to those), and a halti (again, she just pulled against it until she had raw spots on her muzzle). I have enough knowledge to be sure that all of these aids were fitted properly, so that is not the issue. I am fairly strong but not extremely large, so these episodes are not comfortable or enjoyable for me or her. I usually hike with one or two of my other dogs who are capable of being off leash, so having all of my attention focused on one dog is not ideal, either, as I feel like I lose some control over my other dogs when I am diverted. I also really am not a fan of constantly sawing on my end of the leash trying to control a dog whose pain threshold is so high that she seems not to notice unless I really give it a yank, at which point I start to feel like an abuser! I have rescued and rehabbed dozens of dogs with varying behavioral issues, but I feel like I have reached a plateau with this particular issue and this dog. Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated.

Ed's Response:

You very well may be correct. To me it sounds like you have put yourself in a situation that is beyond your experience or your ability.

You have experimented with inappropriate methods only to find out they were indeed a mistake. Harnesses, halties, prong collars will never work on this dog. Walking the dog in a dog pack is a huge mistake.

You own a dog pack that includes a special needs dog and you expect to pull a rabbit out of your hat to figure out how to fix this dogs problem and it sounds like your not willing to make the changes this dog needs.

If you had asked me if I think this dog can be rehabilitated with the right trainer who has the correct experience and training I would say “Yes.” But from what you say in this email about the conditions by which you chose to live with these dogs, my answer is “NO” you can’t do it and for that I feel sorry for this dog.

I looked at your web site and I give you credit for what you try and do. I wish I could send you an email that told you everything you need to do with this dog, because I feel it deserves a better life, but I won’t because you have erected a wall between what needs to be done and what you are willing to do. Sometimes what we want and what a dog needs are two different things.

Ed Frawley

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