So I've had my started (JH) dog now about a month. When I started working with him I tried to develop a routine after work to do the yard work. Well it was easy to quickly see that he loathed training. He also seemed to show negative response to the ecollar. Almost shutting down and regressing in training. So I came home from work one day and he was fired up. So I thought I might cash in on this attentive motivation, leave the ecollar indoors and just focus on verbal and physical,praise. Well when we hit the yard he was enthusiastic and quickly went through the drills that had frustrated me only the day before...and did it with vigor. It was like he knew exactly what I wanted because his body posture and tone indicated he was anticipating a command I was about to give. Literally the tale of two dogs...
So anyways I've been taking advantage of it Were having fun together but I'm not experienced enough to know if I may actually be conditioning him in a way that will be detrimental in the future
also I read about half of a book called "What the dogs taught me". In it the author talk about using kibble or teats as a reward for his upland game dogs. Is this a good or bad idea.