I believe Evan; is correct; The OP hasn't laid out the sequence of training and where the dog is to tell us, what might be appropriate for the dog in question. Or at least not with the Lingo that most trainers would understand it. It's not that we are criticizing the training, it's just that we do not wish to put a dog in a situation that might require appropriate pressure, to get the desired goals. If the dog is not properly prepared for it. There is nothing wrong with applying pressure to a dog who needs it, if the dog has been conditioned to handle said pressure, but Above all training and correction must be fair. It is unfair and usually will create many many problems if one applies pressure to a dog who doesn't understand it. If the dog is trained to understand it, you can and should use pressure. This is one of the inherit problem with asking for advice on an internet forum, we do not know the dog's history. When you get into advanced techniques and problems as described in this thread, those giving must be careful with advice, and those taking should have a shaker full of salt. Most people really do want to help, but no one wants to make a problem worse.
I have a dog (female of course) that used to embarrass me on a daily basis; still does. (started doing it @ about 3yrs, inbtw SH @ MH ) Take her out of the box after hunting season and people ask me when I got a started level dog. You either learn to ignore it, laugh a bit and get back to work, or you go insane and quit training dogs. The worst thing I could do is put her back in the box when she decides to throw these fits, If I let her win; she'll just keep doing it. Now I have put her back-in the box when I start getting upset; (it's unfair to train a dog angry), but later I take her back out, and we get it done. I actually find these episodes humorous now; I'm pretty sure I have no embarrassment left, and I don't get angry ( as much); that dog has taught me a lot about self-control.