My 9 month old female lab is a bucket full of energy and drive. She is crazy for birds and retrieving. Here is my problem. I have had my hands full with obedience training from the beginning due to her extremely independent nature. At five months I introduced the electronic collar and she responded immediately and obediently from that point on -- as long as I had the collar on. But tonight (and at other times) I was so frustrated, because after I let her out to do her business, she picked up a stick and danced and barked at 20 yards, refusing to come, heel or kennel. I've learned not to chase her, but instead, simply walk back in the garage and ignore her. She usually comes in to see what I'm doing, but tonight no such luck.
I don't want to put the collar on every time I let her out of the kennel (both because of the extra effort and because I don't want the contact points of the collar constantly on her neck). I thought some about trying and old e-collar without the points to see if she'll interpret it as her regular e-collar, but I have not tried it yet.
Any suggestions on what to do?