I know you get these a lot but here goes. I am hoping to make a more informed decision about what program to buy. I am looking at Smartworks, Lardy and Fowl Dog and Hillmann. My belief is the best program for me is the one I understand, have faith in and will stick to. Iíve seen all complimented here but want to learn a little more.
Iím trying to learn what kind of pressure these systems use and how they implement it. Iíve been reading threads and reviews. I understand the concept that Graham uses when teaching here, he has the dog turn off the pressure when he complies. Why not use the collar for the rest of the way? I think he uses ear pinch with fetch, a stick for sit and an open hand for hold.
As for Hillman I saw a preview of him teaching a dog to sit giving light nicks while the dog was complying. I canít wrap my mind around this one at all. The thing I like about the collar is while Iím sure you must read a dog, there is more of a science to how much pressure then when pinching or using a stick. A trainer can actually say ďI use model x on level 1Ē.
Have not found a lot on Lardy or Fowl Dog other than some nice recommendations.
A little about me and my dog. Heís my second dog, and will be my first going through a sequential program. I donít intend to test, just want a well-mannered hunting partner. He is a 10 week old lab and I did just by Hillmannís puppy DVD. I was thinking of Lardyís articles as they would be more affordable. I donít mind paying more but Iíd like to feel more sure itís the one for me.