Long time reader, first time poster regarding my current 8 month old BLF. She is a great dog and we are having a lot of fun. We will hunt and plan on HT. We started with the Hillmann puppy dvd’s and are currently working through the fetch dvd. I really like the Hillmann style of training and really want to continue on into the fundamentals dvd. My issue is the ecollar and I hope some of you experienced Hillmann users can help me out.
With my last dog I used the smartworks program and with that was able to correct my dog with the ecollar. For example, if he refused to come = here/nick. With Hillmann I can only use the collar to reinforce a command the dog is already doing = dog is coming here/nick. But what do I have in my tool box for a refusal of a known and CC’d command?
My biggest concern is that we live in a suburban area, and most of our off leash walk time is spent in areas where she could be a nuisance to other people or pets or put herself in danger if she refuses a recall. My options seem to be…
- Continue with Hillmann, avoid or leash her in questionable areas, and trust in the finished product.
- Do a traditional CC, and stay with Hillmann (this does not seem like it could work)
- Do a traditional CC, and switch programs.
Thoughts or suggestions? Something I’m missing?