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I had sent my dog to a trainer for hunt test training. To be honest, I doubt he touched my dog and it was his kennel hands that did the training. They fried my dog on the e collar and I feel he may be ruined. Anytime he sees it, he cowers to the ground and will crawl to you. I’ve tried training him myself with the e collar on with only positive reinforcement for the last few months with little improvement. He just seems to be completely afraid of making a mistake.
Any suggestions of how to increase his confidence?
 

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Any suggestions of how to increase his confidence?
Over the next few months do nothing but fun stuff with the dog. Hunting, retrieving, just going for walks and letting him explore. Establish a strong bond with him when you may be able to fix the issue.
I hope you realized you need to do more research before choosing the “pro trainer“.
You could post the trainers name so someone else’s dog doesn’t suffer the same fate.
 

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....Anytime he sees it, he cowers to the ground and will crawl to you.
Any suggestions of how to increase his confidence?
I had a similar situation with an adult rescue Chesapeake I took in. Fortunately I also had a broken E-Collar I was about to ship to collar clinic. In a flash of inspiration I started tossing it for him to fetch. Beginning in the living room and moving to the lawn. It took a lot of praise. After he was scampering with glee fetching it. I began rubbing and scruffing him up with it when he handed it to me. Again lots of praise. What a good brave dog we was. It took a bit of work, not that much. And he was happy bouncing just like the other peaks when the collars came out. Then re-collar-conditioned him using exactly the Mike Lardy VHS steps starting with obedience before any stimulation.

Like a grizzled RTF personality coined.
It is not hard to trick a retriever.

Ken
 

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I had sent my dog to a trainer for hunt test training. To be honest, I doubt he touched my dog and it was his kennel hands that did the training. They fried my dog on the e collar and I feel he may be ruined. Anytime he sees it, he cowers to the ground and will crawl to you. I’ve tried training him myself with the e collar on with only positive reinforcement for the last few months with little improvement. He just seems to be completely afraid of making a mistake.
Any suggestions of how to increase his confidence?
Did you do any collar work on him before you sent him off to a trainer? If so how was his reaction?. There are dogs that can not accept even the lightest of stimulation. I have one right now. Falls apart on a low 1 and I can't even feel a low one. Some dogs don't do well with electric Even though there are a lot of crappy trainers out there my guess there are alot more good ones that know what there doing. Sitting from a key board and not seeing the dog it would be impossible for any one to know if it's the trainer or the dog. I hear people all the time blaming trainers for their dogs problems and I am privy to many of them and often it's not the trainer, just a poor combination of genetics no matter how well it's packaged

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I know I'm gonna catch h&ll but if I were you I'd ditch that collar and do a Amish training routine. Your not working with a kennel it's just one dog. Take your time and enjoy
I don’t disagree, I helped a friend with a 2 year old dog that had been to a pro and when I put the collar on the dog he completely shut down with zero stim. I hit vibrate and the dog howled.

We proceeded without using the collar and he ended up being a respectable gun dog.
 
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