I love that! Haha yes, I do see that e-collars can 100% help in communication and it does appear Enzo will need those nudges so I would indeed like to learn to use it! A previous trainer did try a prong on him and he just absolutely shut down, so that’s why I’m a little hesitant to aversives! But I understand they do work for some dogs! Unfortunately here in Nashville, I can’t find any trainers who will help with learning about that tool! Other than Off Leash, but I have my reservations about them. I may try Zoom classes by other trainers I look up to and go from there. Thank you very much, I’ll continue to work hard and persevere through these terrible teens!My pet name for the e-collar is the "hearing aids".
These tools don't make you dog weaker or afraid of you or to piss themselves or anything you may have heard. They simply make the dog understand that you mean what you say and you are to be respected. My dog is hard as nails but also very sensitive. She can handle it and never holds a grudge. It's more like, "OH, alrighty then! I thought it wasn't a big deal what I was doing." Mine will be 2 years old in a couple of months, I use it less and less as time goes by, but always on when I know she will be tempted to become deaf. Find a good understanding instructor, the e-collar needs to be understood by you before you use it on your dog. Keep on with your good work!