Your videos have given me confidence.
Because my husband decided to go to Home Depot v. Lowes, his path intersected with that of a young male (8mos), intact pit bull. This dog was frantically charging every car (on a rural but well-traveled road). My husband saw an approaching car’s lights flash. What for? And there appeared “Dexter” charging toward his vehicle. Mark pulled over, opened the door and Dexter hurdled himself into our lives. His paw pads were bloodied from running on the road. I surmise the he was dumped and had been running after whatever vehicle had sped away from him. Evidence of a collar through a stained neck underside. (We did the responsible thing: took pictures, contacted animal control of two counties, checked for microchip etc).
None have come forwarded to claim this dog. It is apparent why (and certainly no excuse for dumping a dog). He is out of control—due to puppy behavior which is now dangerous and hurtful as he no longer has puppy teeth. It does not help that he also has his manhood (with which he will be soon parted). Although I have had many dogs over the years, because we live in a rural area, we have never truly ‘trained’ a dog to be under our full control. (I say that with great shame!). I want to ensure that I do not adopt this lax approach to Dexter as he will likely cause harm to himself or to others. (He has been vetted now, and will have neutering surgery next week).
After struggling with him using a regular martingale collar (ineffectual as you well know), I did get a HS prong collar. I made this decision after doing much research. I realize that this may be controversial to some; I don’t share that view. Dexter is a perfect example of a dog tossed away due to inability of an owner to handle him. (I have been involved in dog rescue through transport from kill to no-kill shelters. As I live in the South, there is also an abundance of abandoned sport dogs that do not hunt, cannot hunt or are too old to hunt. And the amount of pit bulls in the City of Richmond rescue in extraordinary. Many people are genuinely afraid of this breed).
My email is to thank you for taking the time to share your passion for training dogs. Your videos have given me confidence that we can offer Dexter a proper environment where he understands what is expected of him. Most importantly, your videos have reminded me of the importance of patience and the danger and ineffectiveness of my getting frustrated and letting my own emotions escalate. Giving a dog clear communication of what is expected, appropriate food, exercise are essential—and self control on my part is equally important.