More on using a remote collar to teach a dog to walk on a treadmill. In this video I work with Ozzy. He is Mona’s adopted brother, whom I featured in last week’s treadmill video. Ozzy has a very high flight response and is a very insecure dog, but is now walking side by side with his sister thanks to the e-collar!
I was hoping to have some new material for this week, but with a busy schedule and the weather switching up like it did, looks like I’ll have to shoot for next week. I’ve decided to include another video on treadmill training instead (don’t worry still some good stuff to learn) since Ozzy took a little more oomph with the collar to unlock his brain.
This video is completely UNCUT so there’s no behind the scenes stuff going on. You get to see it as it happens with all the good and bad (well it looks bad, but it isn’t). I decided to leave it as is so that everyone can see what to expect and that it isn’t bad, as hard as it may be, to watch their baby panic either from the remote or the treadmill.
Everything remains the same in terms of approach. I pull Ozzy towards the treadmill and he locks up, just like his sister Mona did except when he gets on, there’s a bit more franticness going on in his head. Also, his level of resistance was much higher than Mona’s so in order to get the brain to move I had to dial up to the mid-40’s to 50’s range. This caused him to yelp a few times, but it was because the brain was starting to give up on resistance and went into panic mode. It’s typical and what I’d expect to see with a case like him.
Still not the worst I’ve seen!
Yet again, once he overrode his flight response you can see the body start to move as it begins to accept this foreign object he is walking on. At some point, he tries to flee from it and puts up the bigger mental block which is where I slowly dial up on the collar until I find the roundabout number thats going to make him move. You can tell by watching the body.
When it’s too low, they can hold the resistance with no problem even as you can see the neck twitching from the collar. As soon as you start to hit that area on the remote that’s going to unlock them, they start to fidget. Once I saw him do that, I slowed down on my taps a bit and after about 5, voila! A much more looser and relaxed Ozzy on the treadmill!
Well, that’s it for this week’s newsletter!
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