Stimulation/shock collar training
It's been awhile since I posted-like a long while, but enjoyed reading all the helpful information today and wanted to post a question about stimulation collars. Who has used them and any advice? My female Dobie, Jasmine, is now about 11 months old. She is a wonderful dog and I am very happy with her. We have gone through basic obedience and Jasmine heels, sits, stays, down and recalls quite good. Lately recall is needing some brushing up but I have noticed as she is maturing she has"teenage" days where she tests me so all the obedience has to be continually freshened; there seems to be no "arriving" stage with obedience. Anyhow, I do have one major behavior I want to discourage and I have a stimulation collar I am reading up on to use for this behavior: chasing my horses. My MinPin fully taught Jasmine to do this--one day at about 7 months she just started doing it. If I'm outside she will generally ignore me if a horse starts to run and she takes off after it. If I get within a decent distance of her though and shout "out" she will usually cease and desist and I can also make her down/stay while I'm feeding to discourage it. She does not go inside the fence line as she has been shocked by the electric fence but the chasing and barking needs to stop. If I'm not outside to get after her and it is just my husband/daughter she will chase the horses non stop and the behavior has gotten pretty ingrained already. Shes very smart and knows how to be sneaky to have some "fun." So...here is where the collar is coming in. Since getting shocked by the fence did such a great job I'm hoping the collar will also work well for this and imprint in her mind it is NOT okay. There is an entire method to training with stimulation I'm finding but I want to be careful. Hence, the reason for this posting. I use positive reinforcement whenever possible but I do believe dogs need negative reinforcement at times. Experiences with this particular method?