So, while her owner went shopping, I gave Beckett a 10 minute introduction to the "Dial A Dog" program of the "e" Collar. She was, without a doubt, the quickest study I have ever met. Within three minutes she had the entire matter sorted out with finesse.
We were able to go for her first off-leash walk in her life with some other dogs in the top pasture of our acreage. The graduated wire fence does not prevent little dogs like Beckett from going through, but
Beckett didn't need a fence. She responded immediately to every collar page, leaving the other dogs and coming for her reward. She heeled beside me until she was given her release cue. And she had a ball playing with the other dogs.
When her owner returned from shopping, we took Beckett back into the garage and her owner worked Beckett, off lead without the 'e' collar advantage, while I worked a Labrador retriever who had had one lesson the previous day with the 'e' collar. Both dogs had not met before that day. The shiba inu's idea of greeting another dog was to get into its face, never mind its space, and sometimes even hang onto the hair around its ruff. There was none of that behavior. She remained quiet and attentive. The Lab worked happily off leash (a big deal for this dog who is walked on a prong collar or marten gale).
The 'e' collar gives handlers the opportunity to praise and reward the dog continually while shaping behavior, rather than lure and pull and tug and complain and repeat commands over and over. And, for dogs like Beckett, it is a huge step towards freedom and trust.
See for yourself. Less than ten minutes of work produced these results.
**Please keep in mind that both these dogs were sent to Shadowbar's Boarding/Training School for Professional training with this method and they will be taking lessons in how to continue working with their dogs on a program of obedience which may or may not include the "Dial A Dog" program.