cn44 wrote:.......some very SLOW progress seems to be being made. Also I'll try the two long ropes and have someone help me. The hitch/fence post method seems to really stress him and he freaks out jumping around getting tangled up in the rope....
You need to change the way that you think about pressure.
He is confused about pressure, more than he is confused about what you want him to do.
Every dog reacts to pressure. But, their "natural" reaction is irrational and nonsensical.
In order to react correctly
to pressure, you need to "explain" to them what it means.
They need to know (and I mean REALLY know) what to do, in order to get it to stop happening, or to not happen at all.
Your dog doesn't understand the pressure from the rope.
And since not understanding pressure is the REAL problem here, piling on more misunderstood pressure is just dragging this out and causing new problems.
In order to get through pile work, you NEED to apply pressure. But, the dog needs to be able to understand it.