That’s a great article. I never would’ve thought to associate it like that. I don’t want to shock her and cause her to have a stressful life again. She’s so happy compared to when I got her. I guess I will quit being lazy and reinforce what I got and look at some alternative methodsDon't do a shock collar. Soooooo many reasons.
Here's one good article:
The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars - Dog Behavior and Training Green Acres discourages the use of shock collars on pets for containment, training via positive punishment or negative reinforcement, or management of barking because they; 1) causewww.greenacreskennel.com
If she's a digger, perhaps the buried chicken wire along the fence to deter?
Maybe have an area that it's ok for her to dig, then work on training her to go there? Like giving a dog toy to a dog chewing a shoe. Show her what is acceptable and praise her when she does it. If she's digging at the fence, just calmly take her to her "pit", scratch at the dirt to get started and when she does, praise her. Heck, if you can teach the command "Dig", then that's most of the battle.
We once trained a dog to stop jumping up on people by associating the command "JumpUp" when he did it. Then we'd anticipate when he would do it, make him sit, then say "JumpUp" (on us). Eventually, he would wait for the command before he jumped up, and therefore never did it to strangers anymore.
The key is to remember to be calm. She is learning what you want. She inherently wants to please you. Just take the time to show her.
She sounds like a good dog. You want her temperament to stay that way. Unattended shock collar is definitely not the answer.
Her situation before was a breeder for hog catching dogs. She is only 5 and in her prime. I’ve already seen what she would potentially do to another dog. She didn’t catch hogs herself but comes from a pure bloodline and produced some of the best catch dogs. For the first 5 years of her life she was chained outside and forced to breed. She doesn’t take to kindly to other dogs. It’s tough but I don’t blame her either.Get her a buddy smaller young male / fixed from shelter . Might play ? Luck