When dog owners rely too heavily on the use of tools or commands, they run the risk of creating a training style that becomes foreign to the dog. I like to challenge my clients to experiment with training in a raw and primal manner. Examples of this could include waiting for eye contact before going through a threshold. Also, using spatial pressure to slow down, back up, or even move away from the owners personal or intimate space.
Working these nuances into your training regime can greatly change the dynamics between you and your dog. In this scenario I’m teaching my client to slow down his dog by not allowing him to forge ahead, even while off leash. He did an amazing job.