Haha, I have a stubborn blue heeler pup, imagine that!! Spur would always take off after the cattle before I sent him. I tried shock collars and well quite frankly, whopping the daylights outta him, but nothing worked. One day he took of after the cows without me sending him, I was doctoring and already had a loop built, so I roped him and left a little slack, he hit the end of the rope and it popped him on the ground and knocked the wind out of him. Last time he ever went after anything without me sending him. LOL. So don't feel like a tool for roping your dog, I've had to rope some of those stubbirn hangin' tree mutts too and drag them a few feet to get them to understand "that'll do". And AC, that rope wont break. Hmmm, I'd like to put that one to the test, I'm a notorious rope breaker.
~Started young horses in Bosca te Ador, unto the two rein the old Spanish spade, brought them along with two hands that were gentle. Some fine reining horses as ever were made~