I think this is something you will get past rather quickly. I don't let other people demonstrate OB with my dogs. In the very beginning, I did for a while with Nikon....and then that did not end well, lol. You should definitely be able to work OB at your club without other people interfering. If the TD needs to demonstrate he can do it with *his* dog.
Duke thinks it's bite work every time he's around. OB would be a waste of time.. all I would do is fight Duke the whole time. His dog is also trained a little different. So I'm not sure he'd be the best to help me out with OB. His dog does the guard dog stuff and some other bull dog things. He doesn't have shepherds... he breeds and trains American Bulldogs. He's knowledgeable with Schutzhund and decoying... But I don't know how far that goes into that style of OB.
And my trainer changed his prices recently to where bite work by itself has to be approved by him (the dog has to be "fully trained" in order to only do bite work) AND it's only $5 less then doing both OB and protection. Waste of money. So, either I stay fully with him... or fully leave. It wont be half and half.
I don't know yet what is best. I'm having some problems recently with the pup, and I don't know if it's a good time to burn that bridge. But, at the same time... I don't want to continue to feel this way.... and I'm starting to feel like my dogs are getting no where. We are in a rut... not sure if it's me, the dogs, or if it's the situation.
I would still go check out new places. You're going to get "show line" cracks everywhere. Take them as just that wise cracks. With the new pup, we all want to think our dog is extremely unique and we have to stay with this trainer because they know that line and so on. When you travel and find good trainers you realize there are many dogs just like it and those trainers have experience and the know how to work them properly.
I'm not saying your pup is not special or not a lot of dog, just saying that there are lots of trainers/clubs out there capable of working her. Give them a chance. Oh, there is a show dog in my SDA club that has every title through a P3 and now working on the police dog titles and the owner still gets the showline comments. Most of the time they are joking or don't really care. Don't let the fear of the unknown hold you back from finding a great club.
I was all over the place in this post so I hope it makes sense haha
I have no problem just going to meet people and seeing if we fit. I just don't have the patience for the showline cracks. It's annoying. At least here, I wasn't the only showline... and although, they are not advertised as being "great", they are still respected and trained the same. One reason I loved this group so much.
But, to be honest, the biggest reasons I'm held back from visiting other places is... 1: They don't answer anything. I tried for 2 years to contact two groups here... not a single answer or call in return. I emailed a few people, many times from each club. and 2: I can't afford a club. It's way too much with all the fees and two dogs. With my job, I sometimes can't go for a week or two... or sometimes need to miss a month.... due to needing money elsewhere. Being a hobby, this is the first to be cut back. Where I'm at now... it's pay when you go for just that one class. If you miss some.. no big deal, no money lost. No club fees, no helper fees, no added fees at all. Just class fee. It's affordable. It's also really close... so not much gas. All the clubs in this area are pretty far.
So I'm not sure if I can even afford to go elsewhere. It's a really crappy situation. I had it good... but, now all of that is going down the dumps. I'm afraid I'll have to quit... and do something else that the dogs will enjoy... but I really wont.