The trainer I used to train under (for about three years, she is no longer doing classes because of family health reasons) has worked with tons of these dogs, I can't even count. *Most* of the dogs she works with are messed up in some way (skittish, aggressive, out of control, have weird obsessions or neurotic tendencies). I worked with her because I used to have such a dog (she is now at the bridge). She's a great trainer and only $35/hr! She doesn't need to be on TV to get clients, plenty of people locally took her classes or worked with her privately and she also used to give really cheap classes at a community center since so many pet owners won't do any training because of cost. How do you know there aren't brilliant trainers out there just because they ARE doing something and aren't just talking about it on TV?
Heh I missed that (what cod said) as I tend to ignore most his posts, especially the BOLDED/huge font/blaring colored posts
But - of all the things to say!!
The outright disses to me when I claim that I am "not a trainer" (I'm not) yet I've rehabbed some very nasty dogs, when they come here and are so reactive they want to bite immediately, it's their first response to everything.
I've donned leather gloves and petted dogs so they realize not every hand coming towards them is going to hit
them. They realize it eventually!
Slowly built their trust back up to the point where they can be handled safely by others. The ones that never did become able to be handled by others, we made the tough call to put to sleep. I've probably put to sleep more dogs than many people have owned their entire lives, always a tough call when it's behavior related but then again, some dogs are broken beyond being fixable, even with extensive rehab.
How many here can even say that
much, or has it been it all two dogs you've owned from puppyhood that you've been working with??
I'm not a trainer, and don't claim to be one but I've fixed more situations with rescues and assisted other dogs still in their homes that their owners wanted to give them up, and wound up keeping, when they realized how easily workable situations with their dogs are!
So to sit around saying we just sit around "just talking" is BS. In "downtime" between here in the rescue and assisting others (to keep their pets), I find time to talk about what I've found that works and for that I am dissed. And then lectured because I ought to realize that CM "knows so much" about dogs, and walks on water in his