|08-30-2013 02:33 PM|
The thing in common with these 2 is that they both have 'aggressive breeds', AND that both people are young, and look 'different'- heavily tattooed and pierced. It makes be angry that they both don't feel welcome, they are the type we should be encouraging to train and both of them are really neat people, totally into their dogs!
Would you say something to the instructor? It is made very clear that if you have any complaints/concerns that you need to follow the proper chain of command, which means I have to talk to the instructor herself.[/QUOTE]
There's no such thing as an "aggressive breed" btw...powerful, yes. Aggressive, no. In any event, my two cents are if YOU enjoy the class and you're happy with the results, then stay. If, on the other hand you're put off by her attitude, find another trainer. I don't think talking to her is going to change her mental makeup, so it's probably just going to make life difficult for you if you stay there.
|08-30-2013 11:13 AM|
|08-30-2013 11:04 AM|
This is whats wrong with people in general that have zero patients with owners and are just rude. They are this way because no one says anything. But the end result is, instead of feeling good about training your dog and looking forward to returning to the class to learn more, your stuck talking about whether you should say something to the trainer for her bad behavior. Sad really.
OK, if it were me in your position. I would try to continue the classes. What the others do is not up to you. They have to decide whats best for them and thier dog. While you may not agree with how they were treated by the trainer, it really is between those people and the trainer. Those folks need to speak up for themselves, not rely on other to do it for them. Of course if it gets to the point where it is making you or already has made you uncomfortable being around the trainer, I would wait until before the class, or just after to express in person your disaproval of how they treat certain owners. I would let her reaction to you dictate whether I came back or not.
Basically if I talked to the trainer I'd tell her this will be my last session as I am feeling uncomfortable in this class. If she asked why, then I would put it all out on the table.
|08-30-2013 08:30 AM|
Thanks for all of the responses.
Next week I am going to go a bit early and speak to the instructor. I will try to be as non-confrontational as possible......
This club may be kind of unique in that all of the instructors are volunteers (I am not sure of the experience needed to teach). I was told ahead of time that this particular instructor was very good.
Each session there may be a different instructor for a particular class. The person teaching the obedience class this session will most likely not be the same person next session.
This way, classes are kept inexpensive and available to a lot of people who would not be able to afford training otherwise. I am able to train here and with a private trainer elsewhere, not everyone is able to do that, that is why I am so upset at the treatment some have gotten. This may be their only opportunity to train.
|08-29-2013 03:44 PM|
But before walking out, I'd try to talk to the instructor to make it clear what the issue was and why I had a problem with the conduct. Just leaving doesn't necessarily get the point across -- people drop out all the time because they lose interest or life gets in the way, so without any communication on that point, the instructor would probably just assume it was some unrelated reason like that.
If you've been in the class for a while, you probably have some idea of how the instructor is likely to respond to such feedback. If it seems like that could be helpful, then I say do it. If it seems like the instructor is probably not going to be receptive to feedback and/or will take it poorly, well, no reason to bother in that case.
|08-29-2013 01:53 PM|
What you could do is to type an anonymous letter addressed to the instructor's of that facility, not put a return address on the front of your envelope, and mail it from your town!
They'd never know WHO sent it! Maybe it was just a spectator watching the class!!!
Also, go to page 21 (below), print it off and put it with the letter! Lauren Langman has an article called "What Makes A Really Good Instructor" published in Clean Run Magazine. Quote: "The pathway to success is to make sure that people have a good session, not necessarily that you give them false truths, but more that you are honest and inspiring. Start each lesson with a positive affirmation or inspiring quote."
There are other "Good Instructor" articles in this magazine but you have to sign up to be able to see them.
Just a thought! Maybe they'd get the hint!!
|08-29-2013 01:36 PM|
Sounds like this trainer doesn't like certain breeds, which I guess is her prerogative but if owners are trying to be responsible and attend her class with their 'problem breeds', she should be able to act professionally. If these people didn't train their dogs at all, that would be something else for her to complain about.
Anyway to answer the question, I would say something even if it didn't involve me personally. It's not right for her to target certain people in the class, just because she doesn't like their dogs. I am sure she doesn't have any problem with taking their money.
|08-29-2013 01:24 PM|
I would speak up. I figure its a type of bullying. Just because they are different or more soft spoken doesn't mean they won't work they're butt off to correctly train their dog. They are there for a reason.
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|08-29-2013 01:16 PM|
Farnin I wa thinking that that young woman is doing everything we want dog owners to do, it's a shame when stereotypes of people and breeds get in the way of that owner and their dog getting their training needs met. Im not sure if that trainer would listen to verbal feedback but a slow down in customers often works wonders.
|08-29-2013 12:39 PM|
A lot of dog people aren't really 'people' people and need a lot of coaching in that area. It's unfortunate, but as someone said above, our money will do the talking.
I was pleased to find that my recent certification with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers included a good amount of time helping us with how to work with people and be tactful and sensitive.
It would be helpful to include this in your final evaluation of the class if you are provided with one, but not all trainers welcome that. I personally would like to have this kind of feedback since it is helpful to me.
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