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07-10-2014 12:12 AM
Blitzkrieg1 Even if the dog is actually fearful its to early to make those types of judgements. Often ignorance exposes itself. Petsmart, Humane Society and quite frankly most franchise trainers cant train their way out of a wet paper bag.

Take your dog, money and run.
07-09-2014 11:19 PM
selzer My current trainer keeps telling me to Leave Moofie on her porch. But years ago, almost 9 years ago, I had a trainer that was afraid of my 10 week old puppy. I suffered with that woman. She never abused any of my dogs. But she would say the most horrible stuff.
07-09-2014 11:12 PM
Juliem24 I had Siberian huskies, and inadvertently went to a trainer who hated huskies. She'd make comments constantly about them. Said they're dumb (really?) and stubborn, but when she "hung" one for talking like huskies do (not mine, thank god)I hightailed it out of there, never went back, didn't even ask for a refund. Couldn't complIn, she was the kennel owner and boss. But, I did talk about it a lot with other husky owners, and I hope she lost a lot of business. Sometimes people just don't like a breed and that's OK; in my mind they shouldn't show it during class.
07-09-2014 10:02 PM
KZoppa Speaking as an obedience trainer, ask for your money back and run. Find a trainer who actually likes the breed or at the very least isn't prejudice against them. If GSDs could never be trusted off leash and were aggressive, even from such a young age, why on earth would they still be used as a herder? Or obedience dogs? What about agility? They cant very well run the course with a leash attached to them. Flyball? Oh here's the favorite one, IPO!

My boy is intact and spent an hour outside off leash with me earlier this evening with kids running around, riding their bikes, a sprinkler going in the yard. Not once was he aggressive to anyone. Neighbor brought their dog outside and he ignored him. Yup, real dangerous. Genetics help play a huge part, but your dog is what you make them too. Find a different class, with a clearly better opinion.
07-09-2014 03:26 PM
Rocket Get a refund and never go there again. So many people have misconceptions about GSD's because they are large and scary looking. Those people are not well educated about the breed and have no business "training" them.
07-09-2014 03:13 PM
pyratemom I would get out of that class as soon as possible. This woman obviously has a dislike for GSDs and therefore has no business trying train one. Animal shelters rarely have licensed experienced trainers unless they are donating their time. Do some research and find a real trainer in your area where your pup can excel and gain confidence and training it needs. I understand about having to look far for a good trainer. The closest one to me is over 50 miles away now.
07-09-2014 12:12 PM
Muneraven We walked away from a training class with our half GSD half-Groenendal pup for trainer behavior less bad than that. Our trainer just was a bit weird with our dog. She just seemed like she didn't trust him or like him. Granted he was at an age where he could be a butthead, but so were several others. Paynter is terrific with people and other dogs and never shows aggression but he IS intense-looking and I think that somehow put her off. She was weird with the Border Collie in the class too, a similarly intense guy.
07-09-2014 09:05 AM
Snapdragon How unfair! I'd ask for my money back and go elsewhere... she doesn't sound like she knows much, and saying he'll always be aggressive "because he's a German Shepherd" shows that she is already prejudiced because of his breed. I think sometimes trainers just dont understand GSDs. When my girl was in class one time, she was acting up and not listening (she's feisty and an adorable brat). The class leader took her from us, and got so angry at her, yelled in her face (pulling the gentle leader so her face was forced up into theirs), and started whipping her with the leash. We were LIVID.

Find someone who can understand and help you and your boy!
07-03-2014 02:48 PM
JJSMargo This woman is a moron! Should never train dogs, especially GSDs. I always attended a training session first before bringing my dogs and made sure that I ask the trainer if he/she is breed specific or not, and experience, etc... Also, it is kind of a personal preference, but for the first couple of months of training, I would go with 1:1 sessions dedicated to my dog's specific needs, character, and my wishes of course. Playtime can always be done outside of training, remember you are paying $$ for it. As for the refund, I would go for YES, get the money back. Anyone that incompetent, should not get your $$, charity or not. When you want to donate to charity, you will just write a check.
07-03-2014 11:52 AM
I would move on as well

I would move on as well. Here is what my puppy class experience was like last year so you can maybe compare it to what you are seeing.

In Ollie's puppy classes (we did the AKC 18 week STAR puppy program) each class had some instruction and some play time. As the pups got order the play time became shorter. The classes was mixed with all kinds of puppies, but luckily there was another GSD in the class as well as a lab, golden and pit bull. By the middle series, it usually ended up that the trainer would put a little fence up for play time and put the big dog pups on one side and the small dog pups on the other side. The big pups just played a little bit harder and were starting to really out weigh the little guys. Ollie and the other GSD pup have ended being BFFs and almost always naturally gravitated to playing just with each other. We still meet up for play dates.

The trainer also did what we called "Gotchas" were we would let the puppies play a bit, and then everyone would "Gotcha" their pup, calm them down a bit, and then let them play a bit more. Everyone got to play, sometimes a super shy puppy would have a special area so he could see, smell and observe until he felt braver. Occasionally a puppy playing too hard was subject to more "gotchas" to take a break and chill, but everyone always got to play and our trainer stressed how important it was the puppies have this play time to learn appropriate play structure and bite inhibition. Our trainer also had a once a week extra play time you could come to if your were enrolled so you could have more play time than class allowed. I really credit the play time for helping us survive the landshark and uber-energy phase.

On the refund issue, you could think of it as a donation to the humane society or just ask for a refund on the remaining classes because you don't think it is a good fit for your pup. I think asking for a refund is perfectly acceptable. Sorry you had a negative experience, I'm sure there are other better options in your area.
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