Well another interesting experience tying into this... Took Titan to Petsmart in hopes to find some treats without his allergens and a floating toy.. happened to bump into another shepherd owner.. gorgeous girl.. very happy and well behaved, at the moment anyways. This owner, proceeded to start talking to me about shepherds and his dog, and how good she is, then started talking about his dog park experience at another dog park (not the one I go to, didn't like it when I went the one and only time) Anywho.. story ends with him kicking a dog off his dog, literally telling me he kicked the dog in the face and then left with his .45 pulled at the other owners who were trying to "start fights with him." At this point I'm thinking 3 things.. one.. there's a reason I don't go to that area anymore.. 2 I think he's exaggerating and he kicks dogs... and 3 I need to get away from this guy who Titan doesn't seem happy with either.. standing very still, ears pinned him, very alert on this guy.. but alas, I humored the guy.. stupidly.
He then proceeds to ask if I had gone to the dag park that I frequent, and I said rarely. He asked if I ran into the "dog trainer" there. describing the original from this thread.. I said I had.. he started complaining to me about him and said how he saw him the other day with a prong on his dog and was just ripping him with corrections and they had an altercation. Tells me what I already knew.. he was a creep and isn't a real dog trainer.
The store clerk starts talking with us.. asking about dog parks, blah blah blah.. I say I am weary, but know when I should and shouldn't go (based on people, dogs, time of day, etc.) She asked why I told her that I put hours into this dog (Titan) and one little thing can change it all. Most owners don't pay attention to behaviors, blah blah blah.. all that.. She seems intrigued when this guy who's had all the crazy stories, interrupts and laughs saying how he never put a lick of time into his dog and she's well behaved and happy. Said he "The thing about shepherds is that they don't start listening to you until they are 2 yrs anyways. I laugh when people put "hours" into their dogs, especially puppies because it's pointless. When they hit 2 then you can start training them..."
At this point I thought "omg.. I'm surrounded by them.." and told him it was nice meeting him but I had to get going. Wondering what in the world I had even stuck around for in the first place.. intrigue? confused? my own humor? who knows.. went about my business.
Wasn't a completely wasted trip though.. found some treats and learned, for the first time, Titan isn't too thrilled about puppies..