I would hope we can agree to disagree selzer. BTW - we weren't looking for a 'cheap dog'. We wanted a GSD & had no idea where to start, in terms of a 'reputable' breeder. Instead, we opted for a hard-to-place dog vs an easy pup. And I'd BET we spent more on this dog than we would've on a new pup from a breeder, even in this area. We weren't trying to get by cheaper. I kind of resent that inference.
Time for me to go - my opinion is definitely in the minority. That part doesn't bother me. Most of you are breeders, 'trainers', etc - I would EXPECT our opinions to differ. I am just a Joe-Blow citizen who wanted a GSD. And altho I still maintain some help would've been nice, the fact is, we have our crazy furry velcro GSD. And that's what we wanted.
"Dude" - I've never been called that before...& I thought I'd been called EVERYthing! hahahaha
You paid $900 for a dog from a rescue and the rescue SHOULD have helped you with your dog for that kind of bread. Yes, things are more expensive in CA, but that is a LOT of money.
I understand why a rescue will charge $200 or $250 for dogs when they pull them from the pound at $25 - $80, maybe help to transport them, pay of spay/neuter and shots, and at the end of the day, they may be $75 ahead of the game. But, the next dog might need some nasty surgery, and even with a rescue-discount, the rehab and cost for this dog might be $2k. So I understand why a rescue might charge more than a pound does when they home their dogs, and still not make a profit. If you charged only what expenditures each dog incurred, then you would have some dogs go quick and others spending their lives in a rescue situation. But $900 is excessive, and a rescue charging those fees should have paid staff/behaviorists, trainers, etc.
I think vets kind of have to do some reduced rate services to stay up in the community. But they can write it off as charitable giving and they have a bigger pool to pull from.
Trainers, who do this for a living, or to augment their living, have a LOT of overhead, they have to pay rent on the place they are doing the training, they have to make it worth while, and they should get paid for the time they spend, their materials, their knowledge, their providing helpers, etc. They need the money they are making. By charging everyone, they can keep the general rates low and still make it worthwhile. This way they help a LOT of people help their dogs.
No, I don't think any trainer should go and give you a freebie because you rescued a dog. I think it is great that you did. I think that at the end of the day, both you and the dog will have gained an awful lot, and if someone DID give you some free classes/help, I would think they were awesome for doing that. But I don't think anyone should feel compelled to do so.
You had $900 to give to the bogus rescue. Sorry, but obtaining the dog is only the beginning of the costs of owning a dog. You took on a dog that would be harder to place. That is awesome that you chose to do that. But that does not mean that someone should help you get to where you want to be with that dog for free, or even at a reduced rate.
I might wake up tomorrow and decide to start a Canadian Goose rescue. Should my vet offer to treat all the Canadian Geese I bring in for free? Should I ask a trainer to come out for free and train my dogs to leave my Canadian Geese alone? When we want to do something because we see a need for something, sometimes people want to help and will give money and time to help us. And sometimes people think what we are doing is nice, but don't feel like they should give up their time or money for our project.
The rescue should have done more for you for $900. Yes. I agree. An unconnected trainer, no. Sorry.
I never suggested that YOU were looking for a "cheap dog." But a LOT of people go to pounds, etc, for just that reason.