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Old 07-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Long story short, my dogs trainer is being unfair to my dog. We took our 3.5 month old GSD to group puppy training for the first time yesterday. Things were going fine and he was following commands with no issus unt il we go to off leash time. We took him off his leash and he was understandably curious of the other dogs. When he approached the dogs he would try and sniff and bark. There was absolutely NO growling, nipping, snapping, biting, fighting, etc. Just barking - nothing more. Granted he does have a deep voice and that can be intimidating, but other dogs in the class were barking without issue. As soon as our boy started barking this woman accused him of being aggressive and terrified of the other dogs. She blocked him off from the other dogs and refused to let him go near them.

The remainder of the class he was blocked off, and if he barked she got mad. What really bothered me was that the other dogs were allowed to bark. How hypocritical! At the end of class we stayed to talk to her. She told us our boy would always be aggressive and misbehaved because he is a German Shepherd. She said we could never take him into public with us, that he could never be off leash around other dogs, and that Maybe, after months of training, he could be handled on a leash. He is only 3.5 months old!! We already have him controlled on a leash. We walk him multiple times a day without issue. We take him into public and he is fine. He lets strangers approach and pet him. He is excellent with kids, cats, etc. He is fine with other dogs so long as he can approach and sniff them and become comfortable with them.

Is this woman unreasonable? We think this isn't Ok. We want to drop the class and ask for a refund, is that acceptable? We found a trainer who specializes in GSDs and police dog training that we are going to take. Him to.
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Definitely ask for a refund, perfectly acceptable.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Long story short, my dogs trainer is being unfair to my dog...

She told us our boy would always be aggressive and misbehaved because he is a German Shepherd. She said we could never take him into public with us, that he could never be off leash around other dogs, and that Maybe, after months of training, he could be handled on a leash.
This sounds like a pressure sales tactic to get you to sign up to months of training.

I would find another trainer--one that has actual experience with GSDs.

Don't get me wrong, I think training classes are important and that a good trainer can really teach us poor humans what we are doing wrong with our dogs. But I don't like what I am hearing about this particular trainer.
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I wouldn't waste any more money there, I would talk to the manager or owner and explain what happened and ask nicely for a refund. They need to know what this trainer's attitude is and hopefully they will address it
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What was this, a Petsmart class? Utterly ridiculous. Dogs don't need off leash time.

Good for you for finding a trainer who knows the breed.
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Move on from that trainer.

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What was this, a Petsmart class? Utterly ridiculous. Dogs don't need off leash time.

Good for you for finding a trainer who knows the breed.
It's actually through the humane society!!
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I hear ya... when someone with one or two chihuahuas pass by and the dogs would go crazy on my Ace.. lunging and barking like nuts people wont react.. Now when Ace bark just once people look at him right away cause his bark is so deep.
I agree with everyone including yourself here.. get a real trainer. Good luck with your baby !! Mine is also 3.5 month.

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It's actually through the humane society!!
That explains a lot...multiple humane societies and shelters will do 'classes' to raise funds, it's no different then Petsmart - stick a label on any person and call them a 'trainer' and charge money. Doesn't mean they have any experience, you may end up with a great experience or a total letdown.

Ditch that class and move on to the other trainer, paying a trainer is only useful when the trainer is willing to work WITH you and your dog not stick a label on it right away. Personally I had issues with my puppy class's trainer but we ended up working it out in the end (she stuck a label on him first day as well). But she was willing to work with me through the problems, it doesn't sound like this trainer is.
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Don't walk, RUN away from this trainer. She/he is doing a disservice to your dog.


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