I didn't train him on my own. We had Basic Obedience with the same trainer and it was a completely different experience. It was as we were moving into Advanced Obedience that her methods changed drastically. He didn't down when she asked, that was her response and that was my last class.
It was confusing because people have been telling me that's how it's supposed to be. It didn't make sense, I felt I was owed an explanation, she didnt want to talk til I cooled down but now I've listened to it and it makes less sense than what I was thinking (that she was hormonal and was having a bad side effect after taking the wrong medication). I'm glad I wrote this board because my friends and family have experienced worse training their dogs and I've seen reviews about worse things. So really if anyone here had said "yes that's how it is, and it only looks rough" then I would have just forgotten about a service dog.
I'll still train my dog, but just like selzer recommended, we're taking it easy for now. I did speak to a trainer today and he's added that my loss of control could be that he's a teenager now.
Thanks Blitzkrieg1, I can do that too... his teething phase was the hardest and I survived it
so I can check books and training videos. Anyone have suggestions?
And as for middleofnowhere and codmaster's suggestions about key phrases, have you ever been in a position where you wanted to scream so bad that your voice wouldn't come out? I have. Twice. One involved a death and this was the second.