Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
I went through 3 trainers until I found gold with the fourth. The local "class" trainers really did not understand high drive protection breeds. They were good with golden retrievers, labs and toy dogs. But I think it takes more to work with a protection breed to assess them as individuals. So I just kept asking. On FB on a Dutch Shepherd site I asked someone who lives locally who gave me a new name. I had to drive an hour and it was all one on one training, relatively expensive, but SOOOOO worth the investment.
If you have a pup who is challenging, ask your breeder if you trust them, join on line groups, FB, call clubs, go to high-end pet food stores and stop people in the street if you see something you like. Ask ask ask.
Then, go see the trainer work dogs. Don't just rely on a phone conversation. See how they work. How do they teach, reward, and correct a dog. What is their teaching/training theory. What kind of breeds do they own as their own personal dogs? How do they assess the individual dog?
The trainer I worked with did a multiple hour assessment of my dog. And then developed a written plan and then we went to work on that plan. He treated my dog as an individual and worked with him and taught me to work with him as a unique being. What I had to learn was training Aussies, a GSD, and a lab really did no prepare me for a dutch shepherd. I had to let go of that ego thing and start a fresh.
Just some ideas.
Dutch Shepherd - Ptygo (Tee-Go) de las Flores
Rescue GSD - Freyja (Husband's Dog)