One time I managed a low income property in CA. One of the residents was was an “advanced” trainer at Petsmart. She had gotten so “good” that she did all the training sessions for the newer trainers.
She owned a male shepherd herself, and it was on a tiny patio 24/7. It pooped and peed on the concrete slab, and once a week she would just get a large bucket of water and just flush the patio with it.
She eventually stopped paying her rent and we had to evict her. When we got the go ahead from the sheriffs constable, we entered the unit. She had left the shepherd inside, and abandoned him there. He was inside by himself for 2 weeks while we waited for the proper paperwork. We didn’t know he was inside, and the apt was trashed, he hadn’t been fed, and he peed and pooped everywhere. We called AC per the constable, and they picked him up.
He had sever malformations in his legs from growing up on the tiny concrete patio and had difficulties walking. He had severe scarring on his muzzle and ears, and was missing large patches of hair from flea infestation. He was so scared, he trembled constantly. His foster mom ended up keeping him, because he would have been deemed an unadoptable dog at the shelter for all the behavioral issues and for the intensive physical care he needed. I stay in touch with her, and he’s made amazing progress, but he’ll never have full movement without pain because of the way his joints formed.
If this is how an advanced trainer trains their own dog, it doesn’t surprise me one bit to hear your stories!
I’ve gone through a lot of dogs (rescue, rehabilitate, rehome) and it is well known in our town to avoid the Petsmart trainers. I’ve never seen it occupied once, and we go there a lot for small soft training treats, and mice for our snake.
Wish there was something we could all do to get those “training sessions” shut down across the board. And @selzer
, who would shake a can full of pennies at any dog?!?! Great way to give them fear of loud noises! They should hand out thunder shirts to the owners on the way out of the door.