The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Considering Personal Protection Training
I just saw your last post - Damien is doing very well for a five month old! All good and fun basics to start with.
Personally, I would never drop off my dog, let alone my puppy and leave him for stay-away training! You want and need to be involved with Damien and you need to learn how to train him as much as he will need the training. A big part of training your pup is to develop the bond and a relationship with him, and for you to learn training skills even more than for Damien to know how to sit flawlessly.
If they are putting pressure on you to do the send-away training, that would make me very uncomfortable with the whole situation. Plus it would be pretty traumatic for a six month old to suddenly be in a new place with new people, and to not see you for 3 weeks.
Though other people here may have some insight and experience with the trainer and training facility. It might be hard to find good PP trainers, I would continue to look around, and talk to Schutzhund people for recommendations. You could joine a Schutzhund club to work on the foundation training, and through the club contacts you may find a good trainer for PPD.
But as Carrie said, the first thing to do is to evaluate Damien to see if he has the temperament and the drive for the training. This can be seen and evaluated in a five month old pup. They will be looking to see how confident he is in a new environment, with people he has never met before, how much drive he has, how willing is he to engage in play with a stranger, etc. A good trainer can tell a lot about your pup just by observing him interact with you and with strangers.
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