Natty Boh graduated from puppy class on March 12th. Thank goodness that class is over. I got some mixed reactions, when I posted about his first class. Here is the link. https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ppy-class.html
The very first class. I complained about the trainer blowing compressed air in Natty Boh's face for barking. I complained about the trainers techniques. Some of you chastised me for not having a better idea of the type of class I was getting into. I don't disagree. That will never happen again. Actually, after this trainer I may never go to another class.
Some of you told me I should listen to the trainer and do things her way. One person accused me of learning training from things I read on an internet forum. LOL! That is hilarious, because I have been training dogs since I was a Kid. I was born in 1958. We didn't have internet forums. I was even accused of being a quitter.
Well, I didn't quit. I stuck it out. I made it clear to the trainer that she was not to touch my dog. If only my classmates had done the same. In class one, the airedale "Skye" was dragged back and forth across the floor. Class 2 Skye was dragged back and forth across the floor and then the leash was put behind her rear legs to lift her. Neither technique made Skye walk. Class 3, a very timid golden was used as the demo dog for "down". The trainer walked the golden briskly, then stopped and shouted "DOWN!" She did this three times. The golden hit the floor as if she had been beaten and every time she peed on the floor. The last class, there was a doodle who was not normally in my class. We were to do a downstay. I put Boh in a downstay at heel, walked to the end of my 6 foot leash facing him, while he continued to stay. The doodle was having trouble. I couldn't see him, but I could here the trainer yell at him. "Down, Down, Stay, I said Down, not Heel!" When I could face front again, the doodle was down. He looked confused, scared and sad.
Most of you did agree with me, but I didn't base my decisions on anyone else's opinion. I stuck to my gut. I would never do something to hurt my dog. I may not have formal training, but I know what makes sense. I know how to get my dog to do what I need him to do. I know if my dog doesn't understand what I want, I am doing something wrong and need to try something else. What a bitter taste this left in my mouth.