Am the proud owner of a 5 month old GSD. While being around GSD's all my life. This is the first one of my own. She is great, I have been taking her to a rather expensive training class, once a week since she was 9 weeks old. She knows her sit, down, off, no bite ( kisses ) an come ( sorta ) she is crate trained , overall just fantastic. It has been a lot of enjoyable work, certainly worth it.
On to my trainer. The reason I dumped my trainer was a few reasons. One being the lack of discipline. Now am not saying grabbing a broom and smacking her but if she does something she knows she not supposed to do or just looking at me and deciding not to do what I said. Is not giving her a treat a appropriate way of discipline. It's my belief she needs to work for me and not food.
Another issue is we are around 12-15 pups all about the same age. She walks well on leash and will check in with me. She will sit, and down in front of the other dogs. Let me walk over her and around her without breaking...70% of the time. When I release her outside in the trainers field and am expected to call her or yell sit she is supposed to do it. At 5 months I do not expect her to do this and if I had a dog that was so joined to my hip and not running and playing I would be far more concerned. I really feel this is setting her up to fail and is not fair. I will train this first with a 20" horse lead before expecting this. For the last 3 weeks the only reason I was going was for socialization but i think this can cause more harm than good.
Lastly there has been a huge inconstancy's, use a "good dog collar" ( plastic prong ), use a e-collar or use a choke. My dog responds very well to a HS Fur Saver choke, I think it is mainly do to the audible pop when she is corrected. How ever these recommendations change every week. I do not want her to work because she is on a prong or e-collar but I need her to work for me.
Am at the point where am looking for a new class / trainer or handler. In my area it seems all the trainers are "treat trainers" which am not saying is wrong but it seems over used to me.
Am joining the local GSD dog club and am doing some research in Colorado as well as continuing my training.
I may be completely wrong on this one and the reasons i left my trainer and that is fine and would love some advice whether good or bad. Any good traditional training books that you would recommended ? Anyone in Colorado, preferably Boulder County that would recommend a trainer you may have used?
If you read this all thank you as I know this is a shotgun post