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You think petsmart trainers are bad ?

I must say, my 'beginning class' trainer was astounding (I have bragged about him many times before) But today he just went from astounding to the BEST MAN ever I told him that I couldn't afford to take the intermediate class after our beginner class ended.

He called me three days later and told me that if I would keep it between us, he would let Rocky continue to train with him for the next 8 weeks for free.

I told him I couldn't possibly do that, it's how he makes his money....

And he said that he didn't become a trainer just for the money. He said that he knows how hard I have worked with Rocky and he knows how much progress we have made, and he really wants Rocky to be a great representation of the breed so people stop thinking of german shepherds as aggressive and bad.

Wow. What a nice person. There aren't too many left out there...

I will make sure to save up the money to take the advanced class Luckily, I start my new job May 15!
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That is so awesome. Yes - there are still some nice people out there.
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That's so nice of him.

Is he a Petsmart trainer?

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I was just curious because I didn't know that they (the trainers) made money that way.
I just assumed they got paid a salary. So that must be why the Petsmart trainers are always trying to sign people up.

Good for you though, that was nice of him to do that for you.

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I know that most view Petsmart trainers as jokes, but we had a really awesome older lady as our trainer when we lived out in East TX and actual K9 training facilities were non-existent. She knew her stuff!!! It's affordable training...and any training is better than none. It's all about the individual and how dedicated/educated he/she is.

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Wow. The PS trainers I've seen have mostly been S-heads... my wife's BFF had her lab trained at a PS, and we might take Jakey there just to entertain his brain a bit on weekends.

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i must say, my 'beginning class' trainer was astounding (i have bragged about him many times before) but today he just went from astounding to the best man ever i told him that i couldn't afford to take the intermediate class after our beginner class ended.

He called me three days later and told me that if i would keep it between us, he would let rocky continue to train with him for the next 8 weeks for free.

I told him i couldn't possibly do that, it's how he makes his money....

And he said that he didn't become a trainer just for the money. He said that he knows how hard i have worked with rocky and he knows how much progress we have made, and he really wants rocky to be a great representation of the breed so people stop thinking of german shepherds as aggressive and bad.

Wow. What a nice person. There aren't too many left out there...

I will make sure to save up the money to take the advanced class luckily, i start my new job may 15!

great!
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That's great, very nice of him!
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I was just curious because I didn't know that they (the trainers) made money that way.
I just assumed they got paid a salary. So that must be why the Petsmart trainers are always trying to sign people up.

Good for you though, that was nice of him to do that for you.
They make an hourly wage, so the guy isn't losing any money. The only reason they try to sign people up is because if they don't get enough people to sign up per week, they get written up by the store manager, and eventually fired.

Plus if they don't have a class running, then the manager makes them face the store or clean up dog poop lol.


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