I would like to help my Petco trainer / friend... Question:
I've gotten to know the trainers at Petco. They're very informative, and do their best under very limited conditions.
This one trainer has been working with a Shepherd, Lab mix. The dog would get VERY verbal, and uncontrollably lunge at the sight of a GSD, nothing else. So since I'm friends with them, the trainer asked if I would walk past the training section a few times with Kira. I obliged, and the dog reacted as expected.
What the trainer and owner did was put the dog into a submission whenever the dog reacted, as I walked by.
They made the dog lay on her side, and stay as I passed.
Then I put Kira in a sit stay about 8 feet away from the dog (Kira is non reactive, and will not acknowledge dogs in her sit /stay), while they kept the dog in submission.
I wouldn't second guess the trainer, but the trainer approached me afterwards, and asked if I had any suggestions for that dog. She's been trying to help the owner for 3 weeks, and hasn't gotten anywhere, other than putting the dog into submission.
I want to disagree with the submission, but she said that she's doing that to establish "alpha" with the owner.
What do you think, and how would you correct the dog?
I offered to meet with the trainer and dog, and stage a "walk by" session.