Aggravated with trainers (long rant)
What is it that compels trainers (and even those who are self-proclaimed) to talk down and force their methods on other people? I have met VERY few trainers who are actually down to earth and not type-A aggressive personalities. Maybe its just the area I'm in, or my bad luck...
Case in point: I walk into the local holistic dog shop to find a new bag of training treats and to show the lady that usually works there some new pictures of Kaiser. Upon overhearing my comment about "when Kaiser was 6 weeks old", a lady that was standing near the counter threw herself into the conversation to tell me that I shouldn't have brought home a puppy that age. She then proceeded to talk over me, telling me exactly how I needed to train that puppy so that he did not turn out to be a wreck. She threw in her credentials everywhere she could, noted that she's the trainer for the store and used to train here and there and everywhere, and implied that I did not have any idea what I was doing. I finally had to interrupt her, tell her I was not an idiot, that I studied zoology/animal behavior and worked with dogs for several years at a vet and have continued to do so ever since in some capacity, and I added that she did not know me, nor my circumstances.
Now, while the information she was trying to shove down my throat DID include methods I currently use, she (and many other trainers I've met) apparently felt compelled to tell me what to do. Again, not knowing a thing about me, my dogs, and without being asked.
I completely trained Dakota myself and while I am not a trainer, nor do I claim to be, I have helped friends with their dogs...and was successful in doing so in MOST cases (mostly because they had no idea what they were doing...and I only helped AFTER they approached me). As far as Dakota goes, she knows over 50 commands, and I was successful, albeit with a LOT of work, even though she has stumped 3 or 4 trainers with her unique personality.
The only reason I'm ranting here, is because with Kaiser, a pup who is already showing signs of AWESOME drive, I want to have someone who is knowledgeable help me train him, beyond what I know. Whether it is SAR/Schutzhund/Agility/whatever, most of that (aside from agility) is above and beyond anything I've ever done with Dakota. I want Kaiser to have an exciting and enriching life, but I certainly do not want to have a pushy trainer breathing down my neck while he and I are learning. Even if this lady knows what she is doing, just based on my first interaction with her I KNOW I will not pursue her services.
I suppose my question to you all is this: What do you do, when your resources are few and far between (as mine are, due to the area I live in)? I have thick skin, but I don't deserve to be treated like an idiot. Kaiser may not care one way or another about the trainer, but I sure as you-know-what do. Even as I consider puppy classes, and onto obedience courses, assuming the training methods are in line with my own, does it really matter how rude the trainer is to people? This lady told me to my face that she "just doesn't like people".
All I want, if its not too much to ask, is a trainer who cares enough about the people who own and handle the dogs, as the dogs themselves. Someone who doesn't necessarily do it for the money, but rather to help build fulfilling relationships between people and their dogs. Someone who has the patience to guide new dog owners just as much as wanting to work with those who want a challenge in learning a new sport.
Kaiser ~ Jan 25, 2012 (GSD)
Dakota ~ Oct 2005 (GSD/Collie)
Mya ~ Dec 2013 (GSD)
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