Lots of good thoughts.
I think that we have to mesh with the training method that we use on our dogs, in order for it to be effective. I want a trainer who can watch what I cannot see in how I am acting and how my dog is reacting to it. I think the trainer and handler has to mesh to a certain degree as well.
We are our dog's advocates. We are the ones that know them best. We are the ones that are responsible for their behavior. And we are the ones that will have to deal with whatever they become. So, it really doesn't matter if a trainer has trained thousands of dogs, if we are uncomfortable with them, we need to pull ourselves and our dogs away. If we don't like what they are telling us to do, or what they are doing with our dogs, we have to put aside our shy, introverted self and say, "No, we aren't doing that." Sometimes we need to stop working with someone. And it is hard if we don't have the experience, to know if we are giving them a fair chance, if we just don't understand, whatever. This is why we have to really educate ourselves as much as possible, so we can be our dog's advocate. So we know what to expect when we bring a puppy home from a breeder, so we know what doesn't sound right/needs a second opinion at the vet, so we know when a trainer is doing something that is controversial at best.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.