The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
I've no personal experience with Sit Means Sit, but this is what I do know:
- They are a franchise. Anybody can purchase the franchise and presto, you have a training business. No previous experience neccessary.
- You HAVE to train using the SMS training methods, which is E-collar training. It is aversive/punishement training of zapping the dog when they make a bad choice (I'm not sure how they go about showing the dog what the right choice is - to me, showing the dog what to do is training, zapping the dog just confuses dogs and shuts them down - though e-collar training can be very effective in the right hands of very knowledgeable and experienced trainers).
Operators of a franchise have to pay the owner a monthly fee, and I heard it is substancial - so the operators are under quota to make a certain amount each month.
Some SMS trainers go into it with already a lot of dog training experience and are very good at what they do. Some just know how to teach sit and beg and consider themselves trainers when they sign up. I've seen videos of trainers with happy, connected, eager dogs enjoying the work, and I've seen videos of trainers with disconnected dogs that seem to sleep walk in a haze through their obedience routines. So the results you would get would depend on the experience level of the trainer (and not just SMS training experience).
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