Training - NEVER hand off your leash !
I have a 16 week old working line puppy whom I decided to take to 1 on 1 training at the place I take my dogs to the vet. They have a full time trainer on staff who supposedly graduated top of their class at Tom Rose. I went in and explained that I was interested in doing Rally and maybe obedience with him and would like for him to help me work on competition heeling .
My pup is the boldest, most willing little guy... He has great eye contact and flies into a down or sit until releases and just tries so hard to even when he doesn't understand, he will happily start offering behaviors...
After walking in with my pup I realize I had forgotten my treats in the car. The trainer said "I will hold him for you" and I walk all the way back outside and down to my car and then back in which took maybe 7-8 minutes. When I am near the door I hear yelping, I can see in the window that the trainer is walking my puppy and is not just letting him hit the end of the line but giving him very sharp corrections, shart enough to flip the puppy off his feet. I open the door and immediately go over and take the leash, I am so angry I know I best not speak. Look down and realize that this SOB has put a prong collar on my puppy. He has been flipping my puppy around on the prong collar. A puppy that had no idea how to heal. The trainer says "what's up where are you going?" I take off the prong and for just a split second am tempted to throw it at him but somehow manage to keep my cool and lay it down without saying a word. I got home and the pup is just fine but I am not. I just want to explode, I am just so angry at myself. I know better than to hand off my dog and it is not a mistake I will ever make again.