Who did you contact there? There is a long list of names and no clue which to contact.Not sure where you're at, but I've been looking in to Topline German Shepherd Club of Illinois out of Willowbrook. They're the group that always does demonstrations at the IKC show every year, among other events. I still have yet to go visit during actual training (we're actually hoping to go Monday), but I've talked to a couple of the trainers and have liked what they've said. They seem (to me, on paper, anyway) to be one of the more progressive groups in the area as far as positive reinforcement training. Although they will allow prong collars and corrections, they make it very clear that it's up to you what methods you use on your dog, and they REALLY don't strike me as the types to go overboard with the harsh corrections. This mentality seems like it can be hard to come by with some SchH clubs, the sport has such a deep tradition that it can be hard, sometimes, to find people who have been doing it for 20+ years that are open to new ideas when the methods they've been using are getting results. Just my 2 cents on it!
Lauri are they still training? I emailed them a while back and never heard back.
I talked to both Irene and Jason, Irene for longer. We're going tomorrow to check out the training. I really loved the way she talked about motivation and how the primary focus of the training is to motivate through positive reinforcement rather than punishment. She also said they don't tolerate 2 things, people who back-stab and feel they have to put others down, and people who feel they have to be harsh with their dogs to put them in their place. Both things I really loved! Oh! And she also mentioned how important it was to find a helper who knew what they were doing and knew all the subtleties of training, because it's really easy to ruin a dog if you're a novice and don't know exactly what to look for. Then she went on to talk about how some trainers will talk about X dog or Y dog just not being meant for the sport, when really it's that the TRAINER needs to change up the tactics and motivation. Personally, unless I see something in the training that I absolutely don't agree with when we visit, this definitely sounds like the place for us.Who did you contact there? There is a long list of names and no clue which to contact.