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How annoying.

I signed Ruby up for an 8 week obedience level #1 class awhile ago and we decided that my husband would be the one to take her because he spends more time with her than I do.

When I made the first phone call back in September I left a message on her machine which said "We just moved into a new house and have a 6 month old GSD that is barking at everything"
You would think the trainer would call me right back? Didn't that sound somewhat urgent? Instead she sent the brochures and registration papers and I signed Ruby up for the appropriate level class, and wrote down all of my concerns.

DH took Ruby the first 2 weeks and she had toileting accidents both times. The trainer sent me an email asking us to walk Ruby for a good half hour right before class to make sure her bladder and bowel were empty- this way we could see if it was nerves that was causing her accidents. I'm pretty sure it was.

Third week trainer called and said she decided to set up private lesson instead- don't come to the center. OK. Did that once. Then she was vacation, then she was sick. Today we got a check in the mail for a refund of our unused classes. DH says the dog failed. I think someone failed- just not too sure it was the dog. Perhaps DH? Perhaps the trainer? I'm pissed.

Also- everytime DH went to the class he would come home with a different type of collor which drove me nuts. Especially because she is growing so fast you can't keep a proper fit on her.

Ruby's big problem is pulling on the leash. I am looking at the Leerbug site - at the quick release prong collars with a slip collar back up.

I need to research this more. And find a new trainer.
I dont' think she was totally a GSD person.

OK- Vent over.
 

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Hi- Sorry I've been away. Busy day at work. I've been giving DH and earful of my opinion on the whole thing. He can't get past the fact that Ruby was stressed out during the first two classes and had the toileting accidents. Deal with it. Where is your empathy for this dog? If you want something done right you have to do it yourself! And that's how I feel. I told him that I am taking over starting this week. Ruby has some good behaviors and can do well, it's the inconsistentcy that is messing everything up. I will be working with her over the next few weeks, see how we do and consider a new trainer after the holidays. I'm glad to be done with the other person.

We are in Hunterdon County.
 
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