January 25th 2012 7:42 pm
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So we arrived at the beginning of class - no playtime for us! After last weeks fiasco we decided that it would be training time - period. Play time will not coincide with training. Things went - well - alright. Grunts girlfriend was there, Ella, another golden pup, Quincy, a shih-tsu, Valentine and a boxer beagle mix - uh didn't get her name she was too busy barking, growling at Grunt. Uggg! BUT, the good news is, since this "trainer" obviously doesn't understand behavior corrections and I do. Everytime the boxer mix would start her growling, barking, snapping I would remove Grunt, have him sit and look at me. Click treat! He responded to her barking twice, with me removing him and having him focus on me. Thank GOD I know and understand behavior.
Well during class the trainer said she wanted to talk to me about something. Well you know a million things were running through my head. At the end of class I took Grunt for potty and put him in the truck in his crate. Went back inside, everyone was gone. Turns out the trainer asked me to call someone about their pit. Turns out this pit attacked their cat (who he used to play with), the cat is in the ERVH and they are (of course) concerned about keeping the pit. My chin hit the ground. WHAT? You want ME to call YOUR client about a pit? Well of course I will call, but the dog is doomed. He's one of eleven (!) dogs 3 chihuahua's included in the mix and 3 cats. He's neutered and 18 mo. Doesn't sound good. When I asked the next time he was coming back to class she said Sat. I told her to watch him, she asked why. I explained to her that terriers are known to hold adreneline for up to 3 days. She was shocked. She never knew this info.
Then I explained to her about my disappointment in last week's class with nutso. That she should've intervened, removed the other dog until he calmed some. I also explained that the man with the boxer mix had no clue what his dog was doing. That I was managing Grunt by removing him and getting him to redirect his focus on me. I told her to watch the pit and see if he did a hard stare (she looked confused when I said hard stare) and have the owner redirect like I did with Grunt.
Grunt did pretty good. We've got work to do, I don't think I'm going for the CGC - at least not with this trainer. I'll finish the puppy class - get his S.T.A.R. cert and take a break. Find another trainer, one that is competent and maybe go for the CGC. I don't know.
Only 3 more weeks of classes...
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when you said that she wanted to see you after class I thought she was going to ask you to be the trainer.
Ha ha ha!! Petey!! I never even thought that!! Too funny! :)
That is crazy that she wanted you to call her client! Sounds like your trainer needs some more training herself. Glad this class went better for you and Grunt.