|Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 6:44am PST |
|I used to see a behaviourist with Missy who worked in a large training group with other trainers. She'd often get the head trainer involved in our training sessions and he DID correct and manage Missy quite a few times. At the time i wasn't particularly uncomfortable with this set up and Missy never seemed particularly bothered by it either. He was quite "old school" and was using a bottle full of stones thrown down beside Missy to interrupt her aggressive displays. He only did this a few times mind you, the rest of the time he walked her about the club, telling her "NO" when she started up and then going a different direction etc. But, i also got advice from some of the other trainers that i didn't like, such as "alpha rolling" her etc. Then, i started bringing Ty along to work to our CGC and it all went pear shaped really. Ty hated the environment, the shouting, the other dogs barking, the pushy nature of the trainers ( they once physically tried to push him up some agility equipment until i told them enough was enough ) 2 weeks before taking our CGC he completely shut down, refusing food, ignoring commands, staring off into space, whining etc. The CGC trainer was forcing him into the down command and holding him there when he tried to get up. Thankfully both i and the behaviourist told her to let him up right away as he was very uncomfortable, but the damage was done We left the club and Ty never got his CGC despite it being something we could have easily achieved together.
Now i know better i'll never put either of my two in a situation like that again. Looking back i saw alot of things i didn't like or wasn't comfortable with but thinking they knew better i shut up and played dumb. I won't make that mistake again.
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