|Barked: Sun Jul 7, '13 1:05pm PST |
|I guess I'm looking for a little consolation that it isn't much I'm doing wrong in the hopes of finding a trainer. My boy Crash a few months back had a freak day at the dog park, and since has then been barking at dogs on walks. I'm working on basic obedience at home and praising him the rare times he doesn't act up when he sees another dog, and just turning and walking away from dogs he begins to bark at before he gets too amped up. I use food to try to distract him, doesn't always work. I know I need help. I don't have a problem admitting it.
But I've contacted 3 trainers in the past month or so, and none have worked out. I've never even made it to the consult. One trainer I had worked with before (Lenny's basic obed. instructor) and we e-mailed back and forth about private with Crash to work up to the group class, said she'd call to schedule a consult. E-mailed me and said she got busy but that she would call me within a week. Never called or e-mailed me back, even to just say she was too busy to take it on. Two other trainers never even replied to my first e-mail, even though the instructions on their sites were to contact them by e-mail.
I don't think I'm expecting too much, I don't expect instant replies... Is a week enough time to expect a trainer to respond? Am I being unreasonable in my expectations here?
I am so frustrated and my dog seems to get worse as time goes on. I just want to help him reach a stage where he can enjoy his walks (and I can too) and maybe even attend doggie play dates again, but I won't be upset if that can't happen. I admitted I need help, and I'm struggling so hard to find it. I've contacted another trainer off the APDT list today, hoping this one will pan out...
I want to do the work. I want the help. I just can't find it.
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