|Barked: Thu May 31, '12 5:00am PST |
|I always find it interesting that there is a great outcry when owner trained dogs are all lumped together based on one individuals experiences but there is no problem claiming program trained service dogs are mediocre at their work. I guess Coleman missed that memo.
If a handler doesn't keep up training and practice with their dog, regardless of who trained it, they aren't going to do it as well. In flyball, if a dog is allowed to do/rewarded for a sloppy turn or it isn't practiced as much, guess what? That once great, tight box turn becomes sloppy.
Just because owner training is right for one person doesn't make it right for all, nor does it make all programs sub-par. I likely won't train another dog because I can't put 2 years of work in to a dog that may have to wash out at the end of it.
I'll make one last point. Not all programs are bad, neither are all owner trainers. There are bad apples in both groups.
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