|Barked: Fri May 10, '13 6:47am PST |
|"There are many options for owner-training. I believe in stacking the deck in your favor as much as possible so that you have a better chance in ending up with a fully trained SD and not a dog you must wash out."
EXACTLY. If professional dog trainers (like the guide dog school I mentioned) do not have success with rescues, why do people with no dog training background who are planning to OT think they can somehow do it better or know more than the professionals?
If you're OTing, you need to stack the deck in your favor like Iris said, and you still must be ready to wash the dog out. I think far too many people get emotionally invested in the dog they are OTing and then have trouble washing out a dog that needs to be washed out. Why increase the chances that this is going to happen? It's incredibly stressful for both you and the dog, not to mention that you've wasted a ton of your time.
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