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Jan 11, 2011 8:25 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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We have not heard about your situation for a little while, so I thought I would check in and see how it is going. I hope all is going well, as it sounds like it was headed in a good direction.
I will provide another word of caution, this time for trainers: I took a dog training class only once, and found the trainer to be rather horrible. The only benefit I got was teaching my dog to pay attention to me under varying circumstances and especially with other dogs around. The trainer knew very little about how to teach the people, and I can only think he was teaching the class because he had certified search and rescue dogs, and probably knew someone at the parks department.
When you sign up for a class, let us know how it goes, and what you think about the trainer, as well. If they seem to have limited dog handling ability, keep going as you already paid for it, but remember your biggest benefit may be the atmosphere as opposed to the instruction.
The reason I have only been to one class is that the dog I took lived for a very long time, so I only recently have 2 new ones to train. Now I need a helper so they can both go together to a class, and gain the experience of listening with many distractions, but my main helper is only 7 at this point, and much lighter than both other dogs. All I need is more time, money, and maybe 2-3 of me to keep up with everything I feel like doing.
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