Yes folks there is such a thing. New to me at least. Here's the story....
I have been looking for a good qualified trainer here in Saudi. It's really hard to locate someone that is good and knowledgable. Beowulf is my first dog, so traning is new to me. I have been able to do some basic obediance, just not 100% of time the command is executed. Usually if I have something he wants he will listen. He will sit but not hold the sit for more than 10 seconds unless I have a toy or treat. Sometimes I say sit and he gives me a down, maybe he thinks "okay I'll give you a down, how about that?"
lol. Anyways I digress, back to the topic.
I want to start him off with basic obediance, 100% recall, on leash for now. So opening a phone book or searching online leads to no where. So I ask around at pet stores and other dog owners or the vet. All pointing to shady training or lack of training skills. One person wanted to charge a large fee, about 1800 dollars, to basically give me verbal advice. Hey buddy i think youtube does that for free. Oh dobermantalk.com too lol.
One day when i took him to the groomer i bumped into this guy who works with customs here in saudi. Turns out he trains the dogs for the customs, ARAMCO, and other security companies as well. So I took his number and called him up. We met a few days later at his office. He asked what my goal was and what I would expect from Beowulf. Whether its obediance, security, protection, sniffing etc.
He gave me a tour of the place. I was comfortable seeing his certificates, two of them were from the US Customs I believe. So it looks very legit. He also doesnt advertise as he's not open for the public. As of now he only does training for specially chosen customers.
So I brought Beowulf along for him to see if he is viable for training or if my money would be wasted. Everything turned out great. He accepted Beowulf, pending a health check up before he puts him in the same space as other dogs.
The training will be about 3 weeks long. Boarding is included. I will be coming in daily to get training myself on how to interact and give commands. So all in all it sounds good to me, and its not 1800 like the other shady people I talked to. Still is expensive but worth doing it right and great quality of training. It's roughly 1000 dollars, which includes training him, me, and boarding.
Please chim in with any comments, good or bad. Also any questions I should be asking will be highly appreciated. Just remember how hard it is to find a trainer in Saudi. I'm not looking for whats best for me, I'm looking for whats best for Beowulf.