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Dogs Name: Ori AKA Harold DogDog (Hairy Dog), RIP Caesar, Katana, Kip, Capri
Titles: DogDog Mouthe Extraordinaire; Kip Mr. Behavior; Capri Mis-Behavior
Dogs Age: DogDog 2 yrs?; RIP Kip 11 yrs; Capri 7 yrs; Katana 9 yrs; Caesar 13 yrs
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Basic training is a necessity for any dog to fit well into any family, I think. It makes your life smoother; it’s good for kids to be involved in; it develops empathy with animals and teaches the value of patience.
Beyond that...I think it should be a matter of enjoyment for all participants. If YOU like training to a higher level, and you dog WANTS to please and is not nervous or unsettled in new surroundings or around lots of other dogs, go for it. It will take time...but if it’s fun time (there can be bad days, of course--dogs are only human), everyone benefits.
About paying for training....sometimes that IS just a line they feed you in order to get as much money from you as they can. But it takes money to be able to offer facilities, knowledge, AND time to folks. That is worth paying for and trainers have to live too. There is nothing wrong with paying someone IF you feel you and/or your dog are learning from being exposed to what the trainer has to offer.
Believe in what your gut tells you. If you sense that the guy is unethical in his money demands or what he recommends for your training, even if all you can pick up on is a subtle sense that something is wrong, believe in yourself. Don’t let him pull rank on you and tell you are too inexperienced to understand, and that he knows better because he is the almighty god of dog-training.
If you get a bad feeling about how he wants you to handle your dog, ask questions. Ask your trainer why he wants you to train a certain way--but be aware that a con man can glibly justify anything and that it is easy to be swept away by fancy sounding speech. There are lots of experienced people here that you can check your impressions with to decide whether his advice is healthy for you and your dog, and what kind of training might be detrimental to your relationship and could play havoc with your dog’s mental stability.
Last edited by melbrod; 12-16-2017 at 02:58 AM.