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Old 11-15-2012, 10:33 AM   #31 (permalink)
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My advice ? I would NOT go back to this class !! Scaring them to death will not socialize them.
Ditto! There is a fine line, and this trainer seems to have crossed it!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:48 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Here's the thing. It's not about that one isolated incident. This reflects on the trainer's technique and philosophy. Are you confident this trainer won't harm your baby again with her bad technique again?


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Old 11-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I really do want to encourage you to stand your ground on this one. You are Sadie's voice and that picture of her said it all. No trainer with any degree of wisdom would have allowed this. It is unhealthy and unacceptable. Poor little baby she was so scared. I bet you were incredibly upset also. I would fire that trainer without blinking an eye.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:03 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I am working on an email to the trainer right now to ask for my money back. There is a local doggy daycare that does separate the little dogs from the big dogs, and my friend's dog goes there (Zorro). Zorro and Sadie are good friends. I would rather spend the money on taking her there for socialization and just try to train her on my own.

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I am working on an email to the trainer right now to ask for my money back. There is a local doggy daycare that does separate the little dogs from the big dogs, and my friend's dog goes there (Zorro). Zorro and Sadie are good friends. I would rather spend the money on taking her there for socialization and just try to train her on my own.

I can't wait to go home and give her a big hug and a kiss
I don't blame you for demanding your money back. Give her a hug and kiss from me and Zoe.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #36 (permalink)
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That sounds like a great alternative. From what I learned in puppy kindergarten, the important thing is to expose them to other dogs (in a safe way) and people, and noises and objects when they are young so that they are not scared later. The focus was really socialization initially instead of training. I think just being out in the word, and traveling in the car to class, was a big part of it.

I don't like confrontation either, so when I had to send an email cancelling the initial scary class, I focused on how upset Daisy was, and how concerned I was for her, and that it was not a good fit. They tried to convince me to go back and give it another try, but I stood my ground.

I am sure you will have a great time seeing Sadie play with other little dogs in doggie daycare!

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Old 11-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I wouldve bitten the instructor like I did to my swimming instructer when I was three! If I was there and saw that............. :-(
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 PM   #38 (permalink)
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She called me and left a voicemail where she said that there are serious fear issues (no kidding!) and that she is a trained professional and would never allow my puppy to get hurt. She wants to discuss this with me further. Ugh.
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Tell her that Sadie says shove it where the moon dont shine!!!! You are a good mommy kaitlin!!!!
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It's not about her being physically hurt. How could a trainer allow a puppy she knows has 'serious fear issues' be further traumatized? Her logic fails.

Your pup being mad at you or being physically hurt is not even a concern right now. I read in a book if a puppy is scared of something you make him like it slowly. Like start treating when he sees the vacuum cleaner. Shoving a vacuum cleaner on full power in his face is NOT helping him get over that fear.


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