We ended up quitting dog school

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Registered: 06-14-2005
We ended up quitting dog school
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Mon, 02-23-2009 - 10:19am

I forgot to tell you guys that we quit our dog obedience class! Lexi was just so miserable, she whined and cried the entire time, would cower down on the floor with her ears down, it broke my heart! The instructor really sucked, she insisted we all use a choke chain, which Lexi hated, she wouldn't let us use any treats in the training so the poor dogs really had no incentive to want to perform. And she kept going on and on about how if we showed our dogs we'd be marked down for this and that and the other. Well I don't want to show my dog, I just want her to sit and stay and walk on a leash without dragging me around! Last Wednesday was our last class and DH and I spent most of the time on the floor with Lexi, cuddling her and telling her it was okay. I finally couldn't take it anymore and took Maddie for a walk so I could get away. The instructor kept going up to people's dogs and yanking HARD on the leash with both hands, pulling the dogs front feet completely off the floor. SO unnecessary! I'm not a dog expert, but I do not think you have to be so cruel to get your dog to behave.

So, we are going to train her at home and try to socialize her with lots of outings and walks. I ended up losing a lot of money because it's unrefundable, but at least we are all a lot happier now!

By the way, Lexi has her own website! I don't have any pics on there yet but as soon as DH can help me put some on I will let you all know. In the meantime you can go and see her pedigree, it's pretty neat! It's at http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/gsd/pedigree/587045.html

Hugs

Beth









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Registered: 09-14-2006
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 11:43am
I would have ended up quitting too.
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Registered: 08-26-2007
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 12:05pm

Beth -


I have very little knowledge of dogs (got my first dog in my 30s!) , but I picked up a book at the library on clicker training and trained our dog that way.

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