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Jon Payne
09-29-2021, 08:07 PM
Some really awesome neighbors have a 6 month old GSD they just spent $1200 having it "trained" for 6 weeks. When they got the dog home it wouldn't mind them. The wife (the dogs actual owner) was ready to give it away yesterday. She was at her wits end. I had mentioned to the husband a couple of days ago when I saw him trying to walk the beast; I wish I had known they were going to send the dog off, I could've saved them some money. I took the dog from him and proceeded to make him heel and pay attention to me. Evidently the little demonstration got the husband's attention.

Today, I received an instant msg that they needed my help. Mind you I haven't worked with dogs since 1997. It was like climbing back on a bicycle. I took "Cooper" for a 30 min walk just to see where he is. Besides polishing what Cooper can do and expanding his skills, I have to teach this family how to work their dog. Meet Cooper... My newest and youngest student. Looks like I'm a dog trainer now too.

61980

Papa
09-29-2021, 08:32 PM
Some really awesome neighbors have a 6 month old GSD they just spent $1200 having it "trained" for 6 weeks. When they got the dog home it wouldn't mind them. The wife (the dogs actual owner) was ready to give it away yesterday. She was at her wits end. I had mentioned to the husband a couple of days ago when I saw him trying to walk the beast; I wish I had known they were going to send the dog off, I could've saved them some money. I took the dog from him and proceeded to make him heel and pay attention to me. Evidently the little demonstration got the husband's attention.

Today, I received an instant msg that they needed my help. Mind you I haven't worked with dogs since 1997. It was like climbing back on a bicycle. I took "Cooper" for a 30 min walk just to see where he is. Besides polishing what Cooper can do and expanding his skills, I have to teach this family how to work their dog. Meet Cooper... My newest and youngest student. Looks like I'm a dog trainer now too.

61980

Hi, Cooper! Handsome boy.

He'll do fine. And so will you.

What the hell kind of training did they pay for?

Jon Payne
09-29-2021, 08:53 PM
Hi, Cooper! Handsome boy.

He'll do fine. And so will you.

What the hell kind of training did they pay for?

I think the problem is the professional trainer didnít teach the owners how to work or interact with their dog.


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Papa
09-29-2021, 09:42 PM
Yeah, you can't just ship 'em off to boarding school and expect 'em to have good manners.

PRC 74
09-30-2021, 04:40 AM
Handsome for sure. He looks really intelligent.

Faramir2
09-30-2021, 05:22 AM
Good looking, sharp-looking boy. Sounds a bit more like the owners need to be trained here. Hopefully they'll take the time to learn how to work with him, as that's one heck of a dog.

DogDoc
09-30-2021, 10:25 AM
Dog training has more to do with training the owners than the dogs.
Shepherds in particular are looking for someone to be in charge. If the owner isn't, the shepherd is happy to step up and do the job for them. After all, someone has to run the pack. LOL

By the way Jon, when training the owners, don't reward them with milk bones. They don't like them and will complain. Use granola bars instead.

Doc

Ragsbo
09-30-2021, 01:29 PM
I think the problem is the professional trainer didn’t teach the owners how to work or interact with their dog.


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So they trained the dog but not the owners?!?!?!!?!? That makes as much sense as peeing on an electric fence~ TWICE!

Jon Payne
09-30-2021, 06:17 PM
So they trained the dog but not the owners?!?!?!!?!? That makes as much sense as peeing on an electric fence~ TWICE!

Itís more common than you would think. Really no different than a firearms trainer looking at your target and telling you to tighten your group then moving on to the next target.


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RPG
10-02-2021, 08:55 PM
Itís like buying a Ferrari when your last car was was Prius.


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LV_MD
10-02-2021, 09:28 PM
61980[/QUOTE]

Hey Cooper...

Awesome looking dog. Looks sharp, attentive, and ready to "please" with the proper training!

Ragsbo
10-03-2021, 12:12 PM
It’s more common than you would think. Really no different than a firearms trainer looking at your target and telling you to tighten your group then moving on to the next target.


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Yeah, I am afraid you are correct! Only thing they worry about is the check clearing the bank

glockednlocked
10-04-2021, 05:14 PM
You are a good man helping your neighbors and helping that good looking dog. As said dog training is more about people training with the dog along for the ride. I run into people all too often spending buckets of money on board and train training and when they get the dog home it all goes out the window. I am very positive and reward based but praise is earned not given and holding the dog and the handler accountable is essential.

Bob F.
10-06-2021, 05:31 PM
Cooper just looks like he waiting for you to tell him what you want him to do.

Jon Payne
10-06-2021, 06:38 PM
Cooper just looks like he waiting for you to tell him what you want him to do.

He tried a few new tricks today. Iíve found many dogs donít take to the down command right away. Iím guessing it makes them feel vulnerable. Consistency is the key.


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