koda2011 Posted February 29, 2012 Report Share Posted February 29, 2012 Hello to everyone! I just joined the forum and I'll write an introduction about myself and my pup Koda soon. As of right now I'm in need of some help: I just started Koda up for agility as he just turned 10 months. I found what seemed to be a great trainer and a great location and drove myself and him to class, excited to finally start after a six year break. We've been doing obedience since he was two months old and I've always trained with treats, praise and clicker (he's the first dog I've clicker trained). It works for both of us. This instructor believed in none of that, which should have warned me, but he seemed so good on paper that I decided to give it a chance. We showed up for class, watched other dogs run some small courses and then it was our turn. The first couple of standards went fine, as I have my own and he knew what I was asking of him. Then came the a-frame and Koda stopped and would not move. "Don't worry, he just needs his confidence built up" said the trainer, took him by the collar and dragged him up the frame. I felt my stomach sink, and should have left then. I didn't. The trainer did the same with the wait table. By the time we got back to the a-frame my puppy was scared, wiggled out of his collar and sprinted over to me, tail behind his legs. I decided class was over, even though the instructor assured me this was normal behavior and he just needed to learn that I wouldn't let anything hurt him. He also told me to get a slip collar. Horrified, I left. In this class was a 4 month old giant breed, jumping tall standards. The standards were also not adjusted, wether a shnautzer or dobberman was running them. One of the other owners even told me that my dog would only hate the trainer for about a month, and that their dogs used to be stubborn too. Help! My dog is not stubborn, he listens very well and is well adjusted to his surroundings. After this "class" he was scared of all agility equipment. It took me three intense days to get him to jump low standards and run the tunnel. I want agility to be fun for both of us, not something we both dread. I live in lake Mary, central Florida. I'm looking for very early or late evening classes, or indoor classes since summer here is insanely hot. I don't mind a long drive either. If anyone knows a good trainer, please let me know. Sorry for the rant, I just don't want to put my boy through this again. Thank you all! Camilla Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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