- 6 years ago
Well— we had our first meeting with the trainer lady, and it was quite interesting. She called me as soon as she got to our place and I met her outside. She told me to go in and instructed me to leash the pup and then she would knock and we would practice entering/exiting until he calmed down. She gave me a few pointers, but really told me to just ” do as I normally do, except incorporate leashing” and we would build from there:
Try#1: he jumped around like a crazy person and “sprinkled” urine. She said this was fine and normal and to be expected from a young, hyper dog
Try#2: He jumped around- although not as surprised and she had me tighten his leash on him so there was less available movement on his part. He nearly hung himself, but after a few coughs he realized the leash wasn’t allowing him his range of motion so he promply urinated right on her/my leg
Try#3: He was commanded by me to “sit” while she knocked. He obeyed but was rearing to go as soon as we lost eye contact. She entered as I opened the door, and at this point I had his leash so taut he had basically no movement other than what I was immediately doing. It looked like he was going to try for another piss- but I guess his bladder was empty by that point so thankfully he didn’t!
Overall , she spent about 35-40 minutes with Darling Husband and I. She got here a little earlier than we planned, so Darling Husband still wasn’t home from work when we were going over the enter/exit phase, but he was able to run through some drills with us. The pup was overall OK- better than when we did the integrated 6 week course. Holy shizz he was a terror the first day of that class, so this was a cake walk compared to that!
She brought us some treats to give him and we continued use with the clicker. She also went over a couple more simple hand motions for him to get used to. All in all– I think it was improvement. He is snoring next to me right now, so I think between his walks today, a little run around a friends backyard for a minute while I picked up some stuff and the trainer- he is tuckered out!
We showed her his routine, his kennel and bed, what dog food we use and she had us complete this survey that we will give back to her next time ( if there is a next time… that is TBD). She didn’t tell us much, other than a few pointers. We went over our “disciplinary” actions and I told her about us leashing him now in the house, which has been a very recent development.
My impression is that she is very patient, and seems to have a lot of experience. She went through things rather quickly– so maybe I am just a slow learner, but I had to ask her a few times to slow down and repeat so both Darling Husband and I were both understanding the motion/phrase/ whatever.
Darling Husband seemed pretty chill about it- I think he expected some British lady like on that Nanny show to come in and literally whip the dog into shape! I think he was a little surprised to see her normalcy haha
He had another meeting to go to tonight, so we didn’t get a chance to really talk about what we both thought– my suspicion is that he is ok with it, but I think he would be OK with anyone as long as the dog was responsive!
What do you Bees think? Yay… nay? Keep looking? What specifically would you have a trainer do?