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Searching for a quality trainer in my area

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Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Stacy_R » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:25 pm

I would like to have Tyson tested to see if he is a candidate for personal protection. I am researching online to find reputable trainers in my area - Charlotte, NC.

Before I spend too much time and energy, do any of the breeders on this forum have any insight for me? Who to stay away from or, preferably, any recommendations for my area?

I did find this website, but wanted to get feedback before I go much further:
http://worldclasscanine.com/Home_Page.php

Thanks in advance for any help and advice.

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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by MeganBays » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:29 pm

I have visited on IPO club in Fayetteville NC a couple times, and know one of their former members (she moved to a different state). They seem like a really nice group of people, and I know their TD/decoy has hosted a few seminars on the east coast. I also believe they have held a regionals trial, and that he has decoyed in regionals in the past.

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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Stacy_R » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:34 pm

Thanks Megan...I will see if I can find them. Fayetteville is a bit too far to be practical for me, but I will contact them and see if they can lead me in the right direction in the Charlotte area.
Muchas gracias!
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by MeganBays » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:49 pm

No problem; I'm sure they'll know of someone closer in your area. They have an active FB page, so if you are on there it shouldn't be too hard to touch base with them.

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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Owned-By-Hendrix » Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:27 pm

I agree with Megan - start asking around the IPO/PSA/FR clubs. A lot of those guys train PPDs. I know a few of the guys in my club have been doing it for years. And I'm sure you've already figured it out, any PP program that says "board and train for x weeks" be very weary of. We went to see a few of those programs for info to satisfy my curiosity and not only were they expensive, they used a business model of "upkeep/training for life is free" meaning they taught OB in those few weeks and you taught the protection in group classes in one location, usually in cornered environments which forced the dog to react. Not exactly a great way to teach protection.

Also, I was told once by our club trainer that a PPD can be trained within a year or two, depending on the dog, with a good trainer. He said while he could teach a dog to bite on command in a week or two, it's the proofing and testing in scenarios that takes time and you really want to spend time on that.
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Raven » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:03 pm

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have them, but around here we had a couple of disturbing, and in the end, sad, instances of dogs (including a DS) trained for PP...all trainer/training related. Just be wicked careful.

Why are you interested in possibly training Ty for PP? If it's a neighborhood "thing," usually the best deterrent is simply having a dog (or one that just looks menacing). You could teach a watch command; anything else opens up liability issues.
Though I can only hope to become the person who my animals believe I am, the things that they have taught me have made me a better human being. ~~~Sharon~~~

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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Owned-By-Hendrix » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:54 pm

Yup or get him started in a protection sport... I think it helps both handler and dog gain confidence in each other. No one will approach if you and dog look confident and Tyson has a nice "watch" or "alert" command.
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Stacy_R » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:44 am

Sharon...good points. Tyson does have a fierce bark trained with the command "guard." Maybe I can develop that into a watch behavior. I will talk to the trainers that we work with already about shaping that behavior and leaving it at that. And, Kira, good thoughts on protection sports instead of actual PP. I guess I am curious more than anything. Tyson goes with me to a lot of places and my husband initially brought up the PP thing. And no worries...I am super vigilant about checking out trainers. I don't trust just anyone with my boy!!!! :)
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Owned-By-Hendrix » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:26 pm

Stacy did you ever find a trainer you liked? I was just surfing Facebook and realized that if you join the PSA group FB page, you could probably find a decent trainer by asking the group… I saw a few people asking and there seemed to be a lot of names on the east coast.
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Stacy_R » Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:32 pm

My search sort of stalled...life got in the way by way of me over-committing myself...LOL. Thank you for letting me know about the FB page! I am not on FB, but if the page is public I can go look and see what I can find.
~Stacy
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Re: Searching for a quality trainer in my area

Post by Owned-By-Hendrix » Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:20 am

Lol I hear that. For some reason I thought this had happened months ago.... Time flies! I think the page is... If not I can ask for you.
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