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ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Trainer Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:48 pm

Our trainer moved. The company has hired a new trainer, who apparently has a lot of experience and is respected.

But I haven't met this person. I kind of envisioned we'd meet him a the last session with our prior trainer, but no.

When we decided to go with this company it was after an evaluation with the trainer and several recommendations of THAT trainer from other dog trainers in our area. (I later found the company itself is well respected.)

I called and left a message asking that the new trainer call me to go over plans for the next session. What I got was a return call from the receptionist reminding me of the cost.

This bothers me. Is my expectation of wanting know who I will be paying over $100 an hour to work with unreasonable? I'm not really concern he won't be qualified, but more we won't mix. Let's face it, we're not the regular K9 training clients, and not everyone has been exposed to severe autism.

Also up until now, I've "followed the program". However, last night my son undid two locks and went out the front door-in a storm. (Elopement isn't normal for him.) I really need her trained to find him, as a priority. Is it ok for me to press for that training...or do we keep following the plan?
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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centrop67
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Tell us about yourself: Accidental DS rescuer. Human companion to Radar and Leela. Owner of the site, looking to make this the top site for information and discussion on Dutch Shepherds.
Location: Cutler Bay, FL, USA

Re: Trainer Question

Post by centrop67 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:27 am

Wow. It's a new person in in your son and Brambles's life. Your're damn right to be concerned.

The person who answered the phone may not be familiar with everything going on, but someone there is, and you should push all the way until someone cares.

BTW - my wife's name is Karen.
Michael
The pack -> Radar (DS), Leela (Mal?), and Karen (Human) - Cutler Bay, FL USA
RIP: Tequila and Snickers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

ladyjubilee
Training Dog
Posts: 332
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 am
Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Trainer Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:15 am

Hmmm, I'm not sure exactly who called me back if it was your wife sorry I was short. I have to be honest, I was kind of frustrated at that point not being called back by the trainer and being reminded multiple times of the cost...which I already knew and agreed to pay.

I'm just not experienced enough to know if this normal in the industry or if I'm being unrealistic.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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centrop67
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Tell us about yourself: Accidental DS rescuer. Human companion to Radar and Leela. Owner of the site, looking to make this the top site for information and discussion on Dutch Shepherds.
Location: Cutler Bay, FL, USA

Re: Trainer Question

Post by centrop67 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:41 pm

I am sorry. I didn't mean to mislead you. I was playing off the pushy Karen meme (Always asking for the manager).

I should have been more straightforward.

I was just trying to say that you need to be clear and firm with them about your overall needs.

You seem to have had lots of success with the original trainer, so it's a shame you cannot keep that continuity.
Michael
The pack -> Radar (DS), Leela (Mal?), and Karen (Human) - Cutler Bay, FL USA
RIP: Tequila and Snickers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

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SEL
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Tell us about yourself: I live in Arizona and have an 8 year old female DS and 2 to 3 year old male DS mix

Re: Trainer Question

Post by SEL » Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:09 pm

What is weird is they seem more concerned with reminding you of the cost. If you're already paying for sessions then I don't know why they are reminding you. I actually find it kind of rude that the trainer didn't call you back if you left a message. Maybe he/she is busy, but still, your situation is different and I would be concerned too. If you want to make the training a priority, definitely stress that to the trainer. I would also want someone that I felt was a good fit for my situation. In your case it's especially important because Bramble will be helping your son. So I hope the new trainer understands the importance and the urgency for the training.
Idna (8 yrs) & Laszlo (2-3 yrs) in AZ

ladyjubilee
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Posts: 332
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 am
Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Trainer Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:17 am

I called the facility today and spoke with the owner. He had the new trainer call me. I think we're all set with the new trainer :)
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

Laplaiefier
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Tell us about yourself: Dogs are a good reflection of their owners?
LOL I must be hardheaded and stubborn.
I guess before and after results with dogs tend to show the effort put into them.
Location: California, USA

Re: Trainer Question

Post by Laplaiefier » Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:58 am

Dogs like duchies should be fairly automatic in tracking familier and motivated for scents. The biggest problem I've always faced was in teaching patients so as not to blast right past and off track after either strong air scenting, cross contamination or just a plain more interesting track like other animals or other dogs.
When u do practice make a new scent trail. Your yard and house is going to be cross track saturated.

ladyjubilee
Training Dog
Posts: 332
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:00 am
Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Trainer Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:45 am

I am really hoping she can do it. One of my dogs could find my keys, my car and my nephew. But it was just a game and not serious work.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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centrop67
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Joined: Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:42 pm
Tell us about yourself: Accidental DS rescuer. Human companion to Radar and Leela. Owner of the site, looking to make this the top site for information and discussion on Dutch Shepherds.
Location: Cutler Bay, FL, USA

Re: Trainer Question

Post by centrop67 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:46 pm

Hopefully the new trainer will be just as good (or better) than the last. So far, you've been the poster child for the importance of having a good trainer, and I would love for that to continue.
Michael
The pack -> Radar (DS), Leela (Mal?), and Karen (Human) - Cutler Bay, FL USA
RIP: Tequila and Snickers
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

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