Originally Posted by brianne
As for bad trainers that I encountered: One bad trainer would be talking to the class, walk over (still talking), and grab my dog to use him for a demonstration without asking for permission or greeting the dog first.
My rescue GR just about jumped out of his skin he was so startled! For safety's sake, if you don't know the dog or it's history, always ask before touching. But I'm sure you would do that anyways because you are a knowledgeable and caring dog person!
Good luck and enjoy!
This. At my last dog class, the assistant trainer decided to come over and adjust my dog's harness. Without asking! I'm still amazed the she couldn't recognize what a terrible idea that was. My dog was clearly excitable, jumpy, and could barely stand still around people. The dog completely lost control, and then she proceeded to berate me for confusing the dog. Lady - I am trying to control the teenager and get rid of you at the same time. Her husband came over one time to force my dog into a sit and then hold him in a sit. Lucky I didn't kick him. And, seriously, is having some random guy at dog class hold my dog in a sit going to teach my dog a sit-stay? It's really unfortunate, because the owner of the school has been extremely successful in training goldens in obedience for many years. So disappointed.
Be humble. Recognize that you haven't raised a dog of every breed and temperament and that you don't know the dogs or their owners very well. The assistant had trained one dog and had just gotten her second. Yet, she was sure she knew everything.
Praise the owners, they need it, too.
And have fun!