We had two incidents today. Nothing major but they are bothersome nonetheless.
First, when the dogs were being fed, Tucker went after Bella's food. There was a gate between the dining room and living room that wasn't closed. He backed her away from her bowl which meant she was trapped in her crate. The private trainer wants us to supervise the dogs when they are eating to be sure Tucker doesn't get pushy, but DD forgot and also forgot to close the gate.
Then, at her basic obedience class tonight, Bella went after another dog (no contact--lunge and a bark). While she was still aroused from that, the older of the two trainers walked by, very close to DD and Bella and Bella lunged at her.
. The trainer lost it and yelled at my DD who had the leash at that time. As DD took Bella outside, I spoke very calmly to the woman who had yelled and who was starting to speak strongly to me. I said, "You know, she's a student, too." DD was very upset and got into the car. Main trainer had me take over Bella for remainder of the class. The secondary trainer went out to the car and more or less apologized to DD and also delivered a little dog training lecture at the same time. Truthfully, I think she felt bad but didn't want to lose face either.
The main trainer wants me to use a different collar with Bella. We used a borrowed prong on her for part of the class but I'm not sold on that for her. I'm thinking of using a martingale collar. Basically the trainer wants us to be able to control her quickly if she lunges again. If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
I'm wondering if we should continue with this class. I've always felt it was too crowded, and for a fear-reactive dog like Bella I think it feels overwhelming and intense. I think I'll call the trainer and see what she suggests. It's just sad. Bella was excited to get there tonight and then it all went south.