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I am sorry that I can't give them a reference but kudos to you for being pro-active. I hope that it works out for you. The incident that you describe is very familiar to me and I am fortunate enough to have a qualified facility close by that is able to help. My situation is that I take in rescues with lots of issues. If I can't get them help, they can't be placed, and if they can't be placed they will eventually have to be euthanized. So having the resources is literally a life saver. Good luck to you and please keep posting your progress. I am very interested.
 

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Thank you,

We do have a training facility 5 minutes from my home, but I'm not sure I want to go there. I can ask Kathy, but I don't always get an immediate response. I know I can control this, but it really stinks to think I have to keep him away from other dogs all the time and always be "aware." Shadow and Tucker are fine together, but this really upset the heck out of me. They've lived in harmony for six years. They even eat bones side by side.

I just emailed the owner of the facility. I'll see what he thinks. It's 85.00 an hour per session, but it's 1.00 a mile from the facility to our home because we are not local, so the cost is going to be pretty high. I'll also wait for my friend who is a trainer in MI to email me.

This just really stinks...
 

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that was the first place we brought Faith for training. my personal experience was not positive. they require a choke collar for training (wish they had told you that when you signed up) which i didn't want to use, but at the time i thought they must know more than me so i went along with it.

they are geared toward corrections vs praise. i also thought most of the classes, "do they realize that these dogs aren't going to be used for police work!?"

Faith did horribly there, and i was very unhappy, which probably made it harder for Faith to do well. also, i felt the trainer embarrased me several times for no reason. for example in the middle of one class he wanted us to practice making turns and having the dog follow us. he told us to do an about face. so, i turned around, and Faith followed me fine. he stopped the class and asked me (from across the room no less) if i knew what an about face was. i said i thought i had done one. turns out there is a very specific way to do it in the military - as in which direction you turn - well, excuse the hell out of me, i haven't been in the military, how am i supposed to know this stuff?

now having said all that - it could just be the particular trainer we had vs the whole place.
 

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hmmm. just clicked the link. how funny. the place we went was also called connecticut k9, but it's in Newington, not Watertown. so you can probably ignore all that i wrote!
 

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Thank you FM, for both posts. I'm going to get help from my friend. She's works with dogs with all sorts of aggression and is a trainer. In fact, she's already been in email contact with me (she was probably eating dinner when I emailed her) and I will register with her for help. I'm one of those people who likes to fix things. The sooner, the better. I can't just ignore this. If this can't be fixed, then I need to know how to live with it properly and safely. Shadow needs his space and I should have known that.
 

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I agree with Faith's mom. I checked out the website of this facility and I am not impressed. On the behavioral web page, it states that some dogs cannot be fixed and must be euthanized. The facility that I use believes that all dogs can be fixed and would never suggest this. One of the things to consider is what is important to you and then find the facility/trainer/behaviorist with the same views. I still give you credit for addressing the issue. Good luck
 

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i hope she's able to help, and i don't think it's a bad idea at all to have someone local helping as well. good luck with the place in Watertown.
 

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I have gone to 3 group training classes with Mark and am very happy with the results. We are now preparing to get our cgc with Mark. Although I have not had to consult Mark for behavioral issues, I have seen how he handles group class participants that are looking for additional help and he seams very receptive to there needs. Good luck with getting things worked out
 
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