2 responses to “Dog school dropouts aren’t failures”

  1. dogtravelpro pet carrier

    I quite agree. I have raised Airedales for 40 years and recommend certain trainers to my Airedale puppy families. I want a trainer that understands the Airedale temperament. Some trainers have told my puppy families that terriers, especially Airedales can’t be trained and proceed to ignore them. Airedales can get bored easily and need to be challenged, they learn quickly but don’t want to keep doing the same exercise over and over, they find their own amusement, don’t like harsh treatment with choker collars etc. etc.

  2. Jayne Matthews

    I’ve had clients tell me that their dog was expelled due to bad behaviour in class, but nothing was offered outside class to help them.

    I once turned a couple away because their dog was so stressed by the class that it just wanted to hide, behind me no less, even though they’d only just met me. I offered one to one in order to build their pups confidence so that they could come to class, but apparently they gave the dog up, because the woman found out she was allergic.

    I’ve had disruptive dogs in class, but I’ve found that if you section them off so they can’t see the other dogs they improve, then you gradually remove the barrier. I’ve also had a dog that immediately started barking the minute they walked through the door. Every time they barked I got the owner to remove the dog and bring them back in when the barking stopped. It took 20 minutes out of the first class, but then the dog no longer barked.

    As for Airedales, I admit to not knowing much about the breed, but whenever a client comes to me with a breed I haven’t dealt with before, I do my research. I firmly believe that no dog is untrainable, but they have to be treated as individuals and training should be adapted to suit the breed and personality.