Razzle and I attended our first class with the new trainer this morning.
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Thursday: art ah zen
She was not my dog, she was an angel. What the hell is that all about?
I got out of the car at the parking lot and looked into the tennis courts that serve as the closed in training area. There were no less that 7 dogs there already, all with this prong pinch collar on that this facility uses. They ranged from a tiny little red terrier kind of dog to a huge african mastiff. I brought Razzle into the enclosure and prepared for her to start barking and jumping, like she does at home when she sees or hears another dog. But no, she stood right at my left heel, eventually laid down and waited until it was her turn to take a walk around to show what she knows. She was very calm and well behaved, she made me look like a looney. So we spent 1 1/2 hrs there and then I took her to Petco when I went to buy dog food. A small dog sat right next to us in line and everything was quiet and smooth. I don't know what to think but I don't think this is her permanent attitude. I do hope she remembers some of this tomorrow when we walk. If she can make progress, I will be very grateful. I feel guilty for using this pinch collar on her but I have been unable to get her attention when she sees other dogs and goes crazy. If this doesn't work, I may not be able to take her out in public, to the park or the beach. I want those things for her so I will keep working on it if I see progress. How did you train your dog?