Being a first time dog owner I just received my pup back from the trainer this week and couldn’t be happier with the progression the trainer has made with my pup. I think the most beneficial thing from his training was being able to use his own “fully” trained dogs to lead by example. Having a dog watch another dog do it the right way has to be one of the most better parts of training I’m sure of it. Another benefit would be the daily exposure to live birds. I live in the city and have no place to keep live birds, nor know what to do with them!
That's my boy "Blue"!!!! Flyin High in the Passenger Side x Katie May of Belgrade
I'm hoping there is a happy medium
I'm not riled up about anything. I just don't see what the issue is. Find yourself a well respected pro that takes good care of the dogs and knows how to get through to them. If you trust the pro your mind will be eased I'm sure. The most important thing you and the dog can gain from the use of a pro is more knowledge for you and the dog. They can be spoiled again when they get home. FWIW I would never buy a dog and just stick it on a pros truck for good. My dogs are pets and hunting buddies first, competitive dogs second. I def agree with the quality of life deal when a dog is sent off for extreme periods of time. I'm sure they could stand a visit or two to home.
It is a pro's job to train your dog, and the time s/he spends with your dog will be doing that. The rest of the day, for the dog, is spent being a dog-waiting to train, airing, eating, sleeping. You should not expect that your dog will be your pro's "pet" while the dog is there-that is not what you are hiring the pro to do. Dogs do just fine in that environment. They have structure, they know what to expect, they get to work lots, every day, which they love. They are not people. They do not miss you like you miss them when they are gone, but they will be happy to see you when they get back
APR SHR TDK's Dusty Gunslinger JH - "Churchill"
CPR Max's Black Diamond Girl Scout JH - "Scout"
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
[QUOTE=EdA;1145502]There is a happy medium. Also professional dog trainers are no different than the rest of society, some are good trainers with poor people skills, some have good people skills but are not good trainers, and some are good trainers with good people skills. Find one that suits you and your needs.[/
I agree and the other thing you can do is find one close by that will let you be involved in the process. I had trained my own dogs before but learned a lot more about training when my dogs went to a pro.