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trainer picks on cooper :(

We started obedience with Cooper at Petsmart last month. And the trainer is constantly making comments about him having "ADD", or being "french fry short of a happy meal". Yes, he's all over the map. Rather dance then sit, and when on a leash, runs in place like on a treadmill, lol. It kind of makes for easy excercise, I tell her. Just put him on a leash, sit in a chair on the tile floor and let him go
She took a few stabs at me last night, about being an airhead, and that must be where he gets it. Ha, ha, ok..it was funny the first few times. I'm over it now. Last night, I mentioned his barking a lot. Even at the curtains when the heater or AC comes on. She said it's because he's stupid
She walks around, telling everyone how good they're doing. Gets to Cooper, then says "and then we have Cooper".

Does it count that he's the cutest, and gets all the points and smiles from all the people walking by???

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I really think you need to find another trainer or class to take Cooper to. Hank was 5 months old when I took him to obediance class and he had the attention span of a flea. Never did I hear the trainer make any kind of remarks about someone's dog being stupid.

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Yes I would have a talk with your trainer or your trainer's boss because that is very unproffressional. I would not like that at all. I think that one is ok bet to keep on saying things is getting out of hands. Let us know how things go....I think Cooper is a cutie patotie anyways!!!!

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I would bring a water gun and every time she makes a stupid comment shoot her in the face

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I would bring a water gun and every time she makes a stupid comment shoot her in the face

LOL, I had one last night. Cooper was whining a bit through class. And guess she got tired of it, and started shootin' him the face. Then she gave it to me for when he did it again. And handed one to the Pom's owner, cause he was barking a bit.
Every time she comes near Cooper, he'd start to stand up on her. Yes, she's gotten him to sit right when she walks to him now. Great improvement. But, after she squirted him the face, he started running behind me. Wouldn't let her within 3 ft of him. Guess he didn't care much for the water in the eye

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Love the water gun idea!!! if that doesn't work I would get cooper another trainer-- and get your money back by going to the supervisor. You and Cooper should not have to put up with that. Cutest counts in my book!!!




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I would be on the phone to the manager telling them what you think of their choice of trainers and asking for a refund. A trainer is suppose to help you and teach you how to gain your dogs attention not criticize you. If they donít refund your money I would show up in class and the next time she says something ask her real load ď well isnít it your job to teach us how to get our dogs to be obedient.. Obviously you donít know how to do your job if all you can do is criticize my dogĒ and walk out. I think I would show up again just so I could get my 2 cents in on what I thought of her training skills.

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This makes me furious. This "trainer" needs a trainer. And talk about stupid, I'd put her pretty high on that scale. How dare she! Just let me at her . . . and give me two water guns. She'll be running for the hills. And I should say, I'm totally not confrontational, but . . .

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Next week have someone there with a video camera. Get all her remarks on film. If that is not an option have the store manger see how she is running her class. This is not acceptable behavior for any trainer no matter where they are teaching. This trainer should loose their job. You are not training the dog in these basic classes you are training the owner to train their dog. So encouragement is the key for a happy owner.

I have never liked the Petsmart training. They normally are too basic and the instructors most of the time are not qualified at all. I have watched several times when in the store and though this is a total waste of time for most of these dogs. My DS took a class there with an amazingly smart Standard Poodle and they got so little out of the 6/8 week class I could not believe it. His girl was still a wild child. To get Babe ready for basic agility, we worked her a few minutes once a week, he did the repartitions at home 15 minutes a day and within 3 weeks she had heel, sit, down, stand and stay almost to perfection.

My advice find a new trainer and ask for a refund. Petsmart does not do these classes for the class revenue it does them to sell merchandise while you are in the store.

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Not ONLY would I 'quit' the class, I would contact the manager and ask for a refund. You don't need to be belittled at Obedience class or ANYwhere for that matter. She probably thinks she is being funny, but its to the point of bothering you and she's crossed the line. I'm blonde, so I've gotten alot of jokes in my life about being dimwitted, etc. However, I'll tolerate a few comments here and there, but when someone repeatedly insults me, I'll usually end up telling them were to shove it. lol

It gets old.

Cooper is adorable, and there is nothing wrong with the treadmill run, Gucci does that and she's as smart as the come! I think that is 'fun' to them! lol

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