I've checked out a ton of school's and watched a bunch of different lessons... I would say that is not normal. A loud "No" should suffice.. or "wrong"..
It also depends on the type of training.. positive reinforcement with clickers, treats, etc.. or choke chains and pinch collars. I watched an instructor who used pinch collars even though he trained law dogs and family pets, he used the same methods and he was meanly rough. I went with a more family friendly environment.
I don't know the first thing about training. You can be around my little brats 2 seconds and know that. But, I think if I took them to a training class and the trainer smacked one of them, it would upset me. I have had mine take food from my hand and accidently bite too hard. They don't do it all the time, I think its when they think one is going to get more than the other. I can tell them easy,easy and they seem to watch how they take the treat or whatever from you.
***Edited By: sandblagbu on 2/17/2005 9:03:36 PM*** Reason: spelling
If that was my dog, I would have smacked her back. You always need to ask what methods they use to teach the dog. I would probably look for another place since they have already employed one teacher who employed such tactics.
Many trainers are different. Although I would not be too happy with the situation if it were my dog. However the history of the dog and the type of bite, may hinder why it was done in that method. I have had many dogs and have trained them all using different methods some were strong willed and others calm.
I would not say that is normal. The first vet I went to I had this problem with. My puppy was 8 wks old and went for her first vets appt when he went to give her a shot she nipped at him and he smacked her hard twice. He told me I had to do this or she would be a mean dog! Well needless to say I stopped going to this vet and Maya has never bit anyone or been mean to anyone!!
What is wrong with these people? Hitting an 8wk.old puppy? Puppies chew, and bite. I know they have to be taught but my gosh, thats a baby, their instinct is to chew and bite on things. When I was grooming a woman brought her cocker in, and they are bad to nip. The vet overdosed it because it tryed to bite him (dum dum) and after the bather finished and I started to groom him, he went into cardiac arrest. She always had to give him a shot to come to the salon. Guess he had never heard of a muzzle.