I was in PetSmart today and talked to a trainer about my Great Dane with dog aggression and she said that I should sign him up for one of the PetSmart training things so he could get some more socialization.
The trainer I talked to seemed to know what she was talking about and said that she could schedule us in a class without small dogs.
Has anyone used PetSmart trainers? Are they any good?
We used Petsmart training classes with Albie, he has completed his Puppy, Intermediate, and Advanced classes through them and is now waiting to take his CKC. Our trainer was great, very knowledgable and helpful. Their program is pretty standard wherever you take the class, so your experience will probably be similar to ours. Just make sure you are comfortable with the trainer and the class once its set up. They use positive reinforcemnet only, and don't allow choke-type collars, and all the pets have to show proof of shots, so its a pretty safe place to practice socialization. Mostly, you will get out of it what you put into it at home, not the hour a week in class, so do your homework and have fun!
I use petsmart for my dogs. I checked around alot until I found a trainer with a clue. Alot do not. Do your own homework, and ask questions. If the trainer seems to be at a loss, then try somewhere else. My trainer had to miss a class, and another women took over. I hated it, she was completly clueless on how tr aining works. I told my trainer to let me know if she was ever going to be out again, I wouldn't come to class. Good luck
from what I've heard, they aren't very useful and don't usually like aggressive dogs.
I have to agree that not all trainers are created equal. Check them out.
I love the dog book "Smarter than you think" It has a story telling style, but it has been useful to me.
My dog is dog aggressive sometimes. Basically it boiled down to if my dog feels threatened by another dog, keep him close to me. If the other dog runs up aggressively, push or kick the other dog away. Once my dog gets used to the idea that I will protect him he will have fewer problems. I started doing that and so far it is working. My other dog is afraid of some people. I went to a low cost shots clinic and with the large crowd of people and dogs, I sat on a bench against a wall and the dogs took turns sitting between my feet depending on who was approaching. When my dog was concentrating on something else and a dog tried to sneak up to sniff him, I put my hand on my dogs rump and pushed him under my seat. nobody was hurt and no apologies were necessary.