When I expressed to them that their dog was probably not the right temperament for that, they stormed out on me. After a year, they came back to me, desperate, because they went to another trainer who said they could get the drive out of their dog. Instead of building the work, they heavily corrected the dog for not biting with a remote collar until the dog bit the bite sleeve. The result was a dog that was constantly in fear and feeling like he had to fight for his life in order to not experience the pain of the correction they felt during that time. My heart was broken.
This dog was amazing, just not a prospect for that specific task. After tons of work and rebuilding trust and confidence, we discovered the dog had a fantastic affinity for dock diving, and has since excelled in that work, and his owner is thrilled to have an activity they can enjoy together.
“…his owner is thrilled to have an activity they can enjoy together.”
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