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    Unhappy Bringing in a trainer

    Well, we've been having a few problems, and have decided to get some professional help. I'm in Brisbane, and have contacted Jane Harper, after reading a few threads here.

    I'm almost a bit embarrassed to admit it, honestly. I feel like a bit of an owner "fail" right now.
    He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
    You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

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    It's not failure at all to bring in a trainer. You're admitting you don't know what to do and need help. That's a lot better than just throwing your hands up and resigning yourself to a problem dog. Just make sure the trainer you choose is a pragmatic alpha-type who can handle whatever your dog throws at her. She should be giving you lots of advice as well as showing you how to handle your dog.

    What's the problem? Maybe we can help too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Dog View Post
    Well, we've been having a few problems, and have decided to get some professional help. I'm in Brisbane, and have contacted Jane Harper, after reading a few threads here.

    I'm almost a bit embarrassed to admit it, honestly. I feel like a bit of an owner "fail" right now.
    I know how you feel. We are about to take the same step. I'm not embarrassed to admit it here though: everyone here is here because they love their dogs and that is why you are doing this for him/ her. Sometimes we just need help from someone who has seen it all before to show us how best to help our dogs lead a more fulfilling life and to help us get more enjoyment out of them too.

    Good luck! Let's hope we both have success

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    No embarrassment here I am sure. I have been amazed how much advice I have needed and Maggie is only 5 months old. I wouldn't hesitate to get a trainer, after 2 obedience sessions the trainers advice has transformed things for us.I am starting to 'get' it ( consequently so is she..lol)
    It is funny how hearing someone say something a bit differently makes real sense of something you have read!

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    I can relate to how you feel.

    Stupidly I assumed that my past experience would be enough to guide Soph on her way to super-dogness... WRONG!

    Calling in the reinforcements does make you feel like a failed owner... but the way I'm looking at it is - your GP can only do so much for your own general help... when it's something more specific, you go to a specialist... so, in this instance, we are the GP... we know "enough", but when we need more than that, we call in the Trainer.

    Just waiting for the warm and fuzzies to kick in... lol!

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    Thanks guys, I just feel a little inadequate, I guess - even though I know it's the right thing.

    Our dog/owner dynamics have changed quite a bit, since getting a second dog in December, and now that Chopz is feeling settled, I'm having more difficulty exerting authority and control over the two of them recently, at home and away from home. There have also been some displays of potential DA and HA, although no incidents. I don't want it to get to that stage though.

    My partner is the other factor - while he means well, he doesn't seem to understand much of the basics of dog training. Ie; he thinks "Shut Up!" when they are barking is appropriate. I think he could use a bit of training himself (not that I'm perfect, by any means).

    According to emails, the trainer's plan is a 1.5-2 hour assessment at our home. She will then follow up with an emailed plan for us to follow. Next, 1-2 follow up visits a couple of weeks later, depending what they need, at a public location. She seems to think most issues can be resolved in this kind of time frame.
    He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
    You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

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    I can thoroughly reccomend her ... then again I am biased she's a malinois owner lol by two's sister as well

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    I think he could use a bit of training himself
    Don't tell him but... reward based training works on partners and children as well as dogs. Just remember to match the reward to the animal eg partners and children respond well to praise and compliments but not so well to kibble treats.

    Good luck with the training. Don't feel like a failure. All of us need a bit of coaching and a push in the right direction now and again. I'm a long way off being a perfect dog trainer - I'm pretty sure my dog does most of the training around here.

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