I want to get dog training away from the corporate “certified” (by the pet super mart) dog trainers and academics, and back out into the real world where it belongs.
What I am seeing out there today are more and more people in “dumbed down” obedience classes at the local pet super-store who are spending the money, and investing the time, and then not really getting anything in the way of real results (a dog that doesn’t fight a lead?). This is a great marketing campaign to get people in the door and march them past the bags of designer dog food that is more expensive per pound than real food.
I am seeing descriptions for promised results in the literature from some of these classes. After an 8 week course and $109.00 my dog will “Walk on a lead without pulling.” This is only about 7 weeks, 6 days, 23 hours and Forty minutes longer than it would take to get the results I guarantee if you spend 10-20 minutes following my simple instructions!
If I had to work that long for so little result, I think I would rather live with the pulling. I could just get a good strong leash, keep my $109.00, and the 40 hours of my life I will never get back. If you are new to training, feel free to read any of the testimonials in the “reviews” section of this site. Seriously, I can’t imagine spending 8 weeks of daily training sessions to get barely half the results that most rank beginners will routinely see in their dog within10 minutes into lesson 1 in the Command Performance Training System.
And of course, this is out there in the real world, not in a closed area or “training room.”
What kind of corporatized fluff are they trying to sell here? Its not that these classes don’t have value. They are great for socialization and to get your dog around other dogs, but I love to hang around the classes with dogs I am “proofing” and use those dogs as my distractions when I am in the final stages of training a client’s dog. I use dog parks for the same purpose.
Of Course I am just describing the “Basic” Obedience class down at the local Pet Supermart. They have an “Advanced” class too–another 180.00 and another two months. I will leave it to your imagination, but if you are thinking that the result promises taking the lead off and actually having the dog actually responding out in the real world, you will be sadly disappointed.
After all, who dreams of a “trained dog” whose biggest attribute is walking on a lead “without pulling.” Wow. Move over Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.
There are more dog schools and classes around than ever before, and if socialization is what you are looking for then it would be money well spent, except socialization doesn’t cost anything –that is why they are calling it training and charging you money for it.
Compared to what I charge (between $5,000-$10,000.00 for complete training and 150 per hour for consultations) , it is comparatively nothing. But it is still $109.00. And more importantly, it is still eight hours of class, plus Travel time, plus the 30+ minutes per day for two months! Imagine if you were working at your current job or profession for the same amount of time. Oh, right, then add $109.00.
A minimum of 40 hours total time (invested?). And lets be honest, these dogs have been in a training class, but I have seen very few that even their owners would call “trained.” (at least to the level that they originally expected before they ended up lowering their expectations to match the curriculum.)
If you are one of the millions who have used Command Performance, you just did lesson 1 instead.
You saved $120 and got better (and lasting) results in the first 10-20 minutes,(a net time savings of 39.5 hours over 2 months not hanging out in a corporate pet feed store!). Just think of what you could do with all that time–you could learn to surf, go camping, spend an hour a day sitting out on the patio reading great books at your favorite sidewalk coffee shop.
And of course, the best part of all; you can do all those things and bring the dog.