So for the foreseeable future, I have taken up residents with my parents in Scranton, PA. I am job hunting and looking to move back to Philadelphia around August. Until then, I’m having a training dilemma. I’ll start by saying that I am only open to using force free trainers. Anything other than that is out of the question. So anyone I will mention is going to fall under that category. I am hoping that I can get some advice or suggestions. Keep in mind that I would like to be less broke with a better trained dog 😉 Here are my options while I’m here:
I can choose to travel approximately 1 hour & 15 minutes to a reputable, force free trainer. I can do private sessions or wait for a potential weekday Reactive training class to start up.
I can travel 1 hour & 45 minutes to a reputable, trusted, and force free trainer. I can do private sessions or group lessons.
I can use a local trainer who is less experienced but force free. I can do a private session where she will evaluate Leroy and see if he can be placed in any of her group training class (which I suspect he can’t). Or I can continue to do private sessions with her.
I can work by myself on practicing what I know in controlled and respectful environments. I can do “pack walks” with trusted friends.
I have been struggling with this decision and am looking for some help. I may give the local trainer a try. But I don’t want to waste my time and money when I have heard she may not be the best for my situation. I also can’t afford to be driving all summer, paying tolls, and racking up more debt… Leroy doesn’t even have a job 😉 (and I am barely employed!) But I also want to keep working with him and seeing progress. With the lack of bicycles in my neighborhood, Leroy has decided to recently lunge after two cars, actively trying to attack them. This type of “unexpected” behavior is what brought me crying into Dr. Reisner’s office in the first place. We must not regress! Ok, I’m trying not to fall apart completely. I understand I changed his environment. But common Leroy, you’ve already been beaten by a car once. Let’s be logical here. Your mom can only handle so much crazy out of you!
Until Leroy understands my English; help, suggestions, opinions, local trainer recommendations, advice?? It’s all much appreciated!