Frustration venting time?
I?ve been taking Gossy to obedience class with a trainer who uses a modified form of clicker training. When we go to class, Gossy will pay attention to me for about 10 minutes but after that she looks out the door at squirrels outside or sniffs the dog food or treats in the bins (the class is in the reception area of an animal clinic) or tries to see whats around the corner of the room. Of course, the instructor then tells me to get my dog under control! This is not the traditional obedience class where every one walks around with their dog healing or practising the sit command or whatever. Instead the instructor spends time explaining rationale and then we pretty much just stand in one place and do hand signals (no verbal commands) while she mostly watches the people with slavish type dogs. I can get Gossy to sit and heal but only if I use verbal commands, which the instructor doesn?t want. It?s been 6 weeks now and I?m frustrated. When I took EL D to a traditional style class after 6 weeks he could sit, heal, stay, come.
When I talked with the instructor after class yesterday she said ?Well you need better management at home. You?re letting Gossy get away with behaviors like pulling at her leash? (nice of her to point this out this late in the game).
She also doesn?t believe in any kind of reprimand. No saying ?no? no using the squirt bottle. So someone asked ?Well what do you do when the dog jumps at the table or kitchen counter?? She replied, ?You don?t let them jump at the table.? She expects us to keep an eye on our dogs 24-7 and as they start to do something unwanted we are supposed to prevent it. So I said I can?t keep a constant eye on my basenji ? there?s preparing dinner or doing the laundry or whatever. ?If the dogs can?t be left alone unsupervised then they need to stay in their kennel? she says. Oh sure, after all day at work the dog wants to run free and for you to pay attention to them ? they don?t want be forced to stay in their kennel even more.
I picked this instructor because she uses the clicker and because she supposedly helps with our behavior towards dogs (like the lady on ?Me or the Dog?). Am I just being a grump or have I missed an important step?