Sometimes I think I am being overprotective when it comes to Lu. I have anxiety and unfortunately this tends to get in the way of me trusting my instincts. I often think maybe it is my anxiety making the decisions. It makes me second guess what my gut reaction to certain situations are. I often check with other people to see if my logic for my reaction is sound. So here is the situation:
The behaviorist called to check in to see how Lu and I are doing with our training. She is still recommending the leash aggression class. I told her (again)that I need to observe this class before I put Lu in it because I don’t understand 1.How you take a bunch of aggressive dogs and put them in a class together and 2. I don’t want everything that we have accomplished to go flying out the door when she is put in this sort of environment. Her reply was that no one has ever asked to observe the class before putting there dog in it so she would have to email her supervisor to see if I could do this. She felt that since this was a ‘special case’ (the incident) and that it may be approved.
This is where my dog mom alarm goes off. No one has ever asked to observe a class before putting their dog in it? NO ONE? Really? I know I would never take my dog to a kennel, daycare, or dog sitter without first checking it out. Why is this different? I’ve already learned the hard way what happens when I don’t act on what I know is right. I’m not saying that these trainers are bad or that what happened before will happen again but should it be that big of a deal for a person to observe a class? You would think that they would welcome a person to come and see a class.
I work with children doing speech therapy. We have an open door policy when it comes to parents wanting to observe therapy sessions. They don’t even have to tell me beforehand that they will attend the session. Granted the child usually acts way different when the parent is there but it is still encouraged that parents come and observe. Do the trainers in these classes see me observing as a distraction to the dogs and their owners?
I have read about people putting their dogs in classes like this and for the most part they have been happy with the results. I just need more information. I need to see what it looks like.
I would love to, one day, enroll Lu in agility or nose work classes but for now I just want to get her better at seeing other dogs. Maybe this class will do wonders for her….but then again maybe not. I just want all the information before I decide. Is that a bad thing?
Luna with my sister’s dog Yoda.