|Barked: Fri Nov 3, '06 12:48pm PST |
|Some insight on the issue....
The fact that my wife and I ( or any one else for that matter) chose not to renew our CGC testers license in no way is or should be considered a indication of some type of discrepancy, inadequacy , or inability to function as a behaviorist or trainer ,that notion is simply absurd. Professionals who train their dogs to advance levels in many of the various dog disciplines, perform dog rehabilitation, or participate in the many dog venues do not need to be a Official CGC tester in order to be/indicate their expertise at what they do. In addition a CGC test in itself is only a beginner level certification from one of several popular dog registries / organizations that in reality have little or no value in reality based on what standards one associates that title with.
My wife and I participate in many dog venues to include competitive obedience ,herding trials, agility, search and rescue/fly ball ,tracking ,profession dog rehabilitation ,dog rescue ,occasional breeding, and other such venues and quite frankly have no desire or need to be a CGC tester in our endeavors as it simply nothing more than a waste of resources and time.. In addition we have found that it is far more ethical in our business to have an outside independent CGC/TDI tester perform any evaluations on dogs that come into our influence of contact so that their are little or no issues of impropriety that is associated with such events.... So I hope you find some insight to this comment.
On the issue of training options one can consider.
Any trainer worth his/or her salt knows that their are pros and cons to not only any trainers specific methods but to the type of training
regiment one could use.
1. public classes both on and off site
2. private classes both on and off site
3. board and train options
4. owner training
Public classes although beneficial can have their issues.
a. performance anxiety by the owner/handler
b. peer pressure to perform to class standard or speed
c. issues of lack of individual attention especially when divided between those with more severe issues.
d. ambiguity or lack of proper implementation of training methods
e. confusion to the dog and human in exercising or performing the process correctly
f. continual ability to properly manage ,socialize, and train the dog during none class training periods which may effect the dogs behavior negatively.
g. social and environmental conflicts
Private training is expensive and requires many resources that may not be available for dogs with certain issues.
Board and train options.
Board and train operations vary greatly between methods of training, management, and socialization regiments and many do not adequately proof the dog’s behavior on many issues. As mentioned a good trainer can get a dog into balance quite quickly and once returned to the owner will most likely resort/revert to presenting past issues associated with the relationship or lack their of the owners leadership and management style. This is one focal point what makes one board and train facility different from another or more likely to fail .succeed in resolving the owners issues in training or rehab issues. A good/successful board and train facility will not only quickly get a dog into balance regarding it's issues with management ,socialization, and training but will also have a education program for the owner so that the owner can maintain the training, management, and socialization of the dog in a balanced state of mind. A successful board and train program will not only proof the dogs behavior under extremely high standards and distractions but will also TEST the owners ability to utilize the training.
In my experience as we have documented that a dog that goes through a complete and through board and train program is far superior in
balance than those who go through beginners or private training programs.. The key is always in how each of these train and proof both the dogs behavior and the understanding of the owners/pack members to be the leader that their dog/s need.....
I hope this provides more insight than may have been considered on the issue of board and train options verses others...