I live in Mass, and went for a consultation last night to a dog trainer. The consult. was $25 for him to meet my dog and go over the entire 8 week course. This would be 6 weeks of a private class, and 2 extra meetings for whenever.
The trainer uses a 'training' collar, and is going to train my dog (& me) to "act like his dogs". He has 2 german shep's that were in the room with us and were very obedient (kennel up- they got right in their kennel; "free" - they could leave the kennel; etc etc). He showed me what they know.
My issues are that my dogs (I can only do 1 at a time in training) don't listen to me, pull hard on a leash, and jump on people. I'd love my dogs to listen to me as well as his did to him.
However, first of all - his dogs looked sad. I wonder if they are happy and know how to have fun. Second of all, he charges $575 for the 8 1 hour sessions.
What do you think? I want to do it. I saved $500 specifically for training, knowing I'd be paying close to this. But, it just sounds outrageous!