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A Godsend Training Program

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Hey guys,

I recently attended a dog training seminar at a nearby rescue. They've been opened since 2013, I think, and have gained quite the notoriety around my local neighborhood. Their training methods are controversial, using "Scared Straight" techniques to improve dog behavior.

I have a 2-year-old rescue who's had his ups and downs. He can be a real sweetheart at times but certainly has a dark side. I'm not sure if his previous owner was a skinhead (haha), but he would constantly nip and bark at my Jewish roommate on sight. After my roomie was forced to go into hiding for months, I finally decided it was time to do something drastic.

I was iffy on attending a class at first, but the one good review I could find reaffirmed my hopes. Since bringing Schmitzie (my pup) in, he's been a completely new dog. He doesn't bark, growl, attack, or really move that much at all anymore. Blatantly put, he's been incredible!

I was just wondering if anyone else has experience with this place or one similar? Schmitzie did pick up a small flinch afterward, so I was wondering if someone had the same happen to their puppers? It seems to be a new thing, not totally sure as to why. Any help would be great! Thanks!

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Seriously? The description of the program is so ludicrous that I thought it was a joke -

"$35 Scared Straight Program - Puppies Under 5 Months
We recommend joining the program sooner than later. Vets agree that the earlier your dog experiences traumatic fear, the sooner they'll become docile."

Why would anyone ever take their dog to a 'training' program that fully admits, right up front, that their goal is to scare the crap out of your dog so they are terrified? And they are proud of this? I have no words....
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