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is this training method correct?

I don't exactly understand from your description what the problem is with your dog. But in-board training, meaning the trainer boards the dog for a month or two being the duration of the training, is common and in some situations beneficial to the training of the dog. If you were to say that you just wanted basic obedience training I'd say you're better off working with your own dog under the instruction of the trainer. If the dog has some nervous issues with certain situations it may be better if the trainer take the dog as the work is very precise.
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    • to break his confidence???????? If there is a bit confidence left in the dog than you can be glad. Find an other trainer :D When the problem is that he is nervous what the heck is he talking about breaking him. Are there big problems or he is just nervous.Why you want a special trainer? Good luck with your dog :D
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        • I don't exactly understand from your description what the problem is with your dog. But in-board training, meaning the trainer boards the dog for a month or two being the duration of the training, is common and in some situations beneficial to the training of the dog. If you were to say that you just wanted basic obedience training I'd say you're better off working with your own dog under the instruction of the trainer. If the dog has some nervous issues with certain situations it may be better if the trainer take the dog as the work is very precise.
          • How long is he with you? When they come out the shelter they are very often too active and too exited. A dog need at least 6 months to adapt to his new home. Let the trainer work with him? I think even when it is very precise that the trainer must teach you how to deal with him. Agressive dogs doesnt always need to show agression by a trainer or react very diffrent.Dogs react very diffrent on my approch than when the owner does it. But the importend thing is that the new owbner must learn to deal with it. I am against trainers who take the dog in their own hands. I saw too many dogs react perfect in trainders hands but a mess when back at the owner.The owner needs to learn not the trainer.
            • I agree with desiree if the dog has not been out of rescue for at LEAST 6months than NO to staying with a trainer. Also [color=red](others feel free to jump in)[/color] That greyhounds are a highstrung breed and if I am not mistaken Weimaraner's have some issues of their own ?? I would try a trainer who has sessions with other dogs so he can see the way your dog reacts around other dogs. Do you have any experience with dogs at all? How much excerise does he get?
              • There is only one thing that all 1,000 trainers can agree on... ....that the 1,001(th) trainer is wrong... :P If this trainer made you uncomfortable enough to ask about their "style" and techniques online, I believe you should look for another trainer... JMHO
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                  • Leo, I'd like to help you but I don't understand what you're talking about. Pick [u]one[/u] situation where the dog shows the most nervousness and describe what happens from start to finish including your dog's every reaction.
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                      • The first issue you described with the fireworks, there's not much you or any trainer can do about. The reaction is based on your dog's genetics and he doesn't tolerate well this kind of stimulus. There are many dogs who have this sensitivity to fireworks, gun shots, cars backfiring, thunder etc. This is why when we select puppies we test them for gun shyness. I wouldn't talk to him softly or pet him when this happens. Just calmly provide access for him to a place where he can feel secure like you mentioned. With enough time he may get better or not. Try to foresee situations of fireworks or thunderstorms and make sure he has access to his secure place. The other thing you talked about is a control issue. You already know how your dog is going to react when it sees another dog in the distance so it's up to you to allow it to go into that situation or to stop it. To stop it you need to have control of your dog. In that situation I would give an "out" command which means get the object of your attention out of your mind and "come" command which means come back to me. To achieve this control you need to do obedience training. For this there is no need to send your dog away. You can do it yourself with someone who knows what they're doing instructing you. Being a sight hound (a hunting dog) his behavior of running after something he sees in the distance, exaggerated as you say, doesn't surprise me. I think it would be natural for that breed.
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