12-01-2012, 05:10 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
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First let me say sorry you had to deal with a jerk like that. It's not uncommon in the sport I hate to admit.
Our club is extremely open to any breed that wants to get involved. Currently we have GSDs, Rotties, a Boxer, a Beauceron, a Berger de Picard and my own Lancashire Heeler is working toward his tracking titles. At our club you will see motivational, reward based training. A few people have e-collars and pinch collars but I can't even remember the last time I saw one used. We are a very unusual club and I can guarantee all the other clubs in the area laugh at us behind our backs, but after 20+ years in the sport my husband and I decided we would rather lose a few points on the field and have our dogs and members derive joy from the sport.
Now having said that, I will say that we do tend to be a bit reluctant to roll out the red carpet when someone wants to bring out a breed that is overall less successful in the sport. We spend A LOT of time with newbies and it is pretty frustrating to spend all that time and effort just for them to realize that their dog isn't going to be a star on the field and they give up and move on to another sport. We invite everyone out and show them around and check their dog out. After that we want to see THEM expending the time and effort and then we will jump through hoops to help out, but we don't just hand them the keys to the store.
Keep looking, you may find another club more open to your dog. Check the DVG site for clubs as well.