the man I took my HORRIBLE dog training course for me claimed about 20 years experience as well.
He was anti prong collars(I didn't understand them then) and insisted I simply wasn't doing the corrections right (I am now wonder if I'll see neck problems on my dog later...) so I just kept doing them harder and harder...
He informed me to get my dog to jump with all legs the same height in the air I should "tap" (kick?
) the hind legs with my leg (hes recently been diagnosed with hip dysplasia so this explains his uneven jumping style)
I was told that all dogs could be taught to "sit up" for a treat when I expressed my concern that he was unable and seemed uncomfortable.
He refused to treat my Pit Bull any differently then his Border Collies.
He made jokes about my dogs breed in front of me to his other clients.
I could go on...
I trusted this man for most of the length of the course, I didn't know any better and his course came with government accreditation.
I am damn lucky my dog has a resilient personality and more then plenty of patience for all of my mistakes, and that the course, myself, and the training direction I received didn't ruin him altogether.
I wouldn't feel comfortable taking my dog to a vet. who wasn't "good" with him let alone another trainer who didn't demonstrate not only breed experience but also breed knowledge : its one thing to say you've worked with Pit Bulls and quite another to actually understand the breed.
Just my thoughts, from personal experiences
I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day, tomorrow doesn't look good either.
"You didn't know of the magical powers of the break stick? It's up there with genies and Harry Potter as far as magic levels go." SisMorphine 01/07/07