I can't even deal with how mad I am right now. A few years ago, we did a basic obedience class with River at a local pet store. It was all "R+," but it was also useless, and the trainer had a bit of chip on her shoulder. I didn't realize how useless it was at the time, but when I started doing clicker training, I knew.
I still shop there because I'd rather give my business to a local shop and they've always been good to us on the retail side of things.
Their newsletter came out and River is the Dog of the Month, with a picture I sent them about 2 years ago of her with a super tough toy we bought there. I sent the pic because it really was super tough and she loved it.
They've met the other 2 dogs, and Luna is especially clearly trained. They've never bothered to ask why I'm not bringing her, why she's not taking classes, but to use River as some example of their training classes without asking me or even TELLING me (I guess it's possible that I signed a thing that they could use our picture for promos) is unprofessional and rude and I AM SO P*SSED OFF.
I think I'm done with them. And this comes a day after our trainer sent me an email to discuss what I want to do with our training, if I'm interested in doing part time or full time ever, work toward CPDT, etc. Worst. Timing. Ever.
"In these bodies, we will live; in these bodies we will die.
Where you invest your love, you invest your life." --Marcus Mumford