My husband and I adopted a dog about a month ago. The rescue foundation recommended a trainer. I saw her name on several resue sites and thought she had a good reputation so we signed up online. The class wasn't cheap, $175, but we feel good experience is worth it.
Last Monday was the first class. Four hours before the class I get an email telling us what supplies to bring: treats, blanket for our dog, chairs for us, etc. Included on this list was a MANDATORY 10 foot leash and a 30 foot leash. It said if we show up to class without them we would be given the leashes and charged $40 for them!!! I was still at work and didn't have time to go to the pet store.
My gripe is WHY DIDN'T SHE TELL ME ABOUT THE MANDATORY LEASHES WHEN WE SIGNED UP FOR THE CLASS OR WHEN WE SPOKE ON THE PHONE TWO DAYS BEFORE!!! I signed up for the class three weeks prior to the first class and there was also no mention of the mandatory leashes on her website when we signed up.
I just feel like it was very sneaky and underhanded of her to do that at the last minute. She also pushed people to buy from her "doggy treat bar" during the class. I felt like I was at a timeshare seminar.
Has anyone had similar experiences? I would have left the class but she has a no refund policy so I would be out $175. I can't afford to throw money away. Does anyone have any suggestions?