1) The diamond-in-the-rough
This person comes into class having had little to no prior dog training experience, and may even be a first time dog owner. However, they quickly impress with their common sense (a rarity, it seems) and ability to learn new information. You want to hug these people but you don’t because it’s weird.
2) The doing-it-all-wrong-dipshit
You say zig, they zag…three times…and then tangle themselves up in the leash. They are often acutely aware of how unskilled they are, but can’t seem to fix it. Holding a leash and treats at the same time is apparently too much to ask. Common sense eludes these people, and you are often left wondering how they manage to keep themselves alive, let alone their dog.
So wrong. It hurts
3) The been-there-done-that bitchface
We’ve all met this person–the person that has SOOOO much dog experience and isn’t afraid to let everyone else know. From interrupting the trainer to giving unsolicited advice to fellow classmates, this type of student just can’t help but be a know-it-all. Even though they may very well be right in some cases, they consistently overstep their bounds and act like they are ones in the charge. Prepare to see shade thrown between them and the poor trainer being paid to deal with her.
4) The Incessant question-asker
While asking questions is a good thing, this person takes it to an extreme. They are so bad that you often feel like the trainer spends more time addressing their neverending questions than actually teaching the class.
Stop snickering… Yes I know I’m adorable.
4) The “My spouse is making me come” sad sack
You can usually spot this person based solely on the bored expression and perpetual non-subtle texting on their phone. The kids/spouse just “had to have” this puppy and now the only one not gung-ho is stuck doing the actual work. Often they will come to a class or two before disappearing off in Avalon never to be heard from again. If they stick around it is a painful painful process for all involved if their attitude remains strictly in the ‘not my dog’ camp.
Sometimes it’s loud and yelling.
5) The “He is my therapy dog” Cheater.
Did you know you can fly therapy dogs for free? This guy does and even redirecting to the ADA for clarification on where their un-pottytrained 14 week old shih tzu can enter legally ends in much sighing. Your instructor will spend weeks trying to explain the difference between a service dog and a therapy dog before giving up when the assbag shows up with a vest and badge proclaiming their Service Dog status.
It’s not that hard asshole.
6) The Doubting Thomas
Hopefully your instructor isn’t literally trying to get you to believe in their reincarnation but the Doubting Thomas takes every bit of purchased advice as a grain of salt to be studied under a microscope before being dismissed because “Tha’ll never work”. Often the Doubting Tomii will have “tried everything” and “done everything” after 45 seconds of concerted effort before giving up in a huff of self-righteous laziness. Their dog will never get it ever and everyone should know it’s because nothing you tell them will ever work never.
So much d-bag.
7) The Future Agility Superstar
The FAS is just here because the stupid instructor won’t let them right into competition agility classes. Their dog already sort of listens… kind of…. well how important is a recall anyway, and they are ready to take on the agility courses they saw on TV now now now! Their dog would be great and the only thing holding them back is your instructor’s inept teaching and a lack of faith in Princess Puffybritches’ adorableness when she jumps up on the counter and eats 14lbs of Halloween Candy. She can dog this and you will hear about it endlessly and how much of a waste of time “remedial” classes are for the savants they have yet to become.
Scramble Princess Puffybritches! Scramble!
8) The Enthusiastic Participant
The Enthusiastic Participant absorbs information like a sponge, has relevant and interesting questions and has clearly attempted their homework every week… they just do it wrong. They are the dream student until you have to watch them muddle through. The enthusiasm and interest is there but the physical skill, timing and sense of appropriateness is totally lacking. Your instructor will spend hours after-class with these people trying to mold them into the savvy dog person they’re trying so hard to be. Equidistant between ‘Doing it Wrong-Dipshit’ and the ‘Diamond in the Rough’ it’s a short leap to either conclusion from that middle-ground.
Goals are good…