"So, what? I just drop my pack off here and you train them to follow certain commands?"
Avery shook his head. "Oh, goodness no. It's a bit simpler than that, and a whole lot more complicated."
"That doesn't make sense."
here's the thing. Your pack already knows how to do all the things you
want them to do. Really, the only one here who needs training here is
"We don't train your animals, Mr..."
Smitte. This school is for training the human counterparts on how to
instruct their packs to do what they need, not the pack on how to read
the minds and commands of their alpha."
"This is a load of bullshit."
"No, the bullshit is out back. The only animals we've had trouble housetraining are our human customers."
Avery personally loved this part, though it made him feel a little sad
that the majority of his customers took this route.
just lost yourself a customer. Alphalfa Training down the road didn't
give me any of this honky, they train the animal, not the alpha."
that is true, have you actually looked at their graduation statistics?
Alphalfa grads usually have to complete two or three times as many
training hours to get the same results as those from the Green School,
many even have to repeat the courses, for which they don't get any
discounts on tuition. In addition, pack morale is generally higher at
the Green School, as far as it can be measured; I can't even remember
the last time we had a biting incident, but Alphalfa has to have a full time
Avery felt a hand on his shoulder, and words were
whispered into his ear. His moue tightened. "Oh right. Mr. Smitte, the
last time we had a biting incident, the lead trainer from Alphalfa
enrolled in a basic course to see what the fuss was about."
worry about it, Mr. Smitte. You go down and get yourself enrolled in
Alphalfa's courseload, and when you change your mind, we'll still be
here, waiting for you."