Monday, November 2, 2015

The Green School (Avery, 1)

"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."

"Well, 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 you."

"What?"

"We don't train your animals, Mr..."

"Smitte."

"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."

"You-- you---"

"Yes?" Avery personally loved this part, though it made him feel a little sad that the majority of his customers took this route.

"You 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."

"While 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 medical team."

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."

"But--"

"Don't 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."

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