I've missed a lot of this thread while on holiday. I agree with just about everything that's been said. One comment made me really furious though.
I had my lessons at school though so there was nothing i could change, and because of my scholarship, i dont actually pay for my lessons...so i felt i couldnt really say anything.
Sorry, not furious with the person, with whom I sympathise, just with this idea that we often have that because WE are not paying cash for it, it's not as important.
You DO pay for it! Every time you buy something from a shop, 17% is going to pay for it. Your parents are paying for it through tax. Every litre of petrol? About 80% is paying for it. Cigarettes, beer, drink, council tax, even the interest on your meagre savings!
Scholarship or not, without you and people like you, this teacher would be living in a cardboard box under a bridge and begging in the streets. Okay, exaggeration...just a little.
But you get my drift.
As for cats and dogs, my son's piano teacher has both. They are NOT allowed into the room during lessons.
Hope everything gets sorted out soon!