Looking at a training class that I would want to attend - if i couldn't or wouldn't be engaged with what the instructor was doing, I would not continue in the class.
I have been in a few classes (beginner to UD and above level) where there were a student or two who evidently wasn't too keen on what the instructor was covering at the moment or maybe just didn't agree with the way that she/he was trying to teach it to the rest of the class. So they would tend to do their own thing.
Would have been MUCH better just for that "student and dog" to leave the class (or talk to the instructor during a break or before/after class). Their selfishness (in most cases) really disrupted the class for the rest of the students who also "paid their money" (with the hopes of learning something).
Now if the instructor is truly incompetent that is one thing, but if it is just a disagreement about approach - then be a little polite and courteus to the instructor and esp. to the other students and at least do not disrupt the class during it. And if you really think that you know more than the instructor, then either get out of the class, help with the instruction (offer to teach it?) or talk with the instructor off-line about the situation.
Just some thoughts from my experience in attending many different dog training classes (and teaching just a few) from a wide variety of instructors.
And from many, many years of presenting technical IT and project management public seminars all over the country; if I ever had anyone who clearly did not want to be in a class I was instructing, then we would have a private conversation about that behavior when it approached the extent of disrupting the class and/or impinging on other attendees ability to enjoy and learn from the class!
Wasn't ever a problem to handle such a student so as not to affect the rest of the students.
Ah, to be coming from a place where there are plenty of dog classes and everything is right there at your finger tips. It just isn't the case all over the place.
If the instructor is working individually on recalls or heeling or anything, one student at a time, it is perfectly fine to work on stationary exercises with a dog while waiting for your turn. In fact, the instuctor has said this several times in the past few years.
Also, not every dog is at the same level. If I am working with a six month old puppy that has never been to classes before, and everyone else is working on stays from across the room, I know my dog, if I want to stay closer to the dog, or return to the dog before the instructor says to return -- that is not being selfish, that is actually allowing the rest of the class to have the full-time they need while not forcing my dog into a position where I would have to correct it.
I am a dog class veteran. I have worked my dogs through advanced titles. I have worked them in several different venues. I have worked with some awesome instructors who definitely know more than me. And I have worked with some who don't. I have never worked with any who know more about my dog than I do. And nobody should think that they should just listen to what the instructor tells them to do because they are the instructor. If they think that something is not right, they should flat out not do it, and get other opinions before going back and either trying it, or telling the instructor that they are not comfortable with that.
Again, the instructor is gearing her class to the average level of the dogs in the class, and the average level of the people in the class. It is not like I am suggesting a loud game of tug when the instructor is explaining something. I guess it is something I learned from the batty-lady who was afraid of my puppy. When there were other people in that class, she spent a lot of time individually working with one, then the next, then the next, the whole time telling them how rotten their dogs were. But the majority of the time Jenna and I were standing around doing nothing. Jenna had a ton of energy, and with this dementor making the class a very unhappy thing, it was being a negative experience. Finally, I started doing some things on my own while they were working together, fun things. to keep Jenna on, and to make it positive. I took what would have been a waste of money or a negative experience and turned it into a good thing for she and me.
Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer and sign people up for classes. Anyone. You do not need to be able to read and write. You do not have to have titled a dog in anything. You do not have to OWN a dog. There are NO rules about who can call themselves a dog trainer. You can watch a few episodes of the dog whisperer, and set up training in your back yard. You do not need to know a hound from a bird dog from a terrier. Just advertise, take the money, and go. When you suggest people just accept what a trainer is doing because they are the instructor, you are actually making a dangerous suggestion.