The only time I had someone train my dog FOR me during the day is when I left him for boarding at my club, because I had to..was going away for a week, no dogs allowed. I had them track him for me becuase it is the one thing that is time consuming and problematic for me to fit in to my schedule.
Go with your gut. I would be with you on that one..I want to train my own dog. I like group classes (as long as they arent modern positive only free play encouraged type thing) and I have used trainers to guide ME before on how to train..but I train my dog. Das Ende.
Do you know you lost your HOT designation because someone else tracked him?