First puppy class I went to the instructor regularly let the pups off leash and to free roam, my girl got swamped and really didn't like it with 10+ puppies up in her face, she'll come out of her shell by the end of the course the instructor kept saying but it didn't feel right to me. Ohh and she wanted me to dominate my 10 week old pup which sent alarm bells ringing for me, and then when she wanted everyone to handle everyone's pup and my girl wouldn't go to a lady and the lady grabbed her front legs and started to drag her towards her and I had to say something, I thought I'm out because ever since I was kid my grandfather told me never pull a dog by its front legs its not good for them.
We went to another puppy school with only 5 people after I spoke to one of their instructors and found out how their classes work, it was much better for her the pups didn't play with each other and everyone stuck to their mats with the odd sniffing of the neighbours but it was all very controlled not regular 5min free for alls and the class were also told that my girl might be a little afraid due to what happened at the other school, so the class knew and actually tried to help her overcome uneasiness, I still think she's affected by it a little because she's fine with larger/adult dogs, but pups and small dogs shes cautious of.
And if there were any issues like the dog that was guarding his pig ear then trying to take his neighbours ear, the instructor stepped in and moved the troublesome pup and actually spent time discussing the issue and ways to help the pup learn, so we all learnt even if we weren't having the problem.
So I guess my advice is to speak to the instructors find out how they do their courses before spending the cash, wish I had done it first oh well lesson learnt lol
Last edited by bellske; 09-22-2013 at 06:35 PM.