Opinions on clubs?
So im getting my pup next spring, and i was already considering training a bit in protection and obedience, so figured i might as well throw scent work in there too, it seems fun and it will open up ipo1 as a potential milestone for the future. Though the title itself isnt of much importance compared to bonding with my pup and learning what makes her tick and being on completely the same page as her while having a fun time learning new things, I was planning on doing it with the help of a professional trainer (iron mountain k9). ANYYYWAYS after researching this stuff a bit alot of people are telling me i need to join a club. so leads to my question...
What are your opinions on clubs? I might have the wrong idea about them but I'm worried they may be pretty elitist, and that mixed with the fact that im relatively young may lead to a weird/negative experience for me trying to break into the world? Of course i realize im looking way to much into things, especially with the age haha its just the only photos ive seen regarding ipo type things include mostly older folks, all carharted up like my grandpa when he would go hunting. again i realize im looking too much into it, and im sure it varies from club to club. but for those of you interested in training and have dealt with clubs before what are your opinions/stories on them?
Also is it appropriate to call a club and ask really basic questions like "how does this work/how can i be apart of this club?" i feel like that would look bad on me.
lastly, do you have to be apart of a club to compete for your ipo/bh/cgc ect?
Last edited by RoninByDesign; 10-21-2017 at 04:55 PM.