Major - 10 weeks old
Well, I thought I would let you all know how things are going with Major. First, I have pretty significant memory problems as part of my disabilities. Last night Major had his first puppy class with the trainer that helped to train Summer. We weren't there for 5 minutes before I remembered why I didn't like her training style and had gone somewhere else for training. First, she seperated the class into "god dogs" and "dominant dogs". She put Major in with the dominant dogs and said he needed more control and discipline. He was behaving perfectly, but she has said before that she doesn't like german shepherds and thinks they are the worst breed of dog that there is.
Then, she had everyone to line up next to the wall with their dogs and she took another dog from the class and walked the dog back and forth in front of our dogs. When the dog tried to be friendly with our dogs, she took her foot out behind her and kicked the dog in the ribs so hard that I heard it from the opposite end of the room. The dog then proceeded to cower and do whatever it could to avoid the other dogs.
Then, she acted like a crazy person coming to say hi to our dogs. She was coming up arms outstretched saying "oooh, pretty puppy, can I pet your puppy" in a very high excited tone. If the dogs responded in a positive manner or in any way tried to acknowlege her, we were supposed to correct them.
Please keep in mind that Major is only 10 weeks old. I took this class for the socialization with people and other dogs. At this point, and after the dog on dog aggression in the classroom last night between other dogs (Major was the only puppy there, the rest were adults), I am not sure whether to continue in this class or to wait until the obedience club starts its next session in July to start him at 16 weeks old there.
Also, even with all the people and all the noises and all the dogs, Major behaved wonderfully last night. For the most part he laid at my feet nice and relaxed. When we walked, with people and dogs in front of us and behind us, and coming towards us as well, he did wonderfully. He just wanted to greet the person and the dog. The only time he barked at all was when a bulldog type dog barked at someone putting up bags of food.
Please advise me on what to do? I want to do right by Major, I just don't know what is best for him at this point.