First off, does anyone know of any clubs in the Phoenix or surrounding areas, I tried Googling some, but I'm not sure of the results so I figured my best bet would be to just ask here.
Secondly, would it be proper etiquette to visit a club and ask if I can sit in on a few sessions (without my dog, of course) so see how things work there?
Next, I'm not certain on the age of Koda, but the Vet thinks he's between 1 and 2 years old, is that an okay age to start them on SchH training?
As far as evaluation and training goes, I'm assuming if the trainer decides that he's fit for SchH that he'll learn commands during training, correct? He knows sit and shake (shake isn't really useful for this), and that's about it (I've only had him for a very short time). He comes to his name consistently in the house and the yard, less often when there are distractions present however. He is attached to my hip in the house, but when we get outside, it's a different story, hence why I'd like to get him into SchH, for the obedience. So again, I'm assuming that he doesn't need to be going into this knowing a lot for the evaluation, as he will be learning it if they see that he's fit for the training?
Lastly, as far as his prey drive is concerned (I know that the trainer will decide if it's sufficient or not, but I'm hoping maybe you guys can give me an idea) how high does it generally need to be? He doesn't seem extremely interested in toys, though I haven't yet determined if it's because of a lack of prey drive or if it's due to the fact that I've only had him a short time and he doesn't yet know that toys are made to be played with and they're fun, haha. He has shown me that he definitely can have a prey drive when he wants, however, which scared the pants off me! We were at the dog park recently and a girl had her Yorkie in the big dog area. All the dogs got running, including Koda and this Yorkie, and in the heat of the moment he went after it. I don't know if it was play or if he thought it was lunch, but he nipped at it a few times, I ran after him like a wild woman and had to get him by the collar. It was seriously uncharacteristic for him, or so it seemed, I had never seen him do anything like that, but it proved to me that his drive can kick in at times.
Either way, I'm completely new to this whole thing, and it will be a bit before Koda gets into SchH if he's fit for it. There's a possibility that Koda might have heartworm, I had a bloodtest done at the Vet yesterday (I'm waiting on the result, I should know tomorrow, if he's positive, then this whole thing will need to wait at least a few months). If anyone can recommend a club in the area I'd like to check it out and talk to the trainer, that's the first step