I agree with Astrovan. Try to get to local clubs. As was noted not all clubs are particularly friendly. I think this comes from the extremely high turnover rate. Many people come out and think it's an 8 week training session and you are ready for the trial which passing is more or less a given. ROTFLMAO. It may take 8 weeks just to get you and your dog evaluated.
From my engineering careerI like to stand in the background and observe what is going on. My favorite thing is to ask questions that I already know the answer thus I can evaluate the operation. I usually respond like a sponge and just soak it up. It's easy to separate the blowhards from the knowledgeable. You are going to be paying for help and guidance in the sport so try to get The best you can.
Just as with standard dog training classes, some clubs/trainers will take you step by step teaching as you go. Others go at as a group and you are expected to practice on your own. It's hard to find others who can or will help you at home. You need to explain what you want to do so you can have good control of the exercises. The really good dogs can work with distractions early on but some dogs simply need a little help. .
Remember you have three distinct events to work on, each take skills on your part and the dog. It's good to get a background reading all the books you can. Do be aware that the sport has changed from the early days and today's training methods can be radically different from those noted in the books. This training is very individualistic for the dog. The events are the same across the board and test the internal workings of the dog. If these traits are not there or weak the dog will fail. It's up to you to bring them out and maximize them.
By all means go to any seminars you can. These are not heavily advertised so contact with a club is a place for good information. The USA occasionally has seminar postings but I think you have to be a member to view them.
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