I have a bit of a dilemma that I've probably created in my own head by reading too much.
My girl is a little over 7 months old now. We are supposed to start our second puppy class this Saturday. We did the first puppy class when she was about 4 months old. The place that I'm going to uses a mostly positive only approach to training (no prong collars, etc).
From what I understand the puppy class that we are supposed to start on Saturday puts a large emphasis on free play with the other puppies.
The first one was like this too and honestly, I had mixed feelings about it. It felt very chaotic to me. It was a situation of "let your puppy go play, then go get your puppy and tell her to sit". It didn't feel very effective to me at all but for a young a puppy I thought it was fine. (She is VERY obedient at home and is amazingly well behaved and responsive for her age).
Now my girl is showing some reactivity to other dogs. I've been working with her using a prong collar and she has gotten much much better when out for walks (we don't do dog parks).
We had a vet appointment this morning and she was barking (the high pitched, excited type of bark) at the other dogs there.
I'm wondering if this puppy class is the right one for us. I don't care about making my dog friends with every dog and I don't really care if she likes other dogs or not. I basically just want her to be non-reactive to other dogs when we are out and about.
What would you do? Take the puppy class or find another type of obedience class that doesn't emphasize free play time with the other dogs?