Now, this company's philosophy is focused on discipline and a lot of dominance type training. They don't use treats, only praise....(snip)
(snip)Also, the class recommends a choke chain....
For those reasons alone, I would personally pass. Oh, and the alpha rolls too.
This sounds like very "old school" training to me. For one thing, when people talk about positive reinforcement that generally means motivational training, which at least in the beginning stages, is not about corrections. Later, for proofing? Sure. But you said this is a beginning class. So the whole discipline and dominance thing usually is more about correcting for mistakes than it is about setting the dog up to succeed. To me, that is not positive reinforcement. I actually find it rather amusing when a trainer talks about their methods being "positive reinforcement" when they insist that the dog works for praise only, and refuses to use food.
While some dogs might work well for praise alone, praise is not a primary reinforcer like food is. I would rather use what the dog
finds reinforcing, not what I think
the dog should find reinforcing. A trainer who tosses out the use of food routinely, without considering the individual dog, is someone I would have no interest in working with.
How old is Kain? Hardly anyone uses choke chains anymore. If you're going to use a training collar, I'd much rather it be a prong, BUT - before I use any
special collar, I've spent a lot of time training my dogs motivationally, so they WANT to work with me. I want a dog who happily engages with me, who loves training. I don't see how a bunch of dominance training is going to create that kind of bond and relationship.