Group vs Individual Classes
We will be picking up our puppy on January 9th, and we are very excited for it! We took our other dog to obedience classes (at the local humane society) and I really liked that atmosphere there and the structure. It was really teaching us how to train our dogs more than anything, but I think that worked out really well for us. We are probably going to take our puppy to some obedience classes too. But I was wondering what people's opinions were on group vs. individual classes.
Should our new pup be worked in a group setting at first (once puppy shots are up to date, after 12 weeks), or should we take him to private lessons?
Personally, I think we are going to start with group lessons, so he can not only learn the basic commands, but also learn how to interact with other dogs (before every lesson the dogs were allowed 15ish minutes to go outside and run around and play in a small group of about 4 dogs, so that they could learn to be calm and nonagressive toward other dogs, if a dog was getting stressed, or aggressive, she taught the owner how to condition the dog so it wouldn't be a problem) These classes have about 10 dogs in a class, and the instructor noticed different dog needs and gave advice on how to condition for different dogs, so it wasn't a cut-and-dry here is the schedule, this is exactly what we are going to do class.
I was just wondering if anybody had any reasons why we shouldn't take a young pup to a group class really. Please, we want to make sure our young pup will be trained well, so we don't make any mistakes on our part to turn him into an unbearable dog.