Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
It is not unusual for people who train with a club to also take private lessons, especially in obedience, too. With my old club in MI we often sent people to an AKC obedience trainer to help them get a good foundation on their dogs. With my current club, several of the members also give lessons. Some people stick to just learning at the club, but they usually don't make the progress that those who go elsewhere for private training do.
It can be very hard to learn in a club environment. If the club is large, there is often a time restraint with the experienced people needed on the field for spotting or helping or on the field with their own dogs, and the faster paced situation is not great for a new person to learn in.
The private training, though, HAS to be the right type of training. You don't want to train with someone whose instruction or methods will be counterproductive to what is needed in IPO/SchH/IGP.
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