Group class is one of one of my favorite things to do.  I love to see the interaction of the dogs when they are in
playtime before a class and to watch how each owner and dog become more confident with each week of training

This got me to thinking about the benefits of group obedience so I thought I would list a few of the benefits for you.
Group obedience class IS mainly for the owners. It’s an economical way to show owners how to work with their dogs
which allows them to take that information home and practice with their dogs in the home environment.

Here’s some of the benefits of a group obedience class:

•  Great socialization for your dog in group obedience class (not every group class instructor allows group play.)
•  Helps your dog begin to learn obedience commands in a real life environment – an environment with distractions.
•  The chance to learn in-home practical ways to work with your dog at home where his dog behavior is the concern.  A good group obedience class is not just sits and downs.

Here’s a checklist for you to help you choose a good group class:

•  Make sure the instructor you choose uses positive reinforcement – no harsh corrections.  Check references if you can.
•  Make sure the class size is not more than 12 dogs per instructor.  This allows the instructor to spend time with you and your dog.
•  Ask if you can audit a class to confirm the instructor spends adequate time with each person and their dog
•  A good training facility is designed with space that meets the needs of the owner and dog i.e. adequate space with minimal extraneous distractions.
•  Price should by no means be the determining factor in choosing a group class
•  Most instructors will stay after class for questions and assistance.

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are the teacher of your children.  And remember,  “Opportunity Barks!”

Jim Burwell, Jim Burwell’s Petiquette