Updated: May 5, 2022
You recently adopted a new puppy and now you are looking into your options for training. There are hundreds of books (including mine) available online, and there are thousands of hours of videos on Youtube. Puppyhood seems to be going smoothly, puppy has learned the basic skills with you and listens really well. They follow you when outside and never wander too far. So the question is:
Do you really need that puppy class?
It's not a surprise to me that puppy class is harder to fill than my other classes. For many, it seems unnecessary. Puppy is perfect and training can be expensive. Plus, there's Youtube. You may even think to yourself that you don't need your dog to learn all these "tricks". But I promise, puppy class is so much more than that.
It is an opportunity to socialize your new companion in a safe and supervised environment. Something your local dog park can't do for you. Something that you can observe in a tutorial video but harder to figure out in real life without some guidance from a professional.
It's so more than just playing with other dogs. Though, that is a big part of it. Puppy class is more prevention than anything else. Prevention of:
Fear of strangers