Okay, please bear with me as I vent. I have gone to three different basic obedience classes with my little mini poo guy and I also joined Susan Garrett's Recallers. I work at home with him in short sessions when I'm home, but I still work full time so that just leaves mostly evenings and weekends. The first was a puppy class which was mostly socialization and he was great. BUT, the next two, from two different trainers, have been basic obedience. Both trainers seemed to want to cram as many different things into each session as possible. I find it over whelming to have five or six behaviors such as sit before going out the door, loose leash walking, sit and stay, down and stay, leave it, It's Your Choice and hot zone or on your bed overwhelming! Susan G. has really helped me be better at enjoying training and he has mastered the sit, down and It's Your Choice but when I go to the classes, he's so distracted by the other dogs that all I find myself doing is getting stressed out and disappointed in him. That isn't why I got him! To top it off, next week is the sixth week of this most recent class and I have watched other dogs excel and mine not do anything despite switching to high value rewards and practice at home. The trainer said that to pass obedience 1 you have to have attended five out of the six weeks and that obedience 2 can only be passed if there is more precision and reliability of the things we learned in obedience 1. Well, that kinda did it for me since I'm embarrassed already! I'm thinking I'll take a break from formal classes and work at home with him and get him out in public more. My hat is off to all of you that have gone so far in training! Feeling defeated but clarifying in my mind why I got him and what my expectation for the future is. Oh, the trainer did say he would be a fun agility dog but obedience is the basis I would think. Thanks for listening! Whew!