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Should I keep my 8 month old GSD away from group classes or should we participate even if it means a whole lot of corrections with the prong?
I don't use group classes for puppies EXCEPT for working my engagement. And I would not take a puppy to a group class of other puppies. I have taken my pups to an advanced obedience class where all the dogs are focused on their handlers and not looking at me or my pup. I then simply go off to the side and work my engagement with food or toys. I may have to go VERY far away at first, in order to keep my puppy interested in me and I don't actually work on behaviors. Just engagement and food games.