I've done that for a few people. Sometimes it's better for you, as you get to work with issues specific to you and your dog. But it's (imo) important to go to a class environment, for socialization and a different environment. Some dogs are perfect at home, but act up in a different situation. I can train my own dogs but I take my dogs to other trainers classes (with the other trainer knowing that I will do things my way) just for the classroom experience, and learning to work around other dogs.
have homework to do lol, practising sitting and staying and coming
Heather is a lovely lady and was very impressed with Bella's first lesson so I was really pleased, we have been practising and she's doing great, Heather has emailed me a lesson breakdown of what we went through for week one ( will try put it in the training section to share with everyone )
all in all it went really well and we both had lots of fun x
Bernie is only just getting to grips with walking on the lead, fine off lead, although since he has turned 6 months he is deciding on being a bit more wilful about when he comes back...big bags of franfurt sausage or cheese nibbles and he does seem to come when called
I dont have a great recall with Mouse either... being deaf makes calling her verbally tough, but Scout, my other deaf dog has perfect recall, seriously. She checks back every few seconds and if I wave her over, she comes back 100%. Mouse is a little tougher, even if I have really smelly treats, she wont check in often enough, and she wont come back when I wave at her... but then I dont know how well she sees far away either, so Mouse will not be getting any off leash walks, poor girl.
Training is so much fun. I adore teaching my dogs to do stuff. Is your trainer a clicker trainer? I find it so much more interesting and reinforcing for both me and my dogs! LOL. Even my deafies are clicker trained... with a thumbs up for Scout and a light for Mouse.