So, like I’ve mentioned in the puppy post (I figured I’d come here for this one it’s more appropriate and I don’t want to monopolize the puppy section with non-puppy specific questions) Roxy’s trainer basically gave up on her. I can’t remember what our last class was titled but it was literally us and an obnoxiously barky Dalmatian. Yes I fully grasp the irony of that description coming from someone who loved a recreational barker of a sheltie. Anyway, keeping her attention for longer than 10 seconds was basically impossible. We tried every manner of treats I could come up with. I tried toys. Every type of toy I could think of (we did end up with a special poop toy for house training and that did help some) but she was not terribly interested. I’ve called her my adhd dog (I have it I googled it after one particularly frustrating class and learned about hyperkinesis) because once she’s going she doesn’t stop but doesn’t particularly focus on anyone thing but once she is, it’s like she’s deaf. The trainer at the end of that last set of classes was basically like “I don’t know what else to do.” I don’t know if it was a trainer issue, an owner issue (I tried doing all the things we did in class to practice at home but we had the exact same results so… reinforcing what she did in class, yay), or a dog issue. So that brings me to this possible puppy we may or may not bring home. We have… two trainers that I am aware of. The one we used already; she was recommended by Watson’s trainer who moved out of state. The second, well the second strikes me as a backyard breeder, not in any sort of a good way and most of her social media posts are about puppies available and next to none about training. She doesn’t list anywhere any certifications she has and the last couple of reviews are basically describing her as a Cesar Milan wannabe. There are other training groups around the region, an hour to an hour and a half away. We got Roxy just before Covid shut everything down so that made things significantly more difficult. After a while we were able to get the trainer we were using to come to our house but only because we could be outside in the yard once it got nice. If we bring this puppy home, I don’t know what to do about training. Try to do it on my own? Try with the trainer who gave up on Roxy? I’d at least like to get her into a puppy class to meet other pups. I’m at a loss. I read someone’s post about taking their pup everywhere. Even just staying in the car or holding them so they could start getting exposed to different sounds. So I’ll do that; hopefully the world doesn’t shut down again. I’d love to hear any thoughts on the training/trainer situation we are in.