I am going to talk to my trainer today to see what she says - she is in Brodie's agility class with her two dogs. Last night was a hot mess. 12 dogs in the class - all social distanced of course. We were late, I should have showed up a bit earlier to let Deacon sniff a bit more, but considering our class, maybe it was a good thing we were the last ones in the door. Everyone was set up in a large oval throughout the space, more than normal social distancing - we took the last spot nearest the door and the chair section of the class. Just so happens a MONSTROUS puppy who apparently does NOT like dogs or people was not allowed to join the class because of how he was behaving, but allowed to sit back there and watch until the last part of class where they bring out 2 puppies at a time to play together - if the puppies seem to mesh well. We were closest to that dog. His head was larger than Deacon, I swear! He barked, aggressively, nasty, I wanna eat you up barks and just terrified Deacon. I sat on the floor and he sat in between my legs safe and sound. I reassured him at first by petting but then left him to just sit and watch. Introduction (these are all puppies by the way, most Deacon's age) - there was an Anatolian Shepard puppy - 50 lb ball of fluff. An Irish Wolfhound who's head was at my hips and weighed in at 50 lbs, an Australian Cattle Dog, a spaniel, 2 black labs (one older, oldest in the room and VERY hyper and barky). 10 others on the floor and that one Cujo sitting in the back.... and Deacon -all 8 1/2 lbs of fluff..... He did fairly well with the pass the puppy where puppies are passed from group to group -some folks had one or two family members - they try to encourage parents to bring kids for the pups who are not exposed to kids. He was NOT a fan of the texture of the ribbed floor - haha! There were people he seemed to really like and warm up to; the group right next to me, one man who laid down on the floor next to Deacon, a woman who he seemed to like. We did not do the puppy playtime. Even though Cujo left, those dogs were so much larger, more hyper than Deacon, and really played hard. We watched, that was enough for me. At times, Deacon sat facing the door - like 'get me out of here!'. Jane did bring the smaller lab puppy over so she could sniff Deacon but Deacon literally refused to check out her! Deacon has such confidence in our life... much more than Brodie ever did, yet when Brodie was this age, while he did not like little dogs his size, he LOVED big dogs. I hate to give up puppy class because it is safe exposure to vaccinated dogs his own age and socialization is SO hard to deal with now. Will talk to Jane at class today and see what her recommendations are. We have not done the Home Depot, Lowe's trips yet because Deacon just got his rabies last week, trips are in our future but no 'boots on the ground' until he is fully vaccinated. He did come home, immediately flipped back into confident Deacon and played with Brodie way past his usual bedtime.