Zola the Rhodesian Ridgeback Girl
It is also important to focus and learn things with other puppies/ dogs in a group training class. Socialisation and playing with other dogs is very important but so is a group learning experience. To concentrate and learn skills where there are a lot more distractions and noises is more of a challenge than in the quietness of our own home. We also need other doggies around to practise real life situations correctly. For example: our humans have us on a lead walking past another doggie politely or walking nicely and calmly with our humans whilst other doggies are also walking infront and behind us. After or during rest intervals we can have our play time. This way we know what is expected of us and the difference between time to concentrate in our obedience classes and time to goof around in our playtime.
In Group Puppy class training we learn all the basics in a quiet place but as we progress we also have our Group Training in different locations to practise the same skills whilst raising the critieria with different and more difficult distractions and environments.
For example, here is video summary of a small morning class in the park: