Group dog training classes are not always the best option for every dog. If you have a afraid of other dogs, or a dog that becomes highly excited and aroused around other dogs, or a dog with a “stranger-danger,” the group class setting may be too difficult for your dog to tolerate, and will likely not result in a positive outcome for these dogs, as it often leaves a dog guardian frustrated and discouraged, not to mention the additional stress to your dog.
A good trainer will screen you, asking questions before enrolling you and your dog in a training class to help you figure out if the class setting is an appropriate one or not. Once you have considered whether group classes or private 1:1 training is the best option, then you can start asking your questions, beginning with “What will happen if my dog gets it wrong?” The answer should be nothing! If your dog doesn’t get it right, the absence of the click or marker word and treat is enough to tell them that they didn’t get it right; they should simply have the opportunity to try again.