I guess what you should look for is what you are looking for, if that makes any sense at all, LOL. If what you want is some socialization time, you will need to find a puppy-k where that is a priority.
Some puppy-k classes are more socialization based and some include quite a bit of training, depending on the place offering the class. You just have to hunt for what is right for you (and more importantly, your puppy), and don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
Make sure you ask how many are in the class. Shouldn't be too many or too few. I ended up with a class to myself and thought she would learn a lot. They just expanded on what I already taught her and she did not have the chance to socialize which is something they can really use at that age. My puppy still enjoyed it though. We went to Petsmart two days ago and she ran into the training area all excited.
In the puppy class I help teach, the emphasis is on bonding and socialization. We help the owners and the puppies to get to know each other and introduce some obedience concepts to the puppy including:
- Walking on a leash - The meaning of the word NO! - Paying attention (Look) - Basic sit and down
We're not training the dogs, rather, we are training the handlers how to train their dogs.
A big part of the class is spent in socialization and introducing the puppy to new, everyday situations such as:
- Allowing a stranger to touch the puppy - Walking up and down stairs - Negotiating simple obstacles
By the end of the class the puppies are better bonded with their owners, are well-socialized, and are more confident dogs.
The most rewarding thing to see is how often the handlers transform from being dog owners, to being people who get involved with their dog's lives. A lot of people take the class with the simple intention of teaching their dog some manners, and later go on to compete in obedience or agility, or to volunteer for therapy dog work.
We don't really talk much about housebreaking except to spend a little time on crate training. Most of the dogs in our class are about five to seven months old, so housebreaking has usually already been accomplished long before they get to our class.
In my opinion, the most important thing the puppies get out of our class is the socialization. The most important thing the people get out of the class is some insight into how their dog thinks.
" There's a couple near me that are like 10 weeks old-3 months old.... would that be a good one?"
Think of it this way, a three to four month old dog is the equivalent of a five year old child. So three months is a good time to start some rudimentary training. Earlier than that is probably largely a waste of time, training wise.
The only harm in trying to train a too-young puppy is that the puppy is not really ready to learn, and the trainer can get frustrated. If the trainer then scolds the puppy, the pup doesn't understand what's wrong, and future training will actually become more difficult. Imagine trying to rush a three or four-year-old child into reading too early. The child will come to resent reading, perhaps even resent learning altogether. Puppies are no different.
You and the puppy need to focus on bonding, when he/she is very young. This will make the puppy more confident and willing to learn more when you start training in earnest.
we did 2 rounds of puppy k at petsmart, adn it was fine for the basics, both socialization and command wise. i cant say that id go there for further trining, but for a first round it was ok. it was basic socialization with people adn dogs, they have you pass your dog at tiems so you are working with someone elses and someone has yours, an dthe first half of class was puppy play. remember the attention span at 3-4 mos is...short. they went over the basics of crate training, adn some heath basics, like handle them daily (duh) and clipping nails and dental stuff, but it was mostly how to handle adn train your dog.
like i said, petsmart was ok for the basics, but i wouldnt go for advanced obedience esp at their prices.