Hi all. I recently enrolled my puppy in a training class. At home, he is good as gold. Sit, stay, down, paw, play dead, speak, and roll over. Out and about, he can be more hit and miss. So we wanted to work on obedience around distractions. When I am working with him at home or on walks, I reward good behaviour with treats and do not use it as bribery. At the class we have started, the trainer laughed when I mentioned giving him a treat and said that they don't do treats at their classes. He is a young puppy and was in a room full of dogs he didn't know, so you can imagine how that went. Generally pretty good, but unfocused when it came to commands. When he wouldn't sit because he was too distracted (directly next to strange dogs), I was advised to 'put him' in to a sit position. I'm not sure if I am being overly critical of a qualified trainer, but this goes against absolutely everything I have read and researched (no forcing them in to positions, reward in a way that motivates them). I was told to make a fuss of him as a reward, but doing that actually makes him a bit startled - unless you're already at his level, which I was also asked not to go down to. My gut is telling me that this isn't going to help my boy, but sadly I have block booked the classes and there was so option for tasters before doing so...although if this isn't going to work out at all then I will speak to the trainer. What does everyone think? Am I just being a softy and will this be good for him? If nothing else, at least it is more socialising.