I agree with Grabby - explain that you've used different cues and hand signals and would like to continue using them with Lila. Our puppy class trainer didn't care what we named a behavior as long as we were teaching using R+ methods and weren't inadvertently training the wrong thing (e.g., reinforcing leash pulling or jumping).
Working near other dogs, keeping her attention in a busy environment, introducing her to novel objects in a safe manner are all things a puppy class should offer. At our classes, there was always at least one new object or sound - table, bike, wheelchair, low plank, mini-tunnel, flattened A-frame, vacuum - that we allowed the pups to investigate.
Puppy classes should also help you with your technique. You know the basics of R+, but getting your timing right, knowing when to move forward and when to continue building a new skill, and learning how to introduce new experiences safely are things you should learn, too. Of course, a puppy class won't make you an expert, but it should help.
Mostly though, puppy class should be fun for you and Lila.
Tyson and I just finished puppy class. He's still shy, but getting better. He knew sit, had the beginning of down, and sort of had a recall (mostly because he stuck to me like glue) when we started, but honestly, most of my time was spent supervising him and Katie so we didn't get much actual training done.
I'm eager to get him into a basic manners class, but I'm waiting for the advance schedule to be posted. There are far more "pet" classes than advanced classes, so it will be easier to work around Katie's schedule.
Originally Posted by cbarkerb724
Great advice! I'll talk with her. She said that I'm free to remove Lila whenever we do an exercise that she feels uncomfortable with (involves other people touching her, although she did GREAT with someone else holding her, although their puggle mauled my face...). I think she knows I'm a dog person
One of the puppies in our class bit into my thumb. OMG! Now I know why people complain about puppy biting so much. I bled all over the place and my thumb throbbed for a week.