I think PetSmart is probably as good a place as any for basic obedience/socialization classes. I would certainly try them if I had a dog to train.
Edited to add: As far as PetSmarts claim to their environment being ideal, yes it's good to practice in a noisy environment but it can be much harder to teach a dog something new. Also, training in a noisy indoor environment may not "cure" a dogs inability to work outdoors. The outdoors is not only different with distractions but also with the way the ground feels to the dog. Some dogs I've seen who were star pupils in the classroom would not perform nearly half as well on grass, but did a little better in walkways. The best way to get your pup to be better at obedience outside is to start practicing short sessions in a boring area, like a small part of the backyard. Keeping him on leash, start off with the basics as if you never taught him before. Sometimes it helps to keep frustration down by thinking of him as a beginner. Then over time you can work your way up to being able to train in environments that are more and more distracting.
Any thoughts? I did take Kidou to one class by the Dog Obedience Group to try out. I liked it a lot. But yeah, he would only do sit indoors, never outdoors, so I thought maybe petsmart class can help that.
PetSmart Obedience Class? - Puppy & Dog Forums
Petsmart obedience classes? - Puppy & Dog Forums
Let me tell you a story... I was in petco one day purchasing some items, and when I was at the checkout I saw a flyer for "Dog Trainers" I inquired, as I teach dog classes at a privately owned dog training facility, and was wondering what their "qualifications" were. So they told me, Oh you dont need to know anything about dog training, we will show you how teach basic commands. I was shocked. I train my own dogs for competitive obedience, and my classes are very much based on my personal experience of my competing dogs. Lots of owners ask behavior questions, and these trainers at Petco and PetSmart more then likely are just people off the street that "like dogs". Im not saying all of them, but a good 95%. Even for people who dont want to compete with their dogs, I always recommend finding a trainer who does, and has titles on their dogs. At least that way you know they know what they are doing, and its proven by their titles. They would be the best (IMO) to be teaching classes. I would of course ask the Petco and PetSmart where they get their "Dog Trainers" and how they are trained. If they say they are trained through them, I wouldnt go there. Ive had MANY people come to my classes after going to those places. Good luck in your decision. Just remember, you get what you pay for!!!anywho...i think getting him into a basic obedience class would be good for him, he loves to learn and i think it would be a helpfull step in overcomming his NEED to tell every passer by how much he loves them by working around distractions...but the ONLY training classes even remotly close to me (both are over a 45 min one way trip) are petco and petsmart...i used to work for petco and know what kinf od "training" they give thier dog handlers...petsmart seems to get better reveiws (and i prefer that store due to clenlyness and comfort levels) butim still just not sure in terms of the training...I took my current dog to the Albany Obedience Club I really enjoyed their training class and environment. I had used Petsmart before that, but with all the shoppers in the store, it's very distracting to the dogs.I'm currently signed up for another basic obedience class starting on June 28th by the Dog Obedience Group. I'm just inclined to try out petsmart. I'm aware of the negative things about classes there -- for example, trainers only needed to be educated by reading a book, noisy distracting environments, trainers trying to sell stuff to you, etc. My biggest concern is the environment, which can be argued both ways. Some think the noisy shopping environment is bad for learning, while petsmart claims it's the best environment so that dogs will listen to you regardless of indoors or outdoors once learned. Do you think petsmart's claim is valid? Petsmart is attractive because I happen to live in an area where the closest professional dog training facility is 30 min drive away. Also petsmart claims if customer is not satisfied, the next class is free.