I'm not sure I want to join any clubs or do any events right now. I just want a great family dog. Do you think it's necessary for a trainer to have titles? I live in the sticks and it's likely that I’ll have to drive 40+ minutes to any trainer; I really don’t want to narrow my options even further if I don’t have to! I’ve heard mixed reviews about pet store trainers. I’m not against the idea of using one, but if I decide to go that route I’ll definitely watch the trainer I’m interested in using before signing up for any classes. Of course, I’d like to do that with any potential trainer. Is it acceptable to ask a potential trainer if I may join in on one of their classes to watch how they teach? I would like to join a group class, partly because it’s probably cheaper, and partly because I don’t know a lot of people and the socialization that would give would be valuable. About how much does a good trainer cost?