After what seems forever, I've finally put a deposit down on a new pup which will be ready to go home in the middle of September. Over the past few months, I have been trying to read and absorb as much as possible from this forum. This will be my first dog to train formally and I realize that I am a complete newbie at this. The one suggestion that I see over and over is that a trainer can be a huge help with reading a dog and adjusting the training to fit the dog - something that comes only comes with experience.
I know there are several good trainers in the DE, MD, southeastern PA area. My question is if there are any trainers that do not require the dog to be sent away to complete basics and transition? I would like to work with the dog and learn as much as possible. My goal at this point is just to get a JH level dog and re-evaluate once we get there. I have no grand illusions of getting to the Nat Amateurs with my first dog. Thanks in advance.