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It is a little hard to say because each dog school may have different ideas of what to teach when and how rigorous each class should be.
Are you planning on showing in obedience? Sometimes, a class for competition will focus on the itty-bitty details of getting the obedience stuff exactly right, which, unless you're showing, you may not need to be so particular about.
But if all they're doing in Household 1 is basic house manners, loose leash walking of a sort, teaching the dog at least what sit, down and stay mean but not expecting him to be totally steady at them, if it is basically designed for an adult dog who hasn't had much training or even none at all, you probably better off going with competitive obedience.
I'd ask your current teacher what is taught in each class specifically and what standards they will expect from your pup. Ask if the competitive class focuses hard on the specifics of competition or if is it just the next step up in firming up the basic commands your puppy has probably been introduced to. I'd ask her if your puppy seems mature enough to handle a class with the higher expectations a competitive obedience class is likely to have. She should have a good handle on how your puppy acts in class, and how he would measure up in terms of attention span, knowledge and maturity with other dogs, who are likely to be a little older than he is.
Just remember to keep it fun for him. If you're having to work hard to get his attention enough to learn a new skill, he may not be ready for a rigorous class.
On the other hand repeating lessons over and over with a dobe after he's got it is a sure way to have a bored and slow to work dog. I always get permission from the teacher (before the new set of classes start) to leave the room and let your dog chill or to work on another skill (if you can do that without being disruptive)...
Last edited by melbrod; 09-04-2018 at 06:30 PM.