Yes, we are those people who have added a covid puppy to our family. We got 5 month old rescue pup a couple of weeks ago and I'd love to know your favorite in person puppy trainers and/or puppy training books. Thank you!
We loved Seattle Puppyworks "Sound Puppy" class. The instructors were great and the socialization aspect for the pups was key. Our dog is now super well behaved and gets along with just about any dog he runs into or who comes over to visit.
We had planned to move on to Canine Good Citizen training at Ahimsa up in Wallingford, which I have heard amazing things about but haven't yet tried (Covid).
In terms of training on your own, Zak George has a great YouTube channel. Have fun with your new pup!
My dog was in a fairly brutal attack in a makeshift dog park and now exhibits guarding behaviors and tension with females, so I took her to Ted Terroux as a recommendation from another friend with a pup who had behavioral issues. I only saw him once because life happened, but if finances weren't an issue, I'd have my dog going there more frequently. Here's his info: (303) 232-1034 Terroux Dog Training. I know you are out in Seattle, but perhaps give him a call, he might be able to help via video or just give some recommendations.
Most shelters have puppy obedience and training. I also bought lots of books."Lucky Dog Lessons, Train our dog in 7 Days" by Brandon McMillan, it was a good start. There are a ton of shows on Netflix, and probably other streaming services, that teach basic training. Of course, I watched some Caesar Milan and bought his book "Perfect Dog." To understand dog psychology I read, "Inside a Dog," by Alexander Horowitz. Lots of exercise and then training. Good luck. I still have dogs who don't listen to me all the time, but I love them all the same.
Congrats on the new addition! We have trained both our pups at Four Paws Training Center in Lynnwood. The owner Robin is super informative and knows what she is doing. I've printed out every class summary and turned that into my book that I reference when we have an issue or need a training refresher.
Local trainer: Ron Pace - Canyon Crest K-9, he’s in Tacoma, but he can recommend graduates of his dog training program who are located in Seattle. We took our shepherd to him for puppy class, obedience and personal protection and I learned so much from him and his staff.
Books: - how to be your dogs best friend - who’s the boss