Yes I agree with you 100% Suzi
I have been looking for a club / training classes in my area for a while now and the closest AKC training club I have been able to find is a 2 1/2 hour drive each way. I guess I live in the sticks - haha The local clubs are ACA and MPBA - both of which I have been guarded against from an HCA member
and it seems when people find out I in live in MO the stigma attached does effect the contact - MO does not have the best reputation for breeders.
On a more positive note I am going to attend an AKC show May 5th & 6th in St Louis
I will attend the ACA shows in Poplar Bluff also
I picked up a flyer from Pet Co yesterday and they have some puppy classes - they are in Cape Girardeau which is much closer 45 minutes
I am attending the MPBA meetings once a month strictly for the speakers and the knowledge I might gain :/ Honestly I am considering biting the "gas" bullet and making the 5 hour drive for the one hour meeting in Jefferson County; they sound great on their web site, offer tons of classes and might be able to make some doggy friends. (being a suburb of St Louis may present a different out look
The genetics involved with my male is what stops me from continuing dental care. I just have a feeling that even if I fork out 1000's of dollars to correct his mouth his pups may present this same issue - and it seems genetics are a real open ended question, no one knows for sure.
so it's not that I am dropping the ball on him as much as it is keeping my focus and insisting on getting what I paid for "this time" as I am pretty soft and tend to "fall in love" very easy - and at my own expense sometimes.
I am in the; research and refine stage.
I am not disheartened - determined to keep pushing forward - and become a reputable show breeder in S/E MO
eventually it will come together.
Thanks for responding