You all may remember my friend Beau the Eskimo Dog.
My wife and I adopted Beau in April of 2011 with the help of eskies online http://www.eskiesonline.com/. He had been through a series owners and shelters before we adopted him. A lot of that has to do with the energy and vitality of the breed.
Beau and I signed up for the first good manner's one class available at the central Vermont Humane. There are several good instructors there and we were lucky to get Bill Grant who teaches dog behavioral classes all over Vermont http://ultimatecompanion.com/.
Bill was very patient with both Beau and myself. I had never had a dog or tried to train a dog previous and it seemed for the first couple of classes Beau just wanted to bark at everything. Bill was patient and stuck to reinforcing the skills that were important for our development and Beau's safety. I am sure the hardest thing to do is to teach the human in the mix.
We ended up taking 2 more classes --come when you are called and Good Manners 2. Beau and I are works in progress but the time spent bonding and the lessons learned made Beau's entry into our pack much smoother than we ever thought possible.
I would highly recommend Bill Grant and his method of teaching. I enjoyed our classes and would take more if available. And by the way Beau has hiked all 48 New Hampshire 4000 foot peaks.