My 4 month old pup has not had any formal training should I try at home or bring him to puppy school. When he went to the vet last week it was
discovered that he had an ear infection and was put on drops. I am taking him next Friday for his first grooming and vet suggested he get his ears plucked . What is your opinion?
My 4 month old pup has not had any formal training should I try at home or bring him to puppy school.

Both. Classes are a good way to socialize your pup and to get feedback on the way you handle him. You will also need to work with him at home.

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My 4 month old pup has not had any formal training should I try at home or bring him to puppy school.

I'd say puppy school was one of the best investments I've made when raising a dog from a puppy. It provides a structure for training, good socialization opportunities, and incentives to develop regular training habits.

BTW, the neologism "yorktese" makes my eyes bleed. You don't need to use crap like that to make your puppy more special - he's plenty special as he is.

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BTW, the neologism "yorktese" makes my eyes bleed. You don't need to use crap like that to make your puppy more special - he's plenty special as he is.

What she said. Your puppy is a Yorkie x Maltese, not a "yorktese" or, worse, a "morkie" (from Orkie?).

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My 4 month old pup has not had any formal training should I try at home or bring him to puppy school.

Training your dog is fun!
If you've never trained a dog, then by all means, take him to a puppy class and beyond - you'll learn a lot and get a lot of feedback from the trainer on how to do it. Half the point of obedience school is training the owners. And it will be a good opportunity to socialize him with other dogs - make sure that your puppy class has a socialization, "play" period.

Your trainer will tell you to spend time training your dog every day, working on the exercises from class, in several short periods - 5 or 10 minutes each.
"Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson was my main source of training information when I was training my current set of dogs (the youngest is 10 now). Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog" is also excellent, as is her book on clicker training.
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My 4 month old pup has not had any formal training should I try at home or bring him to ... him next Friday for his first grooming and vet suggested he get his ears plucked . What is your opinion?

EVERY dog benefits from dog obedience.
Don't go home without it.