Not for a stated number of hours or sessions. There are just too many distractions for a new dog in a group class. And in virtually all cases that we have seen, the dog trainers who are charging bargain basement costs are those who you likely do not want to work with in the 1st place. It is better to spend your cash cleverly on a first class dog obedience training program in the 1st place, than to waste your money chasing a bargain, and then have to pay additional money for a good dog coach somewhere down the road.
Hip issues can be highly expensive to mend and heart-breaking, both to the dog and to you. And that was plain that he knew more about rotty breeding and coaching than most rotti owners put together.