Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NYC But have lived in many other beautiful locations
Is boarding training actually effective
I took my 71/2 month old female GSD to be evaluated by the head of the K9key training school on Long Island. I have been training her myself using German commands. I hoped to eventually have her be a drug detection dog. The evaluation: she us smart, very well socialized, affectionate and smart, BUT she is probably not a candidate for Schutzhund competition or drug sniffing because drug sniffing is started much much earlier. However, obediecnce classes were suggested so she can be a working dog in some capacity. Having her live with the trainer for three weeks with intensive hands on training (I would work with them at least once a week) and then 4 private additional lessons (included in price) afterward.
Two members of the Schutzhund club, one with champion Schutzhund dogs trained by boarding, said it is remarkably effective.
Opinions are really asked for from this group. Boarding training is not cheap, but my dog definitely needs to attain a higher level of near perfect obedience for any kind of work. BTW, the trainer admits 20 minutes cannot rule out drug snuffing, etc. Three weeks would show her actual potentials.
Is this a legitamite and effective way to train? He also gives 8 week group lessons, etc., but the club members felt boarding training was most effective. Advice, please!!!!