Modified Board and Train Option?
Thank you all for your honest and direct advice about the litter we're considering in a previous thread! All your notes are taken. As of right now we're still considering the litter, with direction from our breeder on the individual pups and what their temperaments end up being like. So we may end up with a pup from this litter, we may not. In the meantime, we're still looking at trainer options in our area so if we do get a pup we aren't scrambling around last minute.
It seems a lot (most?) people on the board aren't fans of board and train programs due to the breed's personality and their own preference for training? My dad professionally board and trains retrievers for hunting and competition, but as I've learned retrievers and GSDs are very different animals...
We're novice GSD trainers...and definitely want a professional in our corner as we raise our pup, but we also want to be very hands on. One trainer in the area has a modified board and train program. You take the dog in the morning three days a week for the trainer to work with them and then you pick up at the end of the day and the trainer shows you what they worked on with the dog and gives you 'homework'. Each session is two weeks (6 days) and they offer this for puppies 6 months+.
It's not a doggy daycare situation and the dog is not allowed to free run with other dogs while there. It appears this is mostly used for basic to advanced obedience, can include training for reactivity if it's needed.
Initial thoughts on this type of program? What kinds of questions should I be asking this trainer to gauge whether they'd be good for us/our dog?