So this is a bit of a weird question but I need some thoughts on an obedience class I just signed up for.
I have a 6 month old adopted GSD puppy. I have had him for 6 weeks. He is lovely, sweet, cheeky, adorable and seems to be getting very attached to me which is great.
He is a companion dog but I want to train him as high as we can go in obedience and would love to do agility or something similar for fun. I basically just want to do activities with him.
I start an obedience group class in 3 weeks and I just found out they offer something called "Day Training." While I will be attending actual classes once a week for an hour in a group class, they say that everyone in this program should have their dog also attend a day boarding twice a week where a trainer will build a relationship with the dog and do multiple training sessions through out the day to reinforce what is being taught in the current class. They will also do careful dog socialization and find a buddy to let them play if they get on well. I would drop him off 8-10am and pick up at 6.
Now, I do currently take him to Doggie Daycare as I just cannot get back home to let him out mid day twice a week. My hesitation with this day training is that I have this weird "I want to be the only person to train my dog" vibe that is surprising me. I know I have some issues, I get super emotional about my dog needing to be bonded to me and I guess my fear is that he will bond with this trainer and I also want to be the one to train him, not someone else. Am I being weird?
I get if I was doing hardcore dog sports I would want to be the only trainer, but am I being too fussy about a companion dog? I know it will be a ton of work, but I would rather be the one to do it with him. I don't want to miss that
Besides, I can already tell how in tune he is getting with me and my body language (I have trained him a lot already at home, just basics with ball and treats) and I have unintentionally added in subtleties to each of my commands through body langue that I was unaware of. I'm not sure I want to ruin that? The reason for the group class is I need more structure/ homework in my training and I am unsure about taking this all outside the home. We both need exposure. But do I pass up the opportunity to have an amazing dog that I can take out with confidence? (That is my goal)
So long story short. Will this day training weaken the bond between my puppy and I? We are just getting started and it is SO important to me. Do I let them take my puppy twice a week for a few hours while I work, he gets mental stimulation, play, training reinforced and gets good exposure to things (he has started getting a bit skittish outside and it worries me!) All this sounds amazing, especially when I have such guilt leaving him home for 8 hours a day, but I have this nagging, possessiveness or something about my dog that doesn't want me to let anyone else train him.... Am I being silly?