Do you know this trainer? Are you sure you can trust them and completely approve of their techniques? Why are you board/training them? Can you be as specific as possible? What are your goals? Most training occurs because the *owner* needs training.
My puppy will stay a few days with a trainer that I've known for decades, whom I've worked with many of my puppies and adults with. I know this person well and trust them with my dogs completely. I've been to their home and they board in their home. Other trainers I know respect her.
Why am I boarding my pup for 2-3 days? Because I want my dogs to learn as early as possible (and repeatedly after) that they're fine away from home, that they can trust friendly strangers that I hand them over to (with a "go on" cue as they walk away from me). My dogs always do well when they're boarded (when we need to travel without them) and when they have to be hospitalized which most dogs need at some point in their lives. Not knowing how to be away from home is crazy stress for an already sick or injured dog in hospital.
GSDs tend to be velco dogs, and I really need my GSDs to be able to be independent.
Would I just hand over my pup or a new dog to a trainer that I've heard/read good things about, that I don't know their training techniques, that I haven't *already* done some training (like obedience and private classes) with? No. Never.
I also wouldn't hand over an adult dog I've had for years without doing this foundational work. So again, do you know this trainer & their techniques extremely well? What exactly are your goals? Not "a well behaved dog," but why does he need to be boarded to be trained?
Board and train is expensive. Why not do six weeks of private lessons 1-2x a week? It probably costs about the same (maybe less) and you'll learn more about your dog. You'll also build a relationship with your dog.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I was 3K9Mom...But then, I got another dog.
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