Dog Training: Boarding school? Training classes?
We have a 12 week old black lab whom we love so much! We got him when he was 6 weeks old. Since then we've taught him sit, stay, and down (with treats) him but that's about it. He still needs a little work on stay. Now that he's getting older and bigger I think he needs more training. He chews our bottoms(jeans/shorts) and shoes although he has a lot of chew toys (last time I counted he had 10). He bites us thinking that we're playing with him when we aren't. He also jumps on us when he sees us, although we tell him to sit and stay when we enter his kennel.
I really want to send him to boarding school (it's a little more than $1k) where the trainer takes the dog to his home for two weeks and trains him but my hubby thinks I'm crazy for wanting to pay so much. My reasoning is that it's a good investment because we won't have to worry about stressing out trying to train him and he will become a well behaved dog when we get him back. He suggests we take him to training classes each week. So I'm just curious to know how y'all trained your dogs. Did you take them to a boarding school, training lessons, or did you personally trained them? Any tips?
03/17/09 - Hubby's Waiver Appt
04/04/09 - SSC arrived
04/07/09 - GC arrived