I didn't leave Zeus with someone he doesn't know. He knows the trainer because we worked with her during his puppy classes, and I specifically asked for her when we went back to sign him up for further training. Actually, when we went back in April to sign up for further classes, we didn't go with any intention of boarding him. We actually met with the same trainer to talk about his progress since STAR puppy, what we're looking to achieve for him as he grows, and what our expectations were with training. Boarding was brought up during this consultation as it's a service that they offer but don't force, and as I said in my initial post, I was hesitant about it at first for the same "my dog, my training" reason you mentioned. My husband and I discussed it for about a week before we decided what we thought would be best for him.
Like you, I also want to be able to claim that his good behavior and awesome reaction to commands is my doing, and I believe that that will be true. I highly doubt that he'll come back in 14 days as a perfectly trained 7 month old puppy with us doing none of the gruntwork whatsoever. That's not my expectation. When he's returned to us, his training is in our hands, and I am and have been excited to do so through private lessons and group classes. How the boarding was explained to us was that when we get him back, during our first few private lessons with her, we'll learn how to better communicate with Zeus so that he understands what we want him to do. She said that training the dogs is easy, it's the humans that tend to make things difficult! She does believe in positive reinforcement training, which is why we chose this particular training facility for our journey of creating a good citizen out of our boy.
I may be a new doberman owner, but I'm a person with common sense who keeps my dog's best interests in mind when I make decisions about his health or training, which I hoped though my course here at DT would be known by those who've frequented my past posts. Of course I did research before I gave Zeus to her. I read reviews, reached out to former clients to ask of their experiences with boarding their dog, watched how she interacts with dogs she's boarding whenever I visited the facility, and visited the home where he would be staying when he isn't in the training facility with her during the work day.
I hope I don't sound overly defensive, though I want to make sure that anyone reading this isn't assuming that I've dumped my pup off with some stranger at random and am kicking up my feet waiting for him to come back as a flawless doberman.