I sense obvious disapproval but this is the right choice for our dog. We put her first and though we have done extensive training on our own to this point, we are not top professionals in advanced gun dog training , and if you are an advanced gun dog training specialist, kudos! If you also have the appropriate lands: ponds, creeks, lowlands, plains and hills at your immediate disposal then kudos again. But it would be counterintuitive and also counterproductive to attempt something where we aren’t the specialists . We have gone as far as we can. Hiring the best is the next best thing to us. We will be there, or my husband if my daughter and I are gone, every weekend assisting/learning and some weekdays as our daughter’s school is an international virtual school for tennis players, Olympic athletes, etc. so she has flexibility too. She’s also learned and trained our dog too (is quite good at it ) and will also learn more as we do the more advanced things Those visits and assisting and learning the advanced methods in the field lessens boarding time but as I listed what a person would need to produce a finished gun dog you can easily see why boarding is a necessity. It would be completely absurd to go home with a 3-4 hour complete drive daily during the week during this important introduction to advanced training. Yesterday with zero traffic we made it in a little over an hour. Weekdays going through the heart of Dallas or around would be 2 hours most likely. I wish you could actually see the beautiful countryside and the training ponds and the amazing set up. Maybe you’d be less judgmental. For terrain that is not located on the property for a particular species of game fowl they head east an hour via an excellent dog trailer to work on one of their other properties. We followed everything to a T to get her ready but as I said we are NOT experts in advanced gun dog training and this trainer has trained some of the most decorated dogs in the US and he’s highly respected by other trainers and now we know why. We always FaceTime our dog when my daughter and I have to travel for her tennis and are doing same with her now. She’s grown up with it. So will “see” us daily that way as well. This trainer is absolutely mesmerizing to watch. As I said on drop off day we spent several hours there and she was already following him around and listening intently, head cocked, to a new soft yet firm voice. Her assessment went very well, she’s ahead of the baseline he wanted, (more her natural instincts w/ our training ) which is good. My husband is an executive (wealth management/financial advisor) who is in the office during the day but with some flexibility to go out there and we have one daughter that travels Nationally/ Internationally for tennis who I accompany . He will be able to co-train all weekends and daughter and I will join all we can. So judge if you like. Our beloved dog is happy, we are happy. At this point, I’m just wondering what you think the realistic alternative would be in our situation. I mentioned it before, it’s almost an anthropological study in the case difference in responses I received from the UK forum vs the US forums. This isn’t some redneck hillbilly operation. It’s a professional and progressive training championship program that tailors advanced gun dog training to a clients needs. Again, if you personally have the time you assert you do, plus the knowledge and possession of the different guns used for the variety of game hunted, ownership or daily access to the different physical environments with all the decoys and equipment for that diversity ....good for you. That’s great. But as we don’t, a highly respected open, secure, beautiful place with a trainer with assistants for each dog in the training group, all the exact same age, ours (she has three names for registering purposes but Arya for short), her litter /womb mate brother, and two first cousins lineage wise that are also siblings.....is the right choice. She’s getting to do what she is genetically programmed to do. It’s almost like “fun camp for hunting Labs”. All three of the other dogs I fell in love with too and all followed the trainer like the Pied Piper. Really amazing. I don’t really need to justify any further what has turned out to be a good choice, and I wish you good luck with your dog(s) and that’s great you are an advanced gun dog trainer that could do this, not many people are. Thanks for your input.