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“We saw, we called and we had training sessions!! We now have a puppy that we can live with!!! Before we found Brent – Barley was a handful plus some!! We tried to get tough with Barley’s training but the tougher we got with Barley – the tougher and harder Barley came back at us. We saw a huge difference in Barley after the first private session in our own home!! We can not thank Brent enough! We would highly recommend Sit Means Sit to everyone.” – Deb & Pat, London ON
Sit means Sit! What an awesome idea. That was my very first thought as I found Brent on the internet. I was searching for a really good dog trainer as I just bought an 8 week old German Shepherd puppy. I was looking for a trainer that met all my requirements. He needed to be Calm, Gentle, Assertive, Confident and have a lot of knowledge on different breeds. I have a very bad leg and also needed someone who could work around that. Meeting Brent was fantastic because I knew just after a few moments that I found my trainer. Brent has taught Zeus and myself the basic commands for a puppy. Zeus can sit, place, come, fetch and “off”. His heel is coming along very nicely, about 75% of the time. Which I think is great because Zeus is just 4 months old now.
Everywhere we go I get comments on how well behaved he is and how friendly he is. I am always asked how I get such a young dog to behave so well His manners are excellent! My response is SIT MEANS SIT- you should try it out. Zeus is still learning and will be going to classes now and I am sure we are going to do great. With Brent teaching us Zeus will grow into a very well trained German Shepherd. A dog anyone would be proud to own.
Thank you Brent, we are looking forward to the group classes this September.
Brent Mcleod is a phenomenal dog trainer. My 6 month old husky loved working with him. Brent’s understanding of dog’s came shining through with every lesson. Brent always arrived at my home on time and worked with me in a friendly and professional manner. I especially appreciate Brent listening to all my concern’s & question’s regarding my dog . He gave me very helpful advice and a better understanding of my dog.
Thank-you Brent for the great one on one sessions & I am looking forward to the group sessions.
We got Sam as a one year old rescue cocker-spaniel. He was from Quebec, so we weren’t even sure if he understood English commands. If he did understand he “understood” at his convenience. Sam had us trained quickly. We recognized that we needed help to gain some control over this highly energetic pooch. We joined a neighbourhood dog training club which was held weekly at a local church. Sam was highly vocal and aggressive towards other dogs. Even when he was peaceful he always managed to disrupt the class.
A friend of ours told us about “Sit means Sit”. Discouraged with the results of so-called professional trainers, we thought we had nothing to lose by trying once again. The first session with “Sit means Sit” took place in our home with Brent McLeod. The visit was highly professional without even a hint of sales pressure. We quickly felt confident in Brent when we witnessed how well-trained his two dogs were. As he worked with Sam, the clouds opened and the sun shone for the first time as Sam seemed to be learning from his new trainer. The electronic collar and Brent’s input on how to use it effectively turned our loveable pooch around.
It has been close to six months since the training first started. Brent willingly has answered many phone calls and e-mails as we experienced hitches along the way. His calm and assuring attitude was a big help in keeping us on track. Today, as one of our friends said, “is this the same dog I saw a few months ago?”
We continue to take part in Brent’s weekly group classes. Sam’s aggression towards other animals is almost non-existent. He responds instantly to “come”, “stay”, “off” and “wait” commands. “Place” is a work in progress because Sam’s love for people makes it difficult for him to stay in one place for any length of time.
All in all, Brent has transformed this highly excited, unruly pet into a very obedient and adorable member of the family.
Wishing you continued success in your good work.
Kathy and Dick
Things are a lot different now for this family and their dog.
Denver had issues with being around other dogs as he grew out of puppyhood. He became aggressive towards dogs, mostly on leash. He would lunge, growl and bark deeply at any dog that we came across. We became nervous just going for a short walk around the block and would always be on guard if there was a dog near. We slowly stopped going for visits to pet stores, beach trips, dog parks and any other area we knew dogs would be. We would actually cross the road if we saw another dog coming our way. We finally decided to give Brent at Sit Means Sit a call and he came over for a free demo. We couldn’t believe how well behaved his dogs were! While he was here he showed us the e-collar that Sit Means Sit uses and he tested it out on Denver. It amazed us that just after a few minutes of walking up and down the sidewalk Brent was able to have Denver walking right by his side and paying full attention to him. We signed up and could not be happier with the results. We were very impressed by Brent’s knowledge of dog training and his training techniques. We loved how the package came with one on one lessons so we were not in a big group right away so we had lots of instruction. We are now able to have control of Denver’s attention when any distraction comes along…including dogs! By focusing his attention on us he is able to ignore other dogs and we have no more barking, lunging and growling at others. We are now taking him all the places we want too and have no fear of another dog coming along…we actually go looking for other dogs! We are so much more relaxed, he is visibly happier and we are enjoying all the activities we can do with him. We feel like we have gained back all control! We never thought we would have such a obedient dog and are looking forward to having him meet his full potential! We wish we joined sooner.
Jennifer, Chris and Denver
I saw the Sit Means Sit van in the park one day while I was walking my 2 dogs and never really thought about it again until a month later when I let Lily loose in the park to run (she loves to run hard) and she would not come when called I really knew I needed help!
Lily is 55 pounds and my 4th “Baby” and the only thing she really did well was sit and go to her bed but to get her to lay down on command was not an option. Walking was a whole other story and coming when called was a waste of time.
We did attend group lessons twice which ended with me being very frustrated and upset. Lily is very skittish and is very fearful of noises and sometimes her response to other dogs was to start a fight so we never did finish the second set of classes. It is really embarrassing to have everyone in class avoid you because your dog might pick a fight. We did manage to walk with a haltie but she hated it and I really wanted to let her run free as long as she would come when called.
Then I remembered the Sit Means Sit van and Googled it. I was very apprehensive about the notion of using an electronic collar on Lily and spent a lot of time looking at other methods and finally called Brent for a very long phone conversation and then agreed to meet. He arrived with Roscoe and had Roscoe “place” on the telephone/cable box at the end of my driveway, well I was impressed. And I was even more impressed when Brent had Lily heeling with him in less than 5 minutes. So I was hooked and I loved the private lessons because it was all about me & Lily and the specific problems we had. So Lily can now “place” on her new blue “place” mat and she loves sitting/placing on picnic tables and benches and she now comes when called. We can both be free in the park and go on very long walks thanks to “Sit Means Sit” and Brent. We are looking forward to our first group outing and meeting other dogs.
Janice and Lily
Nixie, my 10 month old German Shepherd was very quick to pick up basic commands. She picked up sit and ‘kennel’ all on her own, without any training. Her recall without any distractions was perfect; however when distractions were present there was no stopping her. Nixie’s main problem was barking excessively at other dogs as they past us on a walk or in the car. Sometimes I could barely hold her back. I quickly realized I needed a professional trainer to come and assess Nixie to see what could be done, because nothing I tried worked. Brent came out and did a demonstration with Nixie, and within the first 10 minutes there was a huge improvement in her attitude. I was not hesitant at all to have Brent continue to work with her. The first session with Brent really was about changing my perception on how the mind of a dog works and getting the remote training technique down. Nixie was very acceptable to the new method of training and seemed to enjoy the time we spent together practicing her ‘new moves’. Our last lesson with Brent, Rosco and Dash really brought all of the things we learned into practice. I was completely blown away with her ability to listen and perform what she was asked to. The dog I saw on our last day is the dog that I wanted Nixie to be. Nixie and I will be attending our first group class soon with Brent to continue to challenge ourselves in overcoming any type of distraction.
Thank you Brent for all of your advice and wisdom!
Stacey and Nixie
Sit means sit has changed my dog’s life and mine for the better. Within a few days of having Brent come for training I noticed a huge change in my dog Levi. Before the training Levi had somehow thought of himself as the pack leader and no matter what I did I could not reverse our roles, I was frustrated which in turn made Levi more defiant. There were times that he even got aggressive with me and I knew we needed help. I had tried all the techniques that many people swear by and nothing worked, he didn’t respond to anything. My friend had researched Sit means sit for her own dogs and told me there was a free consultation and I immediately looked up on the internet for more information and then gave Brent a call. I was shocked when he came for the free consult and almost immediately Levi responded to Brent. After I received the 1st training session and the collar I noticed a huge difference with Levi almost immediately. Within a few days we ran into a neighbor who never was able to get close to Levi because he was nipping at her hands and jumping up, but this time he sat right in front of her calmly (what an amazing change). Our walks are enjoyable now with Levi to the left side of me and looking up at me for guidance (which he never did before), we have even went to the park and played ball off leash, we have so much fun now!!!!!! I highly recommend this training to anyone who is looking for their dog to be well behaved.
Thanks so much for your help Brent!
Candice and Levi
I had been having a lot of issues with my 2 1/2 year lab and had already tried several other training/obedience classes with few results and a lot of frustration. My main issues were minimal recall, shredding items, pulling on walks and chasing squirrels. He almost dislocated my shoulder by dragging me through a park chasing a squirrel. Something had to be done as this behaviour was unacceptable. I saw the Sit Means Sit van at a park and decided to call to learn more about their methods. I was very apprehensive about the notion of using an electronic collar on my dog and did a substantial amount of research, which included a meeting with Brent. I was totally amazed at the results that he was able to get within minutes! I had been struggling for 2 years and he solved the pulling issue within minutes! Brent spent a lot of time answering all my questions (I had a lot!) as well as educating me on the collar and how it works. I especially liked the private lessons so I could learn how to use the collar properly and deal specifically with the issues I was having. Brent has always been available and willing to answer any additional questions I have and to help with other training needs such as entering/exiting the pool when swimming season arrived. We have seen a remarkable improvement with our dog and we truly believe all of us are much happier!
Tammy and Raider