My boyfriend and I got Crosby (our now 9 month old chocolate lab) from a rescue shelter at 4 months old. Since he knew nothing when we brought him home we attended basic obedience group classes at the local pet store but I noticed the results to be inconsistent with him. Sometimes Crosby would listen to us but if he had something else on his agenda then good luck giving him a command he would respond to. I was introduced to ecollar training from a friend of mine and once I saw how obedient and responsive her dogs were I knew I wanted to find a trainer that believed in this method and could show me how to properly train with it.
Crosby was having multiple issues before we found Brent and Sit Means Sit. He would jump up on people, dig holes in the backyard, chase our chickens around the farm, and his recall was non-existent. If he did come when called he would come towards me a few steps then just take off again making it a game of chase between us ( I did not enjoy this game as much as Crosby seemed to). Walking was a whole other story that would consist of constant leash pulling and running eagerly towards other dogs in passing. The only way I could walk him was with a halti, which he hated more than anything and would try to escape from.
Within minutes of our first free introduction session Brent had Crosby heeling beside him (no halti I might add) and I was hooked at that point. Brent was so calm supportive and professional with each session we had. He always showed up early to our training and made sure that any issues or questions I had were addressed immediately.
I cannot believe how fast the results were with Crosby. In a matter of weeks he went from an out of control pup to the dog I wanted him to be. One of the coolest things is now being able to go on walks with Crosby and have strangers compliment on how well behaved and trained he is. They don’t understand how he can hold a sit from a distant and not take off or be placed on a picnic table and just happily hang out there while they pass by.
I really can’t say enough about Brent and the Sit Means Sit program; it has changed our lives for the better.
Thank you Brent!
Looking forward to your group distraction classes in the future.
– Marlow & Crosby