Kate, Thanks so much for your work with Mac, our German shorthair pointer. When we inquired about your training program, we really did not know what to expect. In looking at the various training options available in the Washington area, we were drawn to your program because it allowed us to interact with the trainer and our dog often; the other schools required us to send our puppy off to a farm and have no contact for months. Furthermore, we wanted a well-schooled hunting dog but also a pet that would be obedient and well-behaved at home. You sure had your work cut out for you! As a shelter dog, Mac had so much energy and stubbornness, we did not think he would ever truly listen to us. Well you had him shaped up in no time! Not only has he learned to respond to our commands, but it is clear that he is an exceptional retriever.
You did a great job harnessing his energy and using it to help him learn to retrieve and fetch on-command. But it’s not only about training the dog, it’s about training the owner. We are incredibly impressed by the knowledge we have gained from our reoccurring lessons with both you and Mac. Being involved in Mac’s training was so vital; we needed to understand what he was learning so we could continue to implement his training ourselves when we had him for “weekend visits”. The investment in your program was worth every penny — walking Mac through Seattle is no longer a battle, he is a joy to have around even when there is a house full of company, and (for a good laugh) he even retrieves a beer on command. I am really looking forward to showing off Mac to my friends during hunting season. Thank you for your dedication to our puppy!
— Craig and Kristen