Ann and Les Rowley
We called Mark in desperation, feeling our dog was showing aggressive behaviour towards our other pets. Mark came out to our house within a couple of days and had an immediate impact. He was patient with us and able to provide techniques within a short time to show us our beloved dog was not aggressive but lacked some basic skills. Mark came to our house weekly and took the time to review the exercises and ensure we had a good understanding before he left. We feel that coming to our home, in our environment was key to understanding and developing a plan for success. Mark clearly loves dogs and wants everyone to be successful. I have never been to dog obedience classes before and I would recommend Mark 100%. He is thoughtful and patient.
I highly recommend Mark. He takes the time to get to know the dog, he is not another "one hour and done" type trainer like most of the others, and time was never an issue with him, he spent as much time as needed to make sure the skills we learned that week were understood. He treats the dog as if it were his own, we could instantly tell Brant was very comfortable and eager to work with Mark. He checked in on us during the week, and was very responsive to any questions we had outside of our training sessions, he even encouraged us to call for any questions we had to ensure the dog was being taught properly. Mark is very adaptive to different circumstances in his training (I.e. Health issues, disabilities etc.) And makes sure everyone is included in the lessons.
Knowing what goal we wanted to reach, Mark was very adamant that we worked in many types of environments, both controlled and non-controlled, to ensure we achieved the best outcome and understanding of the commands taught.
I am greatful for the work that Mark has done and I am greatly looking forward to working further with him
Mark is amazing to work with. He is so good at what he does, he makes his classes fun and easy to understand, he ensures both owners and dogs fully understand what is taught in each lesson and is willing to communicate during the week if you have any questions. We have completed the basic course offered at LCOT and I can't say enough good things about it, especially after doing other courses with other trainers and seeing little to no progress in our pup, it wasn't like anything we had done before, Mark actually took the time to work with the dog and us instead of reading material from a book and expecting you to teach it to your dog with no demonstration. The positive reinforcement technique Mark uses is so effective, my pup, Brant responded very quickly to everything that was taught and we are continuing to grow on his skills in the intermediate course. The positive reinforcement technique and many other positive reviews Mark has recieved are the two reasons we decided to contact him and work with him. Most trainers use shock/e-collars, prong collars or choker chains, to me, that isnt't training, that's forcing a dog to do what you say so they don't feel pain, because of positively training Brant, he WANTS to listen to us. I would 200% recommend Mark.
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