Mark did the impossible, I/we thought. My wife and I, both retired took in a rescued foxhound/beagle mix one year old ( estimated ) who lived in the woods with 3 other dogs. The Northumberland Humane Society had no inquiries about Dottie for months ( changed her name to Dolly ) but we fell in love with her. Dolly was so stubborn and I/we could not properly walk her because she only went the way her nose lead her.
Then Mark came along ( recommended by a teacher of dog trainers ) and in one, 2-3 hour session taught me/my wife and Dolly. Now I/we can walk Dolly anywhere we want and Mark gave us the knowledge and confidence that has changed our relationship with Dolly. Before I/we feared taking Dolly out - not now!
I/we strongly recommend Mark as a great trainer for dogs and our dog had never been socialized before.
Thank you Mark
Jack Atkin & Sunny Choi
Julie Justin & Daxx
Mark was very reliable, knowledgeable and caring. he catered to our busy work schedule so he could help us.
he gave us many tips with our dog trainning both me and my dog learned alot from Mark.
we highly would recommend Mark and we look forward to having him back for more training with our lab pup!
Thanks for all your hard work with us Mark!
How do you thank someone who’s made such a huge difference in your life?
We started working with Mark for basic training for Sam. We wanted to be able to take Sam anywhere and for him to listen. Whether we wanted Sam to come, sit, not jump on people out of excitement.
Sam does know his commands, he is great at home, but still working on getting him to listen all the time at the dog park. Always a work in progress.
Sam was almost 2 and I noticed a change in his behaviour. Normally happy or at least indifferent to new dogs at the park. He started barking and showing teeth to dogs he didn’t know. So what do I do? I call Mark. Sam and I began to work with Mark and his dog Jasmine. It took time and dedication, a lot of time. Went through all the steps, graduating one before moving to the next. Understand Sam’s bred instinct is to protect, and it may take time to make new friends. At the end
Sam was excited to see Jasmine and wanted to play. I can’t express in words how heart warming it was to see them play together and the relief that I felt. All the hours  all our hard work had paid off. I can’t thank Mark enough or put into words what this meant to me.
I would recommend Mark without hesitation. He train’s owners how to be good dog owners and gives them much more than they paid for. This man is worth every dime and knows his stuff. Thank you Mark, I couldn’t have done it without you
Mark worked with our border collie puppy Juno over the period of a month and a half or so. Working with Mark was a really great experience. He is extremely professional, diligent and caring. Juno adored him and he really went above and beyond to help us understand all of the intricacies of her behaviour. It's very clear he loves dogs immensely and he is undeniably passionate about them. As his client he puts you and your dog first. He is there to answer any questions or provide guidance outside of the sessions as well. The sessions take as long as you need to grasp everything. He is very generous with his time and comes to your home to work in your environment which was very important to us. Thank you so much Mark! We really appreciate all of the time and effort you put into helping Juno.
Bruce & Donna Morrison
We cannot thank Mark enough for the knowledge, guidance, and patience he brought to us in the basic obedience training for our young Australian Shepherd, Forrest. We realized that we did not have the knowledge or understanding of dog behavior and training techniques required. Through his help we are now MUCH happier and more confident dog owners!
Mark provided a structured training approach which built upon skills learned in each session, to build confidence in ourselves and our dog. Mark teaches you how to train your dog and to recognize certain signals and behaviors of your dog. He makes it fun and provides a documented approach to each skill each week. Mark is very focused on his goal that before he finishes each session, you demonstrate and acknowledge that you know how to take your dog through the training exercises properly. He also expects you to be committed to doing the work required. It is your job to train your dog.
Mark's understanding of, and compassion for dogs is incredible. His ability to bond with your dog, hold it's attention, and get it follow instruction are a pleasure to see and experience.
We highly recommend Mark, and look forward to working with him again very soon in the next steps in Forrest's training!
Thanks Mark for going over and above with our basic obedience training. Mark put his heart into helping us train our pup, worked around our busy schedules, included our kids in the process and answered all our training questions. Would highly recommend.
Mark is a very talented and dedicated dog trainer. He taught my wife and I how to deal with our puppy, Badger. We have a very rambunctious Bernedoodle. After the first lesson with Mark our puppy learned all his basic commands, sit, down, stand and stay. Mark is very animated with our dog and our dog responded very well to his positive reinforcement style of training. We will definitely continue to the intermediate training stage with Mark.
Mark is an excellent trainer. He has a lot of patience and he will stay with you and your dog as long as you need it. My dogs were never trained before. Mark gave me tools I needed, I am very pleased with results.
There is a huge change in my puppies behavior.
I love that he is not using any kind of chokers or other, positive reinforcement only.
He is gentle with dogs and my dogs love him.
Move over Cesar Milan! We have our own Dog Whisperer in Bancroft!
I have a miniature Bull Terrier puppy who is seven months old. They are a very stubborn and independent thinking breed, which is why we chose him as a family pet. Even though I have had dogs all my life, and never had a problem with training them. Brody was a real challenge. I had heard about Mark and his training program, so decided that I could use some help, He came to the house and within an hour of just assessing Brody showed me what I was doing wrong and how to correct it. I found his knowledge of the different breeds of dogs, in particular, my Bull Terrier was enlightening to say the least. He had Brody walking beside him without pulling within an hour and gave me the tools to do the same. I am looking forward to seeing what Mark can teach ME as well as Brody as our classes progress. If any one is having a problem with their pet, I would strongly suggest that they go and see Mark. He knows how to get results,. Paul & Brody
Mark is a gifted trainer. Our puppy was showing signs of food aggression, Mark patiently went through the process, showing my wife and I each step and had us actually assisting. At the end of the session, Mark could actually put his hand in the dog's bowl. He gave us the tools to continue this training, said to call anytime, and actually followed up the next day. One session has made all the difference. We highly recommend LCOT.
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