I feel like the SDTI Service Puppy class definitely got me started on the right foot. It provides a lot of great information, helps you get yourself organized and most importantly helps you build a great foundation with your new puppy. I would definitely recommend the class.
submitted via survey Nov. 2017
We LOVE your classes and system and so far have found them to be both easy to follow and very effective! We actually have bought the whole bundle, but before, that, we did a little test with our lab using your free online video for Leave It. We were so amazed, she walked right through the training, loving the game the whole time. She even did all the things you said she might do in the video (moving back, over to the side, lay down, etc.) by session 3 she would follow the command in situations around the house and would be so happy with herself when she did. 😊 We have since taught her other things as well since she finds them so much fun to do, even though she will not be a service dog.
We have used the Service Puppy class (so much good help there) and Loose leash 1 (Since the puppy seemed to naturally tend to walk with a loose leash we wanted to encourage something he did naturally the right way), and Foundation 1.
We got Gambit recently when he was just 6 months old. He hadn’t hit his fear period quite yet but did not long after, so we have been doing a lot of socialization work with him, and working on things like getting used to people who wear hats and glasses, and so forth which confused him and made him nervous. However, Leave It has been a life saver with a puppy, Sit is becoming is go to behavior more and more, and he is getting good on eyes. 😊
Trudy & Gambit SDit Akron, OH
Aug, 2017 Service Puppy class
Great class. Instructor very helpful. Love the class. I would recommend to others!
Am having a blast with the courses with my two pups. It is a bit challenging to have two the same age, but we are managing and making good progress. Just attended the KPA Clicker Expo (first time for me) in Stamford. Lots of fun. Thanks for these courses!
Nancy and 2 SDit's New Hampshire
Donna Hill is a great instructor. Very detailed. Easy to follow. And tons of good information.
Anne Springfield, VA
Hello and deepest thanks. With my year old Giant Schnauzer, I took an 1 1/2 hour walk while waiting for auto repair. As she is the most environmentally affected dog I've known, we are in an acclimation / habituation phase so we can train in public.
I thanked you dozens of times as we walked LLW, completely without pulling and if she came to the end of the leash she either stopped or returned to me. It was effortless and elegant. Thrilling!
So grateful to you for your teaching style which made this easy and possible for us.
Donna and Nina Ann Arbor, MI
Yesterday after a week of working the first Settle lessons I took my 16 month Giant Schnauzer into my backwoods for the first time since one attempt a year ago. Beautiful loose leash through thick brambles into woods over many downed limbs and logs. While I collected sap, I asked for a "Chill" (Settle), securing the leash around a limb. She stayed calmly as I emptied jugs and return to the house was pleasantly relaxed. Today, instead of moving her with me from tree to tree, I decided to leave her by the first tree, walking a few feet further after each return to reward. I was able to walk thirty feet and spent five minutes collecting before returning to her, still calmly watching me.
This is a working line German dog, very soft for her lines but unless in working mode wth me, hopping and jumping instead of walking, quite rambunctious. The huge shift in how she works with me although quite biddable and easy to teach prior to the LLW and Settle, is remarkable, a transformation in calmness.
Still working on acclimation to more active environments in nano steps.
Your meticulous presentation of the tiniest steps has made learning easy and joyful for both of us.
Thank you, Donna and Nina Ann Arbor, MI