Tropical Dog Training Testimonials
Hi Craig and Peggy-
In my opinion, you are putting your puppy in good hands.
I started working with Steve in September to get help with my 8-year-old pit bull Oreo. She was rescued from an abusive situation, lived in the ASPCA shelter system for a good while and then has lived an excellent - but overprotected - life with me ever since. Hence, her main issue is about socialization with just about anyone other than me.
I've had two lessons with Steve, both of which were highly successful. On the first lesson, Oreo was walking and interacting with him alone and at the end of the second lesson, she was eating treats from his hand. Of course, you will not have these issues with a puppy, however, to me, it demonstrates his calm and patient character, which dogs are sensitive to, as well as his extensive knowledge and experience. The fact that he was willing to take her on speaks volumes.
In all my interactions with Steve, he has always taken more than enough time to educate me about why, answer my questions, and even provide me with additional resources. Steve can teach and guide us but we are ultimately the ones who must maintain pack leader position. It's nice to have a kind and supportive person on the journey.
So yes, you're in good hands.
All the best,
I highly recommend Steve, I had an a dog with an aggressive issue and with Steve's guidance and our consistent training I feel like I have a new dog.
I think you will find him and his training techniques in a positive manner and know your puppy will be in good hands.
Best of luck!
- Richard Sherman
Ludo is doing great and we are constantly singing your praises and sharing your contact info. At our neighborhood dog park, his nickname is "The Valedictorian" because he is one of the only dogs that will listen to our commands even while in the middle of playing with other dogs. We are always being stopped by people who ask how old he is, and are shocked to know he is only a puppy because of his obedient behavior. We just filmed him the other day doing obedience work and tricks to show our families back in Naples. He is now six months old but he has been listening to us ever since our first session at 12 weeks old. Brian and I are always saying how much more fun and enjoyable Ludo is now that we know how to work with him. We are now looking for avenues to highlight Ludo's trainability such as agility or flyball. He is an asset to our lives, not a source of stress and frustration, thanks to you!
- Julie and Brian M.
Craig and I want to thank you for training our Golden
Retriever. We are now able to walk her anywhere without her pulling
on the leash. She also does not run after people and animals anymore
what a relief. Your kind and loving ways of training are exactly
what our dog needed and we are so very grateful for all you have done
in that regards. She was a good dog but now she is a GREAT dog
because of you.
- Craig and Peggy Clough
Louise and I wanted to say a few words about our experience with Tropical Dog Training. We have owned dogs [ and by the way, cats, horses, cattle, pigs and chickens ! ] since the early 1980's. Teddy our Lakeland Terrier is our ninth dog. Although we have had a number of Airedale Terriers this is our first experience with the Lakeland. I think it would be fair to say that this breed is a bit more headstrong. As a result we wanted to make sure we had a very good "basic training" experience which we would be able to build on.
We spent a considerable amount of time looking at different training programs and we settled on your operation because we have experience with e-collars and because we very much liked your approach with animals. We were also impressed with your resume.
In the end its results that count and we are very pleased with the work you did with Teddy. We still have a headstrong dog BUT we have a headstrong dog that is interested in obedience and is therefore easy to continue training. As you know we have continued to work with Teddy on his obsession with the swimming pool. Based on your training and recommendations we now have control over this and it is a very comforting feeling indeed. We are also able to walk Teddy off leash on the beach and he will ignore distractions and come when called. It's pretty impressive to watch a dog who is running down the beach away from you come to a screeching halt and turn to run back. We are happy and Teddy is happy. That's all that counts!
Thanks for your help and guidance.
- Tom Kappus
I wanted to wait a few days before I contacted you. Pepper is an absolute joy to be with. She still has a few "moments" where we do not communicate well, but all in all she is great. My daughter and I took her to the dog park Saturday and while she wasn't perfect she had a great time and responded well to our commands with all the outside stimulation. The kids are much more relaxed with her and our walks are very enjoyable. I can't thank you enough for helping me make her a part of our family.
- Meg L. Wolf