Marty has trained several labs for me and I could not be happier with the quality of his work. We hunt our dogs almost daily in various habitats and Marty makes sure that they can handle whatever is thrown at them. They add a great deal of enjoyment to our hunts for our guests. I would say that our guests enjoy watching a well-trained and energetic lab almost as much as watching a flock of mallards dropping through the trees. I highly recommend Marty Roberts and Sporting Life Kennels to anyone that is looking for a well trained and even-tempered lab that can be enjoyed by the whole family all year long.
Marty Roberts is a Southern Gentleman. his depth of character is reflected in the quality of the dog I purchased from him. His training engendered a dog that is gentle, sensitive, obedient, and a pleasure to be with. Yet Marty's gun dog training is trans-formational. Will, the dog I purchased from him, becomes energetic, focused, and driven when the whistle or bumper comes out. It's as if he has the internal switch that goes off when it is time to work. Will really has two personalities - and easy to be with, comfortable pal, and a hard-working, obedient servant. I highly recommend buying one of Marty's dogs.
Jerrold J. Merchant, PH.D
Professor of Communication, Emeritus
Southern Oregon University
It was a tough decision to travel 1,500 miles just to get a British lab pup from Marty, but worth every yard of the trip! Our new pup, Simba, has been a joy to raise and has become an integral part of our family. Simba is now a few months shy of 2 years old, has retrieved over 150 ducks and geese in hunting situations, and will be finishing her training this year by polishing her ability to use hand signals and learning field hunting techniques before next season. If you want to get the very best hunting lab from someone who is willing to help you in any way possible, I can't recommend anyone more highly than Marty Roberts at Sporting Life Kennels!
Founder Excalibur Crossbows
I just wanted to drop you a line to express my appreciation for the incredible training you did with the puppy I purchased from you. I couldn't be more pleased. Saint is now a year and a half old and finished his first duck season as well as passed several hunt tests. As I have continued his training, he has remained biddable and eager to learn. He is a wonderful companion. I eagerly await next duck season and the upcoming hunt test season. Thank you again for a deeply loved member of our family.
We bought Cane as a puppy from Sporting life kennels and then sent him back to be trained. Cane is now 2 1/2 years old. Choosing a new puppy was quite a process for the family. I like to hunt and have owned labs for years, but the family wanted a pet more than a retriever. We bought Cane from Marty with the hope that he might live up the hype of the British lab and be good at both. Little did I know just how unique he would be. As a family dog, he has no equal. He is energetic, funny, happy and loving. He learns faster than any dog I have ever known. This is one very smart, very special dog.
Bode is a true game finder that loves to work and hunt. He is an exceptional marker and is very steady (all instilled in his genetic makeup). The once soft dog will now hold a line through any cover to get to a blind retrieve but, like most dogs, is a calm pet 330 days out of the year. Marty has taught me and others that there is no one training style that fits all dogs (and newbie trainers for that matter). As a trainer he has a knack for reading individual dogs and changing gears until the dog gets it. As a breeder I am very happy with Bode. His love of the game makes it fun to train.
Marty's love for the dogs and his love for what he does is evident right off the bat. His tactics for evaluating each dog and determining the best way to train them brings out the best in each dog and builds their confidence in a gentle and loving way, while still getting the dog to do what he wants them to do. He is great at "training" the owner as well, so that I was able to continue to work with Lady to hone her skills.
I couldn't have asked for a better dog, and thanks, Marty, for bringing Lady into our lives!
First, I feel very fortunate to have found Sporting Life Kennels on the Web. When I read your home page I lit up because that was the exact dog I wanted. When I came down and toured the site and interviewed you, it dawned on me that you were interviewing me. I was impressed. I was also impressed with the facilities and staff. The pup I picked out has grown to be a wonderful pet and super hunting companion. His first hunting season was a big success. Hunted about 40 days and Mack performed like a champion. Thanks for training Mack and especially training me. I have learned a lot from you and David.