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.
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.
James L Vaughn
Marty, Our waterfowl season ended Sunday and I thought you'd be pleased to know that Lu had quite a season - retrieving 270 ducks and geese. January was especially tough with a lot of thin ice-not quite thick enough for the dogs to walk on but thick enough to make retrieving difficult. Who would have thought that a Mississippi dog would be a great ice breaker? I think you might be surprised at the dog Lu has become over the past 4 months. She is still the sweet girl you sold me but I had no idea that such a sweet, quiet dog would be such a driven retriever. All of my hunting buddies are amazed at her determination. We have had a lot of retrievers in our duck club over the past 30 years and Lu may be the best all around.
I live in Texas, so Marty picked me one out and I named him Tank. It takes Tank one time to figure it out and he's on. I entered him in an AKC hunt test this spring and he received his Junior Hunter title in 2 weekends. Pro trainers that saw him run said he's got a lot of drive and is an extremely good marker for a young dog.
I highly recommend Marty and his dogs along with the expert training. Tank is also a great house dog and companion, but most of all a hard hunter. Thanks again to Marty and his staff on a job well done!