My initial introduction to Sporting Life Kennels started with a phone conversation with Marty. I liked his approach to training and the ideals that he was striving for in his dogs. Bode (Brook and Emma) is now 3 years old. Marty took him through the started program. Bode was quite soft as a puppy. Many other trainers would have called me to come pick my dog up and "washed him out" because he was taking too much time to train. But Marty was confident in his genetics and changed his tactics to train the dog at the dog's level. After completing the started program, I picked Bode up and have worked with him on more advanced stages of training. Like most novice trainers, I tried to do too much too quickly and Marty was very polite in teaching me when to introduce certain exercises with him. 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.