If I could enter a -5 stars I would. I too had the same sad experience with Ryan Hedrich. After five sessions he fell off the grid. Very disappointing. I have invested in another trainer named Jeff Hakanson, owner of DogStyle in Libertyville. Talk about an excellent trainer. He had to undo the horrible training Ryan had attempted. I guess if there is a silver lining with Ryan's incompetence it is I met Jeff and have truly received the training I paid for. Shame on Sit Means Sit and Ryan, I have contacted the BBB and filed a report.
Training well worth it and life changing. They say old dogs can't learn new tricks, but Ryan and Sit Means Sit proved that absolutely wrong. We have two large rescue dogs that are 5 and 6 years old. We previously lived in a rural area without many visitors and just dealt with our dog's issues. When we moved to the suburbs near our friends/family, the issues became much more apparent. Dragging the dogs outside just so our guests could get through the front door was just one of the many issues we had to deal with. Our German Shepherd did not adjust to the move well. He destroyed two metal cages and began marking in the house. Then the breaking point came - he got into a bad fight with our neighbors dog. We had ignored his dominance and anxiety up to this point, however we started to worry that he'd show aggression toward other animals or, even worse, people. It got to a point where we started discussing finding him a new home, which was heartbreaking. I started to Google dog training to look for a different option and came across Sit Means Sit. I looked at the website, the Facebook page, and wrote Ryan an e-mail. He was quick to follow-up with a phone call and set up a time to do an in-home assessment and demonstration. He took plenty of time to talk to us about our concerns and to assess our dogs. He was honest about the time commitment it would take to train our dogs, but assured us it was possible. After long discussions, we decided to invest in our dogs and do a 10 day board and train for both of them. While they were gone, Ryan called to let us know about their progress and even sent us a video of them training at the facility. When they got home, we started training with them regularly following the private lessons with Ryan. It is now 6 months later and we couldn't be happier with their progress. Our dogs are able to do things we absolutely never thought they would be able to do. They sit and wait when our guests come in. Our husky/lab, who was a runner prior to this, can be off leash. Our shepherd is now comfortable in his cage, has stopped marking, and is well behaved around other dogs. It has made our life better and less stressful. We could not recommend Ryan or Sits Means Sit any more highly than we do.
Absolutely worth the investment. I never would have thought our 5 year old rescue could get over being a "runner" and become a well-disciplined, off leash dog. We are very impressed with the results and highly recommend Ryan from Sit Means Sit. He's a great trainer with an easy to work with personality.
After 4 weeks of our puppy gone for some SERIOUS dog training.....our Miller is back! A dog who escaped six times, never came when you called his name, continuous barker, and always ready to run is now transformed into our quiet, mellow, and calm puppy. Miller comes on demand and places when he needs to be placed!!! THANK YOU Ryan for your 135 hrs. of tireless work with my "pain in the ass" dog!!!!!! We just can't thank you enough!!!!!! smile emoticon
Amazing! Zeus has become a different dog after training with Sit Means Sit. He actually listens to me instead of looking and then ignoring me. He no longer has a fit over the vacuum cleaner, doesn't knock people over or jump all over them when they come into the house, doesn't run out the door when it's opened, the list goes on! Ryan is a fantastic trainer and everyone has noticed how well behaved Zeus is now, thank you!