Stever Fuller is the ONLY dog trainer in Portland who has a remote clue as to what he is doing and he is AWESOME!!!!! I am the other owner of the puppy who was jumping on counters, chasing our cat, walking terrible on a leash and just plain not listening. Steve gave us the tools the first class to get our pup to walk on a leash, not run out the front door, and to restore the balance we had temporarily lost and they worked immediately! Having read various dog training books, and completing various PCC, PetSmart, Pupparazzi, and Barkbusters courses they have nothing on Canine Classroom!!!! I normally do not post online comments but reading some of the negatively on this site really made me feel like I had to be a strong advocate for Steve.
To the naysayers:
1) This training is NOT what you learn in Petsmart or in a book. Having put multiple dogs through Petsmart classes either I am delusional or the person who wrote the post on this is. I challenge this individual to train their dog to come to them while distracted (sorry, being called out of a stay for a treat doesn't count), to not leave the yard while distracted , and to stay while distracted using either Petsmart techniques or one of Ceasar Millans chapters.
2) As for Steve being abusive, that is absolutely ludicrous!!! If you want someone to train you how to kiss your dogs butt and treat it like a furry child then yes, this is NOT the course for you. However, if you want someone to train you how to have your dog respect you, which in turn will further deepen the bond and the happiness of your pooch, this course IS FOR YOU. There is nothing worse than a miserable, unbalanced dog that makes your life miserable. Steve has an amazingly calm demeanor and communicates the calm but assertive approach and teaches you, as the owner, how to emulate this. Dogs are animals, not furry humans (trust me, I have been reminded of this a few times ;-) and there is nothing more rewarding then the relationship you will have with your dog with solid training. It is a great stroke to the ego, I must admit, when I can have a 7 month old GSD puppy hold a distant down stay for 15 min. We have only been working on this for one week!
3) As for Steve being a rip-off; consider the money and time wasted in crackpot group training classes where you are continually frustrated. I have always had smart dogs so they went through the motions but a large percentage of the dogs in these courses are completely un-trainable. You cannot put a price on having a positive, rewarding relationship with your canine pal. In life you get what you pay for (for the most part) and this is NO EXCEPTION!! Steve and his son are awesome. Yes, you do have to do your homework (and there is a lot of it to have a well trained dog). Steve cannot magically transform your dog in 30 min a week, you need to do the time and take it seriously.