With warmer weather here and plans for days spent in the park, vacations and other outdoor activities, dog owners may find a need for a training program for man’s best friend. Luckily, St. Peters is home to a successful national dog training school called Sit Means Sit.
Tony Lampert, who has been running Sit Means Sit since 2008, has a long history of working with, and training, dogs. He owned several pet stores in St. Louis before finding the popular training franchise a few years ago.
“We teach dogs the art of attention, we start there, if you can get a dog’s attention it’s easy,” said Lampert of the program.
Lampert said the program isn’t only based on dog obedience. Patrons of Sit Means Sit receive a free evaluation, where the trainers meet their dog and put together a program tailored to each dog. The success of the program is based around the fact that they customize the program for each dog’s needs and the needs of the owner.
“We teach through distractions, such as other dogs, squirrels, rabbits, other things that get dogs in trouble,” he said of the unique process.
Even though the business is located in St. Peters, Lampert said the staff at Sit Means Sit does in-home training in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County.
While the program differs per dog, Lampert said typically after three to four weeks of training, owners can expect to have dogs off their leash and understanding basic commands.
Lampert said he and his team of experts can handle any type of dog or issue, and they also work with dogs with aggression and separation anxiety problems.
When he is not working at Sit Means Sit training other people’s dogs, Lampert does a lot of competitions with his two year old Malinois. The Belgian Shepard, named Baxter, is the reigning 2010 iron dog world champion. Lampert said the competition represents the best of the best, and thanks to the pooch’s record-breaking jumps, Baxter and Lampert got an invitation to the world dog games in London later this year.
“It’s basically the dog Olympics and only a few dogs in the U.S. are going,” Lampert said.