Testimonials for Sundance Retrievers
Hunting & Companion Labradors
He’s been progressing in the training program well, and picks up concepts easily. Yesterday, he was bringing a bumper back and a rabbit ran across his path. I was surprised he returned the bumper to hand. He usually really likes to chase them. Good focus. His house manners are very good…though I’ve been undoing them by letting him on the couch when my wife isn’t around.
We had him outside during the fireworks display. He didn’t seem to care at all. He also didn’t care when the house alarm went off. That said, he still doesn’t like when my wife vacuums. He goes to his safe space (the crate).
I had him fishing with me. We didn’t catch anything, but he liked the boat, and didn’t try to jump in the water. All-in-all, a good day.
I’m really looking forward to this fall hunting season. I’ll send a pic of his first Long Island duck.” P. G from Texas
We knew after the first phone call that Sundance Retrievers was going to be the best breeder-trainer for our needs. We had a unusual request; finding an obedient, docile, yet fierce leader for our chocolate lab that is going blind. We needed a companion dog, not only for our family, but for our beloved Louie. After talking with you for over an hour, you immediately had one of the female dogs in mind; depicting exactly what we needed. Well Sheryl, you couldn’t of picked a better fit for Louie. Reed is precisely what we were looking for. (actually she is more )
Reed is an absolute joy, is doing incredibly well with her continued training and best of all loves her new companion Louie. This little girl also loves to swim in addition to retrieve either bumpers or balls for hours. She loves lake living and is exuding confidence in all areas. Her playfulness has renewed Louie’s; he has never been more happy and content.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone at Sundance Retrievers. Collectively you did an amazing job with Reed. I will not only recommend Sundance Retrievers to my friends and family, I will be using them again!” ~ L.C from New Jersey
We’ve had five hunting dogs (Labs & German Shorthairs) from puppy stage and well trained, but none of them ever went on walks as well as Remi does. Annette can take Remi for a walk and she doesn’t miss a beat. For the first time Annette is leading the dog, the dog isn’t leading Annette!
What can I say about Remi? She is lovable, content, friendly, fast and best of all obedient. We are still getting used to each other and I look forward to shooting birds over her this fall.
I have been spreading the word about our positive experience with Sundance Retrievers. I think the highest compliment for a business is sharing positive information, by word of mouth and this is exactly what Annette and I have been doing.
We give high praise to Sheryl and the Sundance Retrievers team!!”
~ J.S and A.S from MN
Bella came to us at 6.5 months and the rest is history! Our Bella was not only trained perfectly she is also the calmest, sweetest dog in the world. We have had a bad experience before with a different Breeder. Taking Bella home was like getting a new member of the family with no training to do.
Sheryl and her team couldn’t be better. She and her staff really know what they are doing. I called several times to ask questions and get advice. Sheryl always answered happily! In my opinion I would only recommend Sundance. Our Bella is beautiful and just so easy!!! “
~ D. M MN
Miraculously I came across Sundance Retrievers and called Sheryl and we had a long talk. She sold me on their program and I selected a dog and Sheryl took over. I contacted her weekly and in fact we became (and remain) good friends. I cannot say enough about the quality of their breeding, kennel environment and training. They produce outstanding dogs and their training is world class. I have had my dog home for several weeks and he is everything that I could have hoped for.
Sheryl has my contact info and if any perspective buyer wants a reference I am happy to speak with you directly.” ~ S.M Canada
In the field, he is a solid, focused, strong hunting machine. We’ve never seen a dog work and behave so accurately in the field. Copper came home with us and demonstrated exceptional obedience skills and our other dog adjusted easily to having a new dog in the house. I have to admit, my husband and I are pretty picky people regarding dogs we have and trainers we work with. From the very beginning, Sundance Retrievers earned our respect and we had complete confidence in how they were caring for and training Copper. Sheryl would always quickly respond to any questions, knew everything about Copper, and kept us up to date on what she was working on with Copper. She treated us like we were the only dog-parents she was working with. Copper has been with us now for just over a month and I can’t imagine our life without him. At home, he is fun, plays and cuddles. Then you take him to the field and he flips the switch and goes into the serious hunter mode. My husband also takes him on home visits to the elderly and Copper’s solid obedience skills allows him to do well with all sorts of new smells and sounds.
If you are looking for a dog, don’t waste your time surfing the internet or searching your state. Call Sheryl, tell her the kind of dog you would like, or talk to her about what you need, and you will be a happy dog owner.” ~A.B and M.B from Missouri
As a first time dog owner living in a big city, I wanted to make sure I did everything right when it came to picking a dog. My experience with Sheryl and the Sundance team has far exceed my expectations. Sheryl helped guide me through the process and now Zig and I are enjoying every second we spend together. He is by far the best looking, best behaved dog around, and, thanks to Sheryl, Zig has the temperament and communication skills that will allow us both to succeed and get the most out of any situation. During the breeding/training process Sheryl was available for questions, advice and encouraged me to be involved. Thank you again Sundance! I’m already thinking about getting Zig a companion of his own! ~ D.P from South Carolina
We feel incredibly lucky to have found Sheryl and her team, and we would recommend them without reservation to anyone. In fact, when we take Kirsch on outings, we find ourselves doing just that! Thank you, Sheryl, so much for the care and time you devote to your program and these beautiful animals. ” M.R from South Carolina
D.L from North Carolina
I started my search for a lab that day. I spoke to numerous breeders, kennels and trainers regarding the type of wildfowl hunting that I do. I described in detail my desires of a Lab that I was looking for. A strong retriever that can cross and hunt large bodies of water (I hunt the New Jersey coast). Also, just as important, the dog will be a family companion. Well…Sheryl was the only trainer that would take the time to listen to me, and what I wanted. She was spot on with Colt. A pup with an “on/off switch”… in the field/boat ready to go, and in the house sleeping at your feet. Sheryl and Scott just get it!
So, if you are looking for a lab as a hunting partner and family companion, I strongly encourage you to speak with Sheryl at Sundance Retrievers.
I could not be happier with my decision. If you have any questions, have Sheryl give you my number. ~ B.E from New Jersey
I started looking in the States and immediately came upon Sundance Kennels. I called, and talked at length with Sheryl, who was very helpful and informative, and most of all, sensitive to my particular needs. She mentioned that Charlie would be a good choice because of his laid back, non-aggressive nature. Of course I did not need him for bird hunting. so Sheryl put him into companion training for approx 2 months before shipping him.
Well, Charlie is perfect! He is well mannered, listens perfectly, is house trained and leash trained; everything Sheryl promised he would be. My family is thrilled with him. My daughter mentioned that it was worth all the other problems with the other dogs just have Charlie!
My experience with Sheryl was terrific. She was patient with my barrage of (I am sure sometimes annoying) questions, and helpful at every turn. Now we have a 1 year old, beautiful (he is quite a looker), new member to our family. Charlie is happy with very little effort, and his training makes him a joy to have. I would highly recommend Sundance Retrievers and Sheryl Sundean. They have helped us more than they probably know”. ~ T and family from Canada
They are simply the best I have been exposed to in this type of work and would without hesitation recommend them and only them to anyone interested and who can appreciate the unlimited pleasure and gratification in owning a fine retriever whether it be for the home, the field or both. ” ~ T.C From Texas
We first met Scott & Sheri 5 years ago when we brought Max to an Orvis endorsed Kennel to be trained as a hunting companion. Max was a year old, had grown up in Manhattan, and had not been exposed much to the big outdoors. He was panicky around any kind of water. His first experience with a gun dog trainer didn’t go so well so by the time Scott and Sheri saw him, he was shut down and not ready for any kind of training.
Rather than labelling him as being “not field quality”, Sheri took it upon herself to work with him: she developed his confidence, got him comfortable with water, made him a happy and trusting dog. Scott then not only trained him as a gun dog but also spent countless hours introducing us to the fundamentals of handling so that we could get the most out of our new Max. Scott is an extraordinary dog trainer who is equally adept with people!
Since then, we have had four seasons of hunting with Max, primarily in Eastern upland preserves. He is well paced, tireless and fearless in the field and has retrieved over two thousand birds with few lost. Oh, and Max was trained to handle without a collar.
A year ago last July 2012, we discovered the hunt test game. Since then, we have qualified in 4/4 Hunter and 4/5 Intermediate tests in NAHRA, titling in both. We have run 6 Senior AKC tests, titling after 5 and qualified in all. This sort of success could never have happened without the foundation that Sheri and Scott imprinted on both dog and handler.
We have kept in touch with Scott and Sheri socially over the years, visiting them, they visiting us, hunting together. Each time we see them, they have yet another troubled client’s dog that, at their own initiative with no additional compensation, they have taken upon themselves to rehabilitate. As employees, they were extraordinary. Now embarking on their own venture, we have no doubt that they will have endless numbers of thrilled clients and we wish them all the success that they deserve.
Call them. Speak with them about your needs. It will not take long to realize how knowledgeable and committed they are to providing top dogs to the right people. Best wishes to all “
K. C..L. and J. P. from NYC and Ithaca, New York
Maxwell Edison of Liverpool (call name “Max”)
Once we decided to buy our puppy Sheryl kept us up to date 100% through Lyla’s entire pregnancy with email, text/ pictures messages, and phone calls. When it came time to pick up our puppy we drove out to pick her up and got to meet Scott, Sheryl and all their dogs. The facility was so clean, and well kept you could really tell they have a passion for their animals, and take a lot of pride in them. Once home Emma instantly won the heart of our 4 year old rescued Lab and they have been inseparable ever since. Emma has what was described to me as the light switch quality. When just laying around the house she is so calm and quiet you wouldn’t know she is here, but when its time to work she is ready. For someone hunting in a cramped duck blind this is essential.
I have spent this spring and summer training Emma and it has been a breeze. She quickly picks up on lessons and is always eager to learn. At 6 months old she has no problem busting into the brush and bringing back a full size mallard. I can’t wait to take her out some this season and let her try a few retrieves. Just the other day my wife said, “Emma was worth every penny”, and I totally agree. If you are looking for top-notch dogs from a great breeder look no further. I will recommend Sheryl and Scott to anyone who asks where to get a great gun dog. ~ M.C from New York
In addition to being exceptional trainers, they are exceptional people. ” ~ M.G From Ohio
Our now 2-year-old gun dog Jackson has turned around completely and fully recovered from his bad first year at a different breeder/trainer.
We had purchased a lab from a breeder/trainer who claimed not to use the “heeling stick” at all but who deceived us in several ways.
Once we realized Jackson had had very little training in that first year, and saw the owner using the heeling stick harshly and excessively until the dogs literally were groveling at his feet, we knew we had to get a different trainer. By that time Jackson was very fearful of most if not all males.
We searched online and happened to come across Sundance and it was truly the best luck we could possibly have. On our very first visit there, Jackson warmed up quickly to both Sheryl and Scott, and his progress from then on was strong and steady.
We visited frequently and they always welcomed us, gave us obedience classes, and accommodated our schedule, always making us feel like part of their family. The property there is huge and beautiful, the kennels are clean and comfortable, the dogs get lots of attention and Sheryl’s method is the perfect balance of kind but firm. Jackson flourished there and is now a finished gun dog, and is very confident, well-mannered, and affectionate.
People tell us constantly how friendly and well-behaved he is. Sundance completely won us over, and I doubt you could find a better place to buy or train a dog. ~ B and B from New York
Scott and Sheri have worked with my chocolate lab, Tippet, for two years now and I have to say that he is one of the most well-mannered dogs I have ever come in contact with. The training he has received with them has been remarkable and I would recommend them to anyone. We live in North Carolina; however, if I ever have questions regarding issues we are having or in need of tips for training, both are readily available and ready with suggestions.
This summer my family and I purchased a black lab, Black Jack, from Sundance Retrievers. Jack is of a strong pedigree and he displays a high drive to work hard and perform well. He has had all of his formal obedience blocks and his beginning hold blocks, and in working with him I am confident that combined with the superior training that Scott and Sheri provide, and his strong pedigree, that he will go on to be a fine companion and hunting dog.”
~K.H. in North Carolina