Sage went to stay with Chris, the first time, when she was only 8 months old for about 30 days. After those first 30 days, and lots of discussions, we decided to invest in her and Chris. We have since had Sage with Chris for more than a full year of training, at different times, over the past 2 years and just achieved our Senior Hunt Test Title. Chris is a great trainer, on many levels, and anyone that understands retriever training can appreciate what/how he teaches the skills these dogs will need to complete their jobs. Chris has spent numerous hours working, not only with Sage, but also with me; "training" me on how to handle her and what steps/training will be necessary to teach Sage what she needs to know going forward to get pass at the Master Test. What Chris does, is not a simple or easy process, but he does it effortlessly and with a smile! Sage is, personality-wise, the same sweet and sensitive dog I took to Chris at 8-months old, only now she runs blinds and is hammering double and triple marks! She is always excited when we have a chance to go back to see Chris at Granite Ledge to train or just visit. Sage and I plan to continue working with Chris as long as we can. Thanks Chris!