Can More Dominant Breeds Be Trained to Be Off-Leash Trustworthy?

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In response to the following quote that was posted on one of my social media pages, someone asked the following question. You can read my reply below. Quote: "I yearn to see the day when off-leash training is an everyday reality among dog owners." - Don Sullivan, “The DogFather”   QUESTION: Even for breeds that [...]

What Do You Think About Incorporating the Use of a Clicker?

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QUESTION: I have purchased your Perfect Dog system and was wondering about the use of a clicker in conjunction with your training techniques. I have heard that, for instance, you can click the clicker when the dog’s elbows hit the ground during a down command, to let him know what he’s doing is right.   [...]

My Dog Was Attacked & Now She’s Terrified of All Other Dogs

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QUESTION: Hi Don. We bought your Perfect Dog training system for our Doxie/Beagle mix, Annie, a couple of years ago when she was just a puppy. Annie walks like a dream on leash and does well off leash. I need advice, though… Last summer, we were walking outside and Annie was on leash. With no [...]

My Dog Drops the Toy Too Far Away During Fetch. Any Retrieving Tips?

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QUESTION: Hi Don. I love your Perfect Dog DVDs. We bought the whole system. I have a question, though. My standard poodle plays fetch with a Frisbee just like the videos, and she always drops the toy in front of me. But, when she's tired and done playing, instead of bringing it back she runs [...]

Does Don Sullivan’s Training Work on all Types of Dogs?

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QUESTION: Hi, I have a Mountain Cur. He’s 3 months old. It will be my husband’s hunting dog and my companion. My question is, does your training work for every dog? I do want to have a well behaved, fun dog. Thank you!   ANSWER: Yes, absolutely, my Perfect Dog system works extremely well with [...]

My Dog Refuses to Get Up Out of the Down Command When I Release Him

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QUESTION: My dog does the Down command really well. However, when I clap and say ok to release him, he sometimes refuses to get up. He just stays laying down even though I’ve told him he can get up. Should I give him a Come command when he does this? Is he getting his way, [...]

Help! I Just Rescued a Timid Dog and He’s Obsessively Clingy!

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QUESTION: Hello Don. I just adopted a pet from a couple that had to make the difficult decision to let him go. I’d like to know if your Perfect Dog system would help my new boy. As of a week ago, he was terribly shy and clung to me. Now, at least, he likes my [...]

The Muzzle I Purchased at the Pet Store Doesn’t Fit My Dog Properly

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QUESTION: Can you help me? I purchased a muzzle - as you recommended in your DVDs for those with particularly challenging dogs, but the medium size was too small. It was right at the tip of his nose and it just looked too tight. I then tried the next size up, but that was too [...]

Training Someone Else’s Dog & How to Correct Jumping on the Bed & Furniture

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QUESTION: Don, I’ve successfully used your Perfect Dog system with my dog and now I’m trying to train my mom’s dog. But, I've come across a problem. My mom’s dog jumps on my mom's bed when no one is in the room, and as soon as I open the door she jumps off. So, it's [...]

My Dog is Very Vocal When She Plays. Should This Be Allowed?

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QUESTION: Dear Don, I wanted to ask a quick question about my dogs and their training/behavior. I allow my three dogs (all females) to romp and wrestle in a field when the weather is nice. They play really rough and grab each other’s necks, but they’re very careful and have never hurt one other or [...]

Training Success Depends On More Than Just My Command Collar®

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After browsing various reviews online, I’ve noticed that some dog owners are trying to cut corners by purchasing just my Command Collar. Hence, it’s important to emphasize that people who try to use the Command Collar by itself (without the other elements of my system) will almost definitely face some struggles and will not realize [...]

Any Extra Advice for Bringing My New Baby Home Around My Dogs?

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QUESTION: Do you have any extra pointers or advice for bringing a new baby home? I’m expecting my first, due in August. My dogs have done well with your training, although my lab mix has growled at my 8-month-old nephew before when he was crawling on him - to which my dog was properly corrected. [...]

My Dog is Being a Real Drag – Literally!

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QUESTION: Hi Don. I can’t get any further with the training because my dog refuses to walk with me, and she’s reluctant to come to me at all even when I’m not actually working with her. She’s being a real drag – literally! Will this pass?   ANSWER: First of all, I have to reassure [...]

Identifying Dominant Puppies: The Pack Feeding Test

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The following is a series of exchanges (involving myself and two separate Facebook friends of mine) that will help you understand the difference between effectively subduing dominance according to what I instruct in my Perfect Dog DVDs and initially identifying dominance in a young pack of pups.   QUESTION: Hi Don. I came across a [...]

Temporary Tools For Long-Term Results

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In this post I want to highlight some key points about my training tools. My Command Collar and my Freedom Training Lines set are integral components of my Perfect Dog system, however it’s important to keep their individual purposes in mind. Firstly, the three Freedom Training Lines (various lengths) are not meant to be long-term [...]

My Dog Is Suddenly Quieter At Home Since Beginning The Training. Is This Normal?

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QUESTION: Hello. I have puppy - 3 months old. We started our training two days ago using your Command Collar. However, now my dog is much more quiet at home and not as active as before. Is this normal behavior?   ANSWER: Absolutely, yes, this is completely normal behavior. Very simply, your puppy has quickly [...]

BEWARE of INFERIOR COUNTERFEIT products sold on Amazon.com!

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BEWARE OF COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS SOLD ON AMAZON.COM, ETC. For those who are yet unaware, I have been having issues with counterfeit products being made and sold by knock-off companies and selling them on Amazon.com and other online stores. The official distributor (www.ThePerfectDog.com) can only guarantee products purchased from them and they offer a 30-day money back [...]

The IMPORTANCE of the Quick Start Guide. Where to begin the training if your dog does / doesn’t have serious behavioral problems.

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QUESTION: My dog Luna doesn't really have any particular behavioral issues. She was pulling on her leash, but your system fixed that in about 20 minutes. So, my question is this: Do you have a specific schedule you recommend for dogs that are not causing problems? What would you consider the most important commands that [...]

How Long For Training Sessions? When Should I Remove The Muzzle?

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QUESTION: Hello Don. I’m on Day #2 of the down command. Day #1 was horrible. My dog was biting (he's just a little ol' thing, but it hurt!). I never got a compliant down command from him that day. I followed the advice on your DVDs regarding aggressive dogs and on Day #2 I muzzled [...]

Scientific Study Actually PROVES Dogs Prefer Praise to Food!

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The following information appears on my "Method" page. However, given that the information is so important, I have repeated it here on my "Blog" page.     Scientific Study Actually PROVES Dogs Prefer Praise to Food!   When it comes to choosing between a treat or praise from their human parent, dogs prefer the latter, [...]

How Do I Get My Dog to Understand The “Acceptable Radius”?

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QUESTION: How do I get my dog to understand what the "acceptable radius” is? What do I say when I’m walking her on the Command Collar and "dropped line" and she gets too far in front of me? I don't want to turn and go in a different direction because I’m afraid I’ll have to [...]

Whenever I Give The “Sit” Command My Dog Lays Down

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QUESTION: My dog tends to lay down whenever I give him a “Sit” command. What should I do?   ANSWER: There are a variety of things I would say about this: 1) First review the two different lessons to make sure you have followed the proper techniques for teaching the two different commands. The problem [...]

Using The “Wait” and “Go See” Commands to Socialize

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QUESTION: Thanks to your training, my dog has progressed to the off leash level, so I’m able to trust him with freedom when I take him to the park. However, he loves people and other dogs. Although he obeys and stays by my side when he sees them, what do I do when I want [...]

How to Train More Than One Dog At a Time

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QUESTION: Don, I have 5 dogs: 4 months old, 3 years old, 2 x 4 years old, and a 10 year old. How do I start training them - one by one, or at same time?   ANSWER: Basically, you first lay the foundation of training with each of them individually and then you start [...]

Transitioning From Non-Distracting to Distracting Environments

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QUESTION: I love your DVD's! We have a new puppy (17-week-old terrier mix) that is responding very well. I have a question: Should I try to teach new commands in non-distracting environments and then gradually work them into distracting areas once he's doing well in calmer areas? He's great with me, but he really seems [...]

What To Do If Your Injured Dog Is Under Vet-Ordered Confinement

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QUESTION: Hi Don. We have a two-year-old lab (very active) and a 10-month-old lab. We use your system and love it, so thank you. Our 10-month-old had to have a full hip replacement this past Saturday and the orthopedic vet said to limit her walks to 2-3 minutes a couple of times a day. The [...]

My Puppy Is Only Six Weeks Old. Should I Wait?

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QUESTION: I've recently come to own a 6-week-old puppy. Is that too young to incorporate your training? Should I wait a few more weeks? Also, I only have the large Command Collar because he's going to get big. Will that work?   ANSWER: You can begin the fullness of my Perfect Dog training when your [...]

My Daughter Survived A Dog Attack. But, Could I Have Prevented It?

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The following information contains critical information for everyone – whether or not they are dog owners. It’s especially valuable for families with young children.   QUESTION: On June 17th my 8-year-old daughter was bitten on the face by our neighbor's dog. This dog was very protective of his home and was kept outside with a [...]

What Should I Do With My Dog While I’m At Work? What About Doggie Daycares?

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QUESTION: Hi Don! I have a friend who just started following your Perfect Dog system and his puppy is already showing results! When he goes to work during the day, he leaves his puppy at one of those doggie daycare centers where the dogs are free to play in an enclosed doggie playground. Will that [...]

Still Having Problems With Housebreaking?

QUESTION: Hi Don, I have a 4 month old Beagle puppy and I've been working with her with your system for 2 weeks now. She’s doing great and I've seen tremendous improvement in her behavior. I have a question about house breaking: In just one week’s time I’ve stopped all accidents in the house, but [...]