Will The Perfect Dog System Help Me With…?
Q39: CHASES/HUNTS LIVING CREATURES: My dogs have a high drive to hunt and chase most living creatures, from rabbits to lizards. With Don Sullivan’s training System, will I be able to control them off leash?
A: Don Sullivan’s “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” System is directly focused on bridging the gap between having a dog that simply understands commands, and one that will respond as requested under any amount of distraction without the need to be leashed. Within the 5 hours of instruction that Don has included in his DVDs you will find the answers to almost any variable that may arise with your dogs. As you begin to follow and apply Don’s techniques you will see your dogs becoming more attentive and responsive each day. Don explains how to start training your dogs with minimal distractions and how to transition to greater distractions. There are also suggestions on how to fine tune any remaining off-leash issues you may have if you have a very stubborn dog.
Q40: THERAPY DOG: I would like to train my dog to be a “Therapy dog.” Will Don’s System help me to achieve this goal?
A: Don Sullivan: “As long as you follow and apply my techniques as instructed, you will see a major change in your dog within a short period of time. I cannot absolutely guarantee that your dog will be accepted as a Therapy dog, but I know that you will have the greatest potential to achieve this goal using my System than by using any other method.
Age is not an issue, because dogs are genetically programmed to, for the most part, think the same way throughout their lives. When you change the way you deal with your dog, you will quickly see positive changes in his behavior. To be a Therapy dog, you need him to be calm, mature, and able to operate well under distraction and around temptations. My training is directed towards these requirements.”
Q41: SUBMISSIVE URINATOR: Our little dog is a submissive urinator. Will this training help this problem?
A: Don Sullivan’s System will certainly help with this problem. There are certain things that people do unwittingly that cause and/or reinforce this kind of behavior in their dogs. You will learn how to relate to your dog in a manner that will help to reverse this inconvenient trend. As you apply Don’s techniques, and as your dog learns to trust you as his pack leader, his coverall confidence level and emotional stability will increase and he will begin to control his bladder, as opposed to urinating out of anxiety.
Q42: ANXIETY ATTACKS: What about anxiety attacks when a dog is left alone at home or in the car? Will Don Sullivan be able to help me with this?
A: This behavioral issue is often labeled as “separation” anxiety. Don Sullivan’s training DVDs cover this issue thoroughly. You will learn how to transformation your dog so that he has a sense of peace and confidence in all situations, and so that he is accepting and trusting in those situations where you need to leave him alone for a time.
Q43: PROBLEMS AT GROOMER: My dog does not behave well at the groomers. If she learns to behave for me, will this help her at the groomers when I’m not around?
A: Yes. Once your dog has been properly trained using The Perfect Dog System, she will tend to behave more appropriately in the company of anyone who understands the most basic elements of control and order. Unfortunately, dogs are intelligent enough to recognize, very quickly, when they have been left in the control of a very passive, enabling person, and your dog will tend to take advantage of them. Given this, you should try to speak to all grooming staff, advising them of the new training direction that you are undertaking, and request that they not spoil your dog in any way while in their presence e.g. offering treats.
Q44: PROBLEMS AT VET: My dog gets very worked up when I take him to the vet, to the point of almost biting the vet. Will The Perfect Dog System help correct this behavior?
A: The behavior you are explaining could be either dominance or fear related. Fortunately, Don Sullivan’s DVDs will show you how to become your dog’s trusted leader, so that he will be able to rely upon your guidance in any situation where he may have otherwise acted in an inappropriate manner. Don instructs you how to deal safely with any situation where your dog needs to learn to act in a non-aggressive manner. By addressing these issues and removing any potential aggression from your dog, you will be responsible for helping him to live a more mentally peaceful life.
Q45: HATES CAT: Can Don Sullivan’s System help me to train my dog to live harmoniously with my cat?
A: Yes. Cats are simply one of a number of distractions and temptations that dogs can potentially react to. Using Don’s System, you will learn how to teach your dog to act maturely and responsibly, according to the rules that you set for him. Don’t be surprised, after training your dog for only a few weeks, if your dog and cat become close friends! This often happens.
Q46: CAT TRAINING: My condos do not allow dogs, but will “tolerate” cats. Will this System help me to train my cat?
A: Although Don Sullivan has trained a few cats, using similar principles to his Perfect Dog System, his System does not specifically address the details of cat training.
Q47: MY DOG EATS HIS OWN FECES: Will Don Sullivan’s training methods help me to stop my dog from eating his own feces?
A: Yes, it will. Although the issue of a dog eating its own feces is not directly dealt with in The Perfect Dog training DVDs, you can use the same techniques taught in the “Counter Surfing” segment to correct this problem. Within the 5 hours of instruction that Don Sullivan has included in his DVDs, you will find the answers to almost any variable that may arise with your dog.
Q48: DOG TRICKS: My dog is great; she does all kinds of tricks and more. But can I do more with her?
A: It is wonderful that you have a dog that you are enjoying and that she is able to do tricks.
The goal of Don Sullivan’s training system is to help you train your dog to respond to you without the need for a leash under distracting environments. Don desires this for people and their dogs, for safety, health and pleasure. The majority of dogs spend their days in frustration as they watch life pass them by, restricted to the end of a 3 foot leash. When you can trust your dog off-leash, under distraction, you will not only enjoy the benefits of safety (knowing that your dog is not going to run out of an open door or out into a street), but you will feel joy in your heart as you witness your dog enjoying freedom; to run and play in situations you may not have been able to trust her previously. The mental and physical satisfaction that accompanies true freedom can also lead to a healthier dog. Being able to give your dog true freedom is the best gift that you can ever give yourself and your dog; better than teaching her any new trick!
Note: There is a “Tricks & Fun Things” segment on Don Sullivan’s DVDs.
Q49: STRICTLY OUTSIDE DOGS: Our dogs are strictly outside dogs (due to allergies). Will this affect the pack mentality and therefore the effectiveness of the program for our family?
A: Don Sullivan teaches you how to set boundaries with your dogs so that they are aware of, and obey, the rules that you set for them. You need to decide what you will allow and what you will not. Don then empowers you to communicate this to your dogs and train them to discipline themselves i.e. to respect your wishes. So, you can teach your dogs to follow you as their leader, and behave with one another as expected outside, even though you are not always in their presence.
Q50: OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE: My dog is obsessive compulsive. He chases his tail and even shadows. Will The Perfect Dog System help me with this?
A: Yes. Don Sullivan’s training method will help you to channel your dog’s thinking and to redirect his energies toward more productive activities. In most cases, you will quickly notice an improvement in his emotional stability.
Q51: SEEMS FORGETFUL: My dog seems to forget commands. Will this happen with Don Sullivan’s System?
A: Using Don Sullivan’s System you will effectively communicate commands and instructions to your dog and motivate him to obey them. Once your dog has shown an acceptable response to a command, he has indicated that he understands what you expect. From that point forward, if your dog does not respond to you, then it is not because he has forgotten; there has simply been a weakening in your leadership and he is taking advantage of this. Don Sullivan empowers you to be aware of your own self and the way that you are dealing with your dog, so that you can recognize and reverse any weaknesses that may emerge.
Q52: MY DOGS SLIPS HIS COLLAR ALL THE TIME: Will my dog be able to slip out of the Command Collar®? He has a habit of doing this to do all the collars that I have tried so far.
A: If you size the Command Collar® according to the detailed instructions given in DVD one, there will be no way for your dog to free himself from the Command Collar®. The Command Collar®, whether the large or small, can be adjusted down in length quite significantly by removing links (without it being too tight on the dog’s neck).
Q53: BITES WHEN CHALLENGED: My dog has never stopped biting when challenged. Will Don Sullivan’s training method work on breaking that habit?
A: Don Sullivan’s DVDs contain 5 hours of instruction which include individual sections that cover various types of aggression. There are clearly laid out examples of how to safely train an aggressive dog. By following this advice closely you should begin to see your dog becoming more respectful towards you within the first week. A dog that bites when challenged will only continue to do so if no one else has established themselves as an obvious leader in the dog’s mind. In a dog pack, the leader will never be threatened by a subordinate. Don Sullivan will show you the safest and most effective way to achieve respect and responsiveness from your dog.
Q54: WON’T WALK: For some reason my dog won’t go for walks anymore. He used to love going on walks. Now, he gets to the front of our house, then sits down and won’t go any farther. He seems scared of everything outside his comfort zone.
A: Dogs can experience fears in life, just as humans do. Unfortunately for the dogs, the humans in their lives will often unwittingly allow the dogs to constantly reinforce their fears, to the point where the fears become immobilizing. Human emotion can many times be the catalyst that derails the hope of a dog overcoming his fears, and actually becomes the instigating element that cements the fears into the dog’s mind.
The average dog owner, seeing that his dog is afraid of something, will generally become sympathetic and seek to protect and shelter his dog from the object of the dog’s fear. Though well intentioned, this sheltering of the dog from whatever it fears simply causes the dog to become increasingly nervous. Don Sullivan explains and demonstrates how to teach your dog to trust your leadership, and how to help him face his fears so that he can enjoy a more peaceful future.
Q55: OBSESSED WITH ROCKS: I have a miniature dachshund that thinks rocks are toys. He is like a kid with a new toy every time he goes out. He carries a rock around, and then tries to cover it with grass. I can try to throw the rock away, but he goes after it and brings it back. He has even eaten smaller rocks. Is there anything I can do to break him of this habit?
A: Many times odd behavior like this has been encouraged along the way in the dog’s past. Someone may have enticed the dog with a rock as entertainment, throwing stones into the water or into the bush to tease or exercise the dog. Chewing rocks will most likely cause teeth problems, so this is something that should be changed for the health of the dog.
By applying Don Sullivan’s training methods, you will help to focus the dog’s attention towards more beneficial things. In many cases, odd behavior of various sorts will actually disappear on their own, once a person begins training their dog using Don’s System. If, after you have gained respect from your dog in terms of off-leash obedience, your problem still persists, then you should directly correct the rock issue; at that stage you will have more certainty that your dog will heed your desire. You will be able to use one or more techniques taught by Don Sullivan in his DVDs to correct the problem.