About Don Sullivan’s Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog®System
Q77: DVD RUNNING TIMES: How many minutes do each of the training DVDs run for? Will I have to watch all of both DVDs before I can begin training my dog?
A: Each of the two DVDs runs for about 2.5 hours, so you will receive 5 hours total of comprehensive instruction. However, each of the topics can be viewed separately. Don’s System comes with a Quick Start Guide which lists a number of foundational topics that should be viewed prior to beginning any training. Following this, you can choose to watch the segments, and apply the instruction therein, that are most relevant to you and your dog.
Q78: WHERE TO START?: Where do I begin when I receive my System?
A: The Perfect Dog System comes with a Quick Start Guide. This is ESSENTIAL reading BEFORE doing any training with your dog. It contains very important information regarding the training equipment, the training DVDs, and the key points to remember. The Quick Start Guide lists the foundational segments to watch first and it tells you what steps to take from there.
It is not necessary to watch both DVDs in their entirety before beginning any training with your dog. However, those who try to absorb as much information as possible, as their first step, generally obtain the best results.
Q79: DIFFERENT TRAINING DVDS FOR SMALL/LARGE DOGS?: I have a large dog and a small dog, but I only ordered the large Complete System. Are the training instructions that much different for small dogs?
A: There is only one type of training DVD set available. Both the large and small Complete System include the same set of training DVDs. The two disc DVD set will give you all you need to know to successfully train your dogs, regardless of size.
Training Equipment and Accessories
Q80: MORE INFO ON FUN FETCH BALL: I am thinking about purchasing the Fun Fetch Ball in addition to the System. Can you give me more information on the benefits of the Fun Fetch Ball?
A: The Fun Fetch Ball, personally designed and used by Don Sullivan, is a great tool for those who want to teach their dog how to fetch a ball or toy, and bring it back each time, without playing “keep away” or other frustrating games. The Fun Fetch Ball will also help you teach your dog to drop the ball or toy immediately in your hand instead of playing “tug of war.”
Retrieving is one of the best forms of exercise that we can give our dogs; better than a one or even two hour leash walk! If you teach your dog to properly retrieve, you will also save yourself so much time and grief, because in just 15 minutes you can tire your dog out and allow him to expend the excess energy that he might otherwise have released in destructive, chaotic ways.
Furthermore, the Fun Fetch Ball is one step away from teaching your dog how to place the ball on a racket. Once your dog learns how to do this, you can give your arms a break by hitting the ball with a racket instead of having to throwing it all the time. The ball goes farther with a racket, so your dog will run harder and faster. Both you and your dog will be more satisfied! Don’s System shows you how to use the Fun Fetch Ball and also how to progress to using a racket.
Note: Also refer to Question 9 (Q9) for more information on the Fun Fetch Ball.
Q81: CAN I MAKETWO COLLARS FROM ONE?: I have two small dogs. Can I order one large Command Collar® and remove enough links to make two small collars?
A: You cannot make two collars from one collar by dividing the links. There are more integral working parts to the Command Collar® than just the links.
Q82: COMMAND COLlar® MADE OF?: What is the Command Collar® made of?
A: The Command Collar® is made from an extremely durable plastic/nylon mix. It is very lightweight and an attractive color. There is also a quick attach/release metal clip, to make it easy to put on/take off your dog’s neck once you have initially sized it up. You can adjust the size of the collar to suit the size of your dog’s neck by adding or removing links.
Q83: DIFFERENT SIZED LINKS OR JUST DIFFERENT NUMBER OF LINKS?: Is the size of the links the same on the “small” and the “large” Command Collar®? Is the only difference between the two packages the number of links supplied?
A: No, the size of the links varies between the small and large Command Collar®. The links on the large collar are wider and slightly longer, and designed more specifically to suit a larger breed of dog, whereas the small links are more compact, intended for smaller breeds. Please note that either of these collars can be made much smaller by removing as many links as you need to, or they can be made larger by adding the extra links provided in the Complete System. The large Command Collar® fits neck sizes 7” – 24”, and the small Command Collar® fits neck sizes 5 ½” – 18 ½”.
Q84: NUMBER OF LINKS FOR TINY DOGS: I have a very tiny dog, and when I sized the small Command Collar® to fit his neck, there were only three links left within the collar. Will the collar still be effective?
A: The Command Collar® works exceptionally well, even with as little as one link for extremely tiny dogs.
Q85: COLLAR FIT VERY TINY DOG?: My Chihuahua is only 6 pounds. Everything I buy in a small size is too large for her. Will your collar be too large?
A: All Command Collars™ come with extra links, and the existing links can also be removed. The small Command Collar® can be made as small as approximately 5 ½” long. Once the collar, with the minimum number of links, is clipped together, it is about the size of an average bracelet. Note: Despite the minimum size of the small Command Collar®, this collar should still fit dogs/puppies with smaller necks; the collar will be a little looser than normal, but it will still be very effective.
Q86: STOPPING MY DOG FROM CHEWING LINES: My dog loves to chew things. How can I ensure that he will not chew the Freedom Training Lines?
A: The DVD training set includes a number of segments which thoroughly address the problem behavior of “chewing.” Under the topic of “Retrieving,” you will also find instruction on how to get your dog to drop the ball or toy. This technique is also useful; very quickly he will be discouraged from ever chewing on the lines or picking them up in his mouth.
Q87: HOW SNUG SHOULD COLLAR BE?: We just received your program. We have a Norfolk Terrier and we had to remove quite a few links from the Command Collar®. Just how snug should the collar be? The way it is now, I can put a finger between the collar and the dog’s neck. If I remove another link, it seems it would be too snug around his neck.
A: It’s fine the way you have it now, with a small amount of room underneath. Don’t remove another link. Also watch the “Equipment” section again, on training DVD one. Don Sullivan demonstrates exactly how the Command Collar® should sit on a dog’s neck.
Disclaimer: Don Sullivan’s “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” System explains in-depth how to correct aggressive behavior. Some dogs have reached a level of aggressiveness that is very intense. Great care and caution must be used in dealing with this problem. Although the success rate of correcting aggressive behavior is very high when following Don’s methods, unfortunately not all dogs can be tamed to the point of complete trust, despite the fact that overall improvement will be experienced. Don encourages everyone dealing with aggressive dogs to exercise extreme care, especially when working around children or other dogs. Owners may not be able to correct the behavior of certain dogs that have been specifically bred or trained to be aggressive e.g. attack dogs.