Will Your Perfect Dog Training System Cause My Hunting Dogs to Lose Their Prey Drive?

QUESTION: I have hunting dogs and I'm wondering if your Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method style of training will make my dogs want to stay with me all of the time and not go hunting. I don't want them to lose their prey drive.   ANSWER: Briefly, the answer is no, your hunting dogs [...]

Transitioning From Non-Distracting to Distracting Environments

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 [...]

Why Has Our Dog Regressed? What Do We Do?

QUESTION: Hi Don! I'm in love with your Command Collar. I have two dogs, both chocolate lab/Rottweiler mixes. With your collar I'm able to take both dogs walking at the same time. We hike a lot and they're able to walk off leash when we are on the little used trails. However, recently something's happened. [...]

Can Breeds With Strong Instincts Really Be Trained?

Breeds with strong instincts can indeed be trained. Breed instincts are real, but they can be overcome. For example, a dog that loves to chase birds wouldn't be so driven by his instinct that he would run himself off a cliff in order to catch one! He would ultimately stop at the edge to save [...]

Reintroducing a Dog To Creatures After It Has Already Killed

QUESTION: Don and team, I have a question: Maddy is doing great. Still, however, we had some ducks and we did not really do good training with her - she and her sister ended up killing them. We are wanting to reintroduce some baby chick ducks to Maddy. What would be the best way you [...]