Greeting Dogs with the Limp Fish Hand – or Not?

Before petting a dog, the common societal practice is to slowly hold out the back of the hand for the dog to sniff, offering it up as a gesture toward acceptance or permission to approach. Whilst this is a wise move when in the presence of a strange, untrained dog in order to guard against [...]

An Unconfident Leader Can Create a Problem Dog

Many dog owners have no idea how their weak leadership and uncertainty is impacting on their dog. Lack of confidence can negatively affect a dog's behavior in many different ways. On the one hand, if a dog is born with a dominant personality, that dog can be easily motivated to exercise his dominance if he's [...]

Shocking News Story. Don Sullivan Comments on Dog Attacks & Rescue Dogs.

Highland Twp. Girl, 7, in critical condition after family's 'rescue dogs' rip into her neck. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2017/12/01/rescue-dog-attack-highland-township-humane-society/914823001/ News story: A seven-year-old girl was fighting for her life Friday but was expected to survive after she was attacked by dogs that her family rescued from an animal shelter where they'd faced being euthanized, police said. The attack [...]

What to do When an Aggressive Dog Approaches

QUESTION: In your book, you mentioned about Judah’s confrontation with a dominant Boxer in a dog park which is just super amazing on Judah’s part, to be so well balanced. How do I teach Max to be submissive in these situations? Do I ask him to "Down, Stay” right away? Also, how do I deal [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Tug of war? Play fighting? Grabbing collars?

QUESTION: Don, what's your opinion on playing "tug" with your dog? Does this give the dog control? Also, our puppy and ten-year-old dog play fight together quite a bit. They both will go at each other’s Command Collar if they're wearing them. Since we're supposed to leave the Command Collar on all the time except [...]