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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What To Do When A Loose, Untrained Dog Approaches Your Dog.

QUESTION: How do I deal with loose dogs that want to approach my dog when I’m walking him? Many of them cause problems, and some have even attacked my dog.   ANSWER: Loose, untrained dogs can be a real problem, but there is a way you can deal with these dogs that is very effective [...]

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 [...]