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 [...]

Can More Dominant Breeds Be Trained to Be Off-Leash Trustworthy?

In response to the following quote that was posted on one of my social media pages, someone asked the following question. You can read my reply below. Quote: "I yearn to see the day when off-leash training is an everyday reality among dog owners." - Don Sullivan, “The DogFather”   QUESTION: Even for breeds that [...]

My Dog Was Attacked & Now She’s Terrified of All Other Dogs

QUESTION: Hi Don. We bought your Perfect Dog training system for our Doxie/Beagle mix, Annie, a couple of years ago when she was just a puppy. Annie walks like a dream on leash and does well off leash. I need advice, though… Last summer, we were walking outside and Annie was on leash. With no [...]

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 [...]

Any Extra Advice for Bringing My New Baby Home Around My Dogs?

QUESTION: Do you have any extra pointers or advice for bringing a new baby home? I’m expecting my first, due in August. My dogs have done well with your training, although my lab mix has growled at my 8-month-old nephew before when he was crawling on him - to which my dog was properly corrected. [...]

My Daughter Survived A Dog Attack. But, Could I Have Prevented It?

The following information contains critical information for everyone – whether or not they are dog owners. It’s especially valuable for families with young children.   QUESTION: On June 17th my 8-year-old daughter was bitten on the face by our neighbor's dog. This dog was very protective of his home and was kept outside with a [...]

What Should I Do With My Dog While I’m At Work? What About Doggie Daycares?

QUESTION: Hi Don! I have a friend who just started following your Perfect Dog system and his puppy is already showing results! When he goes to work during the day, he leaves his puppy at one of those doggie daycare centers where the dogs are free to play in an enclosed doggie playground. Will that [...]

Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method™ vs. Treats

The following is a snippet from an article written by journalist, Judd Spicer.    Wanna get Don Sullivan growling? Mention those dog food companies and their treat-driven portion of an industry that saw Americans spend a whopping $60 billion on their pets in 2015. "People don't want to hear the connection between treat training and [...]

HELP! I Have an Extreme Dog!

Before reading the following, please remember to ALWAYS properly balance your corrections with lots of praise and play as the best rewards for compliance and good behavior. This is the essence of my Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method™, and it is what makes my Perfect Dog® system so successful.  So, you think you have [...]

WARNING: Family dog killed newborn baby while watching TV on the family bed

This kind of thing is happening so regularly (tragically) lately that I have formulated a standard response (see below). I highlight the subject of treats in my comments, but the same goes for allowing your dog on your bed and other situations of "favor." There are two key things to consider with this news story: [...]

My Boxer Keeps Biting & Nipping

QUESTION: Hi I hope you can help bought your perfect dog training system for my 5 months old boxer watched your DVD my boxer keeps biting and nipping my hands tried your tip with hand in the mouth slaps to the nose. But it's not working she still bites and nips anything else I can [...]