Not Eating Because of Separation Anxiety

QUESTION #1: Have you ever heard of a dog refusing to eat because of separation anxiety? My dog hasn’t eaten consistently for two weeks. Vet x-rays and blood work are both normal. We’re seeing a specialist tomorrow. I just wondered your thoughts are. Thanks. ANSWER: Yes, this can happen – more so with dogs that [...]

Meal Time Stress & Mess!

QUESTION: My dog is a frustratingly finicky eater. Every meal time she nuzzles through her bowl to pick out all of the tinned food that I’ve mixed with kibble and then she leaves all of the kibble scattered over the floor. She absolutely refuses to eat dry food on its own. I’ve even left her [...]

Identifying Dominant Puppies: The Pack Feeding Test

The following is a series of exchanges (involving myself and two separate Facebook friends of mine) that will help you understand the difference between effectively subduing dominance according to what I instruct in my Perfect Dog DVDs and initially identifying dominance in a young pack of pups.   QUESTION: Hi Don. I came across a [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Dog a Fussy Eater?

QUESTION: My dogs are such fussy eaters that it’s driving me crazy. I used to use treats to train them before I found your training system, and I’d give them various food scraps as well. Now they’ve gotten to the stage where they won’t eat their meals unless I give it to them from my [...]

Does Your Dog Eat Poop?

DOES YOUR DOG EAT POOP? HERE'S WHAT DON SULLIVAN SAYS TO DO: 1) The obsession with eating feces could very well be a malnourishment issue. Find a good vet and get your dog tested, and start focusing on maximizing your dog's nutrient intake. 2) Lack of proper cardio exercise is one of the biggest causes [...]

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 [...]