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 [...]

What Do You Think About Incorporating the Use of a Clicker?

QUESTION: I have purchased your Perfect Dog system and was wondering about the use of a clicker in conjunction with your training techniques. I have heard that, for instance, you can click the clicker when the dog’s elbows hit the ground during a down command, to let him know what he’s doing is right.   [...]

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 [...]

Scientific Study Actually PROVES Dogs Prefer Praise to Food!

The following information appears on my "Method" page. However, given that the information is so important, I have repeated it here on my "Blog" page.     Scientific Study Actually PROVES Dogs Prefer Praise to Food!   When it comes to choosing between a treat or praise from their human parent, dogs prefer the latter, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]