Overuse of E-Collars

QUESTION: Hi Don Sullivan. I see a lot of people and trainers incorporating e-collars in teaching basic obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Down, etc. which I feel is unnecessary - just like clickers. Rather, I only use an e-collar as a corrective tool if Max is playing at a distance and needs correction. Any suggestion or [...]

Will Your Perfect Dog Training System Cause My Hunting Dogs to Lose Their Prey Drive?

QUESTION: I have hunting dogs and I'm wondering if your Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method style of training will make my dogs want to stay with me all of the time and not go hunting. I don't want them to lose their prey drive.   ANSWER: Briefly, the answer is no, your hunting dogs [...]

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 [...]