My Dog Keeps Dropping the Ball During Fetch. How Do I Make Him Bring it to Me?

QUESTION: My dog is doing great with your program! One problem: When I play fetch with him, he continues to drop the ball before I can get it. How do I get him to hand it to me?   ANSWER: Awesome! Great to hear! Regarding your question: Fetch/retrieve needs to be treated like a command. [...]

My Dog Won’t Play with Dog Toys. How Can I Properly Exercise Him?

QUESTION: We’re getting ready to start your Perfect Dog system and we’re excited. My only concern is the play time. My dogs don’t play with toys at all. They will wrestle with each other occasionally, but not very often. What can I do to give them enough exercise?   ANSWER: Now and then you’ll come [...]

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 [...]

My Dog is Very Vocal When She Plays. Should This Be Allowed?

QUESTION: Dear Don, I wanted to ask a quick question about my dogs and their training/behavior. I allow my three dogs (all females) to romp and wrestle in a field when the weather is nice. They play really rough and grab each other’s necks, but they’re very careful and have never hurt one other or [...]

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, [...]

Using The “Wait” and “Go See” Commands to Socialize

QUESTION: Thanks to your training, my dog has progressed to the off leash level, so I’m able to trust him with freedom when I take him to the park. However, he loves people and other dogs. Although he obeys and stays by my side when he sees them, what do I do when I want [...]

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 [...]