My Dog Refuses to Get Up Out of the Down Command When I Release Him

QUESTION: My dog does the Down command really well. However, when I clap and say ok to release him, he sometimes refuses to get up. He just stays laying down even though I’ve told him he can get up. Should I give him a Come command when he does this? Is he getting his way, [...]

My Dog is Being a Real Drag – Literally!

QUESTION: Hi Don. I can’t get any further with the training because my dog refuses to walk with me, and she’s reluctant to come to me at all even when I’m not actually working with her. She’s being a real drag – literally! Will this pass?   ANSWER: First of all, I have to reassure [...]

How Long For Training Sessions? When Should I Remove The Muzzle?

QUESTION: Hello Don. I’m on Day #2 of the down command. Day #1 was horrible. My dog was biting (he's just a little ol' thing, but it hurt!). I never got a compliant down command from him that day. I followed the advice on your DVDs regarding aggressive dogs and on Day #2 I muzzled [...]

Can An Older Dog Be Trained?

QUESTION: My dog is already an adult - he's over six years old. I feel like a lot of things are well and truly instilled in him - both positive and negative things, and he’s very stubborn in a number of ways. Any advice for training a strong-willed adult dog?   ANSWER: It’s more of [...]