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 [...]

How Don Sullivan Replies to Unfounded Criticism

The following is a copy of the response I offer people who post unfounded, critical comments about my training system/method. I feel for these people because they are simply in ignorance - brainwashed by all kinds of influences (which I discuss in my book). I believe what I write to these people is fair - [...]

Can More Dominant Breeds Be Trained to Be Off-Leash Trustworthy?

In response to the following quote that was posted on one of my social media pages, someone asked the following question. You can read my reply below. Quote: "I yearn to see the day when off-leash training is an everyday reality among dog owners." - Don Sullivan, “The DogFather”   QUESTION: Even for breeds that [...]

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.   [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Feeding vs. Treating

  QUESTION: If giving them a treat is wrong, don't they view feeding them as the same thing?   DON SULLIVAN: No, the two can be differentiated as long as meal times take place by putting the food in a designated food bowl and making your dog wait for a decent amount of time (e.g. [...]