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Original message: Hi. I like a lot of PBS shows, and when we watch anything, it's usually on PBS. * I strongly object to PBS showing the Don Sullivan Wake Up and Smell the Poop dog training show. I did some checking, and read significant numbers of reviews that dealing with his company is a pain, with underhanded dealings by the company, that the materials are of poor quality and break quickly, that the program and collar don't work, and that the collar will cause pain in the dogs. The collar he recommends and sells has sharp plastic points that when you YANK (and yes, I saw Sullivan YANK on the collars to get several dogs to go down), the points dig into the dog's neck. And no, that's not how dog mothers or other dogs do it -- when they do it, it doesn't hurt. I don't know if you picked this up, but the small tan dog he "trained" and then just stayed up on the deck and didn't go out onto the lawn even with temptations, but that dog was suffering inside. Don Sullivan says he doesn't dominate the dogs, but that after he "trains" them with pulling and yanking on the collar, he shows that he still cares about the animal by showing affection, and that the dogs aren't harmed. I disagree. The Humane Society recommends that people do NOT use collars like he uses and sells. They recommend positive training methods rather than aversive collars Here's some of my research-- Humane Society -- ...Aversive collars Some trainers use aversive collars to train "difficult" dogs with correction or punishment. These collars rely on physical discomfort or even pain to teach the dog what not to do. They suppress the unwanted behavior, but they don't teach him what the proper behavior is. At best, they are unpleasant for your dog, and at worst, they may cause your dog to act aggressively and even bite you. Positive training methods should always be your first choice. Learn the techniques » Choke chain As the name implies, this collar is made of metal links and is designed to control your dog by tightening around your dog's neck. It is supposed to sit high up on the dog's neck just behind her ears. Unlike the martingale collar, there is no way to control how much the choke chain tightens, so it's possible to choke or strangle your dog. It can also cause other problems, too, such as injuries to the trachea and esophagus, injuries to blood vessels in the eyes, neck sprains, nerve damage, fainting, transient paralysis, and even death. It is best for your dog if you avoid using a choke chain. More humane collars and good obedience training should make it unnecessary to resort to this aversive collar. If you insist on using one, consult an experienced trainer to learn how to properly size, fit, and use it. And never leave a choke chain on your dog as her regular collar; the chain could catch on something and choke your dog! Prong or pinch The prong or pinch collar is similar in style to the martingale. The control loop that the leash is attached to is made of chain. The loop that fits around your dog's neck is made of a series of fang-shaped metal links, or prongs, with blunted points. When the control loop is pulled, the prongs pinch the loose skin of your dog's neck. Like the choke chain, the prong collar must be properly fitted. The size of the prong links should be appropriate for the size of your dog. The collar should sit high up on your dog's neck, just behind his ears. The fit should be snug, so the prong links can't shift to the front of your dog's neck where they might pinch your dog's trachea. More humane collars and good obedience training should make it unnecessary to resort to this aversive collar. If you insist on using one, consult an experienced trainer to learn how to properly size, fit, and use it.... http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/collars.html * Here are some of the bad reviews -- Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Fast Results Pet Training Package, Large -- Go to PetCo to get dog training, February 20, 2014 This review is from: Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Fast Results Pet Training Package, Large (Misc.) You can go register for personal training of your dog at PetCo for the price of this package. The collar is especially troublesome because when you take your dog for a walk, if he pulls the least bit the collar will tighten around his/her neck and choke them to the point of causing them to dry heave/throw up. The nylon rope will only last for a couple of weeks before your pet chews thru it. I'd return it if I could. I don't recommend it. Get a dog collar that is comfortable for your dog, not one that will kill them. NOT FOR ME OR MY DOG!, January 2, 2014 This review is from: Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Fast Results Pet Training Package, Small (Misc.) I was enthusiastic when I ordered this product after seeing it on TV. First of all, I should have know with all of the double meaning comments that something was up. All I needed to do was to read the vague booklet and more importantly look at the inside of the collar (which is all zig zagged plastic points reminding me of medieval times) that is intended to inflict pain on the animal. Unbelievable. If you have a hopeless dog that is ready for the pound, etc. it probably would be your last resort. If instead you have a loveable dog (like mine) that has a couple of annoying problems (separation anxiety and getting excited and happy when people arrive at the house) this type of obedience training is just plain old cruelty. Not for me or my dog. Thane customer service totally s*cks!, January 29, 2014 By This review is from: Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Fast Results Pet Training Package, Large (Misc.) Nice I love the collar and training guide. When I first ordered this through the company it was nothing less than disappointment. Took over a moth to get and when it came it came without the video and collar. I had to pay return shipping and fill out a form that it wasn't on the package. Plus I ordered the training cards and they sent two but order said one. Totally messed up my order and expected me to pay for returned shipping. Would never advice anyone to use that company. Ordered from Amazon and got my total order in two days with cheap shipping. Always use Amazon! The product I give a 5 the service I give a 0. http://www.amazon.com/Don-Sullivan-Perfect-Results-Training/product-reviews/B00BSG3U20/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0 * Link to 18 1-star reviews of Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Command Collar with Extra Links and DVD, Large(yes, 18 out of 92 reviews, and there are also 10 2-star reviews that's 1/3 of the reviews) -- http://www.amazon.com/Don-Sullivan-Perfect-Command-Collar/product-reviews/B00B89AZSE/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0 * About book, Wake Up and Smell the Poop -- Not what I was expecting, April 11, 2014 This review is from: Wake Up and Smell the Poop!: The myths, deceptions, lies and obsessions that keep you from having the Perfect Dog (Paperback) I was expecting some tips on how to train my dog. He is an excellent dog trainer but this book is basically an autobiography. 1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money, March 24, 2014 This review is from: Wake Up and Smell the Poop!: The myths, deceptions, lies and obsessions that keep you from having the Perfect Dog (Paperback) tall tales, long-winded. This has nothing to do with his training program, which is pretty good. The less said the better (the review required 4 more words, hence these 4) * 3-star review-- Yes and no, October 20, 2013 This review is from: Don Sullivan Perfect Dog Max Results Pet Training Package, Large (Misc.) First let me explain the things I like about this product. The set is very well organized and provides just about everything you need to provide basic training according to Don Sullivan's method, with the possible exception of a muzzle. It includes 3 lengths of training lines as well as leather gloves, which are pretty much essential if you let your dog drag the lines on the ground like Sullivan indicates. You also get a condensed set of instructions on a ring that you can take into the field with you, plus a set of 2 training DVDs. The DVDs have menus and sub-menus so you can go directly to the segment that you want to watch. The DVDs provide ample demonstration and explanation for each training activity to help you do the training exercises as Sullivan indicates. You also get Sullivan's own design training collar. There are also things I wasn't too thrilled about with this set, though. I didn't realize this when I selected the product, but the "training" collar is basically a spiky plastic collar (spikes on the inside, against the dog's neck) which is a modified version of a prong collar that sticks prongs in the dog's neck for correction purposes. The collar easily comes apart for adding or taking out links, and the video shows you exactly how to do this, so you can get a pretty precise fit on it, and it could conceivably be used again for a different sized dog. I'm not convinced that this type of collar is necessary, though, since I've seen some very well trained dogs that were never handled this way. While I do agree that a lot of the usual training tools people are sold are kind of useless, and I even agree that the treat-based training system I was taught to use has its down sides, in order to get Sullivan's results with this set you have to be willing to use it the same way he does, and that means correcting your dog frequently with short jerks on the lead, which will cause a bit of discomfort. This is certainly not going to injure your dog, and Sullivan emphasizes that during training you want to build your close relationship with your dog. It just makes me uncomfortable because I'm not convinced it's necessary to inflict pain or discomfort to en
   
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