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Train Your Dog Like a Pro

11 comments in the last 6 months
Don Sullivan Train like a Pro
Posted: December 18, 2014 by Lee Seibold
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I'll first say that people need to realize that dogs are not human. I've never seen another dog become pack leader by bringing food or treats to their pack members. In fact, it's just the opposite. Dogs use an increasing scale of consequences to gain leadership. Don's techniques mimic this scale of correction and are always firm enough for the dogs personality but never firm enough to hurt them or be considered "abuse". To think dogs will cease their unwanted behaviors without consequences is like telling a bank robber that they'll never get caught but they still need to get a job instead of stealing. Ha... I'd like to see that conversation! I can't even begin to say how many people need Don's help. He is often criticized for his techniques despite the tens of thousands of people and pets he has saved. His results are unmatchable. I have a Dalmatian and a Shiba Inu. Both of which would be facing euthanasia if I were using ANY other system. Within the first night of using his techniques, I knew our dogs would become the perfect off leash companions. I am 100% supportive that Don's techniques are in absolutely no way cruel or abusive. I looked for many other so called "trainers" who use "positive" techniques. I can guarantee you Don's techniques provide a more positive experience throughout the dogs life than any other system. All of his techniques are temporary. After training is over you are left with a dog you can trust for the rest of your life. For someone to discredit this amazing canine lover... it makes me sick. You have no idea how many people (including "professional" dog trainers) who need his help. It's sad to punish a viewing audience of a great program which they desperately need for the ignorance of a few "animal lovers". These despicable people would be the first ones who would wish to see criminals brought to justice in a "negative" way for breaking the law. I'd hate to see a world without consequences. And that's what these people are protesting against. If viewers aren't willing to donate money to a great cause because they disagree with concepts they don't understand, they need to change the channel and spend their money elsewhere. They need to swallow their ego and let the dog owner decide who's system is best for them.
The System Is NOT Based On Fear and Cruelty
Posted: December 18, 2014 by Jeff Leavitt
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
In 2009 I adopted a Labradoodle who was estimated to be six months old at the time. After several months of trying to determine how I would train her (and she did need it), I found Don Sullivan’s equipment and methods. It was truly amazing to see how Fiona (her name comes from the TV show, Burn Notice, not the movie, Shrek :-) was transformed into an obedient, furry friend. She was and is not terrified of the equipment, the training, or me. Have you seen the videos of Don Sullivan with Judah and Izzy? They are not terrified of Mr. Sullivan. To the contrary, they look quite happy and content. After having great success with Fiona, and having enjoyed the process of training so much, I decided to start Prairie Path Dog Training on a part-time basis. I use Don Sullivan’s dog training equipment and methods, and it works. Because of the successes and my love for dogs, I am now starting a full-time business in Chattanooga – Blue Bridge Dog Training. The results of Don Sullivan’s dog training system, with no negative affects to the trainees can be clearly seen in two videos I created for my business. The first one is of Kora, a Shepherd mix, who is fearful and sensitive. She was adopted with those traits and has made tremendous progress. The video demonstrates some basic and more advanced commands, and she is certainly not afraid of me. She had ample opportunity to run away during the video, if this was the case… View it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R44F8WSz8bs The other video is of both Kora and Fiona, demonstrating the results of boundary training, again having used Don Sullivan’s system. They are happy dogs, just having fun in the back yard – no fence in the back or north side, no tether. View it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th10PyLOlUE&list=UUAxigxsSR-Kg3yWdB4LMR5g Let me address some of the rather vitriolic comments posted by those who hail from the “positive reinforcement only” or “force free” community. I have seen it all before in another venue of “professional” dog trainers – a LinkedIn group. The approach is this: use words like torture, cruel, inhumane, barbaric, outdated, old school, and on and on. And that rhetoric, on its own merits, wins the argument, at least in the mind of the one holding that view. I posted this question, “Why is the "positive reinforcement only" community so negative with others who do not follow lock-step? Is there possibly a group of "other trainers" that use correction without being abusive?” Not one of the trainers participating in the discussion (655 comments) could explain why the methodology I used did not create a fearful and aggressive dog, as they always claim will occur – NOT ONE. That was in December of 2012, and Fiona is still not fearful or aggressive. I am a real person with a real story about real success, without abuse and cruelty. Just because you believe and state a dog is terrified, does not make it so. I am open to further discussion on the subject, and my contact information can be found at www.bluebridgedogtraining.com And just for the record, I am not paid by Don Sullivan, and I do not receive a discount or commission on his products. Merry Christmas!
Don Sullivan's training methods WORK
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Thank you for making Don Sullivan's training system available to so many people. My dogs were impossible to walk together on leash. I went on to YouTube to look for training methods and happened upon Don's methods via personal testimonials. I then checked reviews on Amazon. I was sold. The negative reviews were from people who never tried his system! So I discounted them and ordered his collar and DVDs and started right away. And now I have dogs that I can walk in a calm and relaxed manner. And they lie down on command and no more overwhelming visitors at the door. Don Sullivan is making it possible for people like me to train our dogs to be great members of our family.
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A Response From Don Sullivan,
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Don Sullivan
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Hi everyone. This is Don Sullivan, and I have been asked to post a message by my business manager. Normally I don't say too much as I like to let people's real life experiences with my system speak for themselves. However, for the sake of all the dogs out there that are suffering, and for the sake of all the unknowing dog owners out there that are still struggling after having tried (and spent) so much, I will say my piece just this once. Readers, please judge for yourselves: Firstly, those who have posted negative comments on this page seem to be completely missing the point. PBS does a wonderful and admirable job of bringing many programs to people in order to help them. And, there are myriad exasperated dog owners and miserable dogs out there that are, indeed, in desparate need of help. If you don't feel that my program holds any value for you, or even if you completely disagree with what I share and demonstrate, then simply don't watch the show. But, I appeal to you to contain your emotions and personal opinions; don't ruin it for others who could very much benefit from my system. Let PBS do their job and offer something of value to those who truly welcome it. Secondly, doubters only have to Google my personal name, my moniker (DogFather), or my system (Perfect Dog system) and they find a multitude of people whose lives have been completely turned around (and that is no exaggeration) because they somehow came across my training methods. Read the language that THESE people use when describing the results they achieved (on their own, without me even being there in person, from a $60 training system!) and it truly brings tears to your eyes!!! In many cases, dogs lives have been saved just in the nick of time as many owners were on the verge of having their dogs euthanized or given over to shelters (where most would have been killed in the end anyway because no-one would have wanted them). There will always be critics of most products and services whatever they are, however if you're going to post copies of negative reviews of a product or service then you should be fair enough to also share the positive ones. To help balance out the commentary on this page, below I have posted some that I found. These are completely legitimate, unsolicited customer reviews of my training system. Third, everyone who has posted a negative comment about my methods has completely overlooked the fact that half of my training DOES very much involve rewards (praise, affection, play, and exercise - the best kinds of rewards) which would be deemed as the positive reinforcement side of my training. This tells me that these posters are very much unfamiliar with my training system and are making unfair judgments based on the very little they've seen on TV. IF you've carefully watched the full five hours in my DVDs, thoroughly read through my comprehensive and critical guide that comes with my system, physically handled and properly tested my training tools and techniques in the 70+ ways that I discuss and demonstrate (with an open mind), and still have concerns or criticsim, then I am truly all ears. To anyone else, I say that you are operating on limited knowledge of me and the system that has been proven over and over to change lives. Many critics are being driven by emotion, and their unjustified outspokenness can create a stumbling block for dog owners that are desparately searching for answers. THESE poor people HAVE tried what the critics are spouting as the answer and the "only humane way" for all, and they are at their wit's end. And, let's not forget their poor dogs that currently live miserable existences on leashes, are plagued by aggression or separation anxiety, and look at the unbelievably free and joyous lives of dogs that have been trained using my system and ache for a dream life like that! If you have achieved results with whatever method you use then fine, but countless others have tried these things and their dogs just keep getting worse. The bottom line is that it's wrong of critics to object to a show being aired that provides valuable information for viewers, and to act as though their voices reflect the opinion of the majority; they do not. Finally, please also bear in mind that most critics are not comparing apples with apples. They truly need to see the fullness of my system to understand the kinds of results that I encourage every dog that they can achieve. I'm not just talking about getting a dog to lie down, sit, stay, and come. This is where many people's mindsets are at when they choose to criticize my training techniques. Let's look beyond human emotion and let's consider the real subject here: our dogs and the best kind of life that we can give them - a life centered on safety, praise, affection, fun, and complete freedom. This is what dogs all over the globe are experiencing because of my system. Just because certain critics disagree with how these dogs got to this point, does it make it wrong? Thank you for reading. Sincerely, Don Sullivan. HERE IS JUST A SMALL SELECTION OF LEGITIMATE CUSTOMER REVIEWS THAT CAN BE FOUND ONLINE: ??The Perfect Dog® Infomercial Configuration??? . Very pleased ?I was very pleased with this DVD. He explains and shows very clearly how to train a dog and correct unwanted behavior problems. There is nothing in this video that could be called abusive, in fact he very clearly states that the training method is firm but warns there is no excuse for abusing your dog. There is a distinct difference. You must be firm and consistent in order for the dog to understand that the human is in charge, then all other training is much easier. By no means are the animals in this DVD being abused. Listen and read and learn how to train a dog or puppy for their well-being and your enjoyment of dog ownership. As far as receiving and condition of the product, I purchased the DVD without the training aids and wish I had purchased the training collar. The product came much quicker than the estimated time, was packaged well, and was as described. Janice ?? . ??2 Disc Training DVD Set ??? . The videos have helped us to keep our dogs safe and well trained. I have suggested the videos to my friends at the dog parks. My wife loves the videos?.?? . ??The Perfect Dog® Max Results and Care Package??? . I felt justified!! ?I am no professional, just a dog lover who has had some great dogs over my life time so far. After viewing Don's CDs, I felt justified in how I have worked with my dogs over the years, learning from my own experiences and that was presented quite clearly by Don's instructions. Dogs want to please, but dogs also look to the "lead dog" for guidance. Most dog owners don't realize that they are not doing their dogs any favors by letting them get away with things with no discipline and training in place. Don's lessons are basically short, full of good technique, good advice, and you get a happy dog who trusts his owner. This training does not "break" a dog, it just develops the bond between you (the lead dog) and your pet. I've loved every dog I've owned, as each was different in termperament and personality, but all were loving and eager to please because they knew they were loved, and that included the discipline that each dog had regarding how to behave when out and about in public. . ??The Perfect Dog® Infomercial Configuration??? . Extremely Pleased? I ordered the systems, because even though I had fairly well managed dogs, I had persistent problems with my lab and cockapoo (mainly just spoiled)....the usual, barking at passing cars or trucks, ignoring certain commands, surfing the counter for food, etc. I bought the system and truthfully, I fixed these after 2-3 corrections as shown...and not very aggressive corrections, I might add. Do yourself a huge favor! If you are having dog issues, this will teach you to handle...and quickly. I have both dogs doing perfect, sit, down, stay, and come...everytime. This is with just four days of 15-20 minutes a day. I am now working on begging for food and down from a distance. The other thing the videos don't really mention, but I have found it to be true is this..."the dogs enjoy the training, because they like time spent with you." I have recommended to a friend from church and she is ordering...you should also. ?wbb?? . ??Command Collar® and Training Lines??? . Unbelievable Results?Fabulous!!! It is beyond belief how this collar works. And so quickly. I'd carry flyers to hand out if I could. I walk in our neighborhood park where there are other people walking their dogs and I'd love to carry flyers about the Command collar to give them. The DVD that comes with the collar is also very good. My dog is small (10 pounds) ) but with a very high pitched, screaming voice. The command collar let him know not to do that in a very short time. Amazing results for a problem I had coped with for a very long time. ?Schnicklefritz?? . ??The Perfect Dog® Infomercial Configuration??? . Great gift!? Bought this for my husband. He loves it and he said it has helped him with dog training. It came with cd and leash. ?jedi jen?? . ??The Perfect Dog® Infomercial Configuration??? . DogFather is an understatement?I first got this video when I got my first dog Rain; she was a German Shep. My husband was deployed and he said the only way I could keep her was if by time he got home I had her fully trained. I saw how the stores trained their dogs with treats and I was not to happy with that. I personally feel that if I do not give my children a "treat" or snack every time they do something correct I am not going to give my dog one! This video amazed me on the commerical when I saw the man go inside and leave his dog off the leash under a tree and he did not move, or when the woman was vaccuuming the floor and her dog remained still. I wanted this video for that alone. My dog was sooooo trained that I had police officers w
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Thank you Don and PBS !
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Cathy Cross
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
have a 2 year old Peke that has responded so well to Don's Training System. It didn't require many corrections before he got the hang of it and seems to love his freedom. It is amazing to me how something so simple, achieves these kind of results. What a difference! Thanks Don. Thanks PBS
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Thank you for your email concerning Don Sullivan’s Train Your dog Like a Pro method.
I have forwarded your comments to Mr. Sullivan.
We appreciate  your feedback on this dog training method.
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Highly Recommend Don's Training System
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Bo Potter
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I have trained two dogs with Don's system and I would highly recommend it to any dog owner. My dogs live half the time on our 76 acre farm in Ohio and half the time at our place in La Crescenta, CA with no yard. Needless to say they love the farm and hate it in California. A trained dog is very important here in California because of the cars. Before I started using his system, if the dogs got out they were g-o-n-e gone. I would grab the doggie treats and leash and hope that they didn't get run over before I could get them. Now, if I leave the gate open they don't even leave the yard. They used to pull on the leash and drag me around. They don't do that anymore either. They both follow all of the commands I give them. When I give them the down command they lie down immediately and they stay there until I tell them they can get up. They won't stay there for an hour but unless I forget about them, they're there for as long as I want. The bottom line is that this is a great system and I don't have to worry about my dogs getting hit by a car any more. Thanks Don, you're a life saver. Bo
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my story
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Mari jo hough
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I was about to give up when someone suggested I try Dons training videos. I admit I was reluctant to believe it was going to work. I have a Shepard mix that I got from a shelter. He is very hard headed, territorial, and dog aggressive. Well I have a new dog!! Oh he is still hard headed haha...but I now have the tools to control him. He is 6 years old now and we go to the dog park and I have not had any trouble! We go hiking and not only is he off leash but I used Dons training for my coon hound and was warned that I woukd never be able to have her off leash without st least a shock collar. Well I don't use a shock collar and she is off leash more then she's on and I have full control over my pack!! Sometimes it's not just one method that works. Maybe a mix of methods. But I assure you without Don my Shepard mix woukd not be the happy dog he is today!!
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It is the only method that worked for my dog!
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Laura Manley
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I have a German Shepherd/Pitt mix named, Twinkie. Before using Don's method, my life seemed impossible, because Twinkie wanted to eat the cat and chew up the house. Since adopting her, I have had one problem after another with her behavior. Don's system showed me that her trouble is anxiety due to poor leadership. She is now great in public, heals on a lead, and is the beloved family member we always knew she could be. It works on even the most stubborn dogs!!
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Great Program!
Posted: December 17, 2014 by Mary Ann Rojas
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I purchased Don Sullivan's Perfect Dog System several years ago when my dogs were about 2 years old. Up until that moment they were uncontrollable on leashes. I tried several methods like stopping, as it was written if you stop, the dogs will too. Not true. I needed specific direction on how to control my dogs while enjoying them at the same time. Don's Perfect Dog system was the key. It taught me how to train my dogs and become a proper dog owner. If I ever get another puppy I will most certainly use Don's system again! Mary Ann Rojas.
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Dear Mary Ann,
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Don't Knock It Until You Try It!
Posted: December 14, 2014 by Jade Danko
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Regarding the original post about Don Sullivan and his Perfect Dog system on PBS: I've spent thousands of dollars with 'positive reinforcement dog trainers' and had to give my dog up after his aggression problem couldn't be fixed. I since met Don and watched him turn hundreds of problematic dogs into great dogs. He and his methods have saved thousands of dogs and created loving relationships between owners and their dogs. Most people who have negative things to say about Don's system haven't even tried it. It's sad that many opinions are not based on fact and that they then influence others. Millions of dogs are euthanized every year; if the methods of training that are espoused by many on this forum work so well, then why are so many dogs put in kennels mostly for bad or problematic behaviors? My current dog was trained with Don's methods and is the happiest, well behaved dog I have ever owned. People marvel at her personality and her obedience level. For anyone with doubts, I suggest watching his work and reading a variety of what other people who have used his methods have to say, not just on one forum. I find that people on Amazon.com are very upfront and honest in their reviews. Overall, the reviews are extremely positive. Don't knock it until you try it!
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Awful program
Posted: August 18, 2014 by Leslie Ufford
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
The program "Train you dog like a pro" is basically an infomercial for an abusive collar based on old, bad science about how dogs learn. Please don't perpetuate punishment based training
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