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Train Your Dog Like a Pro

11 comments in the last 6 months
Train Your Dog Like a Pro
Posted: March 2, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
This show is horrible!!!!!!!!! It is based on abusive, corrective dog training techniques from the dark ages (think 1950s). Corrections and physical abuse!!!! It is inhumane -- and based purely on getting quick results -- antiquated concepts like "respect", "bad behaviors", etc. Please, please, YANK THIS show. There are plenty of educated, positive, reinforcement based trainers out there that deserve shows. More importantly, our canine companions DESERVE this type of training rather than physical and mental abuse by uneducated, unenlightened trainers like this guy.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.
I have forwarded your comments to the department head responsible for airing this program.
Feedback  from viewers like you help guide future programming decisions.
Thanks for letting us know how you feel.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff
Awesome show
Posted: February 16, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I have a deep love and respect for dogs and their wild cousins (wolves, coyotes, etc.) I have rescued several dogs over the years and volunteered at wolf sanctuaries. Their happiness and well being is of the utmost importance to me. My latest dog, adopted from the Boulder Humane Society, was the most extremely out-of-control dog I've ever encountered. He had every bad habit in the book, from chewing and tugging on leashes, to shredding furniture when left alone, to jumping fences and running off. Training techniques that had worked on my other dogs did not work at all on him. I was getting near wit's end and contemplating the unthinkable (giving up and returning him to the shelter). Watching this show was a huge turning point in our relationship. While it is true that many dogs do not need the kinds of training techniques outlined in this show, some dogs do. Within a few days of watching this show and consistently applying its techniques, my dog went from a hyper-active anxious troublemaker to a calm peaceful companion who I can take to the office, introduce to other dogs, and take running and walking regularly with no distress. I have no doubt that he is far happier now than he was before, and it only took a few days to get here. When I decided to make a donation to cpt12 inspired by this show, I was appalled by the horribly negative comments. The positive change that this show made for me and my dog was tremendous. I wish people would be more open minded and less judgmental. These techniques may not be appropriate for every dog or every situation, but they definitely work wonders in some cases.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email, financial support and feedback on this dog training technique.
I am glad you found the program useful and that you were able to give your dog the forever home he needed.
All the Best,
Joan
CPT12 Staff
dog trainer
Posted: February 16, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I cannot believe,that once again,you are airing this program. Don Sullivan uses archaic abusive pinch collars. There are so many positive trainers now-why are you not airing their methods?
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email and feedback.
I have forwarded your comments to the department head responsible for airing this program.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff
train your dog like a pro
Posted: February 1, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I must be old and barbaric, but I find nothing wrong with the methods used in this program. I watched the end of it, so perhaps one should watch the entire program before passing judgement and damaging a trainer's reputation. I also learned a great deal from the dog whisperer about training my rescue dog and turning her into a lovely, lovable dog. Hmmm . . . a bit of a dog worshipper are you????
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email and thank you for giving a rescue dog a forever home.
I have found that consistency is the key to training a dog, no matter what method you use.
All the Best,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
This is horrible!
Posted: December 11, 2013 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I cannot believe that you can air and promote such an uneducated and abusive excuse of a dog trainer! Methods like what Don Sullivan is teaching here are exactly the type of thing that lead to scared dogs lashing out and biting people. He is only teaching them that humans are scary! Not only is airing something like this completely uncalled for, it is very dangerous. I have worked in dog rescue by entire adult life, and in my experience shows like this and "The Dog Whisperer" cause so many more problems than they could ever hope to solve. I am severely disappointed in the lack of research that this station conducted before deciding to air such garbage.
Sadly disappointed
Posted: December 11, 2013 by Dog Trainer
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Given the reputation of CPT 12, I was really excited to see what dog trainer you had secured for this show. Sadly, I was disappointed and unable to watch beyond a couple minutes of the show. The techniques used by Sullivan have been proven to be unnecessary and outdated, and I was hoping that a station such as yours would be promoting the science/research-based training that so many trainers in Colorado are currently using to help owners and dogs live together harmoniously.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.
I have forwarded your comments to the department  responsible for airing this program.
Our understanding of what motivates dogs has come a long way in the past 30 years. I remember some of Mr. Sullivan’s techniques being taught at the Denver Dumb Friend’sObedience Class in the 80’s. Five years ago,  when I returned for classes with my uber stubborn Bull Dog Buddy, it was all  about clickers, treats,  praise and socializing.
Both methods required time, patience and consistency by the trainer. I personally prefer the gentler touch.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
Very Disappointing!
Posted: December 11, 2013 by Tracy Burlingame
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I am extremely disappointed in your choice to air this show. I am a dog-enthusiast who trains and competes in sporting events with my dogs and have been exposed to many different methods of training over the years. So when I saw this program in my TV listings last night - of course, I was excited to watch. Unfortunately, I changed the channel about 20 minutes in to the program as I was horrified by what I saw - terrifed dogs! Don Sullivan's techniques are not only outdated but unnecessarily cruel - while promoting the use of pain-inflicting tools. The previous comments posted here summed it up pretty good about why Don's methods are harmful and no longer acceptable in the dog community. Please do not promote him or his methods. Shame on you CPT and PBS.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.
I have forwarded your comments to the department  responsible for airing this program.
Our understanding of what motivates dogs has come a long way in the past 30 years. I remember some of Mr. Sullivan’s techniques being taught at the Denver Dumb Friend’s Obedience Class in the 80’s. Five years ago,  when I returned for classes with my uber stubborn Bull Dog Buddy, it was all  about clickers, treats,  praise and socializing.
Both methods required time, patience and consistency by the trainer. I personally prefer the gentler touch.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
Dog training
Posted: December 11, 2013 by Robert Severs
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I have 2 dogs that I have trained using Sullivan's drop leash program over the past 5 years and it has been very effective in training the owner and teach the owner how to be the leader and trainer by his involvement and not to some "trainer" who will do it for you. I walk my dogs daily for over 40 minutes and meet others on the path that constantly compliment me on my dogs behavior and control. This being the case most of these owners are too lazy to engage the procedure themselves as they don't want to take the time even for basic obedience training. Most of these nay-sayers on Sullivan are probably "professional trainers" that want to knock the self-training program. Sullivan is very knowledgeable in dealing with dogs and their mentality and as such is very effective with his program. This also provides a bonding between the owner and dog to establish the leader of the relationship rather than a stranger doing it.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email and take on dog training. We appreciate your feedback.
All the Best,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
Like a pro? No.
Posted: December 11, 2013 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Hello, I appreciate having a forum to provide feedback on your show. I am a local trainer who provides positive reinforcement based training serviced to owners and dogs in Colorado. This means that we reward dog for making appropriate choices, which increases the liklihood a desirable behavior will be repeated. Because dogs learn through the consequences of their behavior, if a behavior is reinforced, it will be repeated again. If a behavior is not reinforced, the dog will not continue to expend their energy repeating it because it doesn't "work" for them. This does not mean that we need to add pain or fear during training in order to get desirable behavior. We have amazing human brains capable of putting a man on the moon, how is it that we can't train a dog without force?! It would be laughable if we weren't fighting such an uphill battle to stop the general public from thinking this is acceptable. It's a problem perpetuated by television shows like this and others, but you guys hold the power to change things for dogs and owners for the better! How refreshing and wonderful it would be to see a trainer who actually studies the science behind training, not just some dude with a camera perpetuating abuse of man's best friend! A professional has formal schooling and maintains their knowledge by attending various seminars by the industry leaders annually, and spend lots of time studying modern training protocols to provide for the community. That said, this guy is using methods outdated by over 20 years, and is applying them to a living, feeling, sentient being! That's crazy! Anyone worth their weight would not ever consider using some of the techniques employed in this show. They are dangerous for the dog and for the handler. Please, use the weight you carry in the community to help others understand what real dog training looks like. Please don't replay this show. It is doing damage every time it is seen.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.  I have forwarded your comments to the department  responsible for airing this program.
Your feedback and knowledge of this subject  will help us improve our programming choices in the future.
You are right. Our understanding of what motivates dogs has come a long way in the past 30 years. I remember some of Mr. Sullivan’s techniques being taught at the Denver Dumb Friend’s Obedience Class in the 80’s when I attended with my sweet Marilyn. Five years ago,  when I returned for classes with my uber stubborn Bull Dog Buddy Bowser, it was all  about clickers, treats and praise. What a difference.
CPT12 really is a pet friendly organization. We hope to better to reflect that fact in future programming choices.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
Horrible Program that was very disappointing
Posted: December 10, 2013 by Name Withheld
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
Dear CPT, I am the President of a dog rescue in Boulder. I am always interested in training and a lifelong supporter of PBS. I was excited to watch your show Train your Dog like a Pro the other night, and recorded the entire program on my DVR. I expected it to be an educational show based on science and the best techniques in dog training. Sadly you are promoting a total hack with zero understanding of canine behavior, who subscribes to the old school training method of dominance training. The theory behind dominance training is the same theory of an abusive husband - you use force, and your victim obeys. That is all Don Sullivan's training technique is - abusive force used to get dogs to obey. There is no actual training, no understanding of the underlying issues that the dog feels so that you can decondition them to stimuli. No understanding of brain science and the fact that dogs who are learning under stress are actually not learning, just obeying. Don Sullivan can get a dog to obey because they are stressed and scared - he however cannot teach a dog anything, other than that humans are unfair and scary. Very disappointing and I urge you to pull his program from PBS. I see he is still being advertised on your website. Does anyone at PBS understand animal behavior? Please someone ask Don Sullivan how he learned his techniques. I watched his youtube video and he basically just started training dogs through dominance - he didn't go to school or train under any of the top trainers and behaviorists in the country who base their training on cutting edge science (Patricia McConnel, Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller are examples of the best dog trainers - they all have PhDs). Don Sullivan calls other training techniques Poop. Are you kidding me? Really PBS, I am appalled. If you need someone with an understanding of dog training to come in and explain how awful Don Sullivan's scam of a program is, I'd be more than happy tome in to your office and invite some actual behaviorists and professional trainers. I expect more from PBS. Don Sullivan's dominance and abuse is not training and it is not educational.
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.  I have forwarded your comments to the department head responsible for airing this program.
Your feedback and expertise in the subject  will help us improve our programming choices in the future.
Our understanding of what motivates dogs has come a long way in the past 30 years. I remember some of Mr. Sullivan’s techniques being taught at the Denver Dumb Friend’s Obedience Class in the 80’s when I attended with my beautiful blonde shepherd, Marilyn. Five years ago,  when I returned for classes with my Bull Dog Buddy Bowser, it was all clickers, treats and praise. What a difference.
Thank you for all your work with the dog  rescue. CPT12 really is a pet friendly organization and we will need to scrutinize more closely the animal training programming we offer in the future.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
dog trainer
Posted: December 8, 2013 by Wanda Guitar
Program: Train Your Dog Like a Pro (11 comments)
I am horrified that a public TV station that has such fabulous programming,would have such a dreadful "dog trainer" as Don Sullivan on. He uses "pinch collars" and promotes "fear based training". The dog training world have worked so hard to support positive trainers such as Victoria Stillwell. It is a terrible setback to expose us to people like Don Sullivan and Cesar Milan. Shame on you! I turned the program off in disgust!
CPT12 Response:
Thank you for your email.  I have forwarded your comments to the department head responsible for airing this program.
Your feedback will help us improve our programming choices.
Our understanding of what motivates dogs has come a long way in the past 30 years. I remember some of Mr. Sullivan’s techniques being taught at a Denver Dumb Friend’s Obedience Class in the 80’s. Five years ago when I returned for classes for my Bull Dog Buddy, it was all clickers, treats and praise.
Sincerely,
Joan
CPT12 Staff 
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