Don Sullivan Training the Perfect Dog'
Don Sullivan Training the Perfect Dog
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Don Sullivan Training the Perfect Dog'
Most people simply dont recognize the way dogs establish pack dominance and we try to establish affection before confirming respect. If you have let your dog develop a habit of thinking it is dominant over you, your dog may react aggressively when you attempt to correct it. These methods work rapidly with puppies and even grown dogs. You CAN train an older dog into new behaviours, it may simply take longer and require some special tools. A well trained dog is calm, respectful and happy. A well trained dog earns more freedom for the both of you.
Expect to tell your dog something 10 times before he starts to understand what it is you want. Then repeat your training sequence until the dog can follow the command 3 times without hesitation.
We see many, many different segments filmed with dogs that have had zero training, as well as fully trained dogs. It is impressive to see the untrained dogs, whose typical behaviour youll unhappily recognize, transform within a couple minutes. Seeing these behaviour patterns play out is great instruction. Owners usually give up too soon because we just dont know how to complete the training pattern.
Whereas Cesar Millan, at least on his TV show, tends to primarily stress the alpha leader mentality over any special tools, Don does recommend some specially designed training tools. This can help the average person who may not be able to develop and maintain a consistent pattern of mental dominance as quickly. It may be much easier to be consistent in training with the assistance of tools that make it all easier. These tools can help lift your leadership confidence at the same time you are training your dog. Humbling your dog does not break his spirit. Hell be happier after the attitude adjustment. Instead of spending a lot of energy on psyching yourself up into Master dominance before approaching your dog, youll more easily relax into dog training with the tools and the leadership role will become comfortable when you see your dog responding. There is no shame in using a crutch when it helps you. With Dons method youll only need the tools as crutches for a few days or a few weeks at most.
Don recommends use of a choke collar or a pinch collar/prong collar if your dog is so strong willed that it is necessary. The point Don makes is that your dog does want to cooperate with you and will respond to your authority when you consistently apply the training. He brings up these additional tools as helpers if your dog is especially stubborn or aggressive. You simply need to be more stubborn than the dog and speak to him in his own behavioral language. When it comes to these corrections, dogs are more emotionally resilient than humans. These methods are not mean, though they may be uncomfortable for us at first. If you think such collars or methods are mean or wrong, watching this video will likely convince you to change your mind on a few things. Making the effort and using the tools for crutches as needed, is kinder in the long run for both person and dog.
Retractable leashes are contra indicated because the point is to train your dog to NOT pull on the leash!
He demonstrates how the basic nylon collars and harnesses are only for your dog AFTER he is trained.
Using the training tools he recommends will rapidly condition your dog to follow your commands by speaking to him in the language he understands. A mother dog will correct her puppies with little nips or bites in the strength that is required to get the pups attention. Dons command collar, demonstrated on Disc 1 at 52 min., is something like a modified pinch collar, made of lighter weight plastic, adjustable length with snap together links.
Dons other training tools for off leash work are lengths of 1/4 polypropylene hollow line. He suggests lengths of 12 ft, 3 ft. and 6 inches. This cording is in lengths that you can grab onto if the dog misbehaves and are light enough that the dog wont notice the weight as it drags along. If the dog feels like it is pulling a rope, it will reinforce that its ok to pull on the leash, so the rope has to be lightweight even at a 12 ft. length.
Your dg will transform from a crazy, self focused, on leash whirlwind into a calm, focused, off leash trustworthy companion.
A common error is to repeat a command after the dog has not responded. We repeat the command, possibly shouting it, as if the dog will respond to the volume or repetition. Don shows to speak a command once, give them 2 seconds to do the action. If they do not perform within the two seconds, physically correct them without speaking. They must learn to follow the first time you speak. Also use hand commands which will help in many situations, including when they grow older and lose hearing.
Don speaks with the authority of experience and you will surely gain useful insights. Dons methods rapidly result in a dog that is trained so well, it can be safely off leash under distraction. It starts with a training period with zero tolerance for overstepping the boundaries you require. How long it takes will depend on the personality of your dog. Even tiny dogs can have an iron will and overpower a human. Disobedience is not cute and will become unacceptably destructive to all parties as the dog ages. Dons approach may seem to be harsh authoritarianism at first but it quickly results in a respectful, mature and happy dog in proper relationship with you.
Training Philosophy: In depth theory behind Don Sullivans training method.
Golden Rules: The critical points to remember when training your dog.
Training & Treats (the detrimental effects): Why Don Sullivan discourages the use of food bribery as a method of training/motivation; how treat training achieves limited and often superficial results compared to Don Sullivans techniques.
Children & Training: How to successfully incorporate your children into the training process and the key issues to remember when doing this.
Verbal Baiting: How to avoid common enticements that will undermine your training success.
Incorporating Training into Daily Routine: How to save time by training your dog in everyday real life situations, as you interact with him as part of your daily relationship together.
Trust Zone: A vision and demonstration of the ultimate goal every dog owner should have for his dog: Freedom.
Housebreaking: A step by step process to teaching your dog (whether a brand new puppy or an older dog with bad habits) to relieve himself where YOU would like him to. How to achieve success no matter what you have experienced with your dog so far, including learning to be in tune with your dogs signals for needing to go potty outside. Note: The techniques taught in this segment, in combination with those in other segments, will help to correct the issue of excited peeing.
Essential Equipment: An explanation of the essential training tools to use for each dog (Dons Command Collar, 3 Freedom Training Lines, etc.); how they operate, in what situations to use them and the key things to remember. Dons updated collar design may be superior but you can also use the traditional models which inspired his improvements. The line is also something you could just buy at a hardware store.
Specialized Equipment: Other useful training tools to consider for specific situations; how they operate, in what scenarios to use them, and the key things to remember.
Command Collar: A detailed demonstration of the Command Collar; how to adjust the collar to suit your dogs neck size; how to attach and remove the collar once sized; key things to remember.
Useless Equipment to Avoid: A discussion of other collars and dog training devices on the market; their limitations and how they can actually be detrimental to achieving successful results.
(Correcting) Pulling on the Leash: How to get your dog to stop pulling on the leash, and walk calmly with you (but not necessarily at a strict heel position) within minutes, no matter the struggles you have endured so far.
Sit Command: How to teach you dog to sit on command. Also putting the Sit command into perspective, compared to more useful commands.
Down Command: How to teach your dog to lie down on command. Why this is one of the most useful commands and how it is critical to training success.
Stay Command: How to teach your dog to stay in any position, even on his bed in the house, for any length of time until released.
Down from a Distance: How to teach your dog to lie down when he is at a distance from you, even if he is in the middle of running, such as retrieving a toy.
Hidden Stay Command: How to teach your dog to remain in a Down position for any length of time, while you are hidden from his sight, until released. How this command can be useful. Cautions and safety measures.
Come Command: How to teach your dog to come to your side whenever you call him, no matter what he may be distracted or tempted by.
Heel Command: How to teach your dog to walk precisely by your side without being restricted by a tight leash. How this command can be useful in certain situations but not to be used on a regular basis.
Moving Off Leash: How to progress from the above commands, using the Command Collar and all 3 Freedom Training Lines, to needing no training equipment at all. How to reach the point of being in tune with your dog so that he not only understands and obeys the new rules and boundaries, but he actually anticipates situations and controls himself of his own accord before you even have to say anything.
Retrieving: How to teach your dog to chase after the ball/toy, bring it back, and willingly place it in your hand without a game of tug of war! How to get your dog to drop the ball/toy on command; this technique can be transferred to any other objects that you wish your dog to release from his mouth, e.g. if your dog likes to chew on the leash.
Playing: The importance of incorporating play time into the training process; how this works to be a key reward and motivation for obedience and good behavior.
Off Leash Control: Why reaching the goal of having control over your dogs actions and, in fact, teaching your dog to curb his own temptations to disobey or misbehave, is critical to a safe, harmonious, and fulfilling dog/owner relationship.
Dog Parks: Don Sullivan discusses how the influence of the misbehavior that goes on in these environments can undermine your training efforts. Don offers exciting alternatives to allowing your dog to exercise and socialize in fun environments.
Swimming: Step by step instruction to teach your dog to be unafraid of the water, to swim confidently and even retrieve water toys.
Fun Fetch Ball: How to use the Fun Fetch Ball to teach your dog to retrieve; how this tool can help save your arms/shoulders from the strain of continually throwing the ball/toy; how to progress to using a racket and ball to give your dog the intense cardiovascular exercise that he needs in order to burn off his excess energy and thereby avoid annoying and destructive behavior.
Socializing: The importance of teaching your dog how to harmoniously intermix with other dogs and with other people. When to begin socializing a puppy. Key points to be aware of.
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