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Don Sullivan Review - What's Good and What's Bad

Canadian Don Sullivan has used US TV commercials to take the dog world by storm with his Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog system.

A professional dog trainer since 1986, he had a very popular dog training show in Canada and his success parallels that of Cesar Millan in the USA and Victoria Stilwell in England. Mr. Sullivan's techniques, however, are closer to Cesar Millan's.

What's Good

  • The DVDs are worth watching even if you decide you don't want to use
    his system. If you do use his system, you can phase and rewatch the DVDs to suit your dog's and your needs.
  • Avoids using treats as a training aid. That's a good thing for Toy and other small breeds as our dogs tend to be overweight anyway.
  • Based on traditional practices that have stood the test of time
  • Requires commitment from the dog owner/trainer. You must praise and correct your dog. You must repeat the training exercises. I consider this a plus because he doesn't try to claim that with just two-minutes of training once a lifetime, your dog will be Lassie. It takes work to train a dog, and he's honest about that
  • Once you've watched the DVDs and understand the system, you should see improvements in your dog after the first session.

What's Bad

  • You must be able to follow directions. Watch the DVDs, read the guide and use his techniques as he directs. As does Cesar Millan, Mr. Sullivan requires the dog owner to first train himself before he starts on his dog.
  • He's not politically correct so you will hear from all the animal rights activists that you are hurting your dog and using outdated methods because we all so much more now. (And yet, people keep turning to Cesar Millan when the all-positive methods don't work. There's a reason dog training is such a popular topic for books, DVDs, etc. on Amazon.com.)
  • The lines/leash can harm your hand so might want to wear gloves. It is
    possible for the collar to break, and the company that sells this product has had complaints about slow customer service.
  • Some of Mr. Sullivan's beliefs defy common sense. For instance, he tells people that a dog can be trained to be reliable walking off leash. That will be true x% of the time. Even the best behaved, well trained dog could take off if a small rodent ran past it. (Not to mention that in many communities, it's illegal to walk a dog off your property without a leash.) At the end of the day, a dog is a dog, not a human and not a robot. NEVER FORGET THAT.

If you order the TV product, you get two DVDs with 5 hours of instruction (over 70 topics), a resizeable plastic training collar based on the traditional prong collar, a set of training lines/leashes, and the Quick Start Guide for approximately $50.

Since his system is based on using the special collar, try the collar on yourself before you put it on your dog. If you're afraid it's a torture device, your dog will pick up your fear and react badly as you try to put it on. Only use the collar on your dog if and when you're convinced you won't be hurting him.

Bottom line: four paws. This system will work for most owners and their dogs. People who do not want to use any products (special collars) will not like it, and people who reject the idea of corrections will not like it. The collar may not be appropriate for very small dogs.

Order the system at Don Sullivan's The Perfect Dog System, Small 1 ea

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At least 70% off dog supplies

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