It's estimated that there are over 60 million dog owners in the U.S. Most of them have come to realize that dogs don't come already programmed, without the need for dog training. Just like children, pets need to be taught right from wrong, and how to behave in certain situations.
This can be especially challenging since animals don't speak the same language as humans. There are dozens of dog training resource materials available to you for purchase over the internet. Some are built on a history of success, while others offer a single person's viewpoint. All have one thing in common - they try to give you an effective way to communicate with your dog.
When looking at all the different dog training programs available today, there are certain factors you need to consider. Some of these include:
Effectiveness. Does the dog training program carry through on its claims? Is there a history of success in using the training?
Methods. Are you comfortable with the dog training methods used? Does it cover the specific dog training needs you require?
Cost. Is the cost of the dog training reasonable for the value it provides? Is there a refund available if you're not satisfied?
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This training program covers everything that a responsible dog owner needs to know. It is well organized and easy to follow along so anyone can use it without difficulty. The website is full of testimonials showing how the training program has worked for people from all around the world, and for all kinds of dog breeds.
Daniel Stevens, the author of Secrets to Dog Training, focuses on the importance of being the "alpha dog" and the idea of "dog whispering." The e-book is broken down into straightforward chapters as follows:
DOG 101: It's A Dogs Life
DOG 102: Caring for Your Dog
DOG 103: Training Methods Revealed
DOG 201: Secrets to Understanding Your Dog
DOG 202: Dog Problems Solved
DOG 203: Commands to Start
DOG 301: Dog Whispering Uncovered
DOG 302: More Dog Problems Solved
DOG 303: Advanced Commands and Tricks
Some of the training commands specifically addressed in Secrets to Dog Training are Sit, Come, Okay, No, Roll over, Seek (find), Hold and leave, Sit and Stay (advanced), Beg, Down, Fetch, Heel (stages 1 to 3), Shake, Crawl, Wait, Jump, Catch, Climb, and Stand.
Daniel Stevens does not just regurgitate what others are saying, but has developed his own dog training system through years in the industry, and has many case studies to back it up. Some of the dog behavioral problems he specifically covers are Aggression, Thieving, Biting and nipping, Travel problems, Coprophagia (poop eating), 2 dogs in the house, Destructive behavior, Death in the family, Digging holes,
Bad breath, Disobedience, Cat chaser, Dominance aggression, Flatulence, Fear of the leash, Fleas, Fights between dogs, Jot weather and heatstroke, Nuisance barking, Jealousy, Off-leash problems, Jumping on furniture, Jumping on people, and Worms.
The manual is comprehensive for obedience training and worth the money by itself. However, there are four bonus books that really round out an entire dog training approach from potty training to security instruction. The six bonus books are:
Dog Grooming (14 page book with 11 tips)
Security Train Your Dog (11 page book with 6 tips)
House Training Methods (10 page book with 12 tips)
Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog (10 page book with 14 tips)
Secrets to Dog Training On the Go (mp3 format)
A Quick Guide to Dog Aggression
Additionally, you can email Daniel and his team at Secrets to Dog Training with any specific dog training problem you might have. They will follow up and send you personalized advice on how correct the problem.
This dog training program is great for a loving dog owner who believes that dogs are naturally pack animals and need to have that role of leadership filled within their lives. An excellent training program filled with helpful, useful information, Secrets to Dog Training receives our top rating.
Dove Cresswell has produced a top quality program. The only thing keeping this from getting a five star rating is its slightly less comprehensive coverage of total dog training as compared to Sit Stay Fetch. She does cover basic obedience training and the most common problems (pulling on the leash, jumping up on people, peeing in the house, and more).
The program comes in seven downloadable video lessons:
Puppy house training/ potty training
Dog obedience training
Walking politely on a leash: the informal heel
Good puppy and dog manners
Special dog tricks
There are also eight bonuses included:
Bonus 1 - Be In Touch With Dove Directly
Bonus 2 - Teach Your Dog to Fetch
Bonus 3 - Train Your Dog to Play Soccer
Bonus 4 - Teach Your Dog to Play Hide and Seek
Bonus 5 - Information on Dog Sports
Bonus 6 - Choosing the Right Toys For Your Dog
Bonus 7 - Earning Your Dog's Respect
Bonus 8 - Choose the Right Dog Food & Treats
Dove Cresswell has a very positive approach to dog training based mostly on enthusiastic praise and a reliance on treats. This is the system for anyone who is uncomfortable with the idea of needing to be the "Alpha Dog" in their relationship with their dog. This is also a better program for dogs that are not aggressive. This may be the best program for showing you how to teach tricks since Dove's primary experience
is in training animals for TV and film. The website could benefit with an FAQ page.
Overall, this is another excellent dog training program. The videos really help describe the lessons, and the information is presented in an easy, helpful way. Dove Cresswell delivers an excellent dog training program.
The 7-part free email course is a nice benefit of this dog training product. It covers general topics and is great for a curious dog owner.
The dog training topics covered in the email course include:
The 7 stages of puppy development
When should I start training my puppy?
The right leash and collar for my dog
Why your puppy nips - and 5 ways to get him to stop
5 ways your dog senses the world differently from you
5 surefire ways to show your dog you're the boss
5 tips for choosing the right vet for your dog
The program that you purchase is much more extensive even though it does not reach the depth of coverage of our top 2 products. An eye catcher on this program is its promise of results in seven days or less. They also provide the longest refund period (3 months) of any of our dog training products reviewed, called "The Dog Ate It" guarantee.
The program covers basic obedience training and potty training. Author Charlie LaFave has a definite focus on training dogs from the time they are puppies, but also has tips for training older dogs.
The program also comes with five bonuses:
Bonus 1 - What To And What Not To Feed Your Dog!
Bonus 2 - Doggy Mind Teasers
Bonus 3 - Weather Tips for You And Your Dog
Bonus 4 - Electronic Training Solutions
Bonus 5 - Introduction To Clicker Training
This is a decent program designed primarily for puppy training, but with tips for older dogs as well. The bonuses are nice though not terribly necessary. Overall you get more for your money with our top two programs.
Dog Training Mastery is a good program that covers a large number of commands. A long list of attractive bonuses rounds out this offering. With a long list of testimonials from satisfied customers, they must be doing something right.
The dog training program is divided into four sections:
Canine Learning Theory
Obedience Training - Basic and advanced - in which you learn the following commands:
Problem Behavior Solving - in which the following problems are addressed:
Pulling on Leash
Coprophagia (eating poop)
Nine bonuses are also offered with the program. These focus on general dog care and complement the obedience training offered with the program. The bonuses offered are:
Bonus 1 - Good Nutrition For Good Health
Bonus 2 - 101 delicacies For Your Dog
Bonus 3 - How To Choose The Right Vet For Your Dog
Bonus 4 - How To Teach Your Dog 13 Easy Tricks
Bonus 5 - Mastering Dog Grooming (CD Audio)
Bonus 6 - One-on-One Email Consultation for 12-Months
Bonus 7 - Secrets revealed! How To Solve Canine Aggression
Bonus 8 - How To Prevent doggie behavioral problems through Mental Stimulation
Bonus 9 - Dog Insurance Exposed! Is It Really Worth It?
f you can get past the somewhat unprofessional appearance of the website, you'll find Dog Training Mastery provides a very good product that covers a lot of ground.
The website has several glowing testimonials about the products effectiveness, but you have to get past the author's sentimental story at the beginning about his childhood dog and how he trained it. This program comes primarily from what he learned from a Disney animal trainer as a boy.
This program has the advantage of being an audio-visual presentation, but with moving animations rather than pictures. The basic program covers general aspects of obedience training by giving you tips on how to become the "Alpha Dog", ways to correct whining, biting and chewing, and many basic tricks such as sit, stay, come, heel and lay down.
There are also five bonuses that come with the program:
House training made easy
100 Cool tricks you see in the movies
Secrets to a happy and healthy pooch
101 ways to spoil your dog for under $10
180 dog recipes even you can enjoy
Overall this program is on the expensive end and does not cover the amount of material that our top selections do. Though the material is effective it does not seem to come from the extensive personal experience that other programs offer. The web page would benefit from a FAQ page and more extensive testimonials.
DIY Dog Training at Home covers a variety of dog training areas. One of our issues with this program is that the author's background is in producing dog health e-books, not the hands-on training of dogs. As she says on her site, all the information she presents is gathered from books she has read, not from her own personal experience. Her goal in offering this training guide is to answer questions that she was commonly
asked while she wrote her Dog health e books.
Some of the questions she covers are:
How do I best use newspapers to potty train my dog?
My dogs won't stop "humping" what should I do?
How can I safely introduce a new puppy into my family?
How can I teach my dog not to eats his poop?
My dog "pees" at every tree when we are out walking, how can I teach him to stop it?
My dog has started nipping and biting when I groom or touch him, what should I do to make him stop it?
How do I teach my doggy to stop barking quickly and easily?
My dog is over 3 years old, can she be potty trained?
She also sweetens the pot by throwing in seven bonuses
A Goldmine Of Doggie Health Tips. (Audio recording - 1 hour and 7 minutes)
Dog Training Down Under. (Audio recording - 1 hour and 3 minutes)
Introductions to Clicker Training
Secrets to Becoming the "Alpha Dog" & Being Your Doggie's Pack Leader
Full typed transcription of the "Goldmine of Doggie Health Tips" audio
Full typed transcription of the "Dog Training Down Under" audio
Free email consultation
Though the package covers a lot of ground, you need to remember this is not really her area of expertise. You may get more out of the "Goldmine of Doggie Health Tips" than anything else. For dog training needs, we recommend going with someone who has more hands-on experience in the field.
Puppy Training Basics
When it comes to training your puppy, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help guide you through the process. By following a few key points, you can maintain consistent training and avoid letting things get ruff.
If you are using the crate method for housebreaking your puppy, never leave him/her inside of the crate for more than two hours at a time. Puppies cannot control their bathroom habits yet, so make sure to let them out frequently. Your pet will soon grow to understand that he/she should go outside of the home to relieve itself and your housebreaking approach will be a success.
Never use physical punishment as a form of puppy training. This will only result in your pet being afraid or nervous when you are near. Instead, reward good behavior and ignore them if they fail to respond on command. For instance, if you instruct your puppy to "sit", gently push down on his/her backside and repeat the command. When your puppy is seated, reward him/her with a treat and praise. If your pet refuses to sit, walk away and try again in a few minutes. Training takes time and patience, but should never involve your pet being afraid of you.
You can begin training your puppy as early as 8 weeks old. He/she may not respond immediately, but you will be building a foundation for your pet's learning at an early age. Continue working with him/her for short intervals every day and instill positive reinforcement as you train.
Whenever you plan to attempt obedience training with your puppy, make sure that you have his/her favorite treats on hand to serve as a reward. In addition, puppy training should be approached at a time that is calm for both you and your pet. If he/she is anxious about something, it is not likely that the training attempt will be successful. Instead, your puppy should be relaxed and able to focus on the training task at hand.
If you are housebreaking your puppy, be sure to watch him/her closely during the earliest days of training. If you allow your pet to roam freely throughout the house, it is especially important to be mindful of their whereabouts. If your puppy has an "accident" on the carpet, which is possible if he/she is unattended, catching them in the act is the only way to deter future behavior of the same. If you later find the problem spot and you verbally scold your pet, he/she will not understand or associate the "accident" with bad behavior. If you catch them in the act, however, a firm "NO!" will let them know that you are displeased with their actions.
When training your puppy, always be consistent in your commands. For instance, if you are attempting to teach your pet to sit, always use "sit" as your command. Avoid using alternate terms that may confuse your pet and never yell or shout your instructions as this will make your puppy feel as though he/she is being scolded. A normal, instructive tone will be much more effective in your approach to puppy training.
It's important to realize that the amount of obedience training, housebreaking and instruction needed will largely depend on your pet. Some breeds are highly intelligent and may learn quickly according to your puppy training techniques. If your pet does not respond as quickly as you think it should, simply spend additional time working with him/her and you will have a perfectly-trained pup in no time.
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