December 13, 2017

Dog Training Video

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Susan asks…

I’m Looking for anyone with a great dog training video for a Labrador Retriever?

I need a video that helps me train my dog really well, i was looking at “The Dogfather’s” “Training the Perfect Dog” that i saw on an infomercial but wanted some other peoples advice before i dive right into buying the videos…… thank you

admin answers:

Mike Lardy has a whole set of retriever training vids

They are heavy duty field trial training tho’.
Jackie Mertens has a great retriever “puppy training” vid

If you are interested in O/B training, or just having a nice dog around the house, get the Connie Cleveland vid (also available from ybsmedia)

The guy with the informershial sure isn’t what I would use.

John asks…

Has anyone use Don Sullivans dog training video?

Just wanted to know if anyone has use his training videos and what kind of results you got from the.

admin answers:

I haven’t used it myself, but several of my friends did…and they’re the reason I didn’t. I’ve seen the videos. They’re not really anything special. He goes through the same tips that everyone else gives–he just has videos, which really don’t do all that much. You’d be paying through the nose for something you can get online for free. My friends all regretted paying for them.

Donna asks…

What is the best dog training video?

admin answers:

Short answer: The best starting out video, in my opinion is Clicker Magic, by Karen Pryor.

It can be found on Karen’s clicker training website:

and at

Long answer: There are two camps in animal training.

First is traditional punishment training; using choke collars, prong collars, electric shock collars, and general aversive methods. The idea is that the animal will learn to avoid the punishment of a leash jerk by complying with the command. Unfortunately, for many breeds, this can actually cause a dog to become aggressive, and may teach any dog to be generally mistrustful of both their owner and people in general. I suggest you be wary of those who tell you to yell at your dog or punish him for misbehavior.

In the other camp is positive reinforcement training; the common tool for this type of training is a clicker, treats, toys and general praise and positive stimuli. The idea is that by rewarding the behavior you want, your animal will be far more likely to offer that behavior again and again.

The founder of this technique, Karen Pryor, describes it best:

“Clicker training” is the popular term for the training or teaching method based on what we know about how living organisms learn.

Research has shown that any creature—whether a dog, cat, dolphin, parrot, fish, horse, llama, or person—is more likely to learn and repeat actions that result in consequences it desires and enjoys. So clicker trainers provide consequences desired by their animal in exchange for actions or behaviors desired by their trainers.

We call these consequences “rewards” and the process is called “reinforcement.” Clicker training, therefore, is a positive-reinforcement-based system of training.

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