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Solving My Puppy’s Puddle Problem
Hands up, I absolutely love dogs, but I am bloody useless at training them.
Housetraining has always been an issue for me. A wet, soggy, and, frankly, smelly issue.
By some strange law of nature, I can virtually guarantee that I will put my foot slam in the middle of a puddle of “accident” every morning, or worse still, my wife will.
When I tell you that I am the dog lover, and she tolerates him, this causes, even more, problems, and Fido isn’t exactly doing himself or me for that matter any favors.
In times of desperation, we modern men turn to the source of all knowledge – the Internet.
I found an overwhelming amount of dog training programs out there like Dove Cresswell’s or Daniel Stevens’ Secrets to Dog Training but the one that caught my eye was the Doggy Dan program of online dog training.
I’ll admit, I was highly skeptical. I mean dog training is a practical exercise, not something that a few videos can fix. And most of these online programs are scams, right?
But there seemed to be a lot of positive feedback online, and if I tried it, at least I could demonstrate to the wife that I was positively trying something. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Who Is This Course For?
I may draw a little criticism for this, but dog training can be a long drawn out process.
Don’t get me wrong, training a dog is essential. But my life never works like that.
There is always some emergency or disaster happening, so to get a fifteen-week uninterrupted run simply wouldn’t ever happen.
I commute for over an hour a day each way, so I have a lot of wasted time on the train.
That’s where the Doggy Dan course appealed and excelled for me because it comes as an e-book, an audiobook, and I was even able to watch the videos on my cell phone. (Here are some free videos from Doggy Dan to give you a feel for the program)
Maybe I am weird, but I found being away from the dog, helped me learn and understand more. I had the time to read, listen and understand the process before putting it into practice in the evening.
In my humble opinion, if you are a gadget addict, who wants to learn how to train your dog properly, but you are time short, then this course is brilliant.
But controversially, I am going to say that I don’t believe there is one course that will work for everyone.
You need to find the training program that works for you and your dog.
But Doggy Dan and his training program were my saviors. And in many ways, that is all I can judge it on.
Features and Benefits
There are many benefits of using this training system and course, more in fact than I ever really anticipated.
As I mentioned above, the first huge benefit is the numerous ways of accessing the course.
You can use any and every spare minute to improve your knowledge. Even standing in the line at the supermarket, for instance, you can whip out your cellphone and watch the next section.
Depending on your learning style, this certainly gives you a lot more flexibility than attending a course in person.
I also felt that the course explains the theory of the training properly, which can be a huge benefit to implementing it.
After all, once you understand why you are doing something in a certain way, it tends to make more sense.
The only challenge remaining then, of course, is to get your furry friend to understand and follow through.
Because the course is a monthly subscription, you can move along at your own pace.
Compared to a traditional dog class, this means if your dog is a little slow on the uptake, you can take your time and perfect the process before moving forward.
You don’t need to feel embarrassed in front of all the other dog gurus within the class who seem to be finding everything so damn easy.
There is also a forum to get any questions you may have along the way answered or to just show off how cute your pooch is. And with a 60 day money back guarantee, you really have nothing to lose!
About the Course
The Online Dog Trainer from Doggy Dan course covers everything from how to stop your dog from pulling on a leash to stopping them from barking at the door to handling your pup’s fear of loud noises like fireworks.
Here is a more comprehensive list, with more sections being added regularly:
1. Pulling on The Leash
2. Jumping On You or Other People
3. Not Coming When Called (Recall)
4. Toilet Training Issues
5. Mouthing and Biting Issues
6. Crying When Left All Alone
7. Not Responding To Your Commands
8. Digging Issues
9. Chewing Issues
10. Problems With Stealing
11. Separation Anxiety Issues
12. Aggression Towards Other Dogs
13. Agression Towards Your Other Dogs
14. Aggression Towards Strangers
15. Aggression Towards You
16. Aggression Towards Other Objects
17. Aggression Towards Other Animals
18. Barking At The Front Door
19. Barking While You’re On Walks
20. Barking While In Your Car
21. Barking Around Your Property
22. Barking When Home Alone
23. Issues With Hyperactivity
24. Excessive Licking or Chewing
25. Attention Seeking and Following
26. Issues With Tail Chasing
27. Jumping Up On Your Furniture
28. A Fear of Objects
29. A Fear of Other People or Dogs
30. Issues With Running Away
31. Fear of Loud Sounds (Fireworks etc.)
32. Issues With Submissive Urination
33. Unique and Unexplained Obsessions
34. Eating Poop (Coprophagia)
Dan doesn’t use shock collars or “clickers” in his training, just verbal commands.
By teaching me how to “think like a dog”, I was able to get my mutt to obey much easier and faster than my normal yelling and punishing ever did.
What I Liked
I loved the quality and quantity of the videos in the course. There are over 200 bloody videos (with more being added constantly) so this is certainly not some quick fix training guide.
Once you buy into the system, you are making a time commitment, which is no bad thing, as long term both you and your dog will benefit.
I like the fact that you get a three day trial for only a dollar so that you can try the system, pretty much risk-free – unless your dog is a genius and can learn everything within those three days.
The course is endorsed both locally and nationally (even by the SPCA!), which gave me confidence in the methods involved, something that you wouldn’t necessarily get with your local dog trainer in a school on a Tuesday night.
What I Didn’t Like
Truth be told, I am a tight wad, I don’t like spending money and so I don’t like the subscription model.
I would have preferred an option to pay once and have permanent access to all of the information, rather than have to add yet another subscription to my movies and sports bundles.
In some ways, I also miss the personal interaction, and the opportunity to ask a quick question and have it answered instantly, a clear benefit that attending training in person provides (plus you can’t pop down the pub with everyone after training for a beer.)
What Others Say About Doggy Dan’s Program
All I can really do is give you an honest answer as to how the system worked for me.
The priority was to train my dog to stop cocking his leg and leaving us puddles all around the home, and the great news is that we have been dry for over a month.
In that regard, it has been a huge success.
If you are into technology and are motivated and determined to train your dog properly, then I would have no hesitation in recommending this product.
If, on the other hand, you are prone to taking the easy option and know that you won’t follow through then don’t waste your money.
When all is said and done, it worked for me. Which is all that matters in my opinion.
In my experience you have two real choices: take an online course or enroll in a local, in-person class.
Both have their advantages but doing it online is much cheaper and you can learn at your own pace without having to make a time commitment for 3-4 months.
And if you do choose to go the online route, I can say from experience that the Doggy Dan dog training program does work.
Just remember you and your dog have to put in the effort, you can’t sit the dog in front of the tv and hope they learn.