Comments on Video: Train a Rescued Dog Not to Bolt

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Jo Ann   Lodgepole, NE

10/5/2011 5:33:28 PM

Great video! I will definitely use this with our dogs so they will learn to wait when the kennel is opened.

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Jot   Columbia, SC

10/1/2011 10:08:02 AM

Maybe it was my connection..... but I tried to watch the video and it kept pausing itself and the sound went in and out. Very hard to watch and it was very frustrating.However, the info I did get was good to know.

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Julie   Lakeland, FL

8/29/2011 3:03:46 PM

Your Videos are not in Closed Caption and there is no way I can understand what is being said. I am Deaf. Hopefully there is a way you can have these VIdeos in

Thank You Julie

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Vicki   Pell City, AL

7/3/2011 2:00:50 PM

great ...

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

2/27/2011 5:13:45 AM

great video thanks


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Nansie   Lansing, MI

1/7/2011 9:51:18 AM

Very well done!!

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momo   anaheim, CA

1/2/2011 1:01:25 AM

Good information.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

12/8/2010 4:30:28 AM

good information thanks

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kris   glendale, AZ

11/5/2010 9:37:52 PM

Really nice. Please keep it going.

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Debbie   Trenton, GA

8/22/2010 6:44:10 PM

The startle method of dog training is an adversive, but a mild adversive. It is typically used not to train a behavior but to stop a persistent or dangerous behavior. Melissa is clear on this

The dog in the video does not appear to be a 'soft' dog. On the contrary, she appears to be quite bold. For dogs with this temperment, shaker cans are very effective. But any noise would work. Victoria Stillwell uses her voice to create an aversive sound to stop a dog from biting mail as it comes through the door. See Animal Planet, It's me or the dog, Top 10 strangest cases, number 8 Lily. Again, it is important to note, the adversive is to stop, or prevent the behavior, then the training begins to teach an incompatible behavior in a more positive

I agree the shaker can is a mild adversive that is very effective for stopping dangerous behaviors in some dogs.


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Melissa Heeter   Atlanta, GA

8/12/2010 6:37:24 AM

Thank you concerned pet owners for taking the time to comment and share your own thoughts and experiences. After training dogs and horses for over 30 years the one thing that I found about training animals is that if you ask 10 different trainers how to train a dog to do something or not do something you may get 10 different training methods. This is why pet owners can become so confused on which method to choose when training a dog.

As I mentioned this adversive training method worked for my rescue dog and has worked for several of my client’s dogs, and even cats, and has definitely saved lives. Saving pets lives is my number one priority, so a shaker may briefly startle a dog to get back from a doorway, which heightens their senses and allows them to pay attention, and can definitely save your pets

One of the worst things that can happen to a dog or cat is to have them bolt out the door and get hit by a car, run away, get lost, or get picked up by the animal control and never found by their owner again. Something even worse yet is to see your pet get hit by a car or have your child see them get hit by a car. Many animal control facilities only allow an animal 7-10 days to live and if they are certain breeds automatically get put down. Pet owners who have one dog or cat may have the time to teach their dog to sit stay before walking out the door (this will usually work through time - while you are at the door with your pet), but what if a pet owner has multiple dogs, or if there are children in the house, or the back gate gets left open time is of the essence. If you are not there the command your pet to sit stay, then your dog has not learned anything but sit stay on command and has not learned the doorway is a boundary, which they must be invited through. A shaker can teach boundary training if applied correctly within a very short period of time. Commanding a sit stay is only as reliable as the person who is commanding it.

If you notice the shaker can noise startled Viola, as I mentioned, but look at her ears they are standing up and alert (she is not cowering) and she chose to step back, sit, and wait. Dogs learn faster if they choose to do an action on their own - which Viola chose to sit on her own and pay attention. If they choose a command once they will be more likely to chose that behavior again with or without you. Also, look how happy Viola is when she was invited to walk with me through the doorway.

Here are some natural survival skills a dog learns in the

A wolf cub will only chase a skunk
A wolf cub will only bite a porcupine
A street wise dog learns to stay back from a busy road from beeping car horns and back firing car noises.

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Cynthia   NORWOOD, OH

8/9/2010 7:32:30 AM

This is what training is about. My last rescue dog was hit by a car from darting out the door. This is not cowering, it's being submissive. Training is not about what makes you comfortable, but to train based on your dog's personality. If it saves a dog's life, then learn from these videos and adapt what works for you.

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Michelle   Syracuse, NY

8/9/2010 5:52:37 AM

This is an absolutely horrendous advertisement for the Dog Channel. You should be ashamed of yourself posting such an aversive method as a recommendation for people to use, especially with rescue dogs who often come from less than ideal

To teach your dog not to bolt, the best method to use is a solid sit/stay (or down/stay). Trained using positive rewards-based methods and dogs will sit and stay while the door is opened. My dog will stay 10 feet back from the door in a sit while I open the door to get packages, get the mail, greet someone, etc. She won't move a muscle until I give her the release command. And all this was done using positive training. No penny cans, nothing

This person is a LOUSY trainer and you should not be promoting this lousy video!

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Donna   Hancock`, NY

8/8/2010 1:00:35 PM

I am sorry to be so blunt but this was not a good advertisement for Dog Channnel. I am hoping that you are in agreement of this trainers practice of training. I never, ever want my dog to cower when I give a command and I see no need in using this way of training. Time and consistency and humane training is the best, Victoria Stilwell would be appalled. Positive training is always much more suitable than negative training. Shame on the trainer (and I use the term loosely) and bigger shame on you for showing it.

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Linda   Uhrichsville, OH

8/7/2010 1:03:04 PM

I agree an adversive is justified in a life-threatening situation. BUT only after all else fails, and the trainer didn't show any of the less traumatic options that work great. I have worked with timid rescues who would have been more likely to bolt out a gait if I had used a shaker
I am most appalled that the trainer thinks that "bolting through doors is the main reason dogs and cats are homeless". The comment attempts to blame pets for their own homelessness and shows and an incredible ignorance about the real reason animals are homeless in America--humans who throw them away like trash. The trainer lost all credibility with that thoughtless statement.

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8/6/2010 10:17:41 AM

I am horrified to think anyone would use a fear tacit on training a rescue dog. I`ve trained/showed dogs for yrs. and have yet found a dog that didn`t respond to patience and kindness. They need to be allowed to get use to new home and feel secure before training and KIND/firm corrections being made.

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Rebekah   Colorado Springs, CO

8/6/2010 9:09:37 AM

That was terrible. As a dog trainer myself I don't see how anyone can think that was right to do. Didn't you see the reaction of that rescued dog? She was terrified. Rescued dogs especially need to know they can trust someone at all times no matter what. Since so many rescues have been through abusive situations, aversive training methods only take them back to that memory. Purina needs to hire a real dog trainer who won't psychologically damage a dog. There are other ways to teach a dog not to bolt that are humane and strengthen the bond between man and dog and not damage it. Terrible!

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Virginia Harvell   Pioneerq, TN

8/5/2010 5:58:24 PM

Will try on my sneaky gate buster

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James   Porter, TX

8/5/2010 4:09:34 PM

First of all I am supprised a dog food compant hired a dog trainer after the Woodhouse
Second you have not learned anything about positive reinforcement. The trainer is using fear to train a dog and using fear in training is

Tou missed the boat when it comes to dog training when you didn't join up with C.W. Meisterfeld. You could have prevented the suffering that thid dog in the video had to go through in training

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patti   newark, OH

7/27/2010 10:43:24 AM

I agree with Abby. Although this relatively mild aversive method may be effective in accomplishing this singular goal there may be - and more often than not are - unintended consequences. Even confident dogs who are trained through even relatively mild forms of fear and intimidation - especially even before they've been taught the command through positive reinforcement of relatively easy distractions gradually increasing difficulty BEFORE an aversive method is applied - may and usually do loose a certain measure of confident relaxed enthusiasm for cooperating with their handler in strange circumstances. As a Delta Society Pet Partners evaluator I can't tell you how many seemingly confident, relaxed and well trained dogs freeze up and shut down - much to their owners surprise - in strange circumstances because they were trained with aversive methods. If aversive methods are ever to be used the command should be taught FIRST through positive reinforcement in EASY situations with degree of difficulty gradually increased BEFORE using aversive methods in a highly charged situation like an open gate. Particularly with rescue dogs it's important to build a trusting relationship by first setting the dog up for success to instill in them that learning can be a fun experience they enjoy.

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