Review: Dog Training Online

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(DTO) is an online resource for obedience training your dog. The video series is hosted by professional dog trainer Dove Creeswell, an animal behaviorist with an impressive resume that includes working as a veterinary assistant and moving on to training canines on Hollywood productions such as 2008 hit ‘Marley and Me’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’.

The resource offers over fifty useful training videos designed to improve your dog’s behavior and obedience level.

No Risk

While many information websites, DVD sets and starter kits have a ‘no-return’ policy, Dog Training online offers a sixty day money back guarantee after buying the product. This means that you could theoretically purchase the program, watch all fifty some-odd videos and still get a full refund.

Practicality

For only $49 USD, you can enjoy full access to the entire video library. In my opinion, this is an absolute steal, especially if you take into account the amount you will pay for a new rug destroyed by your dog’s urine, a new couch chewed into bite-size pieces, or your garden who suffered a bored dog’s wrath.

Wide Range of Topics

Dove covers a wide range of potential puppy problems from food aggression to crate training. However, in the puppy section, many videos are in a lecture format. I would have preferred to see the trainer demonstrate her advice with a real life dog/puppy as she did in other videos.The videos end with text summary to help place the instructional video you just saw into perspective.

It should be noted that some videos are certainly better than others. One video I particularly liked was the ‘sneak away game’ which is a clever game that teaches your dog to heal (as a professional dog trainer for fifteen years, this was the first time I’ve seen this exercise and am excited to try it out.) Another good video is the stand command which dove does a great job simplifying what is an otherwise complex command.

On the other hand, in a video teaching your dog not to jump, despite the fact that the solution was communicated clearly, I would have liked to have seen an example of the dog jumping. Instead, a dog without any prior obedience training kept all four paws on the ground the entire time so we couldn’t see the techniques in action.

Creeswell is very eloquent, charismatic and has great camera presence. Her message and obedience exercises are presented both impressively and clearly without any ambiguity. The videos are well suited for new dog trainers as the media resource center acts as a centralized hub for information and useful solutions for major canine behavior issues dog owners experience.

The five categories in the media library are as follows.

  • Obedience Essentials, which includes one to two minute videos on subjects such as teaching your dog to ‘go to bed’, sit, stay, heel, and the recall (come command)
  • Just Puppies consists of 1-2 minute lectures on subjects on common puppy issues such as food aggression, crate training (for house-breaking), dog toys and socialization.
  • Problem Behaviors, a section consisting of 1-2 minute videos covering common behavior problems such as aggression issues, biting, jumping and separation anxiety
  • Advanced lessons and Tricks. This section is really cool as Creeswell explains how to execute fan favorites such as rolling over, waving, and my personal favorite…bowing.
  • Bonus Training and Audio. This bonus section offers two categories of both multi-media and audio files as a bonus. Subject matter includes puppy house-breaking, special dog tricks and dog sports like agility and flyball.
  • Meet Dove Creeswell. As you’ve probably guessed, this is a section that allows the reader to learn about dove’s background and qualifications.

In that section, you can read about her impressive resume and all of the Hollywood productions she has been a part of. And it shows. Her camera presence is probably better than any pro dog trainer out there.

Conclusion

If you are a new dog owner and want an easy guide to teaching your dog or puppy the important commands, I highly recommend the Dog-Training Online video library. Also, if you want to teach your dog all sorts of cool tricks that most canine behaviorists aren’t qualified to teach, DTO is a great choice.

If however, your dog suffers from aggression, DTO may not be the best choice as aggression is a very complex, sensitive matter that requires extensive training and a one minute monologue won’t give you a whole lotta insight.

All in all, for only fifty bucks, and a sixty day money back guarantee, the program is more than worth it.

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PROS:
  • Good value for your money
  • Well presented and clear
  • Covers wide range of dog behavior solutions
  • Short and to the point
  • Practical solutions
  • Learn really cool tricks

CONS:
  • Shallow coverage of important behavior problems
  • Some videos are monologues, not live demos


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9 Total Score
Solid

Ideal for new dog and puppy owners

Easy to Understand
10
Value for Money
10
Solution Practicality
7
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David Sidman is a certified professional K-9 trainer with a specialization in training military and Police working dogs. Sidman qualified as an I.D.F explosive detection dog handler and was certified in Police K-9 Training by the Eastern States Working dog Association (ESWDA)

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