Overview: What is the online dog trainer and who is Doggy Dan?
Doggy Dan is a dog trainer living in New Zeeland. His real name is Dan Abdelnoor. He has been working with dogs for many years and since 2011 he is also running the dog training website; theonlinedogtrainer.com. The idea with this site is that you should be able to train your dog yourself at home with the help of a number of videos showing you how to do it. Then if you have questions or problems you can get personal help via the forum included in the website.
Below you will find a video tour of the Online Dogtrainer website. This will give you an idea what the site is all about.
Having a good dog trainer (like Cesar Milan or Doggy Dan for example) coming to your house is great of course but not accessible for all people. The cost of a personal dog trainer is high and depending on how many lessons are needed the bill can end up to thousands of dollars.
Another problem is that you might live far from a dogtrainer and you also have to adapt your own schedule (with work, kids etc) to suit the dogtrainer. So being able to train your dog yourself at home using instructional videos coupled with real support seems like a good idea. So I wrote this online dog trainer review so you can see for yourself if this is something that would suit you.
The videos are the heart of the online dog trainer and there are over 250 videos covering just about every imaginable situation or problem. This is pretty unique and no other dog training site can compare with this. Being able to see the training being performed on video is the next best thing to being there in person. The videos show Dan in real consultations helping people training their dogs. What comes through is that Doggy Dan is not only good with the dogs but is also good at sharing his knowledge and making people understand their dogs.
Gentle and soft method endorsed by the SPCA.
The method and training techniques used by Doggy Dan is gentle and soft and good for both the owner and the dog. In fact his method has been endorsed by SPCA of New Zealand. SPCA stands for Society for Protection from Animal Cruelty. It is the only dog training program that has been endorsed by the SPCA and if you check their website you will find a link to the online dog trainer. They are also actively promoting the Online Dog Trainer at all their rescue shelters. This is because they know that a dog coming from a shelter who is trained using the Doggy Dan method is not likely to be returned to the shelter again. This proves that the method is not only gentle but it is also effective as well.
Dogs problem behavior issues
There is a big section dealing with various problems that dog owners might encounter with their dogs. Practically every dog problem imaginable is covered here. The important issue here is that you need to understand why your dog behaves like it does as there might be several different reasons to your dog’s behavior problem. Once you find the cause of the problem you will also find the solution. All of this is covered in this section. This does not only solve the actual problem but also strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
The Dog Calming Code – This is where you start
There is a section in the Online Dog Trainer called the Dog Calming Code and inside of it you will find Doggy Dan’s five golden rules of how to become the packleader. This is an essential part of all dog training because your dog needs to see you as its leader before it will follow your command. Therefore this is where you should start. You go through and implement the five golden rules before you do anything else. Once your dog considers you its leader and obeys you, you can go on with further training.
The Five Golden Rules covers different things such as feeding, walking, attention etc. This is really dog psychology. The interesting thing here is that many things we do in our everyday life with our dogs means nothing to us but it means a great deal to your dog. To give you an example: Doggy Dan explains that in the wild, the Alpha Male and Alpha Female (the packleaders) always eat first, they control the food and once they have eaten, the other members of the pack can eat. The same thing should apply in your home, you are the packleader, you eat first then your dog gets to eat.
This is the kind of thing that is being handled in the packleader section, how to feed and handle your dog’s food, what to do on walks, how to handle a dog who always wants to get attention etc. If you handle these things right, your dog will see you as the packleader.
The Dog Calming Code contains several videos and once you have watched all videos in one section you mark it as complete and go on to the next section. It is all very well explained and easy to follow. Once you have established yourself as the packleader you can start training your dog or work on any behavior issue your dog might have.
Here is a list of some of the problems covered.
- Dog Aggression
- People Aggression
- Aggression Towards Animals
- Aggression Towards Objects
- Barking On The Walk
- Barking For Attention
- Barking Around The Property
- Barking In The Car
- Barking When Left
- Barking At The Door
- Dogs Running Away
- Separation Anxiety
- Jumping Up
- Jumping on Furniture
- Pulling On The Leash
- Not Coming When Called
- Fears and Phobias
- And much more…….
Special Puppy Training section
In this section there are videos of a puppy called Moses. This is Doggy Dan’s own puppy and his training has been filmed from the age of 8 weeks until he is one year old. All the videos made are on the site and is especially interesting for anyone who has adopted a new puppy.
The puppy training section goes through everything you need to know when adopting a puppy. Things like toilet training, diet, meeting other dogs, preparing your home before the puppy arrives and many other things, such as for example common proplems like barking or submissive urination are covered. It is really a very complete guide to raising a puppy.
There is an introduction video to puppy training section which will show you which approach you should take when it comes to raising your puppy. Dan points out that in the beginning, puppies are practically “perfect” and with the time they pick up different habits. If you get things right from the beginning you can avoid a great deal of problems. Also in this video he points out the importance of showing the puppy that you are the packleader and not him/her.
You can find out more about the Puppy Section by watching the video below.
The online dog trainer forum
The forum is the place where you can interact with other members of the online dog trainer or ask questions. The questions are answered by Doggy Dan himself or by his associalte so can be sure to get help when this is needed. This is an important difference between the online dogtrainer and buying a simple book or e-book on dogtraining. You can actually get help if you are having problems or if there is something you do not understand.
Doggy Dan now has the help av an associate by the name of Haley Wright. Haley is an experienced dog behaviorist who is using the same training philosophy and methods as Dogg Dan and she will be active at the forum and help Dan to answer members questions.
One on One Consultation
This is a new feature of the Online Dog Trainer. For an extra fee you can book a face to face video consultation with Haley Wright. That way you can speak to her and show her your dog in real time. If you feel like you need more personal assistance with your dog then this could be very useful. However it is not mandatory, you can do very well just using the standard fetures of the website and the forum as support. The one on one consultation lasts 50 minutes and costs 69 US$.
1 dollar trial and cost of the online dogtrainer
You can get a 3 days one dollar trial before signing up for the program. This way you get a good opportunity to take a good look at the program before deciding if this is for you. If you cancel before the 3 days has ended you will not be charged anything more. If you decide to continue the price is 47$ a month and you can cancel at any time. There is also a 60 day money back guarantee so if you are not satisfied you will get re-imbursed.
To summarize; the online dog trainer is a smart alternative to a privat dog trainer. You can train your dog yourself, at home with the help of the training videos and with support of Doggy Dan himself via the forum. The methods used are simple, effective and gentle. This makes them good for both the dog and the owner. Doggy Dan really understands dogs and therefore he can can help you with just about any issue you have with your dog.
As you have both a 3 day one dollar trial as well as a 60 day money back guarantee you have really nothing to loose by trying it out.