It should be noted from the start that the methods here are NOT intended for dogs under 4 months of age, but are designed as lessons for teaching respect, structure, and leadership to your pet. They would be especially effective for Rescued dogs, or those taken into your home at a later time than puppyhood. That’s as close as I can get to a critical statement of the DVD…I truly hope that Angie produces more instructional dvd’s in the very near future, addressing other subjects such as bringing home a new puppy. She has a gift for understanding dogs, and teaching people what to do for them. Let’s get to the meat of the matter!
“3 Dog Days” is based solidly on the owner being a LEADER. Ms. Winters first point is that her method provides “…firm structure in a respectful manner…never hit, kick, or yell” at your dog…Anger doesn’t teach anything” . (Now you can say the words, “that’s just common sense”) She further makes the point very clear, that this is all about the Relationship that exists between humans and dogs. It’s a very special and unique arrangement that effectively helps the team to develop a mutually supportive atmosphere based on trust between Leader and Follower. Winters has a sound understanding of how dogs think, and what they want from us in every day life, and she describes it very well.
Using three techniques, (1) Silent Support (2) Companionship and Control and (3) Crate Work, “3 Dog Days” will guide you both thru a weekend that will create an entirely new atmosphere in your home. These are very positive techniques, without being mired down by the “jargon” and “What does that Term mean?” of so many “positive training methods”. Again, this is just innovative “Common Sense” being used. Somewhere, we lost that in the science that has become so prevalent in dog training.
“3 Dog Days” also utilizes the idea that each and every dog is a unique individual, requiring a different approach. This is the true strength of Ms. Winters approach. Her well-rounded, and flexible techniques allow for such needs, which makes the canine in the equation more at ease. Affect the dogs mind, to create a respectful relationship…This is powerfully demonstrated by the use of a “feral”, completely untrained dog, undergoing the transformation into an ideal pet dog.
One outstanding method used here, is the most difficult to master for the human. KEEP SILENT while training. Do Not use the voice to calm the dog. All of us talk too much in this relationship and learning Silent Support will push you into a powerful tool in training your dog.
Body Language is another tool in the “3 Dog Days” that you will learn. Our dogs watch us closely, far more so than we as humans do. Focusing on that will be a revelation to some. Using the snap of a finger, Winters corrects the dog from a distance, and gets the results that make your dog the well-behaved pet you desire. Achieving Leadership, Leadership, and Leadership are the backbone of the “3 Dog Days” method. The dogs mind, and personality , are both fully engaged by the trainer/owner. The steps to follow are clearly and easily explained in their entirety. Many instructional dvds today seem to hold back small details from the viewer, so as to create a need for another DVD, to explain even further. “3 Dog Days” gives you every detail the first time…
Mention should also be given about the technical details of the “3 Dog Days”. If you have ever watched DVDs from Leerburg productions, you have found them instructive and interesting. But they have taken little care in their editing. Spelling errors and other glitches are common, and annoying. “3 Dog Days” was produced by professionals that crossed all the “T’s”, and dotted all the “I’s”. The settings and lighting were well designed and easy on the eyes. The best compliment I can give is that this dvd is one that you will watch over and over again! “Common Sense” has found a home in the world of canine training!!!
In conclusion, I need to explain something about the title of this review, in which the words “Bubble Bath” appear. In a wonderful moment of whimsy and humanness, Winters demonstrates that your dog and his training should be FUN!!! That’s all the detail I’ll give on that. But the fact that this very instructional and informative DVD doesn’t take dog-training rigidly serious, will surprise and delight you!