End the Pulling, Jumping and Other Problem Behaviors (Without Force or Punishments)

Train your dog to be the best they can be with our reward-focused online course

Struggling through a torrent of contradicting training advice

There’s an unhelpful amount of training advice thrown around.

Friends and family might give you their opinions (even when they’re not dog owners), while the internet is full of articles and YouTube videos with contradicting advice.

Some say use a pee pad... Some say pee pads are unhelpful
Some say to use punishments... Some say you only need rewards
Some say to use crates... Some say crates are cruel

They pick reasons out of the air for why their opinion is best, without any kind of backup or evidence.

As a dog owner it can become bewildering to know which advice to follow. Even if you choose a training method for barking that manages to work, you then need to start the research again for chewing.

After trying out a bunch of methods it can start to feel impossible, that maybe training your beloved pooch is just too big a challenge.

But we want to reassure you that’s not the case, it’s just that the industry is letting you down.

A step-by-step path to building best behavior...

In Big Dog Friends we will take you through 4 hours of material on how to train your furry friend.

You will learn positive-based training, using methods that scientific studies have proven to give the best results. We start at the very basics before progressing to advanced topics, building up from sit and stay to impulse control and greeting other dogs.  

At every step we will make sure you understand:
  • The reasoning behind that specific method
  • How your dog is interpreting the situation
  • The details that help the behaviors stick
That way you can ensure your training is having the most effect. You will discover details like the best moment to reward a behavior or how to move away from treats.

Each lesson builds on the previous material so you never feel lost or overwhelmed with new information. Instead, you can build your relationship with your dog, bonding through the skills you are both learning.

Taught by Trevor Smith, a Top Accredited Trainer

Trevor Smith has been training dogs since kindergarten, back when he was helping his Mom at her greyhound rescue shelter.
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Back then the dogs often towered over him, so he had to learn to handle them without relying on force

He has been training dogs for decades since from his home city of Austin. He focuses on keeping up to date with the best methods, whether from national conferences or from other top trainers.

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With Big Dog Friends any dog owner can now learn from his expertise, no matter where you are or what your schedule is.

Pinpoint the behaviors we want, build them up and make sure they are rewarded

We know large dogs can be hard to handle, but positive-based training is still suitable. It is all about encouraging the alternative responses we are looking for and rewarding good behaviors.

This can be as simple as a treat for walking beside you for a few seconds, building up your dog’s association that by your side is a happy place to be.

We will show you how there’s more to rewards then just treats. The training will use a mix of treats, petting and attention to encourage good behavior, plus reveal how owners accidentally reward bad behaviors.

You will also discover how owners accidentally punish good behavior. For example, they let the dog into the yard where it plays for a while then pees, at which point the dog is bought back inside. Suddenly the dog has learnt that peeing means no more playtime! 

Please note: Punishments encourage worse behavior!

Training through force or pain has been scientifically proven to be ineffective and is condemned by organizations such as The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

It often teaches unwanted behaviours. For example, using a shock collar creates the association that leashes are horrible and should be avoided, which reduces cooperation.

This is why Big Dog Friends only uses positive reinforcement to build good habits.

What you’ll learn with Big Dog Friends:

The course includes 14 lessons. Each one spends 5-20 minutes covering a new concept, leaving you with a set of exercises to practice with your pooch.

You will see the lessons taught with a variety of breeds throughout the course. So you’ll see Trevor walking a 70lb Cane Corso and impulse training a greyhound.

Part 1: Beginners

Learning Theory - Rewards Vs Punishments

  • How best to use rewards and why punishments only make things worse
  • Dispel myths such as breeds having inevitable traits

House Manners 101: Chewing, Barking, Potty

  • The “Why” behind barking and chewing
  • Identify and solve the different types of barking
  • ​Potty training without pee pads and coping with messes

Crate Training Done Right

  • Making the crate your dog’s happy place
  • Use feeding and mini sessions to create associations
  • ​Practice separation in controlled mini doses

The Basics: Attention, Sit, Stand, Down

  • Why these are essential foundations, not just tricks
  • How to teach each one and create commands
  • ​Giving rewards without any misinterpretations

Proper Greeting Behavior

  • Why dogs jump and how to redirect that impulse
  • Ignoring the jumps won’t always discourage them
  • Training from simple situations with Drive By Sits
  • ​Preparing for success with your guests

Calm Canine Protocol: Place Foundations

  • The many benefits of a good Bed Stay
  • Building up duration, distance and distraction resistance
  • The different levels of bed stay and how to improve

Reliable Come When Called

  • Establishing the rules for a good Come
  • Start with the Collar Grab game
  • How to teach your dog to Come

Walking Brilliance

  • Discussing the subtle reasons dog pull
  • Establish the Reward Zone where you want them
  • Practice with a Follow Me March
  • ​Off leash VS. on leash VS. long line

Part 2: Advanced

Advanced Training Mechanics to End Frustration

  • Details of how to best reward behaviors to ensure we reinforce them
  • When to repeat a behavior or push to a more advanced version
  • How to help your dog maintain behaviors in any environment

Gear Choices - Harness, collar or gentle leader

  • Differentiating between training gear and everyday gear
  • Why not to use pinch or shock collars
  • Using bandannas or vests to communicate expected behavior

Impulse Control Games

  • Why you should train impulse control
  • Make ignoring distractions your dog’s choice
  • Training impulse control with Leave It and Elevator Game

Public Manners 101: Greeting dogs and humans

  • Proper greetings and sitting by your side
  • The safest way to greet other dogs
  • Success with guests and tactics for strangers

Fading Out Food Rewards

  • Moving past the reliance on treats for training
  • Pet then treat, creating a strong reinforcement
  • Increasing the reward value of toys, tug and chase

Aggression and Fear Behavior

  • Dogs aren’t aggressive, they only exhibit aggressive behaviors
  • Create positive associations with the negative triggers
  • Consulting vets or behavioral specialists

Training that fits around your schedule

Having to find massive chunks of time for dog training just isn’t always practical.

That’s why the lessons are divided up into short videos. You can watch them at any time and as many times as you’d like!

We also include opportunities for training around your usual schedule. For example, every mealtime can be turned into a variety of training exercises, or you can practice commands while moving around the house.

Noticeable changes in weeks followed by gradual improvements

You might hope to train your dog to become perfectly obedient within a few sessions.

Unfortunately, we can’t promise that.

As a realistic expectation, you’ll hopefully see initial changes in the first few weeks. Your dog should start to develop basics such as a good sit and come, taking the edge of their most difficult habits.

From there it requires ongoing practice. It is all about strengthening the bond between you as you aim for the more advanced behaviors and play the new training games together.

Start Training Your Dog Today!

The full course is available for only $95.

That gives you lifetime access to all 4 hours of training, so your large dog becomes a delight without any risk of jumping, pulling or other unwanted behaviors.

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100% Satisfaction or Your Money Back

We want you and your pooch to be the best friends that you can be.

That’s why we offer a 30 day refund policy. If for any reason you are unhappy with the training then email us for your full money back.

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