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A former marine wildlife handler, Master Dog Trainer and dog behaviorist since 1986, Don Sullivan made his media debut in 2000 with his national Canadian TV show, Doggin’ It. Wowing audiences with his 7-minute makeovers while working with dogs he’d never met before, Sullivan went on to become a worldwide household name as the ultimate dog training expert, “The DogFather.”

Don Sullivan hit the world stage in 2008 with his globally televised Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog® system. He’s renowned for achieving amazing behavioral transformations in even the most extreme “bad” dog behavior cases, with positive changes seen in just minutes!

Now in his no-holds barred book Wake Up and Smell the Poop!, The DogFather speaks candidly about the problems plaguing today’s dog-crazed world.

The world is flooded with dog obedience classes, dog training shows, Internet blogs, chat rooms, and paraphernalia. Cupboards and drawers are bursting with dog biscuits, training devices, and gadgets. Despite this, more dog owners than ever are desperately trying to create some semblance of peace and order within their homes amidst their out-of-control canines.

Such upheaval caused by a domestic pet defeats the purpose of having a dog in the first place! Every would-be dog owner dreams of enjoying the Lassie type relationship they see in movies. Yet, the reality of what they experience soon after they bring their puppy home for the first time rapidly shatters their hopes.

Here at last is a wake-up call for dog lovers. Don Sullivan, incensed by all the so-called experts on canine behavior and training, seeks to help dog owners to recognize the truth of what is destroying their dreams. Sullivan breaks through the illusion that big business advertising projects on “all things dog,” and inspires readers to rethink how dogs should be trained.

Wake Up and Smell the Poop!

The myths, deceptions, lies and obsessions that keep you from having the perfect dog.


Barkers. Biters. Chewers and chasers. Runaways and rubbish-rustlers. Growlers, gropers, jumpers, humpers, nippers, and crotch-nuzzlers - I've seen it all. Maybe you have too. Chances are you have suffered the indignation, intimidation, or personal invasion of someone else's disobedient dog. Or maybe you've even owned one. Well, here's the message I'd love to bellow from the highest mountain peak: "It DOESN'T have to be this way!" There is a remedy for every dog's misbehavior, and there is hope for every exasperated owner who's tried it all. That's why I wrote this book.

★★★★★ Bronte Hollow - Amazon.com

“The book is highly recommended and challenges the increasingly accepted thinking that treats are the best way to achieve optimal training. The book also looks at case studies and shortcomings from adopting the treats approach.”

★★★★ Anonymous reviewer - BarnesandNoble.com

“If you are thinking about getting into a training system with your dog or puppy, this is a good description of what this man teaches and how he does it. Made me realize how slack I had gotten with my pack. Enjoyed reading it.”