The Dog Training Secret Review
Value For Money
Ease of Use
You’ve probably found quite a few The Dog Training Secret Reviews on the web, but are they honest like this one?
I must admit, I’m not a big fan of in-your-face, over-the-top marketing campaigns that promise guaranteed success. These types of marketing techniques can be quite off-putting and may even seem like a scam to some. That’s the case with Chet Womack’s The Dog Training Secret.
In this review, you’ll find out if the Dog Training Secret is a scam or a legitimate program that will help you train your wayward dog.
And before we begin, let’s get one thing out of the way. This review doesn’t include any affiliate links whatsoever. Why? Because owners of the Dog Training Secret have removed their affiliate program.
So I’m posting this review solely to help prospective buyers of this product make an informed decision before purchasing and NOT to earn a commission.
What is The Dog Training Secret?
In a nutshell, The Dog Training Secret is a hands-off training program that provides step-by-step instructions for stopping 19 common dog behavior problems including aggression, excessive barking, leash-pulling, separation anxiety, jumping up, destructive chewing, begging, and more. The tutorials come in the form of a digital product or a hard-copy DVD.
The program includes:
- Two DVDs with step-by-step step instructions for correcting each behavior problem
- 6 advanced lessons for teaching your dog tricks
- 54-minute audio recording for overcoming training hurdles
The Dog Training Secret offers different stages of training.
1. Impulse Control for over-excited dogs is the beginner stage. It’s supposed to help calm dogs who get overly excited when greeting people, bark and lunge at people and other dogs when out on a walk, and whine excessively.
The program includes 7 Brain Re-Training Games that are supposed to help them control these impulses by promoting the development of your dog’s immature brain.
Womack argues that this approach is necessary before teaching commands because even if you do teach simple commands like “sit” and “stay”, your dog will only forget everything you taught him when distractions get in the way.
So teaching your dog to be calm and to have patience should be the first step in the training process. You can buy this program for $27.
2. The Hands Off Dog Training Formula 2.0 is the next stage that shows you how to teach your dog commands and get him to obey you. The price for this is $37.7, 50% off the regular $69.95. You also get “Six Super Bonuses” free, valued at $119.98.
3. Next up is The House Manners Program, which teaches your your canine companion how to “obey while you’re away” with So essentially, you’re learning how to teach your dog to behave well when you’re not around. For example, if he’s chewing up your furniture and other valuables while you’re away due to separation anxiety, the House Manners program can help combat this behavior. If you completed the second stage of training, then your dog should know the “drop it” command when he’s chewing on something that’s yours. Or if he’s jumping up on counters stealing food, he should know the “down” command.
The House Manners Program brings this all together by motivating your dog to obey you all on his own. The program has 7 modules with videos you can download directly to your computer and includes 4 free bonuses. Priced at $72.75, Womack promises the program will work on ALL dogs.
Womack also guarantees that you don’t have to buy another dog training book or even hire a professional because The Dog Training Secret is guaranteed to make your pooch obedient and a master of tricks like it did for thousands of other dogs and their owners. Sounds too good to be true, right? Yeah, I know.
And It Is…
Womack’s hands-off training approach is really just that. You don’t have to worry about pulling on a leash, physically dominating your dog through hitting, smacking, or choking, and using shock collars.
It’s a positive reinforcement-based program and negates training based on punishment. This means that you use a clicker (more on clicker training here) and treats to reward each good behavior.
So What’s the Problem?
According to some customers, their dogs didn’t respond well to the training. So, all dogs aren’t guaranteed to be successful with this program like Womack promises. Why make such a large claim anyway?
Even worse, customer service isn’t the best either. I’ve actually read some pretty snarky responses from the support team. In fact, they told one customer their dog was too aggressive to be successful with the program.
After doing some research on customer reviews, one of the main complaints of unsatisfied customers was that they received no refund. The Dog Training Secret’s staff claimed that these customers were outside of the 8-week window to get their money back, even though they were out of the refund period by only a few days.
I must say that their strict adherence to the 60-day return policy is understandable. But if you’re going to purchase this product, ensure that you mark that 60th day on your calendar or commit it to memory.
But Wait, There’s More…
Customers also complained of unauthorized charges made on their accounts. Getting a hold of customer service has apparently been a common issue as well.
It takes a while for staff to get back to emails. And phone calls tend to go straight to voicemail. Some customers complain that they haven’t gotten a response at all.
Their slow response times almost seem like an evasive strategy to avoid dissatisfied customers, kind of like they’re expecting it. Don’t get me wrong, many companies that sell to consumers expect a dissatisfied customer from time to time, but the number of complaints I’ve seen for The Dog Training Secret program seems excessive.
Plus, Womack promises guaranteed success with the program, so offering a 60-day money back guarantee sounds contradictory.
The support team has responded to and resolved some of the complaints on the Better Business Bureau website, but reading the initial complaints create a feeling of distrust and skepticism.
Furthermore, many customers that have bought the digital version and couldn’t even log in to the training.
My Advice to You…
Before buying this product, be absolutely certain that your dog will benefit from it. And for God’s sake, please buy the DVD version to avoid the possible technical difficulties with logging into your account.
The Verdict: The Dog Training Secret, A Decent Program for Beginners
I’m not saying The Dog Training Secret is a bad program because it’s not that at all. I don’t think it’s a scam either. I just don’t agree with Womack’s method of advertising his products and his overly-confident belief that it works for all dogs.
Realistically, an online training program isn’t personalized and while Womack’s program does include a troubleshooting section, it doesn’t necessarily ensure success.
Womack is assuming that people who purchase The Dog Training Secret have otherwise mild-mannered, responsive dogs. But what about dogs that are more aggressive and destructive? It’d be nice if Womack offered a program tailored specifically for these types of dogs.
But overall, I like the premise of the Dog Training Secret. The hands-off approach is an appealing alternative to punishment-based training. If the program had better customer service and more attention to defiant, unsubmissive dogs, I’d highly recommend it. After all, every dog is an individual and should be treated as such.