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If you’ve been searching the internet for dog training help of any sort, you’ve probably stumbled across Chet Womach’s well-marketed program, Hands Off Dog Training.
With its BIG promise to help train any new puppy as well as correct more than 19 of the most common behavior issues in older dogs, including
Hands Off Dog Training definitely makes some large claims.
And I’m the first to tell you, I’m downright skeptical of any product that appears to have a slick marketing machine behind it. (Womach is clearly no slouch when it comes to marketing his products, so I was on high alert for a scam!)
However, I confess that I was also intrigued by the rave reviews, testimonials, and promises made on Womach’s sales page. So in a recent moment of weakness, I finally caved to my curiosity and shelled out the $37.77 to review it myself.
And here’s what I learned:
The first thing you need to know is that Hands Off Dog Training comes in both electronic format (delivered online) and as a hard product (delivered to your door).
Personally, I liked getting the digital edition because it meant that I could access all the videos online, within minutes of purchasing. Instant delivery is also important for those dog owners feeling desperate, at their wits end with a specific problem – it means you’re not waiting another 5-7 days to start training. You can start immediately.
Next, I really liked the training philosophy behind this entire program:
It’s truly “hands off” dog training.
So there’s no smacking your dog, jerking a leash, using choke collars, dominating, etc. And really, what dog owner feels good about hurting or scaring their dog? None I want to know!
Instead, Womach teaches you to use carefully timed markers and rewards to make your dog actually want to listen to you.
Now I know what you’re thinking: FOOD BRIBES!
And I completely agree, food bribes are a slippery slope – you don’t want to create a dog that only listens when you’re holding a chunk of cheese or liver treat.
However, while Womach does recommend some food treats, what I really liked is that his program emphasizes random rewards, jackpot rewards, and treating your dog with animated play and enthusiastic praise. Again, with the goal of creating a dog who pays close attention to you because you’ve made it worth his while.
So is the program worth $37.77?
I would say yes. With Hands Off Dog Training, you’re getting a comprehensive training program that covers the full spectrum of commands and issues that most dog owners will face in the lifetime of their dog. If it’s not covered in this program, it probably means you’re dealing with a more complex issue like aggression that requires the attention of a veterinarian and/or a local dog trainer.
You get just under 3 hours video training, over 8+ hours of additional guest expert strategy sessions, plus one-on-one access to a certified professional dog trainer who will trouble shoot you and your dog’s more unique behavior challenges until you see the results you’re after.
If you order the delivered packaged, here’s what it’ll look like:
And while this is clearly a lot of information, it’s broken down in such a way that you can easily find and use the training tips you need, in the moment.
Plus, I grudgingly admit, I like Womach’s off-beat style of communicating in both writing and video.
He’s personable, engaging, and funny – though sometimes unintentionally. Much more enjoyable to watch and learn from than the other 95% of professional dog trainers I’ve come across who are, frankly, too stiff and serious.
I also tested his customer service team and was pleased to get a fast response to my emailed question in less than 24 hours.
Plus, while I haven’t refunded my copy of Hands Off Dog Training, I do know from asking around that Womach is a touch fanatical about customer satisfaction and is quick to refund if you’re not completely satisfied with everything you get.
In the end my ONLY complaint is about Womach’s marketing. He’s pretty in your face.
But I can’t fault him on the training program he delivers.
So Hands Off Dog Training System gets a 9 out of 10 score from me. It’s a worthwhile investment, and if it doesn’t work for you, it’s backed by a generous 60-day money back guarantee.