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Premier Manners Minder Remote Reward Behavior Training System for Dogs

by Premier
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
Price: 124.00 (43.95 / kg)
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  • Remote controlled feeding tray for rewarding canines
  • Trains dogs to stop begging, barking, or jumping on guests
  • Training DVD included; additional remotes available
  • Feeds dog treats while you're gone
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.7 Kg
Product Dimensions25.4 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm
Item model numberMM RR SYS
Quantity1
Batteries IncludedNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0010B8CHG
Best Sellers Rank 32,294 in Pet Supplies (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 Kg
Date First Available17 April 2012
  
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MannersMinder is a remote-controlled reward system that uses positive reinforcement for training dogs to behave at home and perform better in competition.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great kit - awful remote 20 Feb 2014
By L P.
the remote is flimsy for this kit, I dropped mine and it broke, rendering 120 worth of equipment useless. It won't work without it and you cannot buy replacement remotes in the UK. You can buy one in the states, but they will not ship. :-(
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  93 reviews
94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great device. Forced to mod it to work with my kibble 28 Feb 2011
By chopperdave - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had this gizmo for about three weeks now. My trainer sold me on it and though I haven't had a chance to fully utilize it, based on my initial experiences with it, I strongly believe it will work very well for the training I'm attempting. That being said, I am disappointed at what I discovered to be a very simple but important engineering flaw. I noticed that at random times, the machine would grind to a stop during maintained dispensing (sit-n-stay mode as they call it). I tried the different size dispensers provided - no luck. My kibble is hard and oval in shape, fits well within the hole size of the dispenser, so it was ideal for the machine but was still jamming it. After further inspection, the holes in their dispenser rings had a ridge around the opening which was sometimes trapping my kibble against the edge of the main unit as the dispenser ring spun around. The kibble, pinned against the main unit, caused the dispenser to jam and fail.

To fix this, I took a dremel tool and carved out the side of the edge which was trapping the kibble and now it works like a dream. No issues. I still can't figure out:

1. why they built the ridge out in the area i had to remove
2. why they never caught this issue during the product testing

I recommend purchasing this unit, but if your kibble jams the unit, don't switch your dog food to meet the machine's poor engineering - find a friend w/ a dremel or other tool and cut away the outside part of the ridges on the dispenser rings. If for some reason you foul it up completely, you can always buy a spare dispenser ring.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars notes from day one with the manners minder 16 Dec 2011
By Desert Gypsy - Published on Amazon.com
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Note: this unit requires two sizes of battery - four D size batteries for the main unit which you'll need to provide, and a 23A for the remote which came included with my unit.

The first day will probably the hardest part of training your dog with the Manners Minder so that's what I'll describe here:

I read the quick start instructions which briefly outline how to set up the unit. I added some kibble and placed the base unit on the floor within my arms reach. I pressed the remote and a couple of kibble dropped into the bowl. The dog and the cat had been sniffing from about a foot or so away - both jumped back several feet when they heard the noise the motor makes. I patted the bowl where the kibble was and reassured my pup it was okay, that he could go get the treat from the bowl. Took a minute or two of coaxing but he eventually, timidly approached the bowl and took the kibble. When he backed away to look at the bowl I pressed the remote again sending more kibble into the bowl. They had the same reaction to the motor noise but they didn't back up quite as much this time. I verbally reassured him that it was okay and encouraged him to take the treat. I repeated this several times and after about ten minutes or so my dog lay down in front of the bowl waiting for the treat. I told him what a good boy he was. At this point, each time he stood up to get the treat he'd then lay back down in front of the bowl. I started to wait just a little longer after he lay down so he'd eventually get the idea that he had to lay down before the treat would be released. Within 20 minutes he was in down/stay mode, waiting for the treat and no longer afraid of the motor noise.

I had read many of the reviews here on Amazon and had a good idea of what to expect; I must say I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly my pup became acclimated to the sounds and function of the Manners Minders. I didn't exactly follow the instructions to the letter from the manual but it was just that quick and that easy to get my dog to get comfortable the sound of the unit without fearing the noise it makes to lay dow and stay to get the treat. This had been my biggest concern but in seeing how well day one has gone, I am looking forward to seeing how the results with my dog will continue to improve over time .

The cat on the other hand just sneaks up on it, snatches the treat and runs away with it. We'll work on that :)

Now that I am confident that the Manners Minder will work for my pup I will follow the training method outlined in the full manual. I'll continue to update this review as our training progresses.

UPDATE: Day Two

My dog is raw fed. I am having a little trouble finding treats that work with this unit *and* his diet. I am looking for a dehydrated, close to single ingredient, meat based/grain free treat. In the meanwhile I have been using Zuke's Minis which works very well with the smaller plate of the MM, giving out only one or two tiny treats. The company makes Premier Liver Biscotti Dog Treats, Dog Treats,Wheat/Egg Free Recipe but when I called customer service to obtain the ingredient list, they did not have it and suggested I request it by email. It's been only a day or so since the email request and I have not heard back from them just yet.

I followed the training manuals steps to introduce the "beep" sound which is supposed to give that Pavlov response that a treat is coming but it seems he already figured out that the motor noise means a treat is coming; on low the "beep" is pretty loud and I would rather LESS noise involved with this process so I am not using the "beep" at this time.

Since treats need to remain in the unit even when we aren't practicing, I was concerned that either the dog or cat would try to tip this over and/or figure out how to get the lid open by fussing with it; so far it seems that they cannot get it open or flipped over.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TRAINING AID 18 Oct 2011
By Dry-N-Dusty - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful training aid. I have trained several agility dogs over the years, but have never had the success as with using this device to train the weave poles. It's a modified version of clicker training, only better. My novice dog learned very quickly that the loud beep would be followed by treats, then, doing what I wanted would produce the beep, which produced treats (or an entire meal dispensed in small increments or whatever amount I regulate).
After spending several months building a foundation for weaves, I was able to place the Manners Minder at the exit of the weave poles. The dog learned right away if she did the weaves correctly - TREAT! I can send her to the weaves, which she will now complete flawlessly regardless of my whereabouts - NO babysitting the weave poles anymore! And for whatever it's worth, I DO NOT have a breed which is thought of as an "agility breed" (i.e. Border Collie, Sheltie, Aussie). Previously, I had a target saucer at the end of the weaves with a treat. But if the dog did not do the weaves correctly, she could usually beat me to the saucer and snatch up the treat before I could get there. This is the best training aid I have used with nearly twenty-five years of training dogs.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers Alternative Training 6 Jan 2009
By A. Salumaa - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I love this product. Remote treat dispensing allows a whole new angle for training - all that much better for your dog!

Check out the Yahoo groups online - there is a lot of help available for how to best use this product if you need it. It also comes with a great DVD and instructions.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars manners Minder a good idea 13 Mar 2011
By Tonya Bruner - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered two of these, one for my mom and one for me. I wanted my mom to have something to help her thunder phobia dog whom loves food be more calm during a storm and to be able to set the timer for when she leaves because he has separation anxiety as well. Only issue is finding a food that will not jam the disc. Be sure to get a round or M&M shaped food. Still jams some. I use it for my dogs to teach them to go to their place when the door bell rings to keep them from freaking out. It is working to help with their recall as well. If it didn't jam it would be a perfect item. I still find it worth the money, just might not be able to use it when I leave the house using the timer. Lots of videos on uses on youtube. A great one is taking the bowl off and putting it on top of a wire crate to teach calm and quiet in the crate by treats falling into the crate.
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