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October 10th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
“You know I was talking to my friend Desdemona the other day she runs this space station and bake shop down near boomtown. She told me that human beings are flawed individuals. The cosmic bakers took us out of the oven a little too early. And that’s the reason were as crazy as we are and I believe it.”
That’s from my favorite Jimmy Buffett song, Fruitcakes.
Yesterday I took some heat about my thoughts on the dog training world.
I talked about how certain people in the dog training world literally go out of their minds if you ever talk about using negative consequences in dog training.
I do get where they are coming from. Dog training for many years was brutal and extremely harsh and even cruel to dogs.
Some dog trainers still use outdated, harsh methods and try to “dominate” the dog.
I get it because Human Beings Are Flawed Individuals – including me.
I make mistakes when it comes to training (not many, hehe!)
The problem with using negative methods is that it has side effects. If you have a shock collar on your dog and your timing is wrong, your dog is going to get confused. If the stimulation from the collar is high it could negatively affect the dog.
A prong collar overused in a group obedience class will almost always result in dog aggression.
So we do have to be EXTREMELY careful when using any form of negative consequence.
BUT – it does NOT mean that we can never use any form of negative in training.
Here is a simple formula to remember. If you want your dog to learn something: sit, down, come, stay, etc. use positive consequences. Loads and loads of positive consequences.
If you want your dog to STOP doing a behavior, learn how to associate the behavior with a negative consequence but this does come with one MAJOR caveat:
The negative consequence should not be associated with you. It should be associated with the behavior.
Positive consequences should be associated with you. All good stuff comes from you which will build trust and confidence and your dog will do great with obedience.
All negative consequences should be associated with the behavior.
I show many different ways on how this can be done on The Good K9 Manners Course. If you want your dog to STOP jumping, barking, chewing and more head on over here NEXT:
January 2nd, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Everyone is talking about resolutions and goals this time of the year.
Better relationships, health, finances, train the dog this year, start a business, exercise, etc. etc. etc.
All of us have been told thousands of times that we need to make goals and resolutions.
We have all also heard all the stats – 90% of all goals and resolutions will be abandoned within the first month.
Well, my dog loving friend, you came to the right place to discover the “Secret” to accomplishing your goals this year.
I did not make this up, I learned it from one of the most successful business authors of all time.
Mr. Hill teaches that if you want to accomplish anything, you HAVE to have a “Definiteness of Purpose,” also known as your GOAL.
He adds that you have to write your goal AND include two important words in order to reach your goal.
…since you are addicted to reading my blog posts, I am going to share the two words with you.
You’ll be able to train your dog, eat better, exercise, start a business or accomplish any other goal you may have been thinking about.
Let’s say you want to teach your dog to have good manners this year.
No more stealing, begging, jumping, digging, etc.
You would write out your goal. This does not have to be long or complicated, BUT you have to include the two words.
Your goal could look like this:
“I (your name) will teach my dog to have Good K9 Manners in 2013. My dog will learn to greet politely when guests come over, stop begging and stealing food off the table and counters. In return, I will spend ten minutes a day working with my dog and get help with training by investing in Eric Letendre’s Good K9 Manners program.”
Signed – Your name
Did you figure out what the two words were?
Mr. Hill teaches that we can never get something for nothing. You have to write out what you are going to do in order to get your goal completed.
So many people write out their goals and NEVER include the “In return” part.
It is the “Missing “Secret” to goal setting.
As we move into 2013, write out your goals, whatever they are – eating right, exercise, savings or training your dog, review it often and make sure you include “In return” and you’ll be much more successful this year.
Start training your dog today using the Good K9 Manners program – IN RETURN, you can get it at a discount. Just use the coupon code: 10-OFFK9MANNERS at checkout.
Go here next: Good K9 Manners
Many blessings to you and your family in 2013!
September 13th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
I LOVE football.
And Sunday was a great day to watch football. The Patriots looked fantastic and The Giants lost on Wednesday night – all is right with the world again (for now).
Sports are a funny thing. I know a lot of guys that have rituals and do funny things before, during and after a sports event.
My brother actually made his wife leave the room during a Red Sox play-off game because they started to lose when she walked in.
This is called Superstitious Behavior.
It is EXTREMELY common in with we humans and dogs also definitely develop superstitious behavior.
Look at all the superstitious behaviors we develop. Crossing our fingers, not walking under ladders, being very careful with mirrors, avoiding black cats, the list goes on and on.
Dogs and other animals develop superstitious behaviors when they are inadvertently reinforced for a certain behavior.
I once worked with a dog that would raise his paw before doing the sit command. When the owner was teaching the dog to sit, he raised his paw first and then sat. This became part of the command for the dog.
It also works the other way. I have also worked with a dog that was afraid to drink from his water bowl. The dog was about to drink when someone in the house had accidently stepped on his tail.
It all has to do with associations and timing.
When training a dog, it is very easy to make accidental associations and the way to overcome it is to get good with your timing.
One of the best ways to improve your timing and your training is by using a clicker.
Clickers will improve your timing better than anything else you can do. The problem with clickers is that many dog owners are confused by them.
Once you start using a clicker you’ll be amazed with how fast your dog learns.
All the best,
P.S. I look at clickers as a another “tool” to use when you are training your dog. Some people love using them and others are confused by them. It’s the reason I break down exactly how to use them in The Dog Training Inner Circle.
You can learn how to use them here:
August 27th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Today I decided to do a little Q & A.
I get sometimes get between 300 and 500 emails a day so it is impossible to answer them all.
Here’s a question I recently got:
“MY dog loves to beg and it has become embarrassing whenever I have guests over for dinner. I love to entertain but I haven’t recently because my dog will paw, whine and beg for food when we sit at the table. Can this be stopped?”
My answer: YES! This is a very easy behavior to stop and I am going to share with you how it is done.
Two things need to happen:
1. Everyone in the house has to be consistent. Dogs usually learn to beg from one or two people that feed from the table.
2. Turn the consequences around.
Let’s begin – Instruct family and guests that no one is to feed the dog from the table. You can’t get mad at a dog that is being rewarded for begging. This is a learned behavior and in order for it to stop, everyone has to agree to stop feeding from the table.
Next – dogs learn to beg because it is a POSITIVE consequence. They beg and someone hands them a yummy piece of chicken or steak. Dogs beg because it works.
The next time the dog begs, the food being handed to the dog should NOT be tasty. It should be something the dog really dislikes.
Think about it from the dog’s point of view. Imagine you’re the dog and someone hands you a tasty morsel from the table, not the boring, crunchy, dry food that you eat every day. Of course you would repeat this behavior every chance you got.
Now I want you to think of the food you HATE the most – liver, broccoli, kale? Now imagine the food you hate is handed to you from the table. You are not going to repeat the behavior.
It’s as simple as that and I show real life examples of how to do this and the EXACT “mixture” I use to stop this behavior forever.
Check it out here:
August 27th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
I’ve been in the dog training game a long time.
Started out in 1988 and have been training ever since.
All of the training I was exposed to in the early days was very negative based. Lot of choke chains, no food or treats – ever, and harsh punishment if the dog did not respond.
It amazes me how forgiving dogs are.
Last Sunday, I met one of the dogs that survived Michael Vick’s dog fighting kennel.
The dog’s name is Cherry Garcia and she was used as bait for dog fights. She spent six months being rehabilitated and was adopted to a family.
Watching Cherry, I could see that she was still nervous and a little shy.
I was, and always will be amazed at how forgiving dogs are.
It still makes me sad to think of the training techniques still being taught today.
Dog training really does not have to be harsh or cruel and I know it can get frustrating when a dog starts to do certain behaviors.
I have gotten angry when I have come home and found my shoes destroyed or poop on the carpet.
It is the reason I developed The M.U.T.T. Method for dealing with behavior problems.
Using the M.U.T.T Method and learning how to apply a negative consequence is all you need to know to stop any behavior problem.
When a consequence is applied correctly, you never have to worry about harming your dog and you can help your dog learn.
…I can show you how, at:
Good K9 Manners