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November 18th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I really am a very lucky guy.
For a lot of reasons, but one big one is my wife. You may not believe this but I was a bit of a hot head when I met her and being with me was not always a day at the beach.
She was an expert at handling my outbursts and her technique happens to be the best way to deal with a dog that jumps.
It’s a very simple technique and it works every time you apply it.
You see, the technique is simple but not always easy to apply.
Here it is in one word:
When I would lose my temper and start acting like an idiot she would simply not engage. No talking, no looking at me and especially no touching.
It’s hard to keep arguing when the other person completely, 100% ignores you.
It knocks the wind out of your sails and you eventually stand there feeling like a dope.
This really is the perfect way to deal with jumping but it can be hard to completely ignore your dog when you have nice clothes on that you don’t want stained. To stand there and completely ignore is difficult.
So when you practice this technique, make sure you have your grungy clothes on. You also have to completely ignore which means no talking, no touching AND no looking.
All three are forms of attention and this will not work if you do any of them.
There are other techniques to use to stop jumping and I share four different ways to stop jumping because no one technique works on every dog.
I teach them all on the Good K9 Manners course which is included with The Dog Training Inner Circle.
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All the best,
November 18th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
This is true.
One of the main reasons we love dogs is also one of the big reasons people don’t want dogs around.
The relationship between humans and dogs is long. I think without a doubt the main reason we love dogs so much is because they love us more than we love ourselves.
Think of anyone or any animal in your life other than a dog that greets you the way your dog does. You walk into the house and your dog absolutely blows a gasket saying hello to you.
Their entire body shakes, the tail is wagging, they jump up and down, bark and think you are the greatest thing to ever walk through the front door.
And if you leave and come back five minutes later, they do it all over again.
You may not mind your dog jumping and greeting you this enthusiastically but other people will not be as thrilled with this as you are.
I have met plenty of dog lovers that do not mind when their dogs jump on them but do not like other dogs doing the same.
One of the best behaviors to teach your dog is to greet politely.
This just means training your dog to keep all four on the floor when a guest comes over.
It is not too difficult and if you do this your dog will be welcome most places you go.
The time to start teaching this is when they are pups. If your dog is no longer a pup then you have to institute a “no jump” policy with family and friends and this can be difficult because some people do like their dogs to jump up to greet.
What’s important to understand is that it is very unfair to the dog if he is allowed to jump one day and punished the next.
That’s why I created The Dog Training Inner Circle and it comes with my very popular Good K9 Manners course which has step by step videos showing you how to prevent your dog from jumping and having the dog that your friends are envious of.
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October 28th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
You all know that I am a HUGE Patriots fan.
I know this will rile up a few readers but Tom Brady is awesome.
Before you trash me and this email, listen for a moment.
The best time to listen to Tom Brady is after he LOST a game.
He doesn’t blame the ref, his team mates, the coach, the weather or anything else.
He takes full responsibility.
Very admirable – especially in today’s society where everyone is quick to blame everything and anyone for their problems.
Funny thing, most people come to me with their dogs focused only on the dog’s problems.
My dog jumps, chews, pees on the carpet, bites, fill in the blank. The key to solving any problem is to stay focused on the solution.
Not fake, false optimism. Develop a plan to solve the problem and then get busy.
As a loyal reader of this highly entertaining, action packed, fun filled daily newsletter, I am going to share the plan for solving any behavior problem your dog may have.
All you need to remember is M.U.T.T.
I developed the M.U.T.T. Method as a simple plan anyone can follow to stay focused on the solution.
Here’s how it works:
M – Manage. The first step is to manage the behavior. A dog that is showing aggression towards other dogs would have to be managed. Zero access or a leash and possibly a muzzle if the dog is going to be around other dogs.
This will NOT solve the problem but it will help manage it.
U – Underlying. What is the underlying reason for the behavior? Every behavior has a reason. The aggressive dog above may have been attacked by another dog, the dog may be undersocialized, etc.
Once we know the underlying reason we can start helping the dog.
T – Train. Train a new behavior. This is where you may need some help.
T – Time. Training new behaviors will take some time. You need to remember this when it seems like you are not getting results. Give it some time.
So the next time you’re faced with a behavior problem use the M.U.T.T. Method to get to the solution.
I cover the M.U.T.T. Method in more detail on the Good K9 Manners site. If you need more help with jumping, chewing, stealing or any other behavior problem head on over to:
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:
August 8th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Okay, I know this is a HUGE problem for many.
I am going to share the secret with you and it is easy.
So easy in fact, that I guarantee I’ll get hate mail. Yes, your friend, your hero, the Amazing Dog Training Man, gets hate mail.
Often when I reveal the solution to a particularly difficult problem and how easy it is to solve.
Anyway, here’s the deal. Dogs are EXTREMELY social animals. They love us humans for some crazy reason. The go crazy when they see us and try with every ounce in their bodies to say hi to us by jumping, pawing, barking and pulling.
What do we do?
Usually, we get mad and use prong and choke collars to “punish” them into calm greeting behavior.
Please listen to me on this one. DO NOT punish a dog for trying to say hi. It will lead to aggression and cross association and we have enough of that in the States already.
Look at the situation the way a behaviorist would. What is your dog’s objective?
How do they do that?
By jumping up on us.
What is our response? We usually get mad and push and shove the dog giving attention to the very behavior we are trying to avoid, which reinforces the behavior we don’t want.
So here is the secret.
The human is the reward in this situation. The dog does NOT get access to the human until the RIGHT behavior has occurred.
I can already hear it: “Well Mr. Amazing Dog Training Man, how the H#!! do I do that when I can’t even control my dog!”
Use the Force. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.
Sorry, got a little carried away there for a sec.
The Force includes the use of a leash secured to something very sturdy.
When you have a guest come over, your dog goes on the leash. Let your dog jump, paw, pull whatever.
Your guest stays out of range until you see some calm behavior. Your dog calms, your guest steps in and gives attention.
Dog jumps, your guest steps back. This is done until your dog learns that the only way they get our attention is when all four are on the floor.
I know, it’s too simple, it’s too easy.
Listen up my friend. Dog training should NEVER be a struggle. It is all about seeing the world through your dog’s eyes and getting results by controlling what your dog really wants.
And that is what The Dog Training Inner Circle is all about. Getting results without the frustration and struggle of fighting with your dog.
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