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December 5th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
You wouldn’t think Miley Cyrus and I have much in common.
I don’t sing, dress or “twerk” like Miley.
But there is one thing we have in common. You see, Miley is Time Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year.
You probably won’t believe this but I was Time Magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year. I am NOT joking about this. I am being completely honest and you can look it up after you finish reading this.
Anyway, there is one other thing we have in common. Miley will do ANYTHING to get attention as she has displayed over the past year.
I will do anything to get my dog’s attention when it comes to training.
Attention is the foundation for ALL of your training. Chances are, if your dog is not paying attention to you, your dog is probably not going to perform the command.
Before you ever give a command you have to get attention. Get your dog looking at you and THEN give your dog the command.
Here is one of the best tips I can ever give you.
Work on attention every chance you get. When you put your dog’s food bowl down, get your dog to give you eye contact before the food goes down.
When you are playing, get eye contact before, during and at the end of the game.
Before going out the door, work on getting your dog to look at you before opening the door.
Improve attention and you’ll improve obedience without doing anything else.
It’s ALL about attention. Get attention and you’ll get results.
Look at what attention has done for Miley’s career.
One more thing before taking off – you get my full attention as a member of The Dog Training Inner Circle. It’s the one place where we can chat about any problems or questions you have about your dog.
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December 3rd, 2013
By Eric Letendre
You ever see the movie Pulp Fiction?
Here is one of my favorite parts of the movie:
Jules: You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?
Jules: Tell ‘em, Vincent.
Vincent: A Royale with cheese.
Jules: A Royale with cheese! You know why they call it that?
Brett: Because of the metric system?
Jules: Check out the big brain on Brett! You’re a smart…
We’ll end the dialogue there.
They also don’t use the term megabytes in France. Megabytes are called mega-octets.
So why am I sharing this with you?
Because it’s all about CORRECT communication.
If I went to France and wanted a Quarter Pounder with cheese I would have to learn the correct word. If I talked about megabytes I would get confused looks.
It’s up to me to learn how to communicate with people in France.
Remember this with your dog.
It is up to YOU to learn how to communicate with your dog.
Your dog can learn certain words, but it is up to you to learn how to speak dog.
Dogs communicate through body language. You need to pay attention to your dog’s tail, ears, hackles, eyes, muzzle and body.
You can easily tell when your dog is happy. Think about what your dog does when he is happy. Tail wagging, ears back, body shaking, it’s very easy to know what your dog is communicating to you.
Do you know when your dog is stressed? Nervous? Angry?
The only way your dog can communicate is through body language and vocally.
Dog training is more than rewarding your dog for doing a command. Having a dog is learning how to communicate to them on their level and the best place to learn how is over at The Dog Training Inner Circle.
It’s the place for canine higher education and if you want in, all you need to do is go here NEXT:
November 29th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
So what’s your favorite way to use leftover turkey?
Turkey sandwich? Turkey stew? Turkey pot pie?
All good, but my favorite way to use leftover turkey is…
Dogs love turkey and it is a great way to reward your dog.
It is especially good for practicing the recall command.
What better way to burn off the pumpkin pie than to bring your dog outside and practice the recall command using leftover turkey for a reward?
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All the best,
November 21st, 2013
By Eric Letendre
One of my favorite quotes from the movie, “Ron Burgundy Anchorman.”
Ron is talking to his friend about a cologne that will make him irresistible to the ladies.
“Banned in nine countries for its sexual potency, Sex Panther cologne is known to make you an irresistible object of interest to the ladies. Made with bits of real panther. They’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it works every time.”
Stupid, but as they say here in Massachusetts:
The quote reminds me of housetraining. When I ask someone if their dog is house trained they usually answer, “Yes,” and then add, “Well, for the most part my dog is housebroken. He will pee outside most of the time but still has accidents.”
It’s kind of like saying, “60% of the time, it works every time.”
A dog that is housetrained will only have an accident when they are sick. If you dog still has accidents, then your dog has a problem but here’s the rub:
A dog that pees and poops in the house does NOT have a behavior problem.
You read that correctly. Your dog leaving a big steaming pile of feces or a huge puddle of urine on your carpet does NOT have a behavior problem.
Your dog is suffering from a LOCATION problem.
Peeing and pooping is a very natural, normal function and your dog just has to learn the right location.
This is accomplished by managing, observing, interrupting and rewarding.
You manage by using a crate when you can’t observe your dog. When you are observing you quickly interrupt your dog in mid-stream or squat and quickly bring to the right location to finish.
Once your dog is finished you reward.
Did you notice there is no punishment in the steps I just outlined for you. Never use punishment during the housetraining process.
You can disagree with me but I should warn you.
Studies show, 60% of the time, I am right everytime.
Anyway, included with membership at The Dog Training Inner Circle is The Housetraining Handbook. A complete step by step guide with videos to help you train your dog to find the right location.
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November 20th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
One of my favorite quotes comes from Walt Disney. He stated:
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
I’ve listened to a lot of new dog owners ask me why their dogs have to be such problems. Why can’t their dog be like the last one they had? That nothing works.
Here is one way to look at it.
Your dog was giving you problems. You hopped on the internet looking for help. You found one of my videos and this blog and then decided to sign up for my highly entertaining, information packed, completely educational daily emails.
Isn’t that great!
That’s one good thing that happened from your dog giving you problems.
The second thing is that you are going to learn how to analyze and solve any behavior problem using a technique developed by yours truly.
Ready for it?
From this point forward, if you are facing any dog behavior problem you can apply the M.U.T.T. Method to analyze it and more importantly, solve it.
Here’s how it works:
M – Manage your dog’s behavior. Management of behavior is what you do short term. A crate, leash or baby gates are all management tools to contain your dog in an area where he or she can’t do the undesired behavior.
U- Underlying behavior. This is a big one. In order to solve any problem, you have to find out the reason for the behavior. Digging could result from your dog being hot, frustrated, nesting, burying items, looking for varmints, boredom, etc.
Once you discover the reason for the digging, you can take the right steps.
T – Training. Train your dog to do a different behavior or to stop it altogether.
T – Time. Changing behavior takes time and every dog is different so your dog may learn fast or may require a little more time.
By the way, I cover all of this and a lot more, showing dog owners how to apply the M.U.T.T. Method with videos and articles over at The Dog Training Inner Circle.
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All the best,