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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.
If you’d like to see how I do this, go to:
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 30th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Today I’d like to share an easy way to deal with behavior problems.
It’s very simple advice but about 80% of the dogs I’ve seen need more of this.
But first…a story.
I once got a call to work with a lady that had a border collie with a chewing problem.
She said the chewing was a big problem and it was costing her money and asked if I could set up an appointment quickly.
Sure, I know how it is. You come home and find your shoes chewed up, it can get annoying.
I had no idea how bad this dog’s chewing problem was.
You see, this dog didn’t have a chewing problem. This dog had a destruction problem.
When I arrived at the house, the nice lady showed me around her apartment. She then took me into one room where her dog had actually chewed a hole in the wall and went into the neighbor’s apartment and chewed their stuff.
Expensive? No kidding.
Come to find out her border collie was spending long hours alone and was getting very little exercise.
Most of my advice was focused on one thing – EXERCISE.
Whenever your dog is having a behavior problem, the first place to start is with more exercise. Dogs get bored.
As a dog owner, we need to help our dogs get enough exercise. Then we start a behavior program.
Then you start taking steps to teach new behaviors.
If you need help with certain behaviors for your dog, head on over to The Dog Training Inner Circle which is chock full of videos, articles and a forum where you can ask me any of your dog training questions.
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 16th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
My parents anniversary is coming up.
Their anniversary is on October 31.
Yes, they got married on Halloween. I think it was so my father would never forget the date.
Anyway, Halloween has become a HUGE event and it can be dangerous for dogs.
The big one is all the chocolate hanging around this time of the year.
That is why the “drop it” command is so important to teach.
Drop it really is one of the best commands to teach your dog. If your dog grabs something you need to be able to give the command and have your dog release ANYTHING they put in their mouths.
If your dog decides to clench down and refuses to release, it is close to impossible to open a dog’s jaws. I don’t care how big or small your canine friend is. If they don’t want to release, forget it.
A great way to start teaching drop it is to exchange something of high value for something of low value.
So if your dog has a toy in his mouth and you have a slice of cheese, your dog may exchange the toy for the cheese.
All depends on if he likes the toy more than the cheese.
For this email let’s say your dog does like the cheese more than the toy. You would walk up to your dog and without letting him see the cheese you would say, “Drop it.”
If your dog does not release you would then hold out the cheese and let him smell it. You would repeat “Drop it” it again and wait. If your dog does drop it you would pick up the toy and then give the cheese.
Please re-read the last sentence. “You would pick up the toy and then give the cheese.”
You need to have possession before you give the cheese.
This puts you in the control position. You would then repeat this little exercise as many times as you can until your dog hears “Drop it” and his mouth opens. Once you can do this with a toy you would move onto other objects.
With Halloween right around the corner and with zombies on every street corner you need to get cracking on this command and I can help.
There are more methods to teach this and I share them over at Zombie Proof Training.
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