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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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November 14th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I love sharing little-known secrets with people – especially kids.
Just the other day I was at a birthday party for my friend’s son. Cupcakes were served and I explained that eating a cupcake is difficult. That the frosting to cake ratio is all wrong. You bite into the cupcake and either get a mouth full of frosting or a mouth full of dry cake.
He completely agreed.
I then explained to the little tyke that I had a solution to this problem that has plagued humans since the invention of cupcakes and asked if he would like to learn it.
His little head was shaking like a maple leaf on a tree in Toronto.
I took a little plastic knife and cut the cupcake in half. Then the bottom was placed on top, putting the frosting smack dab in the middle of the cupcake. I showed him how you now get a perfect cake to frosting ratio.
He was immensely impressed and asked why no one had ever shown him that. I informed him that there are dark forces in this world that try to keep good information away from us.
He gave me a confused look for a second but then he said something that made my day. He said: “I am never going to eat a cupcake any other way for the rest of my life.”
Smart little guy.
I share this little chestnut because I want you to do one thing when you are training your dog to come when called for the rest of your life.
This little secret is more important than learning how to properly distribute the frosting when eating a cupcake.
Okay, here it is:
Whenever you call your dog over to you I always, always, always want you to reach down, take your dog’s collar in your hand and THEN give your dog a treat for coming when called.
I know, this seems as insignificant as my story above but hang with me here for a second Sparky.
Most dogs will come to the owner but they will only get close and then play keep away.
Your dog needs to learn that they only get the reward once the command is completed AND the recall is never done until you have your dog.
A lot of dogs also make negative associations with their collars so you need to reinforce this over and over.
Before taking off, one more thing.
The Ultimate Online Recall Course is loaded with even more little-known secrets designed to help you get your dog to come when called in less time than you think.
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October 24th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I loved fishing as a kid.
I spent my summers on the banks of Lee’s River in Swansea, MA.
I loved it. I would spend my days swimming, sailing, fishing and snorkeling. We had a few favorite spots to fish and one of them was a bridge that was also popular with the local community.
The southeastern part of Massachusetts has a large Portuguese community and I used to watch them fish because they were so good at it.
For every one fish I caught they would catch ten.
You see, they were very clever. I would fish with one hook on one pole. They would have ten hooks on one pole.
I would bait one hook and drop it in the water. They would bait all ten hooks and catch about six or seven fish at the same time.
To many of them it was a numbers game. They increased their numbers because they had families to feed. I was just fishing for fun but there is a good lesson here for you.
Dog training is a numbers game. If you want to get better results from your dog training efforts, follow the smart Portuguese men I used to watch fishing when I was a kid.
Increase your numbers.
Increase the number of times you reward your dog. Increase the number of training sessions you do in a day.
Instead of doing one long session, do four or five three to four minute training sessions. During each session, increase the number of rewards you give and watch the HUGE gains you make with your training.
Try it with just the recall command. You’ll see for yourself.
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October 21st, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Ben Franklin was one smart dude.
He understood human behavior like no one else and his coonskin cap proves it.
You see, Ole Ben spent a lot of time in France convincing them that they should pack up and head over to the States to give us a hand opening a can of whoop ass on the British.
The French loved Ben, but even though he was one of the smartest guys to walk the planet during his time, even though he invented loads of amazing contraptions to help and entertain people, even though he wrote Poor Richard’s Almanac, it did not change the fact that he was from America.
No matter what Ben did he was always, always going to be their country bumpkin friend from the backwoods of America.
Did he fight it?
Did he try to prove how brilliant he was?
Did he wake up every morning and show all of his accomplishments to change their minds?
Ben put on his coonskin cap and played up his role. He played the part and got just about everything he asked for.
This is a good lesson to remember when you are training your dog.
You need to play the role when you are training to get your dog to do what you want. I was thinking about this trying to help a friend train his dog.
This friend is big and has a tough time praising his dog and acting a little goofy when his dog does something right.
His dog is extremely friendly and very sensitive. I tried telling him that he had to change in order to get better results with his dog.
He kept saying, “That is not who I am. I can’t raise my voice and get excited about this.”
I shared the Ben Franklin story with him and told him that as the trainer he had to change his behavior in order to change his dog’s behavior.
What are you gonna do? This is common. A lot of people believe that the dog has to change.
It starts with your behavior. To get the best results, you need to look at what you’re doing first. You sometimes need to put the coonskin cap on.
And this is extremely important when you are teaching the recall (come when called) command because when your dog is off-leash your dog has options.
She can run away or run to you and you HAVE to pay attention to your body language. Standing a certain way can actually communicate to your dog to stay away from you. The tone of your voice can make it impossible for your dog to move towards you.
So you need to be aware of your behavior first.
Anyway, I wrote more about this in my report, “8 Incredibly Simple Steps To Get Your Dog To Come When Called”
It’s F-R-E-E and you can get it by going here NEXT:
October 17th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
So I love the show The Walking Dead.
And last week’s episode, “30 Days Without An Accident” was awesome and it got me thinking about the recall command.
You see, the recall is the one command that can save your dog’s life.
BUT – it could also harm your dog.
Let me splain:
One very snowy day I went for a quick hike with my sheltie, Sam, in the woods across from my house.
There was no traffic because of the snow and when we came out of the woods, I didn’t put her on leash – stupid on my part.
I crossed the street thinking she was at my side but she got sidetracked and when I looked down she wasn’t there.
I looked across the street and there she was sniffing the ground.
At that exact same moment a HUGE snowplow was coming down the street.
I screamed out her name, she looked up and started trotting back to me. I had called her right into the path of the snow plow.
I panicked – big time.
I was about to see my dog get killed.
I screamed out the command “DOWN.”
Luckily I had taught her to drop on recall and somewhere in the deep recesses of my brain something clicked and told me to give the command down.
She didn’t do the down BUT she did stop. In that instant that she stopped the truck rolled between us. Sam on one side of the road and I was on the other.
I ran to her and carried her home and my heart started beating normally again about an hour later.
So teaching your dog to come when called is important but the drop on recall is just as important.
Anytime your dog is off leash you have to have good control.
In the Zombie Proof Dog Training Course we teach this and much more. I like having some fun with dog training which is why I developed the course because if you have fun doing it, there is more of a chance it will get done.
So if you’re ready to have some fun while teaching some important commands, head on over and check out Zombie Proof Dog Training. Here’s where to go NEXT: