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April 18th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I want to tell you how I got my now wife,Rachael, to go out with me for the first time.
I hatched a plan because I do not handle rejection very well.
I figured if she said “No,” I would not get a second chance.
Here is the boiled down version:
A famous writer was coming to her old college to speak. Tickets were NOT cheap.
Anyway, I had the speaker’s books and struck up a conversation with Rach. I told her how much I liked this guy’s books and asked her if she would like to read them.
She said yes and took them home. A few days later I approached her and asked her if she liked the writer.
Luckily, she said she did and we talked about him for a few minutes.
Everyday I made it a point to talk about this writer with her.
After doing this for about a week I told her that the writer was coming to the University of Rhode Island to speak.
Now here is the dealio: I did NOT ask her to go with me.
I picked up the phone and called one of my friends. I asked him if he’d like to go with me. Before he could answer I said, “Ah, that’s too bad. Take care.” and hung up.
I repeated the process two more times right in front of her.
After the third call I turned to Rachael and said: “Wow, I can’t believe this. This great writer is going to be in our backyard, tickets are $150 apiece and no one wants to go.”
Rach said, “I’ll go with you.”
BINGO, BANGO, BONGO!!!
Anyway, that is THE secret to teaching your dog to come when called.
Set your dog up for success. The best way to do this is to practice the “Spring Loaded Recall Exercise.”
The good news is that I break this all down for you and show the EXACT steps you need to follow and much more. Here’s where to go NOW:
April 16th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Never a dull moment around here.
I was doing some training with a guy and I really can’t figure out why he hired me.
You see, I was helping him teach his dog to come when called. He wanted to be able to let his dog off leash and run around but his dog did a very common behavior.
His dog did come when called.
IN fact, his dog’s recall was quite impressive.
His dog would come racing towards him BUT…
…would stop about three feet away from him. His dog would stay about three feet away and was impossible to catch.
Making it impossible to put the dog back on leash. When I tried to show the guy what to do he informed me that he knew what to do and refused to take any instruction.
I don’t know why this happens but every once in awhile I end up working with a “know it all” that refuses my help.
So I want to share with you a very important part of teaching your dog to come when called.
When you are teaching your dog to come when called always, Always, ALWAYS, make sure you have your dog’s collar in your hand BEFORE giving your dog the treat.
Call your dog to you with the treat in your hand. Once your dog comes to you, reach down and take hold of your dog’s collar and then give the treat.
This teaches your dog to come all the way to you and conditions your dog to accept a hand taking the collar.
This little training nugget will come in extremely handy in many situations – believe you me.
Most dogs LOVE playing keep away and you want to avoid that as much as possible.
And you know what?
I show you EXACTLY how to do this and much more in The Ultimate Online Recall Course with videos and instructions for teaching your dog to come when called.
Here’s where to go NEXT:
Always Come When Called
April 4th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I have a cousin that used to work second shift at a warehouse. Most of the people working there played the lottery. Every Friday night, my cousin would get on the loudspeaker and announce the winning numbers to the shift workers.
One Friday afternoon, my cousin saw that some of his coworker’s tickets were on the table. He glanced at them and wrote down the numbers.
Come 8:00PM my cousin fires up the loudspeaker and everyone and everything in the warehouse stops to hear the winning numbers.
My cousin, thinking he was about to pull off the world’s greatest practical joke, doesn’t read the correct winning numbers, he reads the numbers from his coworker’s ticket.
Complete silence for about ten seconds and then he hears a giant crash on the warehouse floor.
The coworker who thought he had just won the lottery drove his forklift into a wall, jumped off of it, ran up to his supervisor, extended both of his middle digits and screamed two words that I won’t share.
My cousin, hearing the crash and screaming immediately thought: “This is not good.”
Hey we all make mistakes.
Mistakes will also happen when you train your dog. I just got an email from a nice person that thinks she has completely ruined her dog’s recall (come when called) command.
After reading these fun filled, entertaining, informative emails she realized that she has been doing a lot wrong.
Here’s what I shared with her:
“Dogs are extremely forgiving. As long as you have not done a lot of negative training, your dog can and will learn to come back to you when you call.”
I’m not kidding, dogs are extremely forgiving and they can learn even if we have made a lot of mistakes. I still make an occasional mistake but I don’t worry because I don’t use negative training methods.
Whenever I make a mistake training a dog I remember my cousin’s little fiasco and realize that it’s all good and move on.
Anyway, if you’re worried about making mistakes with the recall command, you can breath easy because I have put together the ULTIMATE course on teaching your dog to come when called showing the EXACT methods and techniques you need to know.
Get all the details here:
Ultimate Online Recall Course
March 28th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I don’t want to go on a rant here but…
…I really hate when dog owners do this.
Let me back up a second.
I have a little 8lb. dog, Martini, that I bring walking everyday on a bike path behind my house.
It’s a great place to go walking and there are a lot of fields where you can let your dog off-leash and run.
I was walking past one of these fields with Martini when I heard someone yelling.
I couldn’t make out what they were saying at first.
Then faintly I heard, “Don’t woooorrrrrrry, heeeeeeees frieeeennnnndly.”
“Don’t worry he’s friendly.” What the heck was she talking about I said to myself.
Then out of nowhere, a HUGE lab mix tackled Martini. The dog did not want to hurt Martini but he was playing way too rough with her and freaking her out.
Now, what you have to understand at this point is that I have had this happen more than once. No amount of pleading, begging or asking will get most people to get their dog away from another dog or person. If I had asked her to get her dog away from Martini, she would keep telling me how friendly he was and just wanted to play.
Maybe you have had the same thing happen.
So, I didn’t ask her to get her dog BUT…I said twelve words and within 15 seconds she ran to her dog, put him on leash and quickly walked away.
What were those twelve words?
I’ll share them with you in just a sec, but I want to make one thing very clear. I am all for letting dogs off leash to play and run.
It’s great for your dog mentally and physically, BUT you always, always have to have control over your dog.
Your dog should have an excellent recall (come when called) command for the safety of your dog and others.
Now that we are clear about this, here is what I said to her:
“My dog is just getting over Parvo and may still be contagious.”
Works like a charm.
Before taking off, one more thing.
Teaching your dog to come when called is crucial and the best place to learn how to do it is over at The Ultimate Online Recall Course website.
Here’s where to go next:
Ultimate Online Recall Course
Have a great weekend!
March 13th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I may get this wrong so please be patient with me.
Lately, for some reason all I see are articles about Zen.
“The Zen of Raising Your Child,” “The Zen of Social Media,” “Zen and Rush Hour Traffic,” and so on.
I decided to look up what Zen means and here is what I came up with:
Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.
I liked the last sentence: Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts.
The reason I liked it so much is because after working with thousands of dog owners, I have heard one statement over and over.
Would you like to know what that statement is?
Good, the statement is:
“My dog will NEVER learn how to do this command.”
Most often referring to the recall (come when called) command.
And many of the dog owners that make this statement really believe it. They believe that their dog will never learn to come when called.
The sad fact is that the statement IS a distorted illusion created by their own thoughts.
But here’s the good news: ANY dog can learn to come when called.
Your dog CAN learn to come when called. Your dog can start learning to come when called TODAY!
In fact, this is a perfect time to start thinking and saying, “Enough, my dog is going to learn to come when called now.”
When you do that things will start to happen.
You start taking action. You start feeling better about teaching this command and you’ll start seeing the results.
If you’re ready to start teaching your dog to come when called, I would recommend checking out
The Ultimate Online Recall Course today:
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