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December 11th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
For years I joked about Labrador Retrievers in my obedience classes.
I would always ask: “How can you pick out a lab owner in a room full of dog owners?”
Answer: The lab owner is the one with the black eyes and arms in a cast.
Labs are not the only dogs that pull on leash.
Every breed of dog pulls, but labs are experts because they are so happy with forward movement.
You can see it in their faces: “We’re going somewhere? AWESOME, Let’s go!”
The four wheels (or paws) kick in and the human on the other end of the leash hangs on for dear life.
The dog sees a leaf on the ground, or a telephone pole, or a fire hydrant and they pull with everything they’ve got.
Once they pull (behavior), the get to where they want to go, like the fire hydrant (reward) and the behavior happens over and over again.
It’s simple, the dog is constantly rewarded for pulling. The trick is to turn this around. When your dog pulls toward, something you reverse directions.
You go the other way. The only way the dog makes forward progress is by walking on a loose leash.
SO – if you walk towards a fire hydrant and your dog pulls, reverse direction and go the other way.
Once your dog calms, turn around and approach the fire hydrant again. If your dog is walking on a loose leash, keep walking towards it.
Your dog has to learn that she or he only get what they want on a loose leash.
I know, this is easier said than done which is why I show how to do this on a video on my website, The Dog Training Inner Circle.
You can see how it’s done and ask questions. Here’s where to go NEXT:
September 19th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
My wife, Rachael, tells me I’m obsessed.
She is probably right.
You see, she says that I can’t go more than a half hour without checking my email.
It’s true and it is usually not a problem until I get distracted checking my email on my phone in the middle of a conversation with her.
She no likey.
I guess I’m like most dogs.
Ever notice how distracted your dog gets when you go for a walk? Most dogs will sniff with great intensity.
This is referred to as pee-mail.
Your dog’s sense of smell is AMAZING!
Different smells in a dog’s urine are like leaving messages for your dog. You dog can determine if the other dog is female, male, young, old, sick or healthy.
Very easy for your dog to get distracted.
Here is how you deal with it:
Give your dog time to sniff and explore the area a little.
Also – you need to teach your dog TWO different walking commands.
I always teach dogs an informal, “Let’s go,” command where the dog is not expected to be perfect and I teach a formal, “Heel,” command.
By teaching the two walking commands, your dog learns when he is allowed to sniff and explore a little and when to fall in at your side and walk with you.
It’s the best way to deal with pee-mail.
You can also learn how to train both commands at The Dog Training Inner Circle.
Membership will help you train your dog to avoid pee-mail.
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July 26th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Angry email from a subscriber yesterday:
“I have a very naughty dog that doesn’t listen to me. When we are at home he does fine with his obedience. As soon as we go to the park or someplace he is terrible on the leash and doing any commands, even simple ones like sit and down. Please help.”
I knew exactly what her problem was and I know how she can fix this problem AND I am going to share the solution with you.
My dog training career started with doing security work with dogs. I met and worked with a lot of trainers that did police type dog training.
One trainer I met gave me some of the best advice, and I have been following it ever since.
He said: “ A dog has to do a command seven times in seven different places before I feel comfortable that the dog really knows the command.”
The big mistake many of us make is that we always train the dog in the same place.
In the backyard, in the house, etc.
The dog gets used to doing the commands in these places but completely loses it when we go to someplace new – especially young dogs.
So your assignment for this week is to choose three or four different places to do some training sessions with your dog.
Next week, change it up and go to some different places.
This will make a HUGE difference in the way your dog responds to your commands.
Training your dog is a piece of cake when you follow the right steps and I can show you how.
Ready to start?
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June 11th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Certain training techniques produce amazing results.
Your dog can be trained in just a few minutes a day.
Your dog can quickly learn to come back when you call, walk on leash without pulling, and never jump on you or anyone else.
Why then do so many people have a difficult time training their dogs?
The answer is simple: Not all training is the same.
In fact, there are many different ways to train a dog and much of the information on dog training is old, outdated and in many cases, downright harmful.
Some methods of training can make a dog aggressive, fearful or withdrawn.
That’s why I decided to put together my Ultimate Online Dog Training Course. I show you the exact steps you need to know that I have learned over 20+ years training dogs.
You see, I got my first dog when I moved out on my own. I was completely confused and had NO idea what I was doing and quickly became frustrated, angry and often depressed.
I was terrible at housetraining and would come home every day to a mess on my carpet and something chewed.
The relationship went from bad to worse with my little sheltie. I started reading every book I could get my hands on and kept getting more and more confused.
Each book seemed to tell me something different.
I ended up hiring a “professional” dog trainer and decided I was going to get my dog trained and figured he would have all the right answers.
I was shocked by the collar he put on my dog and when he started to yank my dog around. I felt terrible watching as my dog was yanked around the yard.
I asked if there was another way to train and was laughed at.
The trainer firmly stated: “Dogs respond to a strong pack leader and you need to do this in order for your dog to learn.”
One more session with this guy and I fired him.
It was at that point that my life literally changed. I decided to learn everything I could about dog training and behavior.
What started as a quest to find out more about dog training to help my dog turned into a full time profession.
I enrolled in classes, attended seminars, traveled the country and met and worked with some of the best dog trainers on the planet.
I discovered that different training methods produced different results. Then I began experimenting and started to develop a training system; a simple, easy dog training system that anyone could follow to get great results with their dog.
Then I started helping other people train their dogs and eventually opened a dog training school helping thousands of dog owners to train their dogs.
In 2007, I decided my goal was to help even more people understand dog behavior and training.
I sat down and developed the Ultimate Online Dog Training Course, sharing all the secrets I had learned at a price anyone can afford.
See what it’s all about here:
Ultimate Online Dog Training Course
All the best,
June 8th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Let’s do a little Q and A today:
QUESTION: Eric, love your emails but I noticed that you really hate choke collars.
What’s the deal?
Most trainers recommend that every dog is trained with one.
ANSWER: Yes, its true. I hate choke collars and NEVER use them in training. The main reason, to quote Jean Donaldson, “They should be called strangle collars.”
Choke collars are very hard to use correctly. You have to have crackerjack timing and if you have ever used one, most dogs continue to pull even when it is choking them.
QUESTION: If you don’t use choke collars how do you get your dog to walk with you without pulling?
ANSWER: Great question. To answer this question we need to go waaay back to 1904 and revisit our old friend Ivan Pavlov.
Pavlov’s dogs? A lot people are familiar with Pavlov’s dogs but Pavlov also discovered what’s called “Freedom Reflex,” also referred to “Opposition Reflex.”
Ever put a leash on your dog and pull him towards you?
Most dogs will resist and pull back, the same happens if you push on your dog’s back. You push down and your dog resists and pushes up.
This is why choke collars are awful. They trigger your dog’s opposition reflex. You can get much better results with a regular old flat buckle collar.
The trick to walking a dog on leash without the dog pulling is to avoid triggering your dog’s opposition reflex.
It’s explained in much more detail in The Dog Training Inner Circle which you can get started with for LESS than 10 bucks – I know, that’s AMAZING, I am The Amazing Dog Training Man after all.
Get all the details at:
The Dog Training Inner Circle
All the best,