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May 16th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I get questions all the time and this is a common one:
“Eric, I really love my dog and want to bring her for walks but she drags me down the street and I can barely control her. Sorry but I am getting sick of being dragged down the street every day. Is there anything I can do?”
I completely understand.
Also – you are NOT alone.
Many dog owners face this same problem.
Most dogs will pull on leash and the bigger the dog, the harder the pull.
Here’s what I suggest:
Forget about most of what you’ve been told about leash walking.
Most of the leash walking instructions are complicated or inflict pain on the dog by using collars with spikes or chains.
Try this instead:
The first step is to forget about walking. You did read that correctly. For the next few weeks, think of other ways to exercise your dog. Fetch, tug games, playing with other dogs, etc.
The next step is to work on getting your dog under control while you are standing still.
Listen, leash walking is one of the most difficult commands to teach most dogs and everyone moves too fast. If you can’t control your dog while walking, STOP WALKING!
Practice getting your dog under control by just standing there. Most people can’t get their dog under control when they are just standing there. Movement adds another level.
When you are just standing there, you need to focus on no tension in the leash. You need to pull back on the leash and put slack into it. Once you can successfully do it every time your dog is on leash, you can then start forward movement.
It’s kind of difficult to explain with the written word BUT through the technology of the internet, video can show you how to do this, step by step.
That’s where The Dog Training Inner Circle comes in. It shows you EXACTLY what steps to follow to get the best results.
Get all the details here:
May 3rd, 2013
By Eric Letendre
I ran over my friend’s dog once.
She was a beautiful golden retriever named Roxe. I used to drive a big Dodge Ram truck and it was a gorgeous summer day. I was helping him bring some garbage to the dump and then we were going to spend the rest of the day jet skiing on the ocean.
My truck was parked in his driveway and I put it in drive and as I pulled forward, the back-end of my truck went up in the air. I thought I had run over a rock or a railroad tie that lined the driveway.
My friend jumped out of the truck and screamed:
“YOU JUST RAN OVER MY DOG!”
My stomach dropped and I felt like I was going to vomit. We picked up Roxe and made the land speed record to the closest vet. The entire ride I was trying to keep it together and as I looked at Roxe, she seemed fine but she had to have internal bleeding, a punctured lung, something.
We got to the vet and rushed her in. The vet gave her a complete examination and she was 100% fine. Nothing. My feelings of dread immediately went to sheer joy. I hadn’t killed my friend’s dog. By the looks of her, I didn’t even injure her.
I dropped off my friend and Roxe and decided to call it a day and go home, mostly because I was exhausted and wanted to lay down.
When I think back on that day I realize how important our dogs are to us and how much we provide for them – it really is a huge responsibility.
We have a responsibility to watch, manage, feed, exercise and train them.
It may be a big responsibility, but in my book it is well worth it.
Have a great weekend.
P.S. I have been asked by a few subscribers about the different websites that I have. Here is a quick explanation of them:
For people that need help teachng their dog to come when called: Always Come When Called
For anyone needing help with dog behavior problems: Good K9 Manners
For dog owners that need help with just housetraining: Housetraining Handbook
Obedience training course: Online Dog Obedience Course
My book: “The Amazing Dog Training Man”
Members only website: Dog Training Inner Circle
April 25th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
There are a lot of people that I would talk to if I got a chance.
But in the top five would be Chuck Norris.
Being a lifelong fan, I have always admired him and what he has done.
Anyway, I bring this up because I want to talk to you about you and your dog.
Starting in May, I am going to hold a monthly live call-in teleseminar for ALL Dog Training Inner Circle members.
Every second Tuesday I am going to take members calls and answer questions. I will also have topics that I will cover. I am also looking into doing webinars.
So, talking to me may not be as exciting as talking to Chuck, but it will be informational and helpful for you and your dog, covering whatever behavior problems or obedience questions you have.
AND if that isn’t exciting enough, when you become a Dog Training Inner Circle member, you’ll also get my DVD, “Secrets Of A Professional Dog Trainer,” AND THREE Special Reports Mailed To Your House:
“Amazing Dog Training Man’s Guide To Healthy Dogs”
“7 Simple Steps That Can Reduce Your Dog’s Shedding In 3-5 Days”
“How To Train & Exercise Your Dog While You Are At Work”
AND the live call in teleseminar EVERY month with me.
BTW – Speaking of Chuck Norris, did you know that when Alexander Bell invented the telephone he has missed three calls from Chuck Norris.
Anyway, here is where you can subscribe:
Dog Training Inner Circle
All the best,
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