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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 10th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
“You know I was talking to my friend Desdemona the other day she runs this space station and bake shop down near boomtown. She told me that human beings are flawed individuals. The cosmic bakers took us out of the oven a little too early. And that’s the reason were as crazy as we are and I believe it.”
That’s from my favorite Jimmy Buffett song, Fruitcakes.
Yesterday I took some heat about my thoughts on the dog training world.
I talked about how certain people in the dog training world literally go out of their minds if you ever talk about using negative consequences in dog training.
I do get where they are coming from. Dog training for many years was brutal and extremely harsh and even cruel to dogs.
Some dog trainers still use outdated, harsh methods and try to “dominate” the dog.
I get it because Human Beings Are Flawed Individuals – including me.
I make mistakes when it comes to training (not many, hehe!)
The problem with using negative methods is that it has side effects. If you have a shock collar on your dog and your timing is wrong, your dog is going to get confused. If the stimulation from the collar is high it could negatively affect the dog.
A prong collar overused in a group obedience class will almost always result in dog aggression.
So we do have to be EXTREMELY careful when using any form of negative consequence.
BUT – it does NOT mean that we can never use any form of negative in training.
Here is a simple formula to remember. If you want your dog to learn something: sit, down, come, stay, etc. use positive consequences. Loads and loads of positive consequences.
If you want your dog to STOP doing a behavior, learn how to associate the behavior with a negative consequence but this does come with one MAJOR caveat:
The negative consequence should not be associated with you. It should be associated with the behavior.
Positive consequences should be associated with you. All good stuff comes from you which will build trust and confidence and your dog will do great with obedience.
All negative consequences should be associated with the behavior.
I show many different ways on how this can be done on The Good K9 Manners Course. If you want your dog to STOP jumping, barking, chewing and more head on over here NEXT:
September 9th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
Busy weekend for your friend The Amazing Dog Training Man.
Even though I split wood, walked the dog, played with Scarlett and helped around the house, come 1:00PM on Sunday it all stopped and I parked my butt on the couch to watch Patriots football.
Actually, I parked it around 12:30 and since I had a few minutes I hopped on my laptop and came across this article from The New York Times: “Why Women Can’t Do Pull Ups”
According to a University of Daytona study, exercise physiologists worked with 17 women and coached them over three months to do one pull up. After the three months not one of them could do a pull up. What did the “experts” conclude:
Women Can’t Do Pull Ups.
Have you ever heard of anything so stupid?
My wife, a former gymnast and national champion used to hammer out pull ups and had incredible upper body strength.
The lesson from this little chestnut is this: Experts can be wrong – often!
In the dog training world, dog lovers have been told for years to NEVER play tug o war, never let the dog on the bed, never feed “people food,” don’t start training until six months old, never let your dog walk out the door in front of you and the list goes on and on.
Everything just listed is BUNK!
Tug games are great, your dog can sleep on the bed if you’d like, people food can be much more healthy for your dog, training should start at eight weeks old, don’t even get me started about the whole door discussion.
I think the best advice is to question everything and everyone – including me.
But I do have a 97.3 accuracy rating on the subject of dog training
Anyway, the best place to ask me a question or to question my methods is on the forum at The Dog Training Inner Circle where I answer questions and help people like you get better training results and improve behavior.
If you want in, here is where to go NEXT:
September 5th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
We hear about goals all the time.
We are always told we have to set a goal and think about it all the time and that is how you’ll achieve your goal.
The problem is that I have seen so many people write out their goals and never come close to achieving them.
I used to work for an organization that was obsessed with goals. We would have weekly phone meetings to discuss goals. Monthly meetings to discuss goals. Yearly goal setting sessions. It went on and on.
A lot of discussion about goals but we never came close to achieving any of them.
I’ve given a lot of thought to this because working with dogs that have behavior problems, I know that the dog owner has a simple goal: You want your dog to stop jumping, pulling on leash, barking, chewing, etc.
I have thought about this a lot and I truly believe the goal is important. . .
. . .BUT!
I think there is something more important that the goal.
And that is:
You have to develop a plan that will lead you to your goal.
The plan is what has to be focused on and followed on a daily basis.
If you want your dog to come when called, do a five minute down stay, fetch a beer from the fridge (can you tell football season starts this Sunday), etc. you need to develop a plan and then follow it until you reach your goal.
I think if the goal seems too difficult or too big, the goal will be abandoned.
But, if the plan breaks down the goal, it will be much easier to take the steps to eventually reach your goal, regardless if it is dog training, health, financial, etc.
The one place I can help you is with the dog training because The Dog Training Inner Circle is all about helping you with your plan.
And best of all it gets results.
Here’s where to go NEXT:
All the best,
August 29th, 2013
By Eric Letendre
There are many, many myths about dog training and behavior. Some of them have been floating around for years and have become fact to many people. Here are some of the most popular myths:
Tug O War is bad - Tug is good. Dogs love to play tug. As long as you play with some simple rules, tug is one of the best games you could ever play with your dog. You can use the game as a reward.
Never let the dog go through the door before you - This one always makes me laugh. The conventional wisdom from “TV experts” is that if the dog goes through the door before you the dog will learn to become Alpha. Complete lunacy. Your dog is excited.
They want to get outside because that is where the fun is. Now, you should still teach your dog to “wait” but it has nothing to do with being alpha.
You should always eat first - Another hysterical myth. The experts also inform us that if your dog eats before you do they will learn that they are higher in the pack.
It does not matter when your dog eats. Before, after, during, it does not matter. What does matter is you having your dog do a quick stay command before your dog gets his food. This will teach your dog that you are in control.
Never let your dog sleep on your bed - Why? Why not? Dogs are social animals. They tend to sleep very close to each other. I’ve let my dogs sleep on my beds, I allow them on the furniture. What is important is that your dog understands that you control the sleeping areas.
Alpha roll over - Single worst advice for dog owners. The alpha rollover is when you grab your dog by the neck and flip him on his back. Very dangerous, very confusing to the dog and a very bad technique to use on your dog.
There is so much confusion about leadership, alpha, etc. that I wrote the Canine Leadership Manual to clear up the confusion. It has all the simple steps you need to know to quickly teach your dog that you are the leader.
And it’s included with The Back To School Special. Which also includes The Ultimate Online Recall Course and The Ultimate Online Obedience Course along with some bonus gifts.
You can get all the details by going here NEXT:
All the best,