Posts Tagged ‘Destructive Behavior’

Did I Ever Tell You About A Border Collie That Once…

October 30th, 2013
By Eric Letendre

Today I’d like to share an easy way to deal with behavior problems.

It’s very simple advice but about 80% of the dogs I’ve seen need more of this.

But first…a story.

I once got a call to work with a lady that had a border collie with a chewing problem.

She said the chewing was a big problem and it was costing her money and asked if I could set up an appointment quickly.

Sure, I know how it is. You come home and find your shoes chewed up, it can get annoying.

I had no idea how bad this dog’s chewing problem was.

You see, this dog didn’t have a chewing problem. This dog had a destruction problem.

When I arrived at the house, the nice lady showed me around her apartment. She then took me into one room where her dog had actually chewed a hole in the wall and went into the neighbor’s apartment and chewed their stuff.

Expensive? No kidding.

Come to find out her border collie was spending long hours alone and was getting very little exercise.

Most of my advice was focused on one thing – EXERCISE.

Whenever your dog is having a behavior problem, the first place to start is with more exercise. Dogs get bored.

As a dog owner, we need to help our dogs get enough exercise. Then we start a behavior program.

Then you start taking steps to teach new behaviors.

If you need help with certain behaviors for your dog, head on over to The Dog Training Inner Circle which is chock full of videos, articles and a forum where you can ask me any of your dog training questions.

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Does Your Dog Jump? STOP It Today

July 23rd, 2012
By Eric Letendre

Many of you know that I was not the brightest bulb in the tanning bed when I was in school.

I wish I had put more effort into learning, because after high school I did continue my education by going to school to learn how to train dogs.

There was a lot to learn and I was in trouble every time there was a test.

Luckily, I came up with a way to help pass tests.

I didn’t cheat but I did use acronyms to increase my ability to pass tests.

I continued coming up with acronyms when it came to dog training and I developed one that I have been teaching to dog owners for years and I am going to share it with you today.

The M.U.T.T. Method is what you can use whenever you have a behavior problem.

Here’s how it works:

When you have a behavior problem, the first thing you have to do is Manage the behavior.

The next step is to figure out what the Underlying problem is.

Next, you need to Teach your dog new behaviors and the last step is


For instance if your dog digs, the first step is to manage the behavior by not allowing the dog outside by himself.

The next step is to figure out what the underlying problem is.

Is it breed specific?

Is the dog bored?


Once you determine what the underlying problem is, you can now start to teach a different behavior.

One of my dogs loved to dig so I built him his own sandbox. He could dig as much as he wanted because I would fill it back up.

It took me about a week to teach him that was the only place he was allowed to dig.

Following the M.U.T.T Method can help you with ANY behavior problem.

Try it out and see for yourself, and if you really want to learn more about fixing behavior problems, you’ll want to dig in to the Good K9 Manners course

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You’ll be able to stop begging, jumping, stealing and more.

All the best,


Drunk Fisherman Teaches Me About Dog Training

June 25th, 2012
By Eric Letendre

Drunk Fisherman Teaches Me About Dog Training

I did something Friday night that I rarely do.

Something I am really bad at.

I went fishing with my good friend, Geoff, and my wife, Rachael.

We had a great time and I actually caught a fish.

Anyway, I shared with Rach a favorite story of mine that I used to tell when teaching group obedience classes.

Here’s the story:

“A man went fishing one day. He looked over the side of his boat and saw a snake with a frog in its mouth. Feeling sorry for the frog, he reached down, gently took the frog from the snake, and set the frog free.

But then he felt sorry for the snake. He looked around the boat, but he had no food. All he had was a bottle of bourbon. So he opened the bottle and gave the snake a few shots.

The snake went off happy, the frog was happy, and the man was happy to have performed such good deeds. He thought everything was great until about ten minutes passed and he heard something knock against the side of the boat.

With stunned disbelief, the fisherman looked down and saw the snake was back with two frogs!”

Moral of the story – what gets rewarded gets repeated.

I really like this story because there is a good moral to the story BUT…

…there is also a HIDDEN moral to the story.

The hidden moral is: “UNINTENTIONAL Reinforcement.”

Which is very important to understand when you train your dog.

Many common behavior problems are rewarded unintentionally by the owners.

Jumping is one of the TOP 3 behavior problems.

Most dog owners want their dogs to stop jumping and discourage it but the behavior seems to get worse.

Unintentional reinforcement is in full swing.

Once you are aware of unintentional reinforcement and know what to do you can get much better results and prevent many common behavior problems from becoming full blown headaches.

In the Good K9 Manners course, I reveal how I easily STOP jumping within 5 to 10 minutes and how to stop begging, stealing, barking and more.

Best of all…

…it’s easy, effective, and you and your dog will learn what to do.

AND, you can get it for the next few days for $10.00 off. Just use the coupon code 10-OFFK9MANNERS

To get started, go here now:

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All the best,


Amazing Dog Training Man Is Miserable…

June 21st, 2011
By Eric Letendre

Yes, today I am miserable.

Life is good, no problems with the wife, dog is healthy, business is good, family is safe.

So why an I miserable?

Well my dog loving friend, it all has to do with a weed whacker and a BIG patch of poison ivy that I did not see.

I sit here with it on my face, legs, arms and back.


…that is NOT going to stop me from helping you solve your dog training and behavior problems, so let’s mush on!

Many dog owners wonder about being the “alpha” or the “pack leader.”

Dogs are extremely social animals, and it is the reason why we need to establish some order. Your dog can develop big problems if you are not seen as the one in charge.

Aggression, destructive behavior, housetraining, barking, jumping and chewing are just a few of the behaviors that can develop when the owner is not the pack leader.

Why would a dog develop some of these behaviors, you ask?

I can answer that question with one word:


It is kind of like a kid in the house. Kids that grow up in houses with strong parental guidance tend to be more stable adults. The guidance has to be fair and consistent and it is the same with dogs. A strong leader does not hit, scream, yell or threaten.

Dog trainers used to teach dog owners to be tough with their dogs and to hit, scold, scruff shake and do alpha roll-overs.

Not good, because when you use aggression it is just a matter of time before your dog will get aggressive with you.

Being a strong leader is simple.

Instead of using force, you control the activites that are important to your dog. You control:

Sleeping areas
Social contact

I can take just about any dog and within about a week, I can teach the dog that I am the one in charge without ever touching the dog.

If you’d like to learn more about teaching your dog that you’re the pack leader check out this DVD:

Amazing Dog Training Man DVD

All the best,


Dog Barks Non-Stop For Six Years

October 16th, 2010
By Eric Letendre

Tiny Dog Has Been Barking Nonstop For 6 Years

Funny little video a friend sent to me. My friend sent it to me because he has a little eight month old beagle that likes to bark all the time.  He sent it to thank me because I helped him bring his dog’s barking problem under control.

You see, when he contacted me a few months ago I sent him to the Good K9 Manners course which has a section on how to fix any barking problem. Barking is no longer a problem.

In case you missed it you can still get the Good K9 Manners course for less than you think.

Go to Good K9 Manners and type DOGTVMANNERS to get the complete course at a special price but it won’t last much longer.

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About the author…

Eric LetendreEric Letendre is a professional dog trainer from the United States. For more than 20 years, he has been developing dog training techniques that have worked for dog owners all over the world. Eric operates from a home office or a laptop while traveling and draws on his experience and passion for dog training to show others how to develop a dog that is truly “Man’s Best Friend”.

Eric is the author of numerous reports, the E-Book “101 Ways to Hack Your Dog’s Behavior,” “The Amazing Dog Training Man Book,” and produced and stars in his DVD “Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer.”

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