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October 12th, 2009
By Eric Letendre
In my last email I said that I was going to share 9 reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you.
In this email I’m going to share the first two reasons why, but first…
…a quick story.
If I was still in high school, I would be on drugs. There would be no doubt about it, some guidance counselor would have suggested and strongly recommended that I be put on some type of drug therapy to get through high school.
You see, I barely, and I mean barely, squeaked out with a diploma. I was really just pushed through my junior and senior year of high school. When I look back on my school days, I was really just pushed through most of my schooling.
I was “diagnosed” as having a learning disability in the third grade. Today I would be classified as ADHD. It’s not that I couldn’t learn, I just had a very active brain and I was BORED out of my mind. I could not concentrate on what was being taught, but when I had a subject and a teacher that was interesting, I was at the top of my class.
So why do I share all of this with you?
Training your dog boils down to getting your dog’s attention and keeping him interested in the training. Over the next few days I’ll share with you the nine reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you. Today I’ll talk about the first two:
Short sessions: Dog training is best when you do it in short sessions. I always recommend that the sessions should not last more than 10 minutes. When you train longer than that, your dog loses attention and won’t listen to you.
Exercise: Dogs, like kids, won’t listen if they have too much pent up energy. Most of the time when I go to help a dog, I know within the first five minutes that the dog does not suffer from behavior or obedience problems, the dog has exercise problems.
This is especially true with young dogs. Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and obedience will be much easier.
Coming up…more reasons why your dog doesn’t listen to you.
All the best,
P.S. If you really want your dog to listen to you, check out The Dog Training Inner Circle.
September 2nd, 2009
By Eric Letendre
Wow, instead of driving down to your local ATM all you need to do is follow your dog around the yard. Watch the video…
It’s a funny video but stealing is a serious behavior problem for a lot of dog owners.
Please leave your comments and questions so I can help others who have this problem with their dogs.
May 29th, 2007
By Eric Letendre
Hope everyone reading this had a great Memorial Day. I did. I went to Mayberry, well not really Mayberry, but close. You see, I went to Tully; Tully Massachusetts. Don’t bother looking for it on a map. There is a good chance you won’t find it. That’s how small it is. I have lived in Massachusetts most of my life and never even heard of this town until a few years ago.
My girlfriend’s Mother’s family comes from Tully and they spend every Memorial Day there. You really get the feeling that you’re in a Norman Rockwell painting. Every Memorial Day, the whole town gathers at the one and only intersection to follow the elementary school band to the cemetery.
When they arrive at the small cemetery, there is a short Memorial Day service and then everyone follows the band back to the Tully Fire Department for home-made donuts and coffee.
Tully Fire Station Where The Coffee And Donuts Were Served
After the donuts and coffee, we hiked up Tully Mountain. What a fantastic view!
Tully Mountain From The Town Intersection
Rachael And Me Halfway Up Tully Mountain
From the top of the mountain, you can see the house where Rachael’s Grandmother grew up – no indoor plumbing and no electricity – talk about roughing it. Now-a-days we freak out if we loose cell phone reception or our Internet connection is slow.
This Is The House Rachael’s Grandmother Grew Up In
After the hike, where Rachael’s Mother had to threaten to put a leash on her Father (that’s a story for another day), we went back to have supper – or as they like to call it in Tully, suppa.
As the day passed and I started speaking with various family members, the subject of pitbulls came up, more than once, mostly because I’m a dog trainer and one of Rachael’s cousins is a Vet Tech.
It’s really sad to see all the confusion around these great dogs. I’ll say it again – pitbulls are not the problem, the people that own the pitbulls are the problem. I have worked with and am currently working with pitbulls that are some of the friendliest and happiest dogs.
It’s not the breed, it’s the person who owns the breed. I have dealt with aggressive Goldens, Labs, Yorkies, Poodles, Beagles, and just about any other breed you can think of. Aggression is the result of genetics, training, and environment – more on this at a later date.
Anyway, I had a great Memorial Day. If you ever get a chance, hike up Tully Mountain and take a look. The view is fantastic.
The View From The Top Of Tully Mountain
All the best,
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