Come When Called Checklist

Come When Called Checklist
Saturday morning I was at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, MA. A local rescue, Odie's Place, was holding their annual benefit to raise money for animals. I had been asked to do a demonstration at 3:00 PM on teaching your dog to come when called. I wasn’t sure if the organizers knew what they were getting into, having The Amazing Dog Training Man offer training advice and demonstrate with dogs from the audience. Did they know what the response would be? Did they hire extra police for traffic and crowd control? Did they have mics and speakers set up for… Read the rest

Why People Struggle With Dog Training – New Podcast

Why People Struggle With Dog Training – New Podcast
My friend was struggling. She was trying to teach her service dog to pick up items on command. She wanted her dog to pick up specific items when she asked for them. This is a requirement for service dogs and she felt like giving up. She was frustrated. Her dog was frustrated. Lucky for her she happens to be friends with the Amazing Dog Training Man and I quickly pointed out to her why she was having the problems she was. We made one small adjustment and her dog is now on the way to successfully retrieving items on command.… Read the rest

Looking For Trouble

Looking For Trouble
I got an angry email the other day. The writer stated: “Stop sending me emails. I never want to get another email from you again. You promote and breed purebred dogs when there are millions of unwanted dogs. You are disgusting.” When I stopped laughing I wrote her back. This is what I wrote: “I have NEVER bred any dogs in my ENTIRE career working with dogs. I do not talk about, promote or even talk about breeding in ANY of my emails. Go back to my blog and go through each entry and I defy you to find anything… Read the rest

Could My Dog Training Career Be Over

Could My Dog Training Career Be Over
Busy schedule the past few weeks. Last week I was in New Hampshire for a two day seminar with Blake Rodriguez. On Saturday I was in Spencer, MA to watch and learn from Ivan Balabanov. Ivan is a two time IPO World Champion. Couldn’t miss a chance to see him being so close to me. And you thought I spent my weekends sipping on frosty mugs of beer and watching Red Sox games. As the great Jim Rohn said: “School is never out for the pro.” So I still read, attend seminars, and continue to expand what I know about… Read the rest

7 Leash Walking Tips…END Pulling On Leash Forever

7 Leash Walking Tips…END Pulling On Leash Forever
I admit it. I have zero control. This little guy jumps, ignores my commands, demands attention, and I always find him on top of the counters. I turn around and he is into something - every time. He is not housetrained and puts everything in his mouth. I’m constantly pulling stuff out of his mouth. Every time I open the door he does his best to bolt out of it and the race is on. Spencer is his name and he is two years old. He was a good boy when we brought him home but as he gets older,… Read the rest

Science Based Dog Training That Gets FAST Results

Science Based Dog Training That Gets FAST Results
Have you ever thought about why we don’t like going to the dentist? Or why we don’t like snakes, heights, sharks or Justin Bieber’s music? I can tell you why with one word: Pain. No one wants to get bit by a snake, fall off a roof, get in the water with a fish that has rows of razor sharp teeth or listen to Justin Bieber, because it is painful to think what could happen. Ashlyn Blocker does not feel pain. I’m reading a great book, “Barking Up The Wrong Tree,” and the author, Eric Barker, explains how Ashlyn has… Read the rest

Why Your Dog Pulls On Leash And How To Stop It

Why Your Dog Pulls On Leash And How To Stop It
Had an interesting appointment yesterday. The dog owner could not walk his dog in the neighborhood. If his dog saw a dog, a person, or car it quickly turned into chaos. His dog would pull so hard his front legs would come off the ground and the owner would have to hold on with both hands and ride out the storm until the distraction passed. This did not make walking enjoyable. And when something is unpleasant, we tend to avoid doing it. This results in the dog getting less walks which is not good for the dog. I explain to… Read the rest

The Time I Was Attacked

The Time I Was Attacked
Last week I took time out of my busy schedule and did a career day talk at the Somerset Middle School. My niece is a guidance counselor there and since I happen to be the world’s greatest uncle, I showed up and dazzled the eighth graders with my presentation on being a dog trainer. When they finished yawning each group asked the same question. “Have you ever been bitten?” I may be imagining this, but every time I told them I had been bitten about ten times and was once attacked it seemed to cheer them up. They wanted to… Read the rest

Off Leash Dog Training On Bristol RI Bike Path

Off Leash Dog Training On Bristol RI Bike Path
I was dog training in Bristol, RI yesterday when an amazing thing happened. It was completely unexpected. People cheered, they smiled, they were excited by what they saw. What was this incredible event? What had people excited and optimistic? Simple... the sun came out. And the change in people was noticeable. You see, I was on the Bristol bike path when it happened. As we were standing there everyone who passed was smiling, cheery, and talkative. But what they were most impressed with was Henley, a one-year old Goldendoodle who was doing “mostly” off-leash training. I say mostly because he… Read the rest

Dog Training Can Prevent Embarrassing Situations

Dog Training Can Prevent Embarrassing Situations
I have to share this with you. Wednesday night I was getting ready to do a seminar when my wife, Rachael, asked me to stop cracking my knuckles. I didn’t even realize I was doing it. You see, Wednesday night at 6:00 PM I held a workshop at the Bristol Animal Shelter. And before any talk, I always feel a lot of nervous energy. I know what you’re thinking. “The Amazing Dog Training Man getting nervous doing a talk on dog training?” Impossible. Preposterous. But true. I have spoken in front of thousands of people. I can’t even count how… Read the rest