Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Has Limitations

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Has Limitations
Positive reinforcement has its limitations. This is sure to get me in hot water. But in my never ending quest to help you understand and train your dog, I will forge on and brave the arrows to help you. We live in interesting times. The dog training world is no exception. There is a HUGE movement to convince dog owners they can NEVER, under any circumstances, use any sort of negative consequence with their dog. No fear, no force, no pain, no discomfort... EVER! Here is the problem with the no fear, no force, no pain, no discomfort agenda. Veterinarians… Read the rest

Cure For The Reactive Dog

Cure For The Reactive Dog
Years ago I worked as a private investigator for a large security firm out of Boston. My job was to work at different businesses undercover to root out any theft or illegal activities. The job required socializing with employees to find out who was stealing or dealing drugs. One night I was at a house hanging out drinking beers with a group from work when one of the guys got up, walked to the door and locked it. He made it clear no one was leaving. Being in this situation helped me understand reactive behavior in dogs. You see, reactive… 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

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

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

Unleash Your Dog’s Best

Unleash Your Dog’s Best
High school was a horror show for me. No really, I’m not making this up. I was so bad in high school, had record setting detentions, and was suspended so many times I was eventually put into a program secluded from the rest of the school. I spent the entire day in a room with 15 other students. I have no idea how or why I graduated. I think the program was a place to house the kids labeled as problems until they quit or handed them a diploma and sent them on their way. Which is why I think… Read the rest

What A Private Investigator Can Teach You About Dog Training

What A Private Investigator Can Teach You About Dog Training
Years ago I worked as a private investigator. A guy I worked with told me an interesting story of a PI he worked with in New York City. His friend was called in to help a group of store owners get rid of some drug dealers that had taken up residence on their block. This was a tricky case. They could take pictures of drug action but the dealers knew they were being watched and were very careful. The PI’s couldn’t use force because that’s illegal, not to mention dangerous. This brilliant investigator came up with an ingenious idea to… Read the rest

FREE Train Your Dog Workshop In Bristol RI

FREE Train Your Dog Workshop In Bristol RI
Six months ago I decided to sit down and write a book. As soon as I sat on the chair, my two year old son decided he was going to climb on me. My daughter decided she wanted to practice her dance steps in front of me. My wife thought it would be a good time to plant a garden and the number of distractions never stopped. Writing a book is no easy task and it would have been easy to give up. But I soldiered on. And there is one reason why I finished it. The reason? I was… Read the rest