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

“I don’t know if I can keep this dog.”

“I don’t know if I can keep this dog.”
“I don’t know if I can keep this dog.” I hear those nine words every week. It is followed with: “I love this dog but I can’t live with him. He jumps, bites, grabs the leash making walks impossible.” With tears in their eyes they add how their dog can be really good at times but when he gets excited and overstimulated, they can’t handle him. I really do understand what the dog owners are going through. They feel guilty, frustrated, depressed, and angry all at the same time. In many ways it is NOT the dog owner’s fault. The… Read the rest

Can Training Help Your Dog Become A Good Citizen?

Can Training Help Your Dog Become A Good Citizen?
Is your dog a good citizen? Can a dog become a good citizen? YES! Your dog can and should become a good citizen and I am going to tell you how. Many of you may think I’m smart when it comes to understanding behavior. I could argue the point both ways because sometimes I am a complete bonehead. Let me splain: Being the ever helpful husband and father, I often pitch in to help with the dishes. We don’t have a dishwasher and with two small children dishes pile up fast. I started working at my uncle’s restaurant when I… Read the rest

Can You Train Your Dog In 1 Minute A Day?

Can You Train Your Dog In 1 Minute A Day?
Can you train your dog in 1 minute a day? YES! And I am going to prove just training one minute a day can AND should be done. Every week I traverse the SouthCoast and parts of Rhode Island doing between 35 to 40 appointments a week. Every month I see a lot of dogs and owners. When I show up for the second or third appointment I hear the same comment. It goes like this: “I must be honest with you Eric. I didn’t do much training this week.” I ALWAYS tell the owner I understand, because I do.… Read the rest

3 Magic Words To Solve All Dog Training Problems

3 Magic Words To Solve All Dog Training Problems
Don’t you hate it when someone says: “3 Magic Words To Solve All Dog Training and Behavior Problems.” It sounds too good to be true. It is such a strong statement it must be just a way to get me to read further. BUT… I am being completely honest when I say there are just three words, that if followed will solve all your dog training and behavior problems. I teach these three words to every client I work with and repeat them often and I will share them with you in this message. Yesterday I was in New Bedford,… 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

8 Power Words That Will Protect Your Dog

8 Power Words That Will Protect Your Dog
Are there really 8 words which can protect your dog? YES! There are 8 power words you can use which will get unknown dog owners to quickly leash their dogs and leave you alone. And I am going to share these eight words for you to use. I mentioned in yesterday’s post to send me an email if you’d like to know the eight words and... my inbox was flooded. So much so I decided to give them to everyone on my email list. One great email came in from Jenna, a dog trainer in New Jersey. She makes a… Read the rest

Does Your Dog Lose It On Leash Around Other Dogs?

Does Your Dog Lose It On Leash Around Other Dogs?
Is your dog impossible to control on leash around other dogs? This blog post is going help you with this frustrating behavior. Pass it on to any friend struggling with a dog who has this behavior. Many dog owners want to take their dog for a walk but they can’t do it. They can’t take their dog for a walk because their dog goes completely crazy and out of control at the sight of a person or another dog. The owner has to resort to walking early in the morning or late at night to avoid any confrontations. This is… Read the rest

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