Bloody Warrior Provides Puppy Training Tips

There was once a warrior on the verge of conquering the world. He had an army of half a million men that made Europe tremble. This warrior had Rome in his sights and was threatening to go after it. Pillage and destruction followed this man wherever he went and he was ruthless. Then the night before he was to get married he died. Not in a sword fight, not at the end of a spear or arrow. He died from a nosebleed in his sleep. Attila the Hun suffered from chronic nosebleeds. He got drunk, passed out and choked on… Read the rest

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How I Taught A 4 Month Old Great Dane To Pee Outside

Hope everyone had a great Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa or whatever you do or don’t celebrate. Little Scarlett got some great gifts but the best one was a chalk board. I immediately sat down with her after breakfast to teach her the four behavior quadrants. I showed her Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement, Positive Punishment and Negative Punishment. I then explained how each one is used to teach our dogs how to do obedience. She looked bored and started to play with her wooden pizza. Two years old and she didn’t want to sit and listen to me explain behavior.… Read the rest

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Would You Give Your Kid Veal For A Christmas Present?

One of my favorite Christmas movies is “Scrooged” with Bill Murray. It’s a fairly dark, updated version of The Christmas Carol, but no where near as dark as Bad Santa, which I recommend only watching when the kids are sleeping over the grandparent’s house. The ghost of Christmas past brings the main character, Bill Murray, back to his childhood home on Christmas Eve and shows his father giving him veal for a present. When he whines that he wanted a choo choo train his father angrily states: “Well then go get a job and buy one.” Anyway, this got me… Read the rest

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Why Your Dog Jumps, Bites, Barks At You – And How To STOP It

Did a little baby sitting yesterday. Maybe the right word is puppy sitting. Our neighbors, finding out that they were living next door to The Amazing Dog Training Man, decided to fast track their plans to get a puppy and brought the little guy home over the weekend. Smart move, I’d do the same thing if I lived next door to me. Anyway, they have a great advantage, not because they live next to me,but because the puppy has not yet developed behaviors that we humans deem unacceptable and in most cases – bad! And I am going to meet… Read the rest

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Leash Walking Class In Dartmouth MA

    Met with an old client yesterday in Dartmouth . He recently got a new puppy and couldn’t believe how bad his pup was on leash. His new pup pulled and paid zero attention to him when they went walking. Luckily he called me in to help because after spending a few minutes with the pup, I realized that he had a great little pup that would learn easy. I informed my old client that we could fix his leash walking problems with one simple, easy exercise. And I’m going to share it with you. Here’s what happens: When… Read the rest

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The Greatest Dog Training Book Ever Written

Started a group obedience class last night at the Humane Society & Shelter South Coast in Dartmouth MA. Great class with some really nice dogs. Some of the younger pups were so excited that they were not interested in treats or their owners. They wanted to party. So a great question was asked: “What do I do when my dog is not interested in me or the treats?” Some trainers would recommend force. Some would advise patience. Others would blame the dog. Not me. I say: “Let the dog have what it wants.” “What? How can you say that? What… Read the rest

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Puppy Training For Westport MA Dog Owner

I was doing puppy training with a Westport, MA dog owner when I thought of one of my favorite movies. One of my favorite quotes from the movie, “Ron Burgundy Anchorman.” Ron is talking to his friend about a cologne that will make him irresistible to the ladies. “Banned in nine countries for its sexual potency, Sex Panther cologne is known to make you an irresistible object of interest to the ladies. Made with bits of real panther. They’ve done studies, you know. 60 percent of the time, it works every time.” Stupid, but as they say here in Westport,… Read the rest

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Terminator Teaches Me “The Spark”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one interesting dude. Regardless of how you feel about him, he has accomplished some amazing things. World champion bodybuilder, big screen actor, successful businessman, Governor of California, there is no question about it, he knows a few things. I recently read an article he wrote called, “The Spark.” In it he describes how you can’t wait for motivation, that you need to go find it. And chances are, if you don’t find the motivation it will probably eventually find you in a form that you won’t like. He talks about the person who doesn’t take care of… Read the rest

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What You Can Do When Your Dog Breaks Your Leg

There is an old story of a farmer from Westport MA who worked his fields for many years. One day his dog ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said. “Maybe” the farmer replied. The next morning the dog returned, bringing with it three other wild dogs. “How wonderful” the neighbors said. “Maybe” replied the farmer. The following day, his son tried to teach the dog to walk on leash and tripped over a rock and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. Sorry about… Read the rest

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Thank God I Can’t Use Tools!

True story. In high school my grades were so bad I was put into a trade school. One year later I was back in regular school because I was terrible with any tool placed in my hand. Fast forward a few years after high school and I took a job changing oil because I had no skills and needed cash – fast! Couple of days later I’m under a car draining the oil and noticed that it seemed very clean. I filled the engine with new oil and jumped in the car to drive it off the lift. The car… Read the rest

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