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How To Avoid The #1 Housetraining Mistake

If you ever hire a dog trainer, be very open with them. A good dog trainer will NOT make you feel bad about your dog. A good trainer will not judge you and belittle you. If a trainer does, tell them to leave. We all make mistakes when it comes to dog training. Even (GASP) me. But no dog trainer has the right to talk down to you. You called in a trainer after all which separates you from about 90% of the dog owners that never do any training. Anyway, I recently started working with a client that is… Read the rest

What The Heck Is Umbilical Cord Training?

Question that came into ADTM central yesterday: Hi Eric, I really enjoy receiving your emails 🙂 However, I didn’t understand some of the suggestions in the last one; what exactly is an “x-pen” and “umbilical cord training”? Thank you so much, Angela Good question Angela. In case you missed yesterday’s email I was talking about housetraining and taking small, 1% steps to solve any behavior problem or teach any command. I listed some steps you could follow for housetraining and I mentioned x-pens and umbilical cord training. So let’s discuss housetraining a little further. Housetraining is mostly about management and… Read the rest

Here’s What to Do When Nothing Seems To Work

The Tour De France. Everyone knows it as one of sport’s most grueling races, covering 2,262 miles. Dave Brailsford knew all about the race and was faced with a job that had never been done before. He was faced with the task of helping Great Britain win the race. The problem? No British cyclist had ever won the Tour De France. Brailsford did not come in and make massive changes. Instead he followed a concept that he truly believed in. A simple concept that helped Team Sky (Great Britain’s cycling team) to win the Tour De France three years later.… Read the rest

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

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

How To Teach Your Dog To LOVE The Crate

Crates are one of the best management tools a dog owner can use. For new puppies, a crate is crucial. As a former animal control officer, I have seen puppies get sick or injured because they were allowed too much freedom. The trick to teaching a dog or puppy to love their crate is to build desire. Using force or bribes will only backfire on you. Steps 1. The first step is to think a little like your dog. Your dog does not want to go into the crate because he does not want his freedom taken away. Given a… Read the rest

Your Seven Step, Ten Day Housetraining Plan

Seems like I spent most of the week helping new puppy owners housetrain their pups. Housetraining can be accomplished in as little as ten days if you follow a plan, a plan that has worked for many dog owners. The closer you follow the plan, the better the results. Step 1: Understand dog behavior – dogs do not know right from wrong. What they understand is safe and dangerous. When your puppy comes into your house he doesn’t understand that it is “bad” behavior to urinate on your carpet. We want to teach your dog that going in the house… Read the rest

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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