The Greatest Dog Training Secret Known To Man!

I bet you’d like to know what it is, eh? I’ll give you a hint: Famous physicist Albert Einstein knew it… although he may not have realized he was talking about dog training at the time.

Omaha Investment legend Warren Buffett (the second richest man in America, behind Bill Gates) knows it, too. Even though Buffett doesn’t even own a dog.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the POWER OF COMPOUNDING!!! “But what the heck does ‘compounding’ have to do with dog training???” you ask.

The answer can be obtained by taking a look at what COMPOUNDING is: Compounding is the practice of investing a small amount of something (time, energy, money, effort) into something on a regular basis. And over time, this investment grows, and multiplies! In investment circles, it’s called the “Magic of Compounding!”

How to unleash the Magic of Compounding When Training Your Dog!

If you were investing in a retirement fund, you’d put a little bit of money aside, every two weeks (or every month)… and over a period of years, that investment would grow, right? And not only would it grow by the amount you’re continually adding every two weeks, but it’ll grow because of the interest the investment accrues, too! Dog training is the same way.

What you’ll notice if you set up a consistent dog training regimen is that the more you train, the greater your efforts will affect your dog’s behavior! The only difference is that, ideally, you’ll want to train with your dog more than once every two weeks.

See, by training with your dog on a regular basis, your efforts BUILD upon what you’ve worked on during your prior training session. But if you only train with your dog occasionally, you’ll never be able to reap the benefits of compounding.

Here’s what I mean: Let’s say that on Monday, I take my Pit Bull-mix Forbes, out for training. Our goal for the day will be to make him drop into the “down” position MUCH FASTER than he’s currently doing. By the end of our training session, I will evaluate my dog and probably come to the conclusion that he’s doing MUCH BETTER. When I bring him out for training on Wednesday, a funny thing happens. As I begin to review Monday’s exercises… guess what? It looks as if my dog (having had some time to get away from the exercise and think about it) is now working EVEN FASTER, AND WITH A MUCH BETTER ATTITUDE than he was on Monday! Plus, I now have the benefit of being able to add to what we’ve done, and combine (compound) this exercise by teaching him to go into a “down-stay” when he’s at a distance of 50 feet. (This exercise is called the ‘Drop on Recall’ by the way.)

However, if I’d only practiced with my dog once every TWO WEEKS… or irregularly… I’d end up repeating the same lesson with my dog, and ultimately never make any real progress! The Minimum Amount Of Repetition You Must Do, In Order To Reap The Benefits Of Compounding Is To Train With Your Dog At Least Once A Week! Once a week is the minimum. Once a day is even better. And if you can do one 15 to 20 minute session every hour, you’ll be on your way to winning the Gaines (the Superbowl of Dog Training Competition) in no time at all!!!


Frustrations of a Professional Dog Trainer!

As a professional dog trainer, most of what I do is really training the dog owner, in contrast to simply training the dog.

And what really gets my goat (okay, okay… this is a dog training newsletter!)… is that time and again, dog owners refuse to fess up to the fact that 98% of their dog’s bad behavior is a DIRECT result of what THEY do!!! Let me give you an example, and hopefully you’ll start viewing your relationship with your dog in a different context. Bad clients (vs. good clients!) call me all the time and voice complaints such as “My dog is still jumping on people,” or “My dog is still chewing on the furniture,” or “My dog still steals food from the table!”

Shifting The Burden Of Responsibility To The Dog Owner!

And to be honest… I don’t really care what bad behavior the dog is doing. Why? Because the dog, when it comes to behavior problems, is only responding to the conditions and stimulus he receives from the outside world. Ever wonder why dogs don’t jump head first into LARGE rose bushes??? It’s because LARGE rose bushes have LARGE thorns, which cause a LARGE amount of pain to your dog when he jumps into one. So, maybe once or twice, he’ll gallop into the rose bush… but after a few times… NEVER AGAIN! And it becomes an issue for the dog no longer.

If you’ve ever set a really HOT cup of coffee down on the floor, you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps the first time your dog sees the cup, he’ll go up to it to investigate. “Yeowwww!!! That’s HOT!” he says to himself! And maybe he’ll check it out a second, and perhaps a third time… just to make sure. But once he’s sure that the cup of coffee is BURNING HOT… FORGET IT! He’ll move on to something else to play with. So, when a dog owner calls me and says, “My dog is still chewing the end table…” I immediately ask, “Well, what are YOU doing, when he’s chewing the end table???” “Is he getting a good correction (a negative association) when he chews on the end table?” Usually not.

“Is he CONSISTENLY getting a good correction when he chews on the end table?” Usually not. And for clients who’ve already gone through my program, and have learned how to give the dog a motivational correction… there is ABSOLUTELY no excuse for the dog to continue doing such behavior. As for the above example, if the dog IS NOT getting a good correction, then he’ll simply keep chewing the end table.

But if the dog IS getting a good correction, but still chews the end table when the owner isn’t around… then this dog needs to be crated to make sure that EVERY time he chews on the end table, he gets a good correction. And when he does have access to the coffee table and the owner IS NOT around… the truth of the matter is that the owner shouldactually be spying on the dog, and ready to run in and administer a correction as soon as the dog tries to commit the crime.

Once the dog has proven himself to be 100% reliable, then you can start giving him more freedom and leaving him supervised. But until that point… … Imagine if the dog in the above example were to try investigating the cup of coffee and found that instead of being BLISTERING HOT… the coffee was only luke warm! Well… pretty soon you’d have a habitual caffeine addicted pooch! Or, if it was randomly hot and luke warm, the dog would never quite leave the coffee alone… always checking to see if he could get a swig of your Java without scorching his tongue.

So remember that the next time you say, “My dog is (fill in the blank)…” the REAL QUESTION you should be asking yourself is “What association (positive or negative) am I attaching to the behavior my dog is doing, and am I applying proper timing, consistency and motivation to make sure that the association will affect my dog???”


Three Types of Dog Training Fools!

The frustrating thing about being in the dog training business is coming to the realization that 90% of your time is spent training people, rather than dogs.

To really deliver the results, a professional dog trainer must train the owner how to train their dog. Rather than just going in and training the dog. Because dog training is:

1) A process of establishing and promoting a proper relationship between the owner and the dog… and . . .

2) Developing a way of communicating so that commands are both understood and have meaning… What this means is that simply training the dog doesn’t cut it. Sure, technically you’re fulfilling your part of the agreement. The owner comes to you and pays you to train the dog.

But again, because it all gets back to developing a proper relationship between the owner and the dog, if I do the training, then the dog ends up developing a proper relationship with me! But when he goes home with the owner, he still has the same dysfunctional relationship he’s always had.

So, one of the things that’s really made me successful in this business has been my ability to teach the owner how to handle, train and work with his own pet. That way, even if the owner travels with his dog, or buys a new home… the dog is still going to respect, respond, bond and want to please his owner.

(Again, it doesn’t do the owner any good if his dog does back flips for the trainer, but not for him!). One of the down-sides of being ethical and honest about your approach to dog training (or people training, to be more specific)… is that your business model is left open to one very annoying “fly in your ointment.” And that annoying “fly” is the fact that, even though my dog training techniques are easy to master, and work extremely fast… there’s always going to be a certain small percentage of dog owners who are… well, quite frankly… idiots! These are the people who, no matter how many times you tell them, refuse to follow your instruction. And it’s not that they don’t WANT to follow directions, but rather in most cases that they fall into one of three categories:


B.Lazy thinkers.

C.Stupid is as Stupid does.

I’m going to briefly talk about all three of these dog handlers. These categories, of course, are extremes. All of us, to some extent or another, can fall into one of these categories. But it is the extreme example that makes the lives of professional dog trainers… complicated… to say the least.

They are:

The “Lazy” dog owner: This is the type of person who knows WHAT they should be doing, but is just too lazy to do it. For example, they KNOW that they need to keep the training collar and tab on the dog any time they’re interacting with the dog, but are occasionally too lazy to put it on. And since their dog isn’t 100% yet, the dog ends up getting inconsistent messages from the owner. For example, one time the dog jumps up on the couch and gets a correction. But the next time (since his Mommy was too lazy to put the training collar on) he gets no correction! And guess what? The dog never learns, and the owner never gets results! And guess who’s fault it is??? THE OWNERS!

The “Lazy Thinker” dog owner: This is the type of person who you can explain a concept to, but is too lazy a thinker to extrapolate and take it to the next logical extension. For example, you teach a client how to use the technique for correcting the dog for stealing food off the kitchen table. And that Lazy Thinker goes home and successfully implements this technique. But then responds with, “But he’s still stealing food off the coffee table.” And you reply, “Well, did you correct him for stealing food off the coffee table?” They answer,”Uh, no!”

And you reply, “Why not???”

Their answer, “Uh… I don’t know.”


The “Stupid is as Stupid does” dog owner: This is the owner who doesn’t have a clue. Unfortunately, you can’t always tell who these owners are when you sign them up for training. If you could, you probably wouldn’t sign them up in the first place. This is the type of owner who you can repeatedly tell them to do something, and they’ll look you in the eye and say, “Okay, I understand,” and then proceed to do the exact opposite! Now, everyone does this from time to time. But it is the “Stupid is as Stupid does” dog owner who does it 100 times… in a period of 15 MINUTES! (Yes, this type of dog owner actually exists, and we see them much more frequently than you’d like to believe!) “Keep your leash loose,” you say.

“Okay,” they reply.

“The leash is tight again,” you remind, no less than 4 seconds later.

“Okay,” they remember.

“Keep your leash LOOSE I said!” you say again, this time only 2 seconds later.

“Okay,” they assure you.

“The leash is tight again,” you say even though slightly less than 3 seconds has gone by.

Multiply this dialogue by 100, in a period of 15 minutes, and you’ll start to get the idea. So, do you want to know the Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer? The main secret is that you must be able to use BOTH correct technique, and possess the right handling skill (common sense and a little bit of practice to develop the right coordination)… and you too can own a dog that responds as if he’s owned by a professional dog trainer.


The Two Biggest Mistakes Amateur Dog Trainers Make When Using The Pinch Collar

There are two common mistakes the amateur dog trainer makes when someone tells him to go out and buy a pinch collar.

The first mistake the amateur makes is to incorrectly size the collar.

The size of the collar is not determined by the number of prongs in the collar, but rather the size of the prongs themselves.

Usually, these collars come in three sizes; small, medium and large. I can put together a collar with 100 small prongs in it, and it will still be a small collar.

The fitting will be extraordinary, of course, but regardless of how many prongs are in the collar, it is still a small pinch collar. If you wanted to, you could fit your pet Rottweiler with a small pinch collar, but you’d probably find that you’d be bending links every other day. So perhaps a medium, or quite possibly a large collar would be more appropriate.

In terms of fitting the pinch collar, you want to be able to put (aproximately) one half a finger space between the end of the prong and the skin of the dog’s neck.

[Update: We used to recommend 1/2 to 1 1/2 finger space, but have found that for the majority of clients, 1/2 finger space is necessary to get a motivational correction]

If you find that you must jam your finger beneath the prong, then this is not good, and means that the dog is probably always feeling some type of correction. On the other hand, if the collar is too loose, you’re not doing your dog any favor, either.

What happens is that the collar ends up either rubbing and irritating the dogs neck, or the prongs themselves slam against the dog’s neck when given a correction… which isn’t good either.

A good fit should allow the collar to ride on your dog’s neck comfortably and without irritation, yet snugly. Be aware that, in the beginning, your dog may not be used to the feeling of a metal collar around his neck. But give it time, and in a couple of days he will forget when he’s wearing it.

When To Use The Pinch Collar

For the first few months of training, or until your dog is conditioned, your dog should wear the pinch collar any time you find yourself interacting with him. Just like another dog, who would always half his mouth and teeth available to administer a correction to a subordinate dog, you need to be in a position to correct your dog too.

What this means is that, if your dog learns that he only has to work or behave when the collar is on, what you’ll have is a dog who is a complete angel when the collar is on, but a real devil when the collar comes off. This is what professional dog trainers refer to as being ” collar-smart “.

How do you make sure your dog does not become collar smart?

Simply make sure that you leave the pinch collar on, any time you are interacting with your dog. What this means is that, if you go out to dinner, and put the dog in the back yard, where he’s not being supervised, the collar should be removed. You don’t want to take the chance that the pinch collar will get stuck on something (like a gate, or chain link fence) and end up choking your dog.

So when you leave your puppy unsupervised, take the collar off. Otherwise, the collar should be on whenever you are around. Just like the alpha dog would always have his mouth to give a subordinate dog a correction, you must also be in a position where you can correct your dog EVERY TIME he exhibits undesirable behavior.

After a period of time, your dog will forget he’s wearing the collar, because he will have become so used to wearing it, similar to the way we humans become accustomed to wearing clothing.

The Second Biggest Mistake Amateur Trainers Make When Using The Pinch Collar

The second biggest mistake the amateur dog trainer makes when using the pinch collar pertains to when the handler administers the correction. There is a tremendous tendency of the handler to pull on the leash when giving a correction, rather than to “pop” on the leash.

What this means is that the collar is being kept tight, and not being allowed to be released… thus giving the dog continual pain. This is not the way the collar was designed to be used, nor is it natural for the dog.

When you give a correction, and accidentally keep the leash tight, it is as if the alpha dog bites the subordinate dog on the neck, but instead of releasing his grip, he continues to walk around the yard with the first dogs neck in his mouth. This would never happen. It is simply not natural.

Any time one dog corrects another dog, it’s always done with a quick nip. So, when you correct your dog, make sure you always give him a fast, quick pop and release.


Sit Means Sit Dog Training Interview of Fred Hassen

Fred HassenAdam asks Fred Hassen: How do you use the remote electronic collar differently than others?

Fred replies: There are many things that differentiate our programs from others, but if I were to just mention two of them that jump out at you, they would be:

1. “Teaching with a collar”.

I don’t really think that anyone can be really good at this, unless they learn all of the ‘teaching’ mechanics that go a long with this type of training if you are going to do it successfully at the level that we teach it, which will make it easier for it to be transferred as well. If you read even some of the manufacturer stuff, they will tell you that you need to leash train the dog first, then do this, then do that, then after all of that is done, you can enforce a known command to the dog with the collar. There are 2 significant errors in that thought pattern.

The first one is that almost everyone on the planet does it that way now, and they sure are not having any success with it, or very little success. How many dogs do you see on the street with remote collars on? How many classes do you see out there that are training with remote collars, even though every dog in the class has been trained traditionally first? That’s because it still doesn’t go smoothly in doing it that way, and people want to see positive results immediately, or at least in a very short period of time. People love their dogs, they absolutely adore their dogs, and we understand that, so I went about finding out the fastest transition possible.

That’s the same with any training though, the general public may not be professional dog trainers, but the vast majority of them are intelligent enough to be able to tell if things are going positively in a short period of time. No intelligent human being, is going to keep getting negative results with any kind of dog training and keep it up for very long. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we are very positive and motivating.

We are transferring information through the collar to the dog, in helping him learn, and keeping him at the highest possible level through a constant transfer of information. That’s why they work so positively, and for so long in my system. That’s why we do a lot of video. We want to SHOW you, and we want to raise the level of dog training everywhere.

The late Captain Haggerty said it best after he came out to visit me a few times. He basically said that this training system that I’ve come up with is a train that is not going to stop……..either get on, or get run over. Something to that effect.

2. Using the collar on both ends.

If you have a device and you are only using it for punishment, well you are giving up half of the arena before you start, and you are giving up the better half!!! You need to be able to have dogs jump on and off, bite and let go, run and stop etc.

Yes, there are a lot of ways to do all of these things traditionally, but we are not taking that knowledge away from someone……we are just adding to it. If you just look up the word “remote” in a dictionary, that alone should tell you something in it’s definition that it is the ability to work away or ‘remote’ from you. Having that ability, in and of itself, gives you a tremendous advantage over a traditional trainer.

The problem lies in learning the system and being able to transfer that information to the dog from anywhere. You can see it in our videos, especially with the deaf dogs where we aren’t even talking to them, so it’s visually clear that information is being communicated. Again, talk is cheap…..we show you. Sometimes it’s hard to have an educated discussion if you don’t know what someone is talking about. I experience it on a regular basis whenever I go to get my car fixed. I don’t know the first thing about fixing a car, so when they sit me down and explain in detail what they are doing, and I don’t understand a word they are saying… it’s because I’m not literate in this language.

We understand that a lot of what we do might go against traditional dog training ‘theories’, but we show it in application. That’s why we have all ‘hands-on’ training when we teach it to the locations. They are not going to get it in a book, this system is learned through experience of hands-on training.

Adam asks Fred Hassen: How did you discover your method of remote collar training?

Fred replies: That’s a good question Adam. You know, I remember the very first time that I saw a collar in a catalog years ago. I could tell by the picture and the write-up that the dog wore a box and you had a remote in your hand, and that it transferred some sort of electric stimulation, that was adjustable.

The boxes were bigger back then, and you had to change the stimulation levels with individual prongs, but I was still doing demos in the middle of people’s streets before they decided, but it is a lot easier today when the new “Sit Means Sit” businesses open. Anyway, I see this remote collar, and the thought that it’s going to ‘hurt the dog’, or do any physical harm to him……just doesn’t enter my mind. Not even a thought.

Common sense just told me that they wouldn’t be telling them. I just kind of looked at it, like in the old days when you had a telephone on your wall, but you couldn’t take it past the 6 foot cord, and someone shows you a cell phone. I just went ‘wow’. I was completely self-taught, and just got it and started using it for a lot of different things, and I used it from the get-go regularly. This thing really evolved by me starting by training in the streets and cities of Las Vegas.

I didn’t have a ‘training field’, so the world was my field. I would run into a lot of houses that had walls on them as I was walking down the street, and I’d be learning how to get dogs on these different size shapes and walls, and turning them and all kinds of stuff. I would use the ends of sidewalks for placeboards, in at the same time, teach the dog to not only stop at the curb, but also come through it if I called him, and a lot of the beginnings of teaching the dogs things from both ends with the remote. I’d ride my bike in the street, and learn to keep the dog with me, but have her stay on the sidewalk with the remote, but run a long side of me.

I remember that once I would start running into different things like scent work and things, the thought that you couldn’t do that with a collar also didn’t enter my mind. I would just sit there and watch, and go ‘hmmm, I wonder how I would do this with a collar’. I was relentless in my quest to learn, and I was passionate….very passionate. I mean, once you have a cell phone, it’s pretty hard to go back to the phone on the wall thing.

Adam asks Fred Hassen: What does a typical first session look like?

Fred replies: The first session always shows tremendous change. I think the videos on my website that show us taking dogs from scratch in the seminars, or in the deaf dog video, where the dog knows nothing when we get there, is an accurate portrayal of what most of them look like.

You have to remember also, that we are taking on anything and everything, and in alot of instances, the dogs have had problems for years, so there is a learning curve, but there is a learning curve in all training… ours is just tremendously shorter. We can do things that you just couldn’t do traditionally.

I think that what makes the training that we do so popular, and why all the businesses are doing so well, is because it does look so well right from the beginning. As I’ve said earlier, people love their dogs, and they want to see improvement fast. They can tell positive improvement immediately. That is the main reason that we do everything in public.

We want the people to see. A lot of people may have preconceived notions before they start, but it’s usually pretty obvious to them once they see the immediate change, and once they see how happy they are. Happy dogs sell. Whether you are in a competition, or with a pet dog client, a happy dog sells, and they want to see a happy dog. We obviously would not be doing everything publicly if we weren’t producing happy dogs and happy owners.

I’m a strong believer that if you are a professional dog trainer, that you should be doing a demo with not only your own dog, but letting the people see what you do with their dog as well, before they make a decision. It’s kind of like buying a T.V. and asking the salesman to turn the picture on. If you are a positive trainer, you shouldn’t have any problem showing positive changes immediately, or in a reasonably short amount of time.

I think this will raise the people’s consciousness about dog training in general, and raise the bar dramatically, and educate the consumer. Next time you go in to buy a T.V., don’t forget to ask them to turn it on so you can at least see the picture.

Cesar Millan Impressed Her

Shayne Rusbatch, a dog trainer from
Christchurch, New Zealand
shares his thoughts on Cesar Millan:

“My points about Cesar: We have had him on our TV for a long time now and I have watched probably 25 episodes.  I too have been impressed with his attitude towards dogs and training.

On a couple of shows he was training using the pinch collar.  If I hadn’t known what it was it wouldn’t have been obvious, but on one show he showed it to the camera and explained how it should be used and that whatever works for the client and dog, he is happy with. I found this very refreshing especially since there is so much misinformation concerning this very useful training tool.”

Dog Whisperer – Man Impressed More By Cesar Millan Working With Owners

John K. Matyl expresses his opinion:
“I was not really impressed with his work with dogs
as much as his work with the owners.”

I personally had to sit through multiple episodes of his show one Saturday when I was visiting my daughter and twin Granddaughters.  So here is my two-cents.

I was not really impressed with his work with the dogs as much as his work with the owners. He developed their trust and they believed his every word rather quickly, a good trait (may have been a lot of editing though). But after watching the show (it was a marathon of The Dog Whisperer shows, one after another after another –Whew!) I couldn’t help but notice that he was not paying a lot of attention to the dog’s behavior (read “I’m fixin’ to bite you!”), and he literally got bitten every episode I watched. It even got to the point that (eventually out of boredom) that I would say to my daughter and her children, “Watch now, that dog is fixin’ to bite him” and sure enough, scant seconds later there would be blood on the floor. J

My grandkids would say, “Papa, how did you know that was coming, have you seen these shows before?” (Teaching moment) I then was able to point out the type of behavior manifested by the dog that was screaming out (at least to me) Bite Coming. I think at 8 years old they got this better than Cesar did! As a matter of fact, they began to tell me, “Look Papa, it looks like that dog is fixin’ to bite him.” And they got it right 3 out of 5 times (it is possible that the other 2 times they edited out that bite).

Having had a dog (of my own) since I have been 5 years-old) I guess I learned a lot about dog mannerisms and behavior the hard way (read years of doing the wrong thing, and then hopefully learning). I think what we are seeing here is someone who really has not had a relationship with a dog until much later in life (as you pointed out in the review of his show), and has quite a way to go. I think he is a natural actor, intelligent, and has had a lot of help from some influential people (read Hollywood), but I think it is a stretch to call him a dog trainer. But I wish him success as any show that attracts viewers will eventually help people focus on training their dogs so that they become better companions.

Dog Trainers And A Lack Of Common Sense

Why don’t you really make it a “Challange” and make it six months and then see which group of dogs enjoy it more? That would be really interesting. I see nothing wrong with taking some time to spend training my dog. Anyone who doesn’t have patience shouldn’t own a dog.

– Marilyn

Adam replies:

Perfect! I love it!!! Heck… why don’t we make it 10 years???

Sure, if you have NO LIFE… then fine. Take 6 months to do a task that can take any skilled trainer only 10 minutes. Go ahead. Knock yourself out. Makes perfect sense to me. — Not!!!!

Last week my Toyota truck started to make a rattling noise that was coming from the engine compartment. I took it to the dealer who promtly told me that it would take 10 days to figure out what it was, and then to fix it.

So I left and took my truck to a mechanic down the street named Sven. Sven is a Swedish guy who owns his own garage (and a 110 pound German Sheperd dog named Hauntz).

Sven popped the hood open and spent about 4 minutes looking at the engine, He reached inside, tightened a bolt and then turned to me and said, “There you go. It’s fixed.”

Sven didn’t even charge me.

When searching for an approach to dog training (or anything in life for that matter), find a guy who gets results like Sven. Not some one with no logic like Marilyn.

Think Like A Dog Trainer

A Comparison Of The Success Mindset vs. The Non-Success Mindset When Fixing Chewing Problems!

Let’s assume that both the Successful dog trainer and the Non-Successful dog trainer start out owning two exactly identical three-year-old dogs. And let’s pretend that these dogs are a perfect genetic match, and will do the exact same behavior for each owner (initially). This way, we can see how it is actually the Success Mindset that ends up with a well trained dog that will no longer have a chewing problem. And how the Non-Success Mindset will never have a reliable dog. Let’s refer to the dog trainer with the Success Mindset as “SMDT” (Success Mindset Dog Trainer.) And the Non-Success Mindset Dog Trainer as “NSMDT.” (Non-Success Mindset Dog Trainer)

SMDT will own Fido#1.

NSMDT will own Fido#2. Again, both dogs are a complete genetic match (for all intents and purposes, it’s the same dog.) First behavior: The genetically matching dogs, Fido#1 and Fido#2, begin to chew on the owner’s new leather couch! Both owners come home two hours later. NSMDT says, “Oh my, you’re a bad doggy,” and spanks the dog. However, the dog was sleeping at the time and mistakenly thinks that the spanking was for sleeping next to the heater. (Not to mention the fact that spanking isn’t the right way to correct a dog, anyway.) SMDT, seeing the same thing, recognizes that the dog has just demonstrated that he cannot be left alone, but that it is too late to correct him. SMDT then goes out and buys a crate, so that the dog will not be able to chew the leather couch without receiving a correction.

Behavior #2: Fido#2 chews on the leather couch, for the second time. Fido#1 is in the crate, and therefore cannot chew the couch. When NSMDT comes home, three hours after the fact, Fido#2 shows submissive body language. NSMDT mistakenly thinks that Fido#2 “knows he did something wrong.” But in reality, Fido#2 has associated the spanking he got THE LAST TIME NSMDT came home, and is worried he might get spanked again, for reasons he can’t understand. When SMDT returns home, he lets Fido#1 out of the crate and goes outside to play ball.

Behavior #3: Both Fido#1 and Fido#2 go to the couch and begin to chew. SMDT, recognizing that this WAS going to happen again, and that the dog learns through trial and error… smartly had a training collar and tab (a 1 foot leash) on the dog beforehand. When Fido#1 started chewing on the couch, SMDT said, “No!” and went over to the dog and administered a correction. NSMDT, on the other hand, did not have the foresight to put a training collar on the dog. Nor did he have the discipline to keep his eye on the dog in order to catch him in the act. And when Fido#2 chews on the couch, it is again 15 minutes later that NSMDT finds the evidence, and at that point, Fido#2 is again sleeping next to the heater. With another spanking, NSMDT (using the wrong technique for correcting the dog, and not understanding the basic concepts of timing, consistency– outlined in my Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer Book– and motivation) incorrectly assumes that:

1.) Dog training doesn’t work.

2.) Her dog is dumb.

3.) The dog KNOWS he shouldn’t be chewing. Now, SMDT may not be done with his job, either. However, with the Success Mindset, SMDT recognizes that his dog’s behavior is a direct reflection on HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING AND USE OF THE RIGHT TECHNIQUES. So, Fido#1 may try to chew on the couch again, but he’ll be sure to get a consistently motivational correction that is applied RIGHT when he chews. And after he’s corrected a few times, and then set-up, tested, and re-tested to make sure he’s trust worthy… only then will he be allowed to have free roam of the room where the leather couch is… without being supervised!

Some Words From Another Top Dog Trainer

I recently ordered and read your “Secrets” book and have to tell you how refreshing it is to find someone else with common sense! I’ve been involved in “dog sports” since the late 70’s and have trained and titled in both AKC obedience and Schutzhund.

I’ve taught classes with a few groups and given private lessons as a
‘sideline’. I’ve always trained under the principle that all dogs are
different and that what works well with one will not necessarily be so good with another.

Like you, I am NOT “politically correct” and have not jumped on the
“clicker” bandwagon and the “positive reinforcement only and the ban the “pinch collar” school of so-called “trainers”. My position cost me
acceptance into the NADOI (I got over it), [Editor’s note: I don’t know what NADOI is, either& probably some pseudo-professional association] BUT two different judges made the remark that mine was one of the “happiest” Rottweilers doing obedience work that they had seen and several of my “students” have earned various titles, so something must be working!

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your book and tapes. One of my long time “dreams” has been to do “dog work” as a full time job – I’m 45 & getting short on time I know! I will be ordering your Dog Training Business Kit in a few weeks and look forward to forward to a working relationship with you in the future. Keep up the good work.

I hope you and your loved ones have a great holiday season.

For the Sport!
– Chris Amick