Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores

Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores

It is interesting, but I suppose it is human nature to ignore certain things.

I find that people often ignore things that they think will add more difficulty to their lives.

But, the truth is there is this ONE SIMPLE dog training tip that will actually make life with a dog much, much easier; eventually.

Keeping a young, new, or untrained dog on a leash (which sounds incredibly complicated) in the house will actually lessen your frustration and need for training in the end.

The Problem

best dog training tipsPeople come home, open the door and let the new furry companion tumble in and have free reign.

Some forward thinkers will baby gate off certain areas of the house, yet still leave the remainder of the house open for exploration.

Truthfully, I used to do that too.  I mean, it is how 99% of us were taught to bring a new animal into the home.

But, when I started taking adult dogs from animal shelters and training them to be service dogs, I had some eye opening experiences.

Walls were chewed, food stolen, and expensive things ruined in what seemed like the blink of an eye.

Let’s face it, an adult dog can chew things up much quicker than a distracted puppy.

If I was going to stay married and have nice things while living my dream I was going to have to find another way!

So, I started training right away by keeping them on leash.

If I couldn’t watch them, they went into a crate.

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It was like Magic

I have to admit, it was tedious and frustrating, but it was like magic!

If the dog grabbed my shoes, the table, my glasses, a bag of chips… I was RIGHT THERE and I could stop him.

If he jumped on the counter; I could pluck him off.

If he tried to chase the cat; I could stop him.

If he began chewing the carpet; I would notice!

He learned impulse control and manners by default!

He learned that it simply wasn’t even worth his effort to do naughty things, and it literally forced me to take IMMEDIATE ACTION!

I mean it is pretty ridiculous to think you would glance down and see him eating your shoes and just let him continue.

The leash keeps him from wandering throughout the house without supervision and it keeps me from being lazy.

Ever been laying on the sofa and you “think” you see or hear your dog doing something naughty but you are so comfortable you don’t want to get up?

If your dog is tethered to you or what you are sitting on it is virtually impossible to let your dog get away with bad behavior.

And after a few weeks he has been conditioned to hang out with you, and you have taught him some manners and obedience by default!

Win! Win!

How to Make it Work

best dog training tipsBut, you have to be able to make it work without feeling like prison.

Some people are horrified when they think of a dog being on a leash or a tether all the time.

And, I admit that the immediate visual image it brings is not one of contentment and happiness until you realize that you must provide the dog with things to do in their space.

I often utilize a 10ft or so tether in my living room attached to the sofa.

And the dog is provided with all kinds of toys, treats and bones to entertain himself with when he is bored.

I would never expect a dog to spend long periods of time with literally no stimulation.

You will be amazed at how quickly you notice when the sound of what he is doing changes to something unknown or naughty.

You will be amazed at how quickly you notice when he begins to do the potty dance to signal you that he has to go potty outside.

And, you will be amazed at how easily he trains when you control him, his environment and his behavior!

It literally alleviates dozens of bad behaviors from ever taking root!

One day you will thank me for such a simple and easy tip to follow!

Tip

Never, ever, ever leave him alone on a tether.

If you can’t take him with you, put him outside for a moment or put him in his crate until you can!

 

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Comments

  1. Catherine Wallace says:

    I have always fone this…it works!

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  2. Fean Wilbanks says:

    Great idea

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  3. Carl Prins says:

    I will try this with my dog and see how it goes.

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  4. maria says:

    What do you do if u have a pit bull at he is tie up in the yard,but yet still bites the wood of the fence…

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    Minette Reply:

    dogs shouldn’t be tethered or tied up without you, it is dangerous and can create bad habits and dangerous dogs

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  5. Karen Garofalo says:

    Thank you for providing dog owners caring steps to behavior management. Your outreach to dog lovers is the best since Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer. You have captured the real essence of training, caring and sharing life with your animal, pal and best friend, your pup! thank you for your ingenius study, comprehension and passion to live life WELL with your BEST FRIEND! – Karen G.

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  6. Joan Nicholson says:

    Thanks Minette,
    Mia, at 2, is past these behaviors, but great advice! I can see it would have prevented her chewing up socks, shoes, glasses and even my husband’s hearing aid. ($1500 !!!) You and Chet give us such helpful training advice. Thanks!

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  7. Mary says:

    I found using a leash on my Yorkie calmed him down. Kirby would get all wound up and would bark and demand attention at the end of the day, so one evening I put the leash on him and he settled right down. Now at night after all the regular play and walk we go on leash and calm down.

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  8. Roberta Gustafson says:

    I never put any of my dogs in a crate while i went shopping. I did a lot of training with them. My son had a 160 pound rott/lab and i was able to tske him yo tge dog park and he was very well behaved. Some people would ask me how ido this.. i just told them time and training. Now i have a puggle and he doesnt go to fog park becsuse he is not. Nutered. But he pretty well obiedient. Itake time to talk to them and let them know what i expect.

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  9. Roberta Gustafson says:

    My big ttouble is getti g him to not bark and howl i. The car

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  10. Don McFarland says:

    Great information and timely for us and our 2/4legged boys. One of our boys appears to be emotionally strange and has an

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  11. Don McFarland says:

    Thanks for info!

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  12. De. says:

    In late 2010 we adopted our 2nd rescued Lab. She was 7-mos old and partially housebroken… she urinated inside. I thought she caught on…she didn’t, just got sneakier. Accidentally discovered she was using a rug by the front for urination. I read on the internet somewhere to tether the dog to me. I did for one full day. Easy. Not scary or mean. She went where I went. It took one day with her. She never goes potty inside the house any more. She is a great dog! Love her dearly.

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  13. Carol Coldewey says:

    What a wonderful idea! Makes sense to me. Thank you

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  14. Hilary says:

    Brilliant idea. Why dont we ever see the easiest remedies first. Love your emails by the way x

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  15. Ann Ladish says:

    We purchased your Hands Off Training-version 2.0. (2 CDs and 1 Audio). Is there a specific supplement to enhance this program?

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  16. Luis says:

    Good tip! I want to add that dogs are pack animals and the best way to get an obedient dog is to learn how to become the pack leader.

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    Minette Reply:

    Pack theory has actually been disproven by the man who came up with it

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  17. Jeanne says:

    Interesting, indeed! I “resorted” to this a couple of weeks ago out of frustration with how fast she could do wrong! Things are better though not perfect, but I’m happy with better for now. Glad to hear it will pay off even better later.

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  18. Michele says:

    Interesting but I have a three-year-old German Shepherd dog that I am trying to train to be a service dog who has never been exposed to cats goes crazy when you say the word if we happen to encounter one on a walk he literally pulled me off my feet he is approximately 90 pounds so if I were to tie him to anything he would simply tear it apart I i’ve been successful in teaching him many things using the method you described on the I tied him to a belt loop on my hip however I am wondering should I get a young kitten that will not necessarily run and become nothing to bark at and yank to the point of injury. I know he would not hurt a cat anymore than he is inclined to a baby bird flapping around outside after just hitting a window etc. he is the most non-dog aggressive dog I have ever had as well because he was traumatized by a larger dog at eight weeks when I tried to take him out of his crate and a husky try to dive in. Anyway can anyone please tell me the best way to acclimate a three-year-old GSD two cats therefore making him truly a good citizen!

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  19. Shelly says:

    Michele, your problem is one many have faced. The simplest way to fix this is to monitor his interactions. For example, if you were take your dog to the park and there was a cat, tie the leash to a bench or tree. If he can get close to the cat, tug down on the leash and say no. Soon he will learn not to pounce on the cats and your life will be much easier. I used this same method when i got a puppy and my older dog got jealous. Hope this helps:)

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  20. Debbie says:

    Mine is 10 Month lab blue heeler and? If I attach him to a long tether he will chew it up as he tried to do when I used it when puppy for training???? We went to puppy and intermediate and he was great, but in other settings he can pull me down if he really wants to:
    Anoth er dog, cat, and he L Love’s anyone he meets.

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    Minette Reply:

    use bitter apple or at worse you can use a chain lead

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  21. Chuck says:

    @Michele – I have a GSD/Husky that was raised with a cat. The dog was 5 weeks old and the cat about a month less than a year. They played together and still do. Dog is now a year and a half and the cat is a little over two. BUT that does not stop my Dakotah, the dog, from wanting to chase cats. The chase is most of the fun.

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  22. Mary Leath says:

    Why is it dangerous to leave your dog on a leash hooked to a table or chair if you leave the room for say, an hour or so?
    Thank you!

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    Minette Reply:

    Because they could strangle

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  23. Buddy says:

    I have an adult aussi, everytime i let him out to potty he always runs next door to the neighbors pond in gets in it, although when he’s done he does come back, but want listen when I tell him no or to stop he keeps on going, how can I stop him from this in how can I make him listen to my command to stop ?

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  24. Tracy says:

    Great idea that I had forgotten about. Will start doing this, thanks!

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  25. Joan says:

    I can tell you that with my boxer he would jump over our cat to go after a strange cat in our yard. Your own cat won’t make a difference in my opinion.

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  26. Mike Lumia says:

    This a great Article on training. We used (or tried to use) all of this when we trained or dog awhile back. Unfortunately training a dog is hard because especially when disciplining your dog you have to make sure to do it as it is happening basically or the dog won’t associate what they did wrong with the punishment. Honestly, I think the easiest steps are socializing them when they are young so they can learn how to rough house with other dogs and letting the other dog show them when it is too rough.

    Great article for a new dog owner! No one wants to lose a beloved pet because they accidently bit someone or another animal.

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  27. Tania Peto says:

    Would this technique work with my two – they always run to the front door barking when someone rings the bell or they hear a noise out the back. Otherwise they are fairly well behaved dogs.
    Thanks

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  28. Karen says:

    We did this with our Doberman when he was first brought home and it worked! We never ever had a problem with him chewing things up and he never not one time had an accident in the house! He was just PERFECT! Unfortunately we had to let him go last month due to cancer.
    We are planning on bringing a new puppy (Doberman) into our home soon and my problem is that I do not recall just how long we did the leash training before we were able to let him have free roam. What is your recommended time frame on that? Thank you. Karen P

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    Minette Reply:

    Each dog is different. I have dogs that were doing great at 9-10 weeks and other dogs that were a challenge still at 4 years (my current dog ha ha)

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  29. Fabiola says:

    The idea genial!!

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  30. JESSIE says:

    I just adopted a 6 mo.old chi-Yorkshire terrier,, She keeps wining when she wants my food or anything that i say no to,,i’m box training her and so far she is doing good except some accidents,, i also use puppy pads,, i’ve been reading different letters and replies,,, so i just put the leash on her next to her bed on the floor near my computer and i noticed she just sits down and is quiet,,sometimes she will go to sleep,, all the help i need is working out ,,, i get frustrated,, i had a Maltese for 13 yrs ,,, had to put her down 12/20/16.. i’ve been so sad since,,, i still miss her and am having a rough time getting to love my little puppy,,,any suggestions will help,,, i believe il loved Molly for so long it’s hard to expect Lady to be a replacement..i feel bad about this but need to vent…..

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  31. Brenda Currey says:

    I have a 3 year old teacup poodle. he is very well behaved, at home and while out in terms mall or in a restaurant. my biggest problem is, the area we live in is remote, we rarely encounter others while on a walk, but when we do the dog goes ballistic, pulling on his leash and barking like mad. if the person has a dog with them it’s even worse, he can’t see another dog without loosing his mind, I have to restrain this little 4lb dog that turns into a raging bull! what can I do to rectify this, zthank you.
    Brenda and Teddy the teacup poodle.

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    Minette Reply:

    Look up articles for attention and focus.

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  32. Kristie F. says:

    To Mary Leath and others:
    About the dangers of dogs being tethered unsupervised: my friends’ beloved little dog was tied up in the kitchen while they were in another part of the house. He jumped up on the seat of the baby’s high chair, and then jumped down under the armrest. His leash wasn’t long enough for him to reach the floor, and they came back into the kitchen to find … the scene I don’t have the heart to describe. Please don’t let this happen to your dog.

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  33. Shannon says:

    We have a pup he’s about 2 and a half monthes old, we have a problem with biting he’s just playing, when playing with him and he bites we say no bite and try to distract him with toys, alot of times it don’t work, after a few times of him not listening to us, we put him in his cage for 10 mins and try again, same results and it hurts with those baby sharp teeth, the leash thing don’t work in the fact he will try jumping on you and biting, what can we do? It’s my son’s dog and he wants him to eventually sleep on the bottom of his bed at night.

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    Minette Reply:

    Puppies who bite need lots of exercise. Biting is a way of trying to engage you… they should be too tired to bite

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  34. EVA Lacks says:

    Thanks for all the comments and Minette, the answers you give at times. My shih tzu barks and barks in front of a per

    son who comes into house. What is the best thing for me to do.

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    Minette Reply:

    First put the dog on a leash, second teach the dog the quiet command. You can find articles on how to do that if you use the search bar at the top of the page.

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  35. Cindi says:

    Our 1 yr old JRT mix who we rescued 8 wks ago is great BUT she has separation anxiety. She cries and does some pacing. We provide toys and treats but she doesn’t touch them while we are gone. Do any of your videos address this??? Thanks.

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  36. Lina says:

    Hi sounds like great advice but I must be the fortunate one as I never leashed my dog and he’s an indoor dog and he’s never chewed or run a muck with or without me in the house..he never leaves my side which sometimes is a bad thing coz he never rests as he follows me every minute of the day..and I work from home too 😊

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  37. Vivian says:

    I was to buy the $7.00 book and when I went back to the email I can’t find where o how to buy.

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    Minette Reply:

    email our customer service info@thedogtrainingsecret.com and she will help you 🙂

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  38. Eric says:

    I”m getting a Black mouth cur and can’t wait to try this with him. he will be a 5 week old puppy. I’m looking forward to letting you know how it goes.

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  39. Bill says:

    I have a GSP a bit over a year old Got him at 4 months. Ollie has basically trained himself. I talk to him a lot. He is always aware of what I am doing except when he is our large yard running full blast which is fast. He fetches thrown balls but is reluctant to give me the ball so he is somewhat his own dog.I am working with him on that and on barking when someone comes to the door.

    Having this guy as a friend and companion is way beyond words.

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  40. Paula Denson says:

    I used this method when potty training a 14 month old shih tsu that was allowed to potty in the house. Rarely did she go outside. I worked quite well. I had tried other methods such as a timer, etc but this did the trick.

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  41. Sydelle Ostberg says:

    My dog is not safe in my area as there are many hawks and eagles above my Maltese is only five pounds

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  42. Sandra says:

    Your such a great trainer! I have learned so much from your course! So has my dog!LoL

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  43. That is a good idea. Now how do you keep dogs from fighting over food? I am a dog sitter and have 2 large dogs and 3 small dogs. The 2 big ones fight over food. I have to put them in separate rooms to eat. I wish I had cages but I don’t.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would rather separate than have a fight. So I crate my dogs to eat

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  44. Your dog does remember what he did wrong. I can tell the minute I walk into the house by my dogs actions if he has done something he shouldn’t. And you can too if you know your dog.

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  45. Heather says:

    I have 2 small dogs. My girl will hide under and behind things to use the bathroom. Ive tried training with treats, but they sit at my feet waiting instead of using bathroom outside. Ive tried wee wee pads, baby gates, crates. All with no luck. About to have a baby who will eventually be crawling around. What am i doing wrong. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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  46. Kathy says:

    We have a 12 year old cocker spaniel. Everything about her perfect, comes, sits, stays,playsdead, rolls, we have a lovely life togeather; except 😯She never stops talking to us!
    Well if she is asleep on the couch with us, but if we ask her to go to bed, perhaps while we eat or have guests in, she goes but then whines all the time. Tried ignoring, tried putting her out, youname it we tried it, except for smacking. I have to admit there have been times when we have shouted, but we don’t like to as she is quite sensitive, but sometimes it drives you nuts. Any good tips

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  47. Karla says:

    I did this with our 4 year old rescue dog Benjamin. I was told he wasn’t potty trained. He was allowed free reign of his previous house. I put him on a leash and made him go everywhere I did. When we were watching TV I made him lay down on the foot rest. Now where I am, he is.

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  48. I have a 13 month Shih Tzu and she has started going to the potty on the carpet.
    I try to get her to go out but she will not go out of the door. I even try pulling her and she will not go out. This has just started about a week ago. I have tried to find a trainer for this and some other problems she has but they charge so much I can’t afford it.
    I am going to e-mail your info web site and try getting your book.
    Thank you for starting to send me your training ideas.

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  49. Would you please direct me to the area telling me how to stop a 3yr old Poo-Pom from heavy growling and even snapping when I tell him to do something as simple as get out of my husband’s lap? Like when we as snack, etc.. My husband is the alpha, has had Gizmo since December, and we’ve been married only four months. The dog will listen somewhat and is affectionate as long as my husband is not home. However as when he returns home, the dog changes! I can’t trust him.

    My patience is wearing thin. He’s bitten me four times already. We are an active 71 and 73 year old couple. I’ve almost gotten my husband to agree on crate training which always worked with me and my late husband with various dogs through the years.

    We still have issues with him pooping when we leave him home and occasionally at night.

    Please…help…me!

    Sarita Warren Parker

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    Minette Reply:

    Dogs with severe aggression issues need the help of a professional certified, boarded, veterinary behaviorist and that is what I would recommend. http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/recommend-veterinary-behaviorist-dog-trainer/

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  50. Tina Morgan says:

    Idea sounds great but my beagle puppy hates the leash, will chew it, if I try to stop that then I get chewed on, and she gets so frustrated with the leash, she will twist turn and about strangle herself. It is not fun for her or us. A leash limits the exercise she can get, so tiring her out is longer and if playing with toys, I end up running with her because I might toss the toy to far for her to reach due to limit of length of lead. I find you need to pay attention to your dog not expect a long lead to babysit for you.

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    Minette Reply:

    I find that you can’t avoid good leash manners and need to teach puppies who chew on the leash good manners and impulse control. They also make long lines that can be upwards of 50 feet.

    When my puppy EARNS it he/she can be off leash but I like to imprint the leash and happiness associated with it, early

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  51. Tuto says:

    It work with my Yellow Lab

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  52. Adam says:

    We let our 9 month old English Black Lab roam between the living room and kitchen. We never let our other English Black Lab have that much free range but now we let him and he sure has been able to teach himself some bad manners here lately he’s 2-1/2 years old. Would I benefit by putting them both on leashes?

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    Minette Reply:

    Yes! THis will teach him what your expectations of him are while controlling his bad behavior.

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  53. Shira says:

    I closed all the doors to all the rooms when I took him up to the porch to hang laundry. I am in a talk skinny home. The first times, without a leash, he peed on my carpet. Today I brought him on his leash and he was great. Kept him busy but beyond reach of clothes basket and the carpet.

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  54. Peggy says:

    I have done this with all three of my Great Danes including the 4-month-old one that I have now. It is such a great idea though my current one howls and moans when I can’t have him with me. He’s great being tethered to me but if I have to put him in a pen because I can’t be tethered, he howls, moans, and/or whines the entire time. Any ideas since I can’t be tethered to him 24/7? Thanks for your tips and info! They are so helpful and am continuing to learn with each new dog I get.

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  55. Belinda Adams says:

    If im leaving the room for just a minute or two, i leave her there. Any longer and she comes looking for me. If i have to leave her for more time i put her out side. I took her for a two week holiday to tasmania where she was on a leash by my side the whole time. I can read her very well.

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  56. David Taylor says:

    This tip works great think !!!!!!

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  57. Gail alford says:

    We are planning on adopting a very active Sheltie Pom mix who is six years old. Apparently he is used to running through his foster home playing with toys and generally dashing about.
    I thank you for this tip. It sounds exactly what we will need to do.

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  58. Patti Jones says:

    Leash is only way to train a pup, I normally keep my Labradoofle leashes to me. Just last night my hubby suggested to let her have a little freedom within minutes she was looking trouble! I had her in doggie pants becaif her submissive peeing if not I would have had a wet carpet spot

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  59. Gigi says:

    I’m looking for help…..I am a 1st time dog owner. I rescrued my pup at 6weeks a year ago…she is house trained to o e spot and on paper but I want to train her to go outside…any suggestions??
    Also ..Im not sure what you mean to use the lease in the house to train bad behavior b/c my dog is a wall crewer.

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  60. Rixane says:

    When Rico first came from shelter he was n leash and with me or in crate at all times. I had gradually given him moe freedom without being aware of it and his prgress stopped and he seemed to forget everything he had been doing so well. My frustration with the backsliding in training was increasing then your email came and caused an “Aha” moment. Rico is back on leash and amazingly has remembered his manners. I am more relaxed and he seems more secure and focused. My bracing mobility trained service dog has not had to step in and correct Rico’s risky behaviors and everybody is working as a team again. I had suspected that something in my behavior had changed to cause disruption and it turned out to be such a simple lapse. Now Rico may be able to continue into bracing mobility training, a specialized type of mobility service, as originally planned.

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  61. Jackie says:

    We have two six month old Morkies that are well behaved, but they constantly bark at every little thing. Any suggestions on how to keep them from barking?

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    Minette Reply:

    search my articles for barking and quiet

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  62. Gail alford says:

    We were blessed. The rescue group we applied to declined us because of my age. After two months of e mailing and phone calls and applications to rescue groups we went to a pPetmart sponsored rescue day from a pound and came home with a beautiful gentle white Escamo mix.. She is only 9 months old housetrained and intelligent. I watch all your video and find all your tips right on.

    Thank you so much.

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  63. Kay Allred says:

    Thanks to my friend Linda Diesel for referring me to you..

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  64. Ann Lamon says:

    My <2 yr old GS is in the house with me when I'm not working, on leash attached to the sofa or dragging it. She only minds me, treats my husband and the cats like a toy. She has moved the sofa with her lungeing. She paws and jumps on the cats and us. We are bloody! Ready to give her up or put her down. Nothing you've shown me is working. Nothing works for more than one time and she starts up again. There is no progress as soon as we walk away she's back to whatever. We can't pet her, walk near her without using force, take her in and out without injury, you'd think she'd learn the drill! She knows but wont do anythong on first command except for me, and not even me most of the time. I'm tired of yelling, and giving commands 6 times, a buzz collar works only when its on. I'm already a member and having no success.

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  65. Barbara says:

    My Golden Retriever is 3 yo. We’ve had her from a puppy. She has never been in a crate. Had 2 pee accidents and one poop! Is allowed to get on one couch (on our porch) and makes no attempt to get on any other furniture. We have 2 dog beds and at night she sleeps on one of those. Has never touched anything in the in the house .. plays only with her own toys. When we go out she gets on ‘her’ couch and is in that same spot when we get back. Ok .. she’s not perfect! We have one huge problem .. Jumping up and excessive crazy love for humans!

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  66. Wallace says:

    Thanks and it do work I’ve notice a big difference

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  67. Carolyn says:

    This sounds great, however I have 2 GS, one is 21 months old, the other is 5 months old. Should I try to keep both on lease and attached to me?

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    Minette Reply:

    Yes, or choose the worse and start with that dog and when you have a handle on that, start with dog #2

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  68. Minette says:

    Dogs are as different as people. Cookie cutter training doesn’t work on all kids or all dogs. The tips are proof that the training DOES work

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  69. Mike Sawyer says:

    We have a rescue Chihuahua/miniature pinscher (4 yrs old). No trouble with his urinating in house but can’t break him of going #2 inside. Any suggestions on handling this problem?

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  70. I’ve got attached new puppy she is 9 weeks old how is the best way to train her. She is in the bitting stage also how is the best way to potty training? Can you please help me.

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    Minette Reply:

    use the search bar and search articles for “land shark”

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  71. Ann says:

    I’ve always done this and it works!
    But with this last puppy, a 4 month old, 28 lb lab/boxer mix who is incredibly strong I have had to be more careful. I tethered her to the leg of my bed so I could wash my face and brush my teeth. She decided to chase a cat and she ripped the entire footboard and legs off my king size bed in one fell swoop! Good thing she had a harness on and not a collar.

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  72. Louise says:

    My Dog is good as gold dog training classes and even pack walks but when me and him on a walk he sometimes kicks off at bigger dogs any advice

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  73. Fran says:

    My yellow lab, Moxie urinates on floor by cat’s litter box when I leave the house . When I come home snd see the urine, he hands his head down and won’t look at me. Is this behavior separate anxiety? How can I correct this behavior?

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    Minette Reply:

    no, it is not separation anxiety.

    He is probably urinating there because it already smells like urine.

    I would crate him while you are gone.

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  74. Donna Rooney says:

    Do you have to have them on leash forever or is there a time that they can come off leash if they are behaving and staying with me. I have a 3 year old pure GS and a 1 year old Shepard/Lab/Akita mix? Do I keep them both with me? They are pretty good except for when a person arrives and they get excited.

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  75. Debbie says:

    I adopted a 1 1/2 year old dog from the pound. And can not get her potty trained. I’m going to try the tether. About how long do you have to do this?

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    Minette Reply:

    However long it takes, each dog is different

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  76. Lindsay says:

    So nice to see this method implemented….I have a 6 year old papillon and a 6 month old pekingese. My papillon had a leash attached to him inside my house for two years…..he is the best dog ever. I just found that I could keep him from darting under furniture with me having to figure out how to get him out….I had two puppy accidents with him. In the first three days….that is all, ever. And like Chet says if you can’t have them with you, put them in the crate. Also, as I let him have more freedom, I left the leash on. That made it easier for me to correct him, i.e. He would dart under furniture or head somewhere under a table….I could just guide him back with the leash. I tried taking it off several times but his behavior would backslide so I would reattach the leash. Now with my Pekingese I did that immediately and things have been amazing.

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  77. Beverly says:

    I have a Pug/Puddle mix. A Pugapoo. He is 13 weeks old. He understands the peeing on the pee pad but I have a major problem. He refuses to go poo on the pee pad. Please help me.

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  78. Doug says:

    I need some help. I have a territorial aggressive 2 year old Boxer. When in public he is afraid of his own shadow however when in out yard or home, no one besides my wife or I can get near him. He recently took on two cops, whom were walking through our yard. He is so strong, that he snapped the metal class of his leash.

    He has now been deemed a “dangerous dog” which he is not, unless you come into his “territory”.

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    Minette Reply:

    The truth is that you have to have control of your dog and their behaviors when the police are involved. If they are searching for a murderer or a drunk driver they don’t need to deal with aggression from a dog. This is just one reason I don’t leave my dog outside and that I require such a good recall

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  79. Terri Tobin says:

    What do you do when the dog chews through the leash? She is about 9 mo. old and i thought to do it when I couldn’t keep up with her grabbing and running with things. She chewed the leash in half–with toys nearby! she responds overwhelmingly to food!

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    Minette Reply:

    Use bitter apple or a chain leash for a while

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  80. Kimberly Harrison says:

    Good dog🐕🐩🐶!

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  81. Cheryl says:

    Should you initially do an hour and then increase it to the point where your dog is tethered to you all the time you are home??

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    Minette Reply:

    Honestly I start all out and give them breaks in their crate when they are not with me.

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  82. Cathy says:

    My 1 1/2 year old golden does awesome in the house. I’m having 2 issues. He barks at everything outside when I’m not with him. And he is afraid of trucks. So I can’t walk him in the subdivision. He won’t leave my yard with me. So I need to let him run outside. I take him for walks at parks but would love to just be able to walk him down the street. Any suggestions? Hates the sound of diseal and associates the road with trucks.

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  83. Tricia says:

    What size leash do you recommend for tether? ( 15 # rat terrier)

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    Minette Reply:

    15 feet is more than enough

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  84. Mary says:

    I put her on her leash and it seem if I had more control and she focus more to me and set or lay when I stop and I got her creat train to and she goose in and out by her self so will it hurt to put her on the leash off and on

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  85. Mary says:

    ẞome time I would send pic but don’t know how and is it ok to do the door with her creat to

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