Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores

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Best Dog Training Tip Everyone Ignores

best dog training tipsIt 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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There are 54 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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