Easily Get a Well Trained Dog


Now, eventually, you can get a well-trained dog meaning you have a well-mannered dog!  You keep his stress and yours to an absolute minimum if you can only remember to do one single thing. That is to require your dog to sit for every single thing that he might want in life. Just like kids, you teach your dog to say, “Please” for things that he might want. What could that possibly include? Let’s take a look at your dog’s want list. It’s short and it’s easy.

What’s On The Want List

That Gets You A Well Trained Dog?

For starters, you can categorize things your dog may want into four groups: Food, space, toys, love and affection. Feed your dog twice a day. Make him sit for his food each time.

Second thing, space. That includes beds, couches and chairs. Make your dog sit before you invite him up on the future. That’s important. We’re not taking anything away. Just want him to sit. You start to balance things. He wants this, you want to sit. Space also can include doors to go in and out to the back yard to go potty. Sit to go outside and sit to come back in through that same door. Begin to work that with your dog so that there is an expectation that he has to give before he receives. Really, really important. That will change your life.

Alright, toys. Make him sit for his toys. Pick them up every night before you go to bed. The next day, when you start your day, you make your dog sit for his toys. If he want’s a squeaky squirrel, got to sit. There it is. We don’t care if he plays with it right away or anytime during the day, but you dole out four or five toys, he’s got to sit for each one. That becomes habit and routine with you and your dog. There’s got to be some give before he receives. Consistency, repetition on a daily basis makes it all work for you eventually. Alright?

Last thing is love and affection. Make sure that you, if you’ve given away free love and affection to your dog then he’s got to sit to earn it now. We’re not taking that away either. We’re just trying to balance things in your dog’s life. If he wants affection from you, wants to get snuggles on the couch or petting when he comes up and nudges you like that, just make him sit first. Sometimes it’s better with a real pushy dog to send to him away and then call him back on your terms, make him sit and then pet him. That can work equally as well or even better, but earning love and affection is a big thing.

I will say this, every single thing that I have mentioned is not rocket science stuff. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s beyond simple. Your biggest challenge is remembering to get in the groove in asking for a sit every single day in every way.  Once you have your well trained dog, watch the stress go down and the compliments go up!

Now, you will see amazing changes in your dog after you incorporate this. Sit for everything for at least four to six weeks in your dog. If you continue this training beyond that, suddenly one of these days, one of your neighbors or friends is going to say, “Wow, what a change in your dog. What a well-mannered dog you’ve got.” That’s where you want to be, right?  Get MY  EXACT Step By Step Sytem I use with all my clients- grab it now 


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Good Down Command Prevents Bad Dog Behavior


A good  down command is a great stationary or control command to prevent unwanted behaviors or to redirect to just in case you forgot to put your dog in the down to begin with. Here’s a very easy way to teach your dog to do a down in about four to five easy steps, and your dog will be an expert in no time at all.

In this video I use food treats because most dogs, like Keeper, will work for food. It makes it just that much easier to teach your dog a well accomplished down.

Step # 1 – Lure Your Dog Down to the Ground

Now with food treat in hand, lure your dog all the way to the ground, right between his front feet. When his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so he gets up and you can repeat this. Do it over and over until he’s doing it quickly.

Step #2 – You Do Less – He Does More

Again –  food treat in hand it’s time to go to the next step. Now you want to do less and expect your dog to do more, so take your food treat hand right in front of his nose and lure him only halfway down, expecting him to go the rest of the way on his own, just like Keeper. Now when his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so that he gets up.

Step # 3 – Dog Does The Down With No Luring

Your next step is to just put your food treat hand right in front of his nose as you say the word down and expect that he drops all the way without any luring from you. Once he’s down, elbows on the ground, praise him and drop the food treat. Repeat this as many times as necessary to get him to do it quickly. Then you’re ready for the next step.

Step # 4 – Tease Your Dog Into Doing A Down – Say The Word

If your dog is ready for the next step, here’s what you do. This is called the tease. You just let him briefly smell the treat, take your hand quickly away and say the word down, and see if he’ll drop all the way to the ground. If he does elbows on the ground, praise him then drop the treat so he gets up. You can rinse and repeat until he’s doing that quickly.

Step # 5 – Add The Hand Signal to the Tease for the Down Command

Next pair the hand signal with the tease. Once your dog is in a sit, tease him with your food treat hand and then give him a down hand signal and say the word down. Once he’s down you praise him, then treat him. Rinse and repeat until he’s doing this quickly.

Step # 6 – The Completed Down Command With No Tease

Here’s the cool part. Now you eliminate the tease and just put him on a hand signal. Put him in a sit, give him a hand signal to down. Once he drops you praise him and drop the treat. Repeat that until he does it quickly, and you’ve reached your goal. Your next step is to simply work on longer downs and release him once you’re ready to let him up.

Always remember to build time first in a down before you add distance from your dog. Then you add distractions after that. The formula is time, distance, and distractions. That’s how you easily teach your dog the down.

There you have it, folks, a very easy way to teach your dog the down command. Wean him off of food treats and put this to use for you and your dog. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com.

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My Dog Jumps on Houseguests

Dog Jumps On House Guests


Your 4 Step Plan for a Dog That Jumps

Here’s how to work on a dog that  jumps on house guests.

Step 1

It all starts when the doorbell rings and your dog is on leash.

When you go to the door, have your jumping  dog on a leash and just crack the door two inches to greet your visitor.

Let them know what you’re going to do, “I’m going to sit my dog. When I give you the signal come on in.”

Step 2

Next, take your dog out of the way and grab the collar to stabilize the dog, put your foot on the leash, and then invite your visitor in, “Come on in.”

Once they’re in, you shut the door and your visitor heads to your family room to be seated.

Step 3

Then you bring your jumping dog in, on leash, careful not to let them jump on the visitor.

Once again, foot on the leash, settle your dog, anchor with your other leg anchoring the foot on the leash. Just say, “Settle,” one time and your dog will settle down.

Step 4

Now he doesn’t know what you’re doing right now, because you’ve not done this to him before, so he’s a little confused. But you only say, “Settle,” once, then wait for him to figure it out, and he will.

He’ll get tired of being standing there with this snug leash on his collar. Then he’ll eventually settle down, and there he goes.

The Finale!

And that’s how you stop your dog’s jumping on visitors, using the settle command.

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Dog Pulling on Leash 3 Tips


3 Tips to Stop Your Dog Pulling On Leash


Is your dog pulling on a leash? Well, here’s three tips that’ll help you solve that problem.

Stop Your Dog Pulling on leash Rule Number One:   Have the right equipment.

Use a six foot leash, standard leash, no Flexi’s or anything like that, and either a gentle leader or an Easy Walk harness. These work best to stop your dog pulling on leash.

Here you see Keeper wearing an Easy Walk harness. That’s the easiest for me to handle him.


Stop Pulling on Leash Rule Number Two:   Make left turns and circles.

Now I say left turns if your dog is on your left, this is my left, then you do left turns into your dog.

Left turns go back in the opposite direction and circles to the left, your herding your dog, keeping him on the inside like that as you make your turns and, or circles.

That’s critical. If you do the opposite direction, turn away from your dog, he is on the outside and has control.

When you turn into your dog, no matter whether it’s a right turn for you or a left turn for me, turn into your dog like that.

Now here’s the key with that, if you do it abruptly … The quicker you do it, the more he pays attention to you.

It’s almost like you forgot to signal your turn and already starts staying back a little bit so he can kind of watch you, so that’s important.

Okay, so left turns and circles. Okay, and I do the circles if I have a dog that’s really trying to pull out on a leash quite a bit,

then I’ll just do some two or three circles and then do a straight line for about four to five steps and then I’ll do a left turn again into my dog.


Dog Pulling On Leash Rule Number Three: Frequent sits on your walks.

What we’re talking about here folks is to be able to stop your straight-line walking, because it  creates the problems that you’re having. Instead, do your left turns in circles, now introduce your frequent sits on your straightaways.

You walk straight, four to six paces and you sit your dog. Walk another four to six paces, sit your dog.

Four to six paces, sit your dog. Four to six paces, make a left turn, come back, sit your dog, you see what I’m getting at?

Now your dog is paying attention. If he’s paying attention to you, he’s not pulling.

Okay so, it just makes sense to do those second and third tips separately and then combine them together so that you have a really enjoyable and meaningful walk with your dog where he’s paying attention to you on the walk.

Now, once you have your dogs attention with your left turns, circles, and sits, resume your normal dog walks and put your new strategies into place if your dog starts to pull again.

Just make it quick and abrupt to regain your dogs attention. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com.

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Dog Training Tip For Training Small Dogs

Dog Training  Small Dogs


Training small dogs that are extremely hyper and jumpy can be very frustrating to train.  They move around so much!

One thing  can change all that and make training a breeze. Here’s what you can do. You can train that small dog, that small, jumpy, hyper dog on a raised platform.

Simple Fool Proof Trick for Dog Training Small Dogs

  • Raised platforms come in many different shapes and sizes. Your kitchen counter can work or  the island in your kitchen.
  • It can be your washer/dryer.
  • It can be your coffee table, or your outside patio table.

Anything t that’s raised up to give you the element of control.

By doing that, you take the control away from your dog. On the floor, they’re in control, even on a leash. It makes it a lot easier once you elevate them up on that raised platform to do your training. It’s not forever. It’s just for two or three days, for a few sessions a day until you get them trained up and moving through their sits and downs, and then you transfer the dog  to the floor.

3 Things You Must Have to Train Your Small Dog

  1. You have to have a leash on your dog when you’re training, even up on the counter.
  2. You have to have high value food treats to train your small dog, to keep them focused on their lesson.
  3. Last but almost the most important is some kind of non-skid mat.

I took Leila’s yoga mat, cut it in half, and I’ve got two great non-skid mats right here.

The reason for the mat is, up on a marble countertop or something like that, even a formica countertop, your dog is going to be slipping and sliding if they’re not used to being up on a high surface like that. This mat gives him confident, non-skid footing so that they can focus more on their lesson. Find that old yoga mat, blow the dust off of it, cut it in half, or drape it over your counter and get to training. It will make all the difference in the world.

 Training Your Small Dog on the Ground Is Easy!

You don’t have to stay up on the counter for long on that raised platform, wherever it might be. You just have to get your small dog started on their sits and downs up there, then transfer her to the floor. It’s that simple. Many, many trainers do that, they know this little trick. Try that the next time, if you’ve got a small, hyper, jumpy, kind of out of control dog. Once you get them up on the counter, smooth sailing.

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SIT – The Swiss Army Knife of Dog Behavior


A Good Sit is The One Must Have  Obedience Command

Why do I call a Good Sit, the Swiss Army Knife of Dog Behavior, Dog Obedience commands?

First, it’s an easy command to teach. It’s one of the first things all dog owners and all dog training class teach you and your dog to do.

How To Use Your Dog’s Sit Command

Teaching sit is an important safety tactic.

Let’s say  your dog has a tendency to run out the front door:    If  your dog has an excellent response to the sit command, as he starts to bolt you simply say sit  in a firm voice, no yelling, but louder than normal conversation. If you’ve trained him right, his butt will hit the ground and he will stop. This keeps him from running after something and bolting out into the street where he might get hurt.

 Impress Your In-laws with how well you dog will sit

Does this sound familiar?  You have company coming over and well, they’re not crazy about dogs. They ring the bell, you go to the door with your dog by your side and you say SIT. You open the door and there’s your company and there YOU are, with a smile and a perfectly obedient dog doing a beautiful sit – right by your side.

 It’s A Dogs Way Of Saying Please

It is also a great way to train your dog to give you this command, to simply ask you for things.  Some examples are below

  •   He wants to go outside, he gives you a good sit first.
  • He wants up on the couch he simply gives you a good sit first.

The ways to use  the SIT command are endless. In fact, tell me below some of the way you use sit to get a great dog!

Dog Guards You

Does Your  Dog  Guard You?

Here’s how you can create a dog that guards you.

You just got a brand new rescue dog . Lucky dog, since you’re home all day he’ll get lots of attention and love and you two can become great friends.

A week or so goes by and you start to notice small changes. Your best friend comes over and goes to give you a hug and you think you hear the slightest growl coming from your new dog.

You dismiss it as you know how sweet your new dog is, he would never do that.

A few more weeks go by and you two have really bonded. He sleeps with you, watches movies on the couch with you, you and he are almost inseparable.

Then you notice that your dog seems to  guard you from other people and dogs. It’s almost like he’s “claimed” you as his.

My wife call this the “jealous husband syndrome”  – which is a pretty good analogy.

Then your dog’s guarding of you really starts to ramp up and he actually lunges and tries to bite your best friend who comes in the door.

Sound familiar. In this video I give you some very easy, simple every day steps to reverse your dog guarding you,.

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Bored Dog Creates Behavior Problems

Have a Bored Dog? This May Be Creating Behavior Problems

In many cases a bored dog is very similar to a bored child. If you don’t fill that brain with good things to do and think about, both the child and the dog
will find things on their own to do to solve their boredom.

It truly does not take a lot of time or effort to turn your bored dog into a stress free, worn out wonderful dog again.  We are very mindful of this with Keeper who is truly, to smart for his own good!

Find what your dog is naturally attracted to and is good at doing.  Keeper is very athletic which is why most all of the videos he is in —he is Doing something that requires jumping, fetching, swimming etc.

Maybe your dog is not athletic.  But take the time to watch your dog and see what “trips his trigger”.  Maybe it’s searching for things.  Play “find it” with him inside or out and hide his favorie toy or a high value food treat and tell him to go “find it!”

Maybe he likes to retrieve.  Take the time to know your dog and what lights him up.  You’ll be glad you did.  Go from a bored dog to a “DOG WONDER”!

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SIT STAY A Must Have Command


A reliable sit stay is a must have command. But most people don’t train this at all or train it haphazardly.

Have you ever wondered how you could get a better sit stay or down stay with your dog?

I’ve been training on platforms and tables for years.   Using a platform to train your dog  will make your job a lot easier.

It will literally accelerate your training.

Sit Stay and the Magic of a Platform

The platform works because dogs instinctively want to gravitate to a higher level.  Hopping up on a platform is what they instinctively want to do.

Plus, the platform will give them a more definitive boundary marking where they need to stay.

What Is A Platform

A platform  is  like a box.   Uou can use a Kuranda Bed which is  a PVC framed dog bed.

You can also use a Klimb platform.    This is specifically made to train dogs.  You can stack them and make them larger if you want. It’s almost  like a Lego set for dogs.

That makes a  platform that is about 10 inches high. It’s an interesting concept, I’ve been doing it for years and it’s worked very well for me.

Once your dog is up there, they are less likely to want to get off of the platform.

The more you train sit and  stay on the platform, the more fun the dog has going to his school room or platform to work for you.

 A Platform  Works on Impulse Control

Think about using platforms to train your dog on stationary commands, like sits and downs, and also go to your place.

It can also be transferred to dog beds later on as he begins to learn to stay on his place, or his platform.

I’m Jim Burwell, this is Keeper.


I’ve got a jumpy dog – Easy Fix

 Nobody Likes a Jumpy Dog

If you’ve got a jumpy dog then you want to know what’s the solution?

Well, teach your dogs to do something else. What is that something else?

An easy solution might be to teach your dog to sniff something else other than try to jump up and sniff your face, and that could be your hand. Like that.

Hands could be down by your side, where your dog can’t jump.

How To Easily Teach Your Jumpy Dog an Alternative

How do you teach them to touch your hand instead of jump at your face? It’s real easy. Just extend your hand.

When your dog sniffs it out of curiosity, you simply say, “Good.” Treat your dog. Extend your hand. He noses it. “Good.” Treat your dog. “Good.”

Treat your dog. Like that. Once your dog starts doing that, and you can anticipate he’s going to touch it when you extend your hand, put the word touch on it so you have a cue word. Okay?

“Touch.” He touches it. “Good.” Treat. “Touch.” “Good.” Treat. Now, your hands are by your side. You come home from work.

You drop your hand down, and you say, “Touch. Good.” Treat. Oh, yeah. That reminds me.

You got to have maybe a biscuit in the garage or your car so that you can bring it in and be prepared to reward your dog for sniffing your hand, keeping four on the floor.

That’s a really simple way to teach your dog not to jump.  Be consistent and it will stop your jumpy dog from being a pest.