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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

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Dog Training Tip For Training Small Dogs

Dog Training  Small Dogs


You know, dog training  small dogs that are extremely hyper and jumpy can be very frustrating to train, because they’re moving around so much. There’s one thing that can change all that and make training a breeze. Here’s the one thing that 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

Now, raised platforms come in many different shapes and sizes. It can be your kitchen counter, it can be the island in your kitchen. It can be your washer/dryer. It can be your coffee table, or your outside patio table. Anything like that 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

Now, there’s three things you need that go along with your training of your small dog. You have to have a leash on your dog when you’re training, even up on the counter. You have to have high value food treats to train your small dog, to keep them focused on their lesson.

Last but almost the most important is some kind of non-skid mat. Now, 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.

Now Training Your Small Dog on the Ground Is Easy!

Like I said, 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 isThe 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, so using a platform to train your dog on will make your job a lot easier. It will literally accelerate your training.

Sit Stay and the Magic of a Platform

It works because dogs instinctively want to gravitate to a higher level. Hopping up on a platform is something that they instinctively want to do. Plus, the platform will give them a more definitive boundary of where they need to stay.

What Is A Sit Stay Platform

What is a platform? Well a platform is something like a box, you could use a Kuranda Bed, that’s a PVC framed dog bed.

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

That’s a platform that is about, it’s probably 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 stay on the platform, the more fun the dog has going to his school room or platform to work for you.

Sit Stay On A Platform  –  Work 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.

Think about that, I’m Jim Burwell, this is Keeper. Hey Keep, come say hi. He’s too busy looking out the window, he wants to go to day camp, so that’s where we’re at. You guys take care, I will post a link to the Klimb platform for you once I get this video up. You can explore that, and also Google search Kuranda Beds.

You guys take care. Keeper, I better get him to day camp, he’s getting a little impatient. I’ll see you later.

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.


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Backyard Barking Solutions



Why Is My Dog  Barking in the Backyard?

If your dog’s backyard barking has got you concerned, and your neighbors are complaining, it’s always best to figure out first why he’s barking.

He could be fence-barking at the dog next door, like Keeper does sometimes, or he could be just plain old bored, like Keeper is sometimes.

Keeper  thinks he needs to be entertained 24/7. Sound familiar?

Backyard Barking Solutions

So, couple of solutions.

On the barking at the neighbor’s dog and noises in the back yard, what I would begin to do is to contain your dog more in the short run, while you begin to work on fixing it.

For Keeper, I have put him on a long line as you can see in the video.  It’s just a 10ft cotton line with a snap hook attached at the end.  This gets attached to his collar WHEN you can supervise your dog.  It is never to be left on when your dog is not supervised by an adult.

We put Keeper on a long line initially as a puppy  Doing this meant we had some control over him  and he tended to mind a whole lot better in the house,\

It also gave us better control  in the back yard.

With Keeper, it’s easier to contain his barking, and get him to listen to “quiet” when he does tend to go bark at the fence or at some kind of noise.

How to Use the Line to Control Backyard Barking

The barking starts and you should always give the  come command and praise and treat when he gets to you.

You have to do repetitions, and you have to be in the back yard to make that work for you, but he is definitely a lot more attentive to us when he is on the line.

Toys to Use to Stop Backyard Barking

As you can see right here, I’ve got a Bob-A-Lot, and I’ve got an Intellect Ball here. BOTH have been filled with small pieces of dog food kibble

You put a couple of these out in the back yard for your dog and it will keep him focused on doing something other than barking.

Watch as I show you how it works with Keeper.

Of course, now that I’m out here, I’m just going to make him sit. Good. Hold that sit like that. Good. Good. Yes.

Release him and put a couple of these items down here for him to go to town on, so instead of focusing on some other kind of noise to bark at or something like that, he’s going to be busy playing with his Bob-A-Lot or his Intellect toy.

There’s a couple of solutions for you, right there. Give them a try. By the way, it wouldn’t hurt to kind of keep him on a line in the back yard, as long as you can supervise him.

So that’s two solutions for you. Try them at your house, see if it works for your dog. I’m Jim Burwell, and this is Keeper, and we can still be found at

Don’t Punish Backyard Barking Behavior – Find the Cause

More times than not, dogs bark in the yard because of boredom.  They may also bark at the dog next door.  Both stress and the barrier frustration of the fence and not being

able to engage with the dog cause STRESS.  The entire purpose of the food dispensing toys is to create mental fatigue.  Mental fatigue reduces stress.  Less strees means less

or no backyard barking.

Together, We Can Raise a Happy and Obedient Dog!

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Creative Exercise For Your Dog


Creative Exercise Manages Energy

Using creative exercise is one way that we manage Keeper’s incredibly smart brain and wear his little butt out! I’ve been using fetch with Keeper, to have him fetch his dummy for exercise.

When I’m gone during the day, Leila uses this as well. BUT the end results of being tired, did not last that long. But she discovered that if she took the very same fetching bumper that we use and she hides it while he’s in his crate her world gets better!

 Creative Exercise Stimulates Your Dog’s Brain

She uses this creative exercise to tire his mind out. She puts him in his crate so he can’t cheat, tThen brings him out and says, “Find it.” The nose goes to the ground and he’s off and looking.

The result of using such creative exercise is: he is a lot more tired from doing that after about four to six “find it’s” . Find it, exercises his doggie brain more than fetching. Fetching is a no brainer. He’s a Retriever, so he just runs and gets it, brings it back, and it’s just physical exercise, which is good for dogs, don’t misunderstand me, but working his mind gets him extremely tired. When you have a smart dog you have to get creative with exercise.

We exercise him physically and we’re also exercising him mentally. Do some nose work with your dog like Leila did with Keeper.

Keeper has to use his nose to find the bumper that Leila hides in the house. This is great for a rainy day too. If Keeper’s looking to go for a walk on a rainy day and we just don’t want to get out in the weather, then we’ll do some find it games.

How We Do The Find It Game

What we’ll do is we’ll either put him in his crate, or put him on his place or dog bed while Leila hides bumper or his toy. You don’t always have to use a fetching bumper. You can use a stuffy animal or something like that one of your dogs favorite toys.

She’ll hide it in one of the bedrooms, maybe under a pile of dirt clothes, and then we’ll come back, let him out of the crate and we’ll send him to go find it. He is mentally exhausted and sleeps for a couple of hours after that. He doesn’t do that after a good game of fetch, okay, so mental creative exercise works!

Here’ s the thing, if your dog is not a fetcher, not a retriever naturally, they still have a highly sensitive sense of smell. You can use something out of your kitchen cupboard. You could grab some vanilla extract, put it on a cotton ball and drag it across the floor, while your dog’s not looking and then put some cookie crumbs in the scent trail and a big food treat at the end as his prize. Then, bring him in, point to it and say, “Find It”, and he will associate the food treats with keeping his nose to the ground and following that vanilla extract or whatever scent you use on the ground till he hits the big prize at the end of the trail.

Scared Dog Confidence Builder- Find It


Help Your Scared Dog Can Gain Confidence with Find It!

Every dog, even your scared dog, has a very keen sense of smell. This can be used as a real confidence builder, especially with a scared dog.  Nose games  train them to use their nose to find things.

You can play “find it” in the house or out in the back yard.  The purpose of the game it to teach your scared dog that he can make good things happen.

As you will see on this video, I’ve used some very simple household things to do a little find-it game with our dog Keeper. Let’s take a look.

How To Structure the Find It Game

First you want to crate your dog so that he can’t see what you’re doing.

Then you go into the other room and you get some vanilla extract out of your cupboard,  a cotton ball, some scotch tape and some thread to it so you can drag the cotton ball  along the floor.
We set a trail just like this with the cotton ball that Keeper will track. Leila is setting it here. She’s going to turn the corner right here and then she’s going to make another turn, dragging the cotton ball like this.

What you might find that  helps your dog  initially, is to put some food treats, crumbs, in the trails to help him keep his nose to the ground. Now she’s putting a big food treat reward at the end of the trail to see if Keeper can find it.

She points to it and says, “Find it.” Now our ceiling fans are blowing the scent around, so he is off the trail a little bit, but he knows there’s a trail.  Sure enough, there he goes and he finds it.

Your Scared Dog Is Thinking!   Wow I Did This!

Another variation of the find-it game, tracking, basically, or nose work, is to find a toy, a favorite toy or article, like this.

This is Keeper’s little fetch bumper. It’s his baby bumper. Leila is going to hide it in the backyard some place. He is in his crate so he can’t peak. No cheating. You’re going to hide it in the backyard. We’re going to go back and get him and ask him to find it.  Every time your scared dog “finds it” the message to his brain is:  I can make this happen!

 She set a track for Keeper to follow.

He’ll be following either her track, or, since he’s done this exercise a few times before, he may just be looking for the bumper, but that’s the whole point.

Once your dog gets the game, he will find it extremely challenging to try to beat the clock and find the toy no matter where you put it.

She stuffed it in a fence post right back there in the corner of the yard, and we will send Keeper after it.

What You Can Use For Your Scared Dog To “Find”

You don’t always have to use a retrieving bumper for your dog to find.

You can use a stuffy like this. This is one of Keeper’s old stuffy toys that we use in the house too. It can be a rubber bone thing like this. It’s whatever is his favorite toy.

It really doesn’t matter.

Stuffies are good to drag across the floor once you crate your dog and teach him to find his favorite stuffy like this. We put Keeper in his crate, hid this in one of the bedrooms, and he tracked our scent where we walked to find this stuffy right here.

Nose Work is Really Easy For Any Dog.

You just have to teach them to follow a track. You can do that by laying a track, even your own personal track as you walk from one end of the room to the other and come back again, dropping food treats in the track, and then send your dog to get his stuffy like that.

It’s real easy to do.

It’s a big confidence builder, especially for scared dogs, just like I said before.

Try this. Work your dog. Above all, have fun doing it. It’s a great way to bond with your dog and do fun things.