Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hey all, I want to talk about a simple concept/formula I share with my clients who are working on fixing their dog’s behavior problems. Now, it’s not complicated, and it certainly isn’t rocket science, but when you truly wrap your head around it, and master this simple formula, you will dramatically improve your ability to affect and change unwanted behavior in your dog.

Ok, you ready?

Here she is: Address the smallest infraction, the split second it begins.

Too simple, too easy, right?


Mastering this simple concept, by becoming adept at seeing the FIRST sign of a behavioral shift, and getting your timing/reaction so solid, and so quick that you are on top of it at this first sign, is a skill that all great dog trainers have in their tool box (and what usually allows them to create the appearance of magical abilities – Cesar is someone who is a master of this). You can have it as well – but it takes dedication and consistent work.

The beauty of this simple formula is, if you consistently catch the problem at it’s smallest or its least intensity, and you’re able to prevent its escalation, you will likely never see the problem in its full bloom.

And that my friends, is indeed a good thing!

Feel free to share your thoughts below!



One of the biggest (and most common) mistakes dog owners make when attempting to correct their dog’s behavior problems is, to only focus on that moment – the moment when the dog does something they really dislike, or something that is really serious. What they forget about is, the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of the day – all those other moments when they unintentionally were teaching their dogs that they need not listen to them – that their humans were in fact pack mates, not pack leaders.

What you say to your dog about who you are in his life, and what position you wish to play in his life, is determined by how you interact with your dog the majority of the time you spend together – not just when he bites the mailman or the neighbors dog, or when he growls at you when you get too close to his food or toys etc ¬†– you can’t constantly spoil, baby, not enforce rules (or with some dogs, just be ¬†mildly loosey goosey) and then, when the chips are down, expect your dog to listen or take you seriously. If your dog is exhibiting any behavior problems, you have to first create the proper relationship, ALL THE TIME(!)…then once things are good, you can turn down the thermostat a bit, ease up, and adjust if desired or necessary.

Remember, only pack leaders have the ability to change/influence unwanted behavior. Leadership is a 24/7 gig!