As a dog trainer, people always ask what the best way to eliminate destructive or other unwanted behaviors. While most people realize that controlling our dog’s environment is key, very few people realize that THIS ONE LITTLE THING is the best thing you can do to discourage your dog from being destructive and your dog will be happier too!

What do pulling on a leash, jumping on people, barking for “no reason”, and destroying property all have in common? The SAME solution!

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  1. suolasfilms

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Recently adopted an 8month old German Shepherd Labrador cross who was separated from her mother/litter too early (Approx 4 weeks).
    She's hyper nervous and vigilient around everything, barks at anything that moves and won't socialise with any other dog in the area, but when I take her to a friends who has an adult Lab, she's almost perfectly behaved and relaxed.

    I take her to the park as often as I can, sometimes 2/3 times daily, toilet walks every hour or so and the moment she sees you leaving or putting on a hat or grabbing her lead she retreats to the furthest point from the door, if one of my daughters is in the room, she'll hop up on them and I'll practically have to carry her out of our apartment. Same thing for leaving the immediate area also has her locking down and I'll have to either coax her (with a laser pointer – which she's addicted to and will follow the 'pen' even during daylight) or lightly drag her with her front paws just off the ground in her harness or carry if on the collar across the road. Anything to help her gain some confidence or overcome her socialising problems would be an immense help.
    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Shea Williams

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Ok I'm gonna try this because my house is destroyed. I can't even go home rn.

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  3. Amber Pierce

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you for all your awesome videos you post! Your awesome ???????

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  4. Ginmars1

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I would like to see issues answered since you asked us to comment on what behavior we would like corrected with our pets…!!

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  5. Tina Moore

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    No my 9month old pitbull/boxer mix is chewing everything & not listening 2 us! Still goes 2 bathroom in house sometimes but never in his crate

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  6. Wyndy Fernandez

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I rescued two pitbulls puppies male and female litter mates from a drug infested crack house. They are almost 2 years old. Recently my male has started exhibiting signs of aggression towards my kids age 11 & 13 and strangers.I take them on walks and let them run for at least a hour a day off the leash. However the male has hip dysplasia and I do limit his running and focus more on longer walks. I talked to the vet about him possibly being in pain but since his aggression is displayed only at certain times the vet feels it's not from pain at this point. They suggested having him fixed. I have corrected him immediately when he has shown aggression. The problem is he gives no warning or if he is giving a warning it's so fast and subtle I am not picking up on it. Will fixing him help? I have read that fixing your dogs can lead to cancer etc. I have trained dogs for tracking basic obedience and have never had a issue until now. I almost feel like he has some sort of imbalance or a genetic flaw. I have had two experienced dog trainers evaluate him and he appears to be friendly wagging tail etc the next minute he's trying to tear their arms off. His sister is sweet loving and all around great dog. He is also sweet and doesn't exhibit the aggression all the time but as he has gotten older it's happened more frequently. I only noticed it once or twice and thought it was out of fear. His sister is very excited easily and barks which he does appear to elevate when she barks he doesn't get excited instead I notice it appears more aggressive I am able to stop the behavior when this happens and bring them back down to calm. It's when he lashes out without no apparent reason I am able to get a hold of him although he hasn't bit me he has appeared as if he was going to. Any suggestions would be welcomed. I don't want to put him down which has been suggested and I am willing to have him fixed if that is the problem. He was the runt of the litter and was half the size of the other puppies not sure if it matters in behavior or not.

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  7. Tom Hartranft

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Biting! It seems this is getting more pronounced. She goes after your hands, shoes her leash. It’s getting frustrating

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  8. Nathaniel Caucutt

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Can't wait to try out these training tips!

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  9. Vacation Cove

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I have a fearful puppy 7 mths old collie pyrenees, we walk him and when their are people around we say lets go, so he doesn;t have time time react. Is this a good method, to desensitize him?

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  10. Tommy Davies

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Notice there was no answer to "I don't have time to exercise him in the mornings!" in the video. I assume thats because lovely friendly Zak off camera called her a dumb stupid idiot for getting an active breed that doesn't suit her life style. You made the commitment of getting a dog, now you have to commit to going to bed early, waking up early, and walking the dog in the morning.

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  11. Jennifer Chavez

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I wish I could curb my pups arm biting. He starts biting and jumping out of nowhere and will grab anything he can get his teeth on, redirecting is no longer working, and ouch or yelping only makes it worse.

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  12. jolie amr

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    HOW DO I FIX THIS

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  13. jolie amr

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Puppy biting is my only problem

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  14. Jack daw

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    pls how to stop food aggression. anyone agree here

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  15. Julie Stephania

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    My dog too have behaviour problem… Seriously I need help

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  16. Ciara Elkins

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I just got my dog yesterday, thought she was only 8 months old, turns out she is a pit/mastiff, 11 months old. Never been socialized, and I’ve heard back and forth stories about her background with men. She hates other animals and only likes guys if they give her food. I have no idea what to do considering she is older and not yet comfortable with me. If anyone has any tips or knows anything that will help please reply ! SOS

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  17. Sky Hunar

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    When you do it, training looks so easy. when I did it I got scratches and bites all over my arms and legs. And how can I forget the many holes in all of my t-shirts.

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  18. Niki Romani

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Zak, three dogs in our family, and ONE doesn't fetch, tug of war and to be honest she just doesn't seem to care for toys. I feel she is very bored and want to spice up her life. What suggestions have you to get a 5 year old dog to play? Thanks!

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  19. Emily Melchor

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Can this also fix your dog’s behavior if you haven’t taught your dog how to sit, stay, let go, Etc.?

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  20. kayla romero

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    She jumps at everyone and wants to constantly be in peoples business who visits.

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  21. Elysian Gupta

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    To Zak George
    Do you really think, dog can be trained as you show in your video
    Why other trainers don't use your method, why they said without choke chain, the dog can't be trained, only this method is effective

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  22. Cassandra Di Mauro

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    leash training/walking on leash; waiting at the door before just bolting outside!

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  23. Ju McNally

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    We have a 4 month old retriever/poodle cross Archie which we’ve had since he was 9 weeks old and have just taken in an 8 year old mongrel Ollie off friends who unfortunately cannot look after him anymore. Ollie was a rescued street dog from Crete who has been the only pet at home since they brought him over 4 years ago. He has a lovely temperament and is very obedient he has been very patient with Archie who just constantly wants to play with him and follow him everywhere but but we’ve found that Ollie sometimes turns on the puppy when food/toys are brought into the equation and sometimes when out will chase after the puppy in an aggressive manner. Any advice would be much appreciated?

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  24. bandana talukdar

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Hi.I have 2german Spitz .smaller one is very naughty.breaks everything she got.How can I control her.she is 7month old.

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  25. Hsiang An Wang

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    My dog just turned 6 months and she recently started destroying everything she can get. Digging, destroying laundry cloths, chewing trees etc. she was behaving very well until last week, which we just don’t understand what happened to her leading to such extreme behavior. HELP!

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  26. Merlita Zoleta

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    My dog is so playful and hyper that I myself cant stop him and it would lead him almost biting me and scratching. Pls help 🙁

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  27. jeet raj

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Biting issue

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  28. Tyler Eppens

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    "we don't have the time in the morning" lol get up earlier. What's your excuse? I get up at 5 am now to run and play with my pup and have them go potty. Then I go work construction for at least 8-10 hours. Longest day I've had was 18 hour day

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  29. Vishal Arya

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    How to change when my dog growls while eating !?

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  30. darcynr1

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    The one thing i would like to stop from my youngest dog is jumping up. My mom recently had surgery on her stomach and if my dog jumps up. It hurts. Any tips?

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  31. TBTE - Training Between the Ears

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    It's rather stunning how much dominance handling and negative reinforcement/punishment is in this work for someone who seems to advocate not doing any of those things. And, I'm not sure the explaination of "all domestic dogs were bred to work with human beings…" is any less of a mytholgically based rational for training behavior than the wolf mythology Zak, correctly, derides.

    There is a lot of action on the part of the trainer in this video is that is potentially very provocative much more so than instructional. It's really nice that the training worked out really well for this family and dog but I think many pet owners trying to use this as a model, especially some of the specific body language and motions of the trainer, could easily elicit a bite/aggression response from a dog who is not good about giving up it's toy or possesion. Some of these motions are EXACTLY the same as experienced K9 trainers use to specifically to teach dogs to become possessive of and aggressively/assertively protect their object (tug, rag, bite sleeve).

    This seems to me, just as many training videos at the other end of the training and philosophical spectrum, a really well done video of some questionable explanations of the basis of dog behavior and some techniques that will work out well for some owners and some dogs and really poorly for others, especially if they try to do these things without professional help with someone experienced with this specific approach.

    JMO, not hating on anyone. Clearly lots of people find these videos super helpful and lots of dogs benefit from their owners watching them. Just commenting on some specifics.

    Also, the title comment that doing this one thing, a short session of constructive play, seems clearly hyperbolic. It's a great thing to do but teaches the dog nothing about what do or not do relative to those 90% of behaviors. Great click bait assertion but not supportable by real world results. That is just not a reasonable assertion or expectation to set for people….and if it were true there would be little point to most of the other videos on this very well recieved channel.

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  32. Fasil Rahiman

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Iam having a lab and wheaten terrior is there both are destructive at night after i slept he is biting and taking tge spounge and cotton of the couches and bed

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  33. Fasil Rahiman

    June 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Iam having a lab and wheaten terrior is there both are destructive at night after i slept he is biting and taking tge spounge and cotton of the couches and bed

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