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The Number One Dog Training Secret REVEALED!!!11

Okay, guys. This is it. The big one.

The dog training secret that could change everything.

It’s a lot to handle. Are you ready for this?

Are you sure?


Okay. Here goes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The number one dog training secret is:

There are no dog training secrets.

Seriously. None. There are no underground initiation ceremonies where ancient wisdom is handed down to new trainers. We don’t pass each other on the street wearing trench coats and subtly exchange manila envelopes containing the latest canine research.

Damn. That actually sounds like it would be kind of cool… but I digress.

Do a Google search and you’ll see statements like this:

“The truth the pet experts don’t want you to know!”

“Top ten dog training secrets revealed!”

These messages have more to do with clever marketing techniques than clever dog training techniques. If you do a little digging into the methods that these gurus claim are so secret, they always turn out to be the same stuff that the rest of us use. (Either that, or it’s something so off-the-wall that it prompts reactions like, “WTF? Dude, were you high when you came up with that?”)

The bad news is that there is no secret training technique that will turn your dog into a perfect angel in ten minutes.

The good news is that all the information you need to turn your dog into a perfect angel, with a little bit of work, is out there. And the truth?

The real truth?

The experts really do want you to know how to use it.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go buy a trench coat.