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Leerburg Dog Training Blog

The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

Safe & Fun Introductions for Dogs

Dogs are just like people: each one is unique and has their own special personality. Dogs are social by nature, but with all these different personalities, it is important to make sure their introductions are done right. Your dog probably interacts with new dogs all the time, and you want to be sure your dog […]

Mixing Signals

As a dog trainer I spend most of my day interacting with, watching, training, and communicating with you guessed it, HUMAN BEINGS.  Most people are not too surprised to learn this information, as the rallying cry nowadays seems to be “It’s not the dog, it’s the owner!” While I don’t wholeheartedly agree with that statement […]

Functional Obedience and the Development of Character

“…Thorough obedience training does more than assure a dog’s response to his master’s command; capacities for learning and emotional stability could be increased and integrated as permanent qualities of character.” -William Koehler, 1962 For many years, I chose to leave the behavior of sit-stay out of my basic obedience programs, and give preference to teaching […]

Teaching a Go Out

In nearly all competitive training venues there is a “Go Out” or “Send Away” exercise. I would like to take a moment to share a brief overview of how I prefer to teach this exercise and why. Many years ago when I was trialing one of my very first IPO dogs I was inspired to […]

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