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Forrest Micke and his 6 Month Old Puppy

Forrest Micke and his 6 Month Old Puppy
Off Leash Heeling at Leerburg's Training Center

This 3 minute video demonstrates the power of Michael Ellis' system of dog training. In it you will see Forrest Micke training his 6 month old puppy, Elzer, off leash heeling. If anyone ever questioned the power of Michael Ellis' system, they should watch Forrest and Elzer.
January 13, 2011 | 2 Minutes, 53 Seconds


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Have a Question on Dog Training?

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Featured Question & Answers

Question: At what age do you suggest a female be spayed?

Dear Cindy,

At what age do you suggest that a female be spayed ( if at all ) when she is going to be used as a personal protection dog. I am getting lots of mixed info on this one. I have only had males before and have always left them unaltered. I obviously want her to be the best that she can be. I do not want to make a mistake and spay her if that might make her less of a protection dog down the road. If you could get back to me as soon as possible that would be great.

Thanks for your time,
Carina

Answer:

I like to wait until the dog is physically and mentally mature. This varies from dog to dog depending on breed.

For a GSD, I’d wait until between 2 and 3 years old if I decided to spay. I typically wait as long as I can if I feel spaying is necessary unless there is a medical reason to do so (like Pyometra) Not everyone can keep their dogs safe while they are in season, so if dealing with male dogs is a problem then it’s better to do it earlier to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

If you spend some time using the search function (located in the upper left hand corner of the website) you will find useful articles and posts that address this.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health.

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Question: My puppy does not want to wear a collar. Do you have any advice?

Hello,

I need help with my 15 week old dachshund. I am having the hardest time getting him to wear his collar. I've had dogs my whole life and have never encountered this problem before. As soon as the collar goes on he transforms into a completely different dog. He lays in a corner and whines the entire time it is on him. He does not move! He won't eat, pee, or poop while it's on him. From previous experience, I decided to just leave it on him and he would eventually get used to it, but after 2 days he was the same. He didn't eat, pee, or poop. Just lays in the corner the whole time and cried. He didn't even go in his bed to sleep that night. After realizing that he could make himself sick, I decided to take it off. I praised and rewarded him for wearing it. As soon as it comes off, he's back to the same active, playful Doxie puppy. My vet advised that I try to put it on him for a few hours every day until he gets used to it, but that's been 4 weeks now, and now he runs and hides as soon as he sees the collar coming. He's still exactly the same when it's on him. Because of the collar issue I can't even put a leash on him. It's horrible. He has got to get used to his collar, because it's slowing down the training time and I know that this is the crucial time to train him. I've tried different kinds of collars and even a harness, but it's still the same. Please offer me some advice if you can about my stubborn Doxie. I just don't know what else to try with him.

Thanks,
Casey

Answer:

The way I would work with this pup is with marker training.

The Power of Training Dogs with Markers

You can desensitize dogs to just about anything and teach just about anything using markers.  (nail clipping, collars being put on, grooming, tricks,etc)  You can see a preview of the work on the link above.

I’d also recommend giving this pup firm, fair leadership and try not to baby him too much.  I’d read some of our puppy articles, especially the one on puppy groundwork.

We have Corgis and they behave a lot like Dachshunds when it comes to collars, but if you make it a game and don’t become impatient or worried about it, you will find that the marker training works.

I would direct you to the search function in the upper left corner of the website for any additional questions you may have. If you type in your key words it will guide you to articles, Q & A’s and posts on our forum. 

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Marker Training.

 

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