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Michael Ellis on Auditor Stimulators and Circling in Puppy Bite Work

Michael Ellis on Auditory Stimulators
and Circling in Puppy Bite Work

 

In the week after July 4th, 2011, we will release the 8th training video I have done with Michael Ellis. This new DVD is titled Puppy Bite Work with Michael Ellis. This will be a 4 hour long training video and will be the first is a series of bite work and protection training videos that Michael and I will be doing together.

Today's newsletter is a short lecture taken directly from this new DVD in which Michael explains the concept of auditory stimulators and why the concept of circling after the decoy slips the equipment enhances handler play. These are two very important concepts that new trainers need to understand.

June 23, 2011 | 3 Minutes, 52 Seconds


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Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answers

Question: We hate the dark ring and broken hair that the prong collar have given our dog. Do you think the curogan collar might be right for us?

We have an 8 month old Golden Retriever that is training with a prong collar. We are happy with the training results, but hate the dark ring and the broken hair that results from this collar. I have been on your site and wanted to know if you think the curogan collar might be the answer for us.

Thank you.

Cindy's Response:

The curogan collar is made for dogs that get hair discoloration, it would be what I would try. If your dog has broken hair from the collar, I may recheck the fit. These collars should not break the hair if they are adjusted properly on the neck.  You can see photos of correct placement and fit on this page. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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Question: My 3 ½ month old Newfoundland puppy will not comply with the down command and has even bitten me when I give her a correction for this.  Any advice you can give me on this would be appreciated.

Hi Ed,

I have a three and a half month old Newfoundland pup and have recently ran into some problems while training her on the down command. Up until this point she has been very easy to train, learning sit in just a few minutes and generally being a very well mannered dog. I'm using a 12' training line and a prong type collar as well. She understands the down command but simply does not want to perform it and even bit me a couple of times while I have administered corrections. I have been trying for a few days now to get her to learn this command and she has only done it on her own a couple of times. I always praise her via petting and verbal praise whether or not she has done the command on her own and I'm always sure to end the training sessions with a good play. I am also always keeping in mind that she respects me as the 'alpha dog' and I am very mindful of any dominant behavior she might have. I always walk through doors first and things of that nature. Any advice you can give me on this would be greatly appreciated.

Cindy's Response:

There is no 3 ½ month old puppy that should be getting corrections for not following obedience commands. I would ESPECIALLY not be using a prong type collar on a puppy. Our puppies wear a flat collar or a lightweight adjustable harness. Correcting a puppy for not following a command they don’t fully understand is like correcting a kindergartner for not doing math problems. Just because they are starting to understand the concepts, doesn’t mean they are ready for the correction phase. I don’t blame the puppy for biting you, because corrections for this puppy at this point in her education are unfair.

You will destroy any type of relationship you wish to have with this pup if you continue with your current methods.

I’d read the article Ed wrote on The Groundwork to Becoming your Puppy’s Pack Leader. I would read our article on training dogs with markers.

I would suggest the DVDs Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months, The Power of Training Dogs with Markers, and The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

I hope this helps,
Cindy Rhodes

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

 

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