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Q&A with Michael Ellis: My dogs are so engaged that they won't take care of business when we go outside.

Q&A with Michael Ellis: My dogs are so engaged they won't take care of business when we go outside.

I've been working on engagement with my dogs after watching Michael Ellis' DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food. They are all doing wonderfully and I'm very happy with the results. I've run into a small problem and I'm not sure how to resolve it. The dogs are so engaged when we go out for bathroom breaks, that they will not leave me alone long enough to go to the bathroom. I certainly don't want to discourage their intention, do you just not reward until after they've taken care of business?

July 18, 2011 | 5 Minutes, 20 Seconds


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Leerburg Q&As


Dog Bite

To view these dog bite photos, click here.
Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

Hello,

My dog Mylie, who is a German Shepherd, was playing in her backyard with my friends dog, Malibu, who is a Bit Mix. They got excited and my dog being a puppy went for Malibu's neck and Malibu started  attacking my dog. I grabbed the dogs by the collars and Malibu bit my forearm. I just read and watched your video, now I know how to brake dog fights apart and I will never try this by myself again! The dogs are fine, I got the worst of it! I thought I would share my Bite picture with you! Thank you for all you do!

Duna

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: Our dog eats paper and clothes. He ate my checkbook, money and disability parking pass. Do you have a muzzle you would suggest?

I have a cocker poo that we love dearly (weights 28 lbs) that eats paper and clothes. We have tried everything-behavior training, lemon juice, etc. If you leave something down for a second he is off and running. I use a walker so it is difficult to get to him. He is also bad when he goes with his dog walker trying to grab paper in the street etc. I even had a nutritional study done but he was fine. I am terrified that he will get ill. Recently a friend left her denim jacket on the couch for a moment and he got it and at the entire front panel. We are wondering if one of your muzzles would help. I would use it when company came and if we had to do paper work in the house-stuff like that. He also ate our checkbook, money and my disability parking pass.
Do you have a muzzle that you could suggest?
Thank You

Answer:

A muzzle would prevent him from eating foreign items but it won’t address the underlying issue. Have you had a vet do a thorough physical? Many times pica (eating of non food items) is the sign of an underlying medical issue.

I would also use a crate or exercise pen to keep him confined when you can’t supervise him 100%. If this was my dog, he’d be on leash at all times or safely confined to a crate.

As for muzzles, we would first need your dog’s measurements to suggest a model and size. We have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle on this page.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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Question: I have a few questions about the new prong collar leash, could you please clarify a few things for me?

I am very interested in your new leash for prong/dominant dog collars. Great idea! However, Please clarify: When you previously have discussed the proper fitting of the dominant dog collar, you have stated it should be worn high on the dog's neck just below the jaw. In the video for the new leash, you show the dominate dog collar being worn well down the dog's neck. Is it safe to assume this is for illustration purposes and that both collars should be worn as you have always recommended? Please advise. Thank you.

Cindy's Response:

When you use the dominant dog collar as a BACK UP collar to a prong, you want it lower on the neck (larger than you would use normally) the reason is that you don’t want to engage BOTH collars when having to give a correction.

If you want to use the dominant dog collar as a LIVE correction collar, you would fit it up high under the jaw. When using it as a safety back up with a prong (or any other collar) you would want it down low on the dog’s neck.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Dominant Dog Collars and Leashes.

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Customer Comments

Hello,
First of all I would like to say that I am enjoying the DVD Teaching Protection Skills without a Decoy, in my opinion it was well put together. My hat goes off to both ED and Michael for a job well done. I can't wait to see the other DVD titled,"The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work." By any chance, was this DVD shipped out and if so when? I feel like a little kid waiting. My wife even tells me,"you and this dog training OMG." Thanks to all at Leerburg.


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