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Leerburg Q&A

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Question: Completed the first two Michael Ellis DVDs and 11 month old dog is progressing great EXCEPT he has "sticky" outs. I'm thinking I need to simply step back and work on his outs again, but how far do I step back in Michael's system of dog training?

Completed the first two Michael Ellis DVDs and 11 month old dog is progressing great EXCEPT he has "sticky" outs. He understands to out but if it is a tug he will continue to teeth it. If its a ball after a retrieve he will come right to me and will out on command but then when ball hits ground will attack it. I have tried simply saying no for a period of time, have said no followed by continuous tension with the leash until he drops it but once it hits ground he is back on it. I have tried saying no followed by stopping the play but he repeats. I do have an E collar on him but use it infrequently until I finish Michael Ellis E collar DVD. Have not had the need for a prong collar up until this point because he blazed through leash pressure training with pressure from a flat collar alone. I'm thinking I need to simply step back and work on his outs again, but how far do I step back in Michael's system of dog training?

Thank you

Cindy's Response:

If your dog isn’t outing then you need to back up your training. I can’t tell you how far, that’s something for you to determine by the dog’s behavior and performance. If he’s still mouthing it, then he doesn’t understand the rules.

I would NOT be using things like balls, because it’s just taking away the value of the word out. The whole process of teaching the out is contingent upon the item being still while the dog learns the rules. It’s impossible to make a ball still, so he’s getting reinforcement for NOT staying out.

By putting tension on the leash to get him to out, you are creating possession issues that are completely the opposite of everything Michael teaches. I’d go back and rewatch the OUT section of the DVD.

You are actually creating your own out problem~unintentionally.

Good luck!

Cindy Rhodes

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

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Question: When people get within 3-5 feet of my 7 month old pup she gets worried. She gets behind me, gets her hair up and makes noise. How do I get her to be ok around strangers?

Hello,

I have a quick question. I am taking my 7 month old GSD/Mal mix through your Basic Obedience after completing the traditional classes. She did very well and continues to do very well. The issue I am having is she is very "goosey" (gets behind me, starts jumping around, hair goes up and doesn't really growl, but makes noise to get back) around people when they get within about 3-5 feet of me or her. I tell the people to ignore her, don't come any closer, back up and I put her in either a sit or a down and we just talk until she calms down. Then eventually she will roll around on the ground and she is happy. We also do this in the house with the kennel and if the person ignores her and gives her time, we can let her out and they can treat her and she will even offer them one of her toys. I am training her to be my personal service dog, so I don't want people touching her, so how do I get her to be okay in public around strangers that are close to us?

Please help.
Dayna

Cindy's Response:

The key is to teach her to remain focused (or engaged) with you no matter what the environment is offering as a distraction. Instead of putting her in a sit or down I would keep her physically moving and connected with you. Since you know she gets worried with people 3-5 feet away, make sure you keep her farther than that for right now. Distance is your friend!

This is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

I would also recommend this 3 part video series on fear periods in dogs, it explains how to condition the dog to things that make it nervous.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Socializing and Fear Aggression.

 

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Customer Comments

Wanted to comment on the new prong/DD collar backup leash that Ed has patented. What a fantastic idea!  I've often wondered what on earth Ed could have had in mind when I've heard him (in DVDs), and read statements by him about using the DD collar along with a prong for back-up. In fact, it seemed to be such an impossible idea, as far as hooking both up to one leash, I never even tried it. At times, I would think, "Well maybe he means two collars; two leashes (?)." Always meant to write and ask how hooking them up together would be possible, and now here's my answer. I will definitely be purchasing one of these and also letting all my partners-in-training know about it! We all love Leerburg and Michael Ellis...(you and Ed, too, of course!)

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Ed & Cindy,

I just got back to Texas from spending a couple of weeks in CA at Michael’s school. It was an amazing 2 weeks. Thanks so much for bringing Michael to our attention. I plan on going back to study the rest of his curriculum. He and his assistant, Lindsey, are two of the most talented trainers and handlers I have ever worked with.

Thanks Again,
Bob


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