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Lightweight Prong Collar Leash Adapter

This light weight leash adapter has solid brass clips. It is made so that a prong collar is attached to one clip and dominant dog collar (or backup collar) is attached to a second clip and a regular leash attaches to the adapter. When or if the prong collar fails and comes off the dog, the second collar is already attached without interfering with the prong collar corrections.



Leerburg Online University Student Comment

Leerburg's Online Heeler's Toolbox I Course

We had so much fun with this week's homework! This really is where the rubber hits the road and all the work we have done in the previous course is the perfect prep for this.

The idea of two barrels is too good. This will let me take the heeling out on the field without a wall. The idea of starting little stretches of straight lines in between the barrels is also too good.

Thanks so much for these easy to perform and really effective exercises :)

The careful way that you build up to each new task is exceptional, it ensures that the people and the dog have success. You just don't let us fail:) Just too good!

P.S. all the bridge behaviours in the last class are also too good! Draga loves them and they really are becoming self reinforcing, the left spin is her fave. I use them now when I first go onto the field and she's a bit too high. It gives her some easy exercises to warm up and focus with.

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Question: My dog gets the 'zoomies' at the agility field and it is impossible to catch her. She also will only play tug indoors, not outside. Can you help me?

Hi Cindy,

I've a few questions regarding the training my 2 1/2 year old Sheltie. I've recently started agility classes despite not having attended any other formal dog training. We have been following your 8 Weeks to 8 Months, Food, and Tug DVD since she was a puppy. We hardly train outdoors, we have very few dog friendly places to go to. The only time we go outdoors are for walks around the neighborhood.

Recalls
Whenever we arrive at the agility field, my sheltie gets super excited and does a lot of zoomies. Her zoomies last for a very long time and it is impossible to catch her.

After the initial zoomies, when we are on the course attempting to do agility, her zoomies will be triggered again when she sees another dog nearby or a bird (the dogs are not crated up in the club and free to wonder). If someone walks past with their dog, she stops what she is doing and runs after that dog and the zoomies start again. I've tried calling her and running away from her to the other end of the field, but she just ignores me and carries on with her zoomies.

I am not able to put a long leash on her as the leash will get in the way when she is jumping. I'm not sure how to go about stopping the zoomies and also how to working on having solid recalls. We do not have a good recall to begin with and in this situation, her recalls are non-existent. 

Tugging
The other thing is to get her to tug outdoors. As we have never tug outdoors, she refuses to tug. She would look at me like I was an idiot as tugging is only done indoors. What do you think I could do to get her interested to tug with me outdoors? She use to spit her food out when we were outdoors and would prefer to sniff and check things out instead of taking any treats. She is much better now and will take her treats enthusiastically but nothing has changed with tugging.

Thank you so much in advance for your help and answering my questions.

Cindy's Response:

I would stop allowing her off leash right now. By continuing to allow this behavior you are going to make it harder and harder to fix. I would stop focusing on the actual agility training and go back to basics and work only engagement and recalls. If you can't get engagement, recalls or tug outside then that's what you should be putting all your training energy into. As someone that does agility myself I see this all the time. Not only is it not good dog training it's also dangerous as she could run by the wrong dog and be attacked. If your dog can't control herself at class there is no way she will ever be able to go to a trial and be successful.

I would suggest Training the Recall and Advanced Concept of Motivation.

Your homework is to start getting tug outdoors and to begin working on restrained recalls, starting with your backyard.

This may take months and months to get any results but don't give up. A dog that does the zoomies when off leash without a recall should NOT be off leash, period. Dogs need to earn off leash privileges.
I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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On Leerburg's Eezwalker Harness

  Last week I purchased this harness for my almost 4 month old German Shepherd pup. I have had two other harnesses for him before this one. Both of them rubbed and chaffed. This is a great harness, easy to put on and really soft on his skin. Also, unlike other harnesses, it does not roll around, but stays balanced, with the D ring staying centered on his back. I will be getting more of these Eezwalker harnesses as he grows!    
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