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Leerburg Dog Training Blog

The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

The best source for dog training news, tricks and treats, right from world class leaders in dog training.

The case for compulsion in K-9 training/deployment

As often comes along, the discussion about the use of positive reinforcement training only in the working dog community rages. Interestingly, I find that among LE instructors we are pretty damned good at teaching dogs new behaviors such as detection and tracking, and bite work. It is part and parcel of the LE K-9 instructors […]

The Death of Dog Training DVDs

Over the past 9 years we have seen a definite decline in customers buying dog training DVDs in favor of purchasing online courses or streaming video-on-demand of the DVDs.  Both new mediums have their benefits over DVDs. Online courses have benefits over video-on-demand. I believe in less than 10 years there will not be any […]

Petco & PetSmart Training Classes are a SCAM

I am in the process of turning the 2008 DVD  (and video stream) titled THE POWER OF TRAINING DOGS WITH MARKERS into an online course. Since 2003 we have considered ourselves reward based balanced dog trainers (thanks to Michael Ellis) The key word in that description is “BALANCED”. Which means that while our learning-phase of […]

Time

I was just advised that one of my students in my upcoming spring Basic Handler’s Course is the son of one of my previous students! 29 years ago his dad and I trained his marvelous GSD for the Sheriff’s Department where they work. He had a great K-9 career and eventually moved up the ranks […]

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