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April 6, 2015
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Interactive courses have a few features that set them apart from the self-study courses. Our interactive courses enable students and instructors to have a hands-on approach to online dog training. Through these features we are able to put the best dog trainers in the world directly into your living room. In interactive courses, students can upload videos directly from their smart phone or tablet into the course. Instructors then review and provide feedback on the student's performance. This allows students to listen to the instructor’s advice, rewatch their video, and fine tune their skills.

Along with student video uploads, interactive courses also have a weekly live chat session. This allows students to talk to the instructor and ask any questions about that week’s material in a real-time setting. If students are unable to attend live chats, they can be viewed at any time afterward in the course's discussion forum. The instructors monitor the discussion forums, which provide a great place to continue discussing topics from the live chat or for asking the instructor additional questions.

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Leerburg's Basic Dog Obedience Course

Wow! For weeks I have been in such a conundrum about my 90 pound, 9 month old, GSD that became BOSS of my world out of my sheer ignorance of EVERYTHING about dogs. But today I am excited for the first time in months. I bought this course out of desperation and fear of the monster that was growing in my house and what to do next. He has had 7 months to take over me and my home and I didn't even realize what was happening.

Today, after completing the first week in a couple of days, I have hope I can keep and my manage this dog I have so come to love. Let me rephrase that; I KNOW I CAN manage and keep my German Shepherd after week one with Ed. Thank you Ed Frawley for your love and knowledge of dogs and sharing it with us! I very much look forward to the remainder of the course.

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Question: Should I attempt to title my rescue dog in schutzhund? He has his BH and the training is doing a lot for his confidence but we’ve gotten a lot of negative comments from other schutzhund people. Why shouldn’t we attempt to get our titles even if my dog isn’t a “natural”?

Should I not attempt to title a rescue? I rescued a 3 year old Rottweiler two years ago from a family who kept him in a backyard his whole life. At four years old we decided to try Schutzhund and were lucky to find a club in the area that would take us, despite age and lack of pedigree. He's a dog with a nervous temperament, but Schutzhund has done wonders for his confidence. He LOVES the bitework and is progressing decently. He has his BH and we are planning to trial for his one in the fall. Because of his slight remaining nervousness and lower confidence, however, we've gotten a lot of negative comments from other Schutzhund people who say I shouldn't be doing Schutzhund with him. I'm not going to breed him and we're not expecting to do anything beyond a club level - why shouldn't we attempt to title, even if it's done mostly in prey? Why are Schutzhund people so against working a dog who isn't a "natural," as long as the helper and handler are willing to put in the time?

Cindy's Response:

What other people say about you and your dog really shouldn’t matter. There are always folks that want to bash others, when in all reality it’s none of their business. If you want to pursue some other goals with him (no matter what they may be), that’s up to you. I wouldn’t worry about the negative folks, just make sure you are honestly evaluating your dog and his enjoyment of the activity. If you are both enjoying it then I say go for it. :)

I hope you guys have a blast, because that’s what it’s supposed to be all about.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Schutzhund and Q&A on Rescue Dogs.

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