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Michael Ellis Lecture on The Concept of Rewarding a Dog for the Speed it Performs an Exercise

This short video was filmed at The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in California. It is a lecture by Michael explaining his thought on rewarding a dog for how fast it completes an exercise (IE a sit in motion, down in motion, a send away, etc.). This lecture was used in the DVD I am doing with Michael titled Training the Send Away with Michael Ellis.

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Dog Bite

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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:

Hi Ed,

I have been reading some of your articles, advice and other people's comments.

I have 6 dogs - four males and two females
1 male is a newfoundland at 2 years old
1 female is a Akita at 8 months old
3 other males are all rescued from the street
1 female rescued from the street

We have a 5000 square metre property, live across the road from a huge hill.  The dogs are well looked after.

The problem I am having is that 3 of the males have now attacked the other male 3 times, once monthly.

Two of the males jump around and do little damage but the one male - medium size always goes for the back leg - the same leg every time and in the same place.  The attacked dog just finishes healing and it happens all over again.

December 1st was the last incident, he is still healing and walking on three legs.

Last Tuesday, December 22nd, they were all barking at a dog in the street and everyone got excited and a fight started, of course the attacked dog again was the main target but I ran outside screaming and pulled the dogs off him, after pulling off the one who always does the most damage, he came back and bit me on the left leg - front and back. Of course at the time I felt the bite, but no pain. I was so busy trying to prevent the attacked dog from his fourth attack. Anyway we managed to stop them and I went off to the emergency room.

I'm better now - was a big bite.

Anyway - I need some advice on what to do when having 4 males.  I would of thought after the first attack, dominance would have been established. I can't continue living like this, worrying about my one male getting killed.

My one female is fixed and the other will be done next week.

Can you advise what to do about the males - non of them are fixed.

Thank you

Cindy's Response:

You have a dog pack and you need to establish leadership and train them. This means keeping them separate when you can't supervise and not allowing dogs that don't get along to interact in ways that instigate a problem. This may mean forever keeping some of them separated.

I'd recommend having crates or kennels for each dog, dominant dog collars and muzzles. We have directions on how to measure the dogs for muzzles on this page.

I'd also recommend Pack Structure for the Family Pet and Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

You are right to be worried, this problem won't go away. It will escalate if you don't make changes.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you.

If you spend some time reading this section on dog fights, you'll see that your problems are very common. I've received 6 or 7 emails just today from dog owners with very similar problems. If you don't teach the dogs your rules, they can't possibly behave how you want them to.

Cindy Rhodes

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: Our dog rubs his butt on the rug, what is going on here?

Our dog rubs his butt on the rug, what is going on here?



This can be caused by many things... allergies, rectal irritation from having loose stools, intestinal parasites or anal gland problems. It’s most often related to the anal glands (they are located on each side of the rectum).  They sometimes fill with fluid and the dog tries to relieve the discomfort by scooting on the ground. 

A visit to the vet is in order.  I would tell the vet what is going on and just to cover your bases I would suggest taking a stool sample in for analysis also.

I hope this helps.


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


Question: Will my dogs age and the fact that he is neutered be a hindrance in getting his next title?

Hi Mr. Frawley-

I have a wonderful import that has his SCH1 title.  He received this at almost 3.  When I bought him I neutered him (right around 3).  I found no reason to keep him intact.  I am curious if his age (3 1/2)  and the fact he is neutered will be a hindrance in getting his next title?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


Cindy's Response:

I wouldn’t see why either his age or being neutered at age 3 will be a hindrance, as long as he has the temperament and drive to do the work.  We don’t recommend neutering early for working dogs but your dog should be physically and mentally mature.  We typically recommend waiting til 24 months for neutering so age 3 is well beyond that.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Schutzhund.


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