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Mark Keating and his 4 Month Old Poodle Doing Clicker Training

Mark Keating and his 4 Month Old Poodle Doing Clicker Training

Mark Keating is a skilled ring decoy who is helping train my son, Jeff, who is an E6 in the Army, how to become a decoy. Mark breeds working Malinois, Presas and Poodles. I recommend you watch this video of Mark's 16 week old Poodle doing clicker work. In some of the future newsletter videos, I will feature Jeff on his road to becoming a training decoy, it's a bumpy road filled with risks.
January 10th, 2011 | 6 Minutes, 1 Second

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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:

The Chow Rott, her name is Bear, is about 6 years old. We also have a male American Eskimo around 4 years old, named Buddy and the Australian Kelpie is 3 years old, her name is Angel. Angel is very protective of Don, my boyfriend, and I believe her to be jealous of attention given to Bear at times.

This particular fight, where my boyfriend's hand was bitten by Bear, just happened in October 2010. Not the first fight between these two dogs but the first where Bear bit him. Not quite sure what started the fight this time, we were inside and it was evening time. I think my boyfriend and Angel were playing tug-a-war and Bear might have thought she was too rough with Don or she may have accidentally been stepped on or Angel could have jumped up and landed on her, it doesn't take much. I heard Don tell Angel no and said it again and by the time I rounded the corner to the dining room they were in full fight mode. Don was pretty much pinned against a door with both dogs at his feet. He was trying to pull Bear off Angel, Bear always gets the best of Angel, she's so much bigger. When he got her away from Angel, then Angel would never give up and keep charging and snapping at Bear. I grabbed a hold of Angel and got the door open so Don could toss Bear in the other room. There was so much blood on us, the floor and the wall/door that at first I didn't know Bear had bitten him. Don did not get stitches and healed totally in 3 weeks. Angel is a very loving dog and enjoys playing with other dogs but for some reason she only tolerates Bear and it doesn't take much to set them off. Bear, on the other hand, is animal aggressive in my opinion.

When Bear was 3 years old, Don's daughter was over and brought her little male Basingee/Chihuahua mix and somehow he got into the backyard with the other dogs (at this time we also had a 14 year old male wolf) and we thought it was going to be the wolf who would attack the little one but it was Bear. She rushed him, rolled him into a row of hedges and picked him up by the back of the neck and shook him like a little rag doll. By that time his daughter had reached them and was beating on Bear, to no avail of course. Don got there and literally had to cram his fist into Bears mouth to get the little dog away from her. Don and his daughter rushed her little dog to the vet and $900 later saved his life.

Bear and Angel don't fight all the time, plenty enough for me though, but when they do it's pretty bad. Angel usually winds up at the vet. She's had most of her puppy pads ripped off and sewn back together. She has had chunks of meat missing exposing bone where she had to get stapled shut. Every one of her legs, different occasions, have been casted, wrapped or splinted. It's awful scary. I'm afraid I'll come home from work and find Angel dead or seriously hurt. I tell Don, especially since he's been bitten, that we need to grab their rear legs and separate them but he doesn't want to believe that will work.

Well I hope my story helps you and others and I hope it wasn't to long and drawn out.

Best wishes to all,

Ed's Response:

  1. This dog would wear a remote collar from the moment he came out of his dog crate in the morning and it wouldn’t come off until he went to bed at night. It would become a part of this dogs life.

    Obviously I know how to use a remote collar. I produced a training DVD on this Remote Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

  2. In a social setting the dog would never be allowed another dog, either one of my own or a strange dog. If it was going to be around another dog it would also wear a wire basket muzzle.

  3. This dog needs to be run through a pack structure program. This is a very specific program that teaches a dog who his leaders are along with teaching the dog that there are rules to follow and consequences to not following rules. I did a DVD  on this Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog. Read the description on the web page for this DVD.

Good luck with your dog.

Ed Frawley


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Question: Do you have any suggestions for training a deaf dog? Would Michael Ellis’ methods work?


One of my friends just adopted a 1.5 year old deaf female doberman. He is interested in finding a trainer or training materials so he can learn how to best handle the disability. He says that she is easily startled and is very hesitant with too much attention. He has 3 other dogs and 2 young children. Of course I love and would recommend all the Leerburg/Michael Ellis training materials. I'm not sure if the dog is 100% deaf or not, but if it is, do you have any suggestions? Any alternative markers that would work visually?

Thanks in advance,


I don’t see why the Ellis methods couldn’t be used with a deaf dog, you would just have to use a gesture for your marker as opposed to a word.

I’d recommend The Power of Training Dogs with Markers and The Power of Training Dogs with Food to start.

I’ve heard that dogs learn sign language quite easily, so that’s an option.

There is quite a bit of info on our website about training deaf dogs, the forum has some discussions about this and some things that have worked for folks. The search function is located in the top left corner of every page of Leerburg.com.  hopefully you will find some useful information there.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I bought a GSD who was trained in German, how do I switch her to English commands?

Hello Cindy/Ed,

I have several of you DVD and products and I find them very useful.

I have recently bought a one year old female working lines GSD, she is trained in basic obedience and she has started her protection training. She is trained in German commands and I would like to switch her over to the English commands. How do I do that?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Cindy's Response:

It’s quite simple to switch a dog to new commands.

First say the NEW command you want the dog to do, then the OLD command and when the dog complies you give a very meaningful reward.  At first the dog won’t know what you are asking but after some repetition they pick it up quickly.

For example: Say DOWN, then say PLATZ and when the dog lays down give your release command and an extra special reward.  Repeat…..repeat, repeat.

The dog will start to anticipate what you are going to say next and then before you know it, you have a bilingual dog.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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Oh, and I'd like to take a paragraph to tell you how much I've appreciated the info on your site and in the DVD I ordered from you awhile back. It's made me the dog person I am today; which is a person who is calm and confident around any and all dogs, even aggressive ones. My own dogs are very well trained and we have a significant bond with each other. While new to showing, I have a good foundation in training obedience and have helped train a service dog for an older disabled gentleman who'd been waiting for over two years for a new dog after his last one passed away. I am also currently working with a puppy who has canine downs syndrome and is completely deaf. It's a very rewarding experience being able to take the things I've learned from your site and materials and apply them to help others.


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