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Decoy Training with Jeff Frawley
and Leerburg's New Seynaeve Bite Suits

My son, Jeff, is learning to be a decoy. The past two weekends we have had our friends here at our new training center for a fun weekend of work. Mark Keating from Red Star Kennels in Hudson, WI and Forrest Micke from Rintininn near Appleton, WI, have been helping Jeff learn decoy skills. In this video, you will see Jeff work Donna Matey's dog, Jackson, and my 17 month old mal puppy, Bart. Both Mark and Forrest are helping Jeff learn the skills needed to work Jackson, who is a three time National Mondioring 3 champion. Jackson is a very well trained dog. He is also a very tough dog, several years ago Jackson broke a decoy's leg in multiple places. He takes Jeff to the ground twice in this video.
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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.

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I recently made the mistake of trying to separate two of my dogs; and this was the result. Unfortunately I did not take a picture before stitches as my veins and bones were exposed and I was not thinking clearly.

I am an animal behaviourist and Welfare Inspector, and so have no excuse at all.


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Question: My dog has a very bad whining habit. Do you have any advice?

Hi Cindy,

I know I have sent you messages before but I have another question to ask you guys. My youngest Aussie has a very bad whining habit. I have tried to ignore him, put him in “isolation” for 10-15 minutes, and tried to correct him when he does it. He does it ALL the time. When I come home he will wine if I don’t look at him, and I will ignore him till he stops; but as soon as I go to let him out of his crate he starts again. When I take him outside and bring him inside, he wines. If I don’t feed him first he wines, so I don’t feed him till he stops. But as soon as I walk over to give him his food, he wines again. I know he’s only doing it for attention but I am getting at my wits end. This has been going on since I got him in October. He is not NEARLY as bad as he was but it’s not great either. If you have any advice on how to deal with this it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!



You can’t give the dog any attention at all for whining, not even putting him in time out or correcting him. Dogs like this are anxious and even negative attention is rewarding to them.

You need to ignore him whenever he’s whining, and only give rewards, attention or anything else when he’s quiet.

I’d also make sure this dog is getting enough exercise, both mentally and physically. 

This topic has been discussed a lot on our forum.  You may want to spend some time searching there for more ideas.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question:My puppy suddenly refuses to go for walks. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you so much for all that you do. I have learned a lot from your website and videos while preparing for and working with our new Aussie puppy (8 weeks old). We have had her for 1 1/2 weeks and she has been doing well. She is submissive in the crate, house training is going very well, and we have started a little obedience work. Here's my question: The dog seems to be about midway (maybe a little soft) on the scale of soft to hard. We live in a suburban neighborhood on a 2 acre corner lot. I had developed a routine of walking her (always on leash) down our long driveway and then along the curb/street edge surrounding our yard. The walk has hills but she never seemed to become overly tired during the exercise. Cars and/or construction vehicles drive along the road occasionally but it is not a busy road in the least. All of a sudden, with no precipitating incident that I can recall at all, she will no longer walk to the end of the driveway. She literally lays down and drags her claws if I try to take her to the end of the driveway for our walk. She shakes and pulls backward. She seems to be terrified of the road. I have tried to jerk the collar with varying levels of force and she still resists. I have reversed the direction of our routine and she seems to fear the road from other starting points as well. Her bathroom spot is near our house so she hasn't had potty issues as a result, but it is very difficult to exercise her when she won't walk more than 50 feet down our driveway. I have tried picking her up and carrying her out to the road but she still resists all along our route. I'm guessing that the cars/trucks on the road must scare her but that will not change and I can't alter our walking path because I don't want to venture too far from our home (small children at home). I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have. She otherwise is, so far, an obedient, willing to please dog.

Thank you,

Cindy's Response:

This is a really common issue with puppies of this age, it’s been covered on the website.

I would also recommend training this puppy with markers, to reward positive behaviors like walking forward on the leash. Read the article titled Training With Markers. We also have our DVD The Power of Training with Markers.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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I just wanted to say say a massive thank you for sharing your puppy formula with the general public, my puppies owe you so much. My puppies were born by c-section and, as is quite common in Boston Terrier c-sections, the mother rejected all 3 pups from birth. I had some Lactol ready (for the mother) so thought I'd try that. After a day or so I wasn't happy with their weight gains or convinced about the nutritional value of a synthetic formula and searched google. Your formula came up as number 1 in the search. I read all the testimonials and thought your formula was full of natural ingredients and was higher in calories than anything synthetic so I thought I'd give it a whirl (even though I was a little skeptical but what did I have to lose). A couple of hours changing measurements to UK standards and a 80 mile round trip to Cardiff to buy some Caro Syrup (not easy to find in the UK) and I was ready to go. The puppies took to the formula easier than the Lactol, it tasted good and best of all it was all natural. The puppies weight increased straight away and after 1 week they were all more than double their birth weight, even the smallest pup. All 3 puppies are thriving....

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