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January 19, 2012
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In Nosework Training: How long does it take to train your dog in nosework?

In Nosework Training:
How long does it take to train your dog in nosework?

Ed Frawley and Andrew Ramsey discuss the amount of training required to prepare your dog for nosework competition. They also discuss the "training lab" and what you need to prepare yourself for your dog's training.

January 19, 2012 | 8 Minutes, 31 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A
Ask your training question

Question: We don't expect my small dog to live long. I want to spoil him but I also want him to be a good dog. How should we train him?


I found your website while searching for a holistic vet. I adopted a Chihuahua Yorkie mix, but he is a biter. We started crate training him, but inconsistently. He had trouble getting house broken, and we discovered he had a bladder stone. Next came surgery, then the diagnosis of liver shunt. We searched for nutrition answers and found your site. We spoil the dog now, because we expect him to have a short life span, but he does have aggressive tendencies. My concern- after reading through your website, how should I train this little one? There are arguments between my heart and my head: in my heart I want to spoil him, knowing he will have a short life, but in my head I want him to be a good dog.

Thank you for replying,
Jamie in TX

Cindy's Response:

You train little dogs just like big ones.  The only thing different is the size of the dog.

You aren’t doing him any favors by allowing him to be aggressive or dominant. What if he defies the odds and lives a good long life?  He’s not worrying about his health issues, he’s behaving like a dog that needs some stricter rules.

Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

You may also need the video Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs. We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

Dogs are happier when given clear rules and leadership, no matter what their size.

Good luck with him!

Cindy Rhodes

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


We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this weeks's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Hol-ee Roller


Just wanted to give a testimonial on how great these [Hol-ee Roller] are for the working GSD.  I use 3 sizes, and also use them for searches in the house. My last two GSDs couldn’t get enough of them.  They are easily washed, weather proof, makes for great catching in the house without marring the walls or woodwork. I also get a ball and put them in initially to train them to use them in the house and in places where a ball alone is just not a good idea. My dogs literally keep them with them all the time now that they are older. I thought you might want to put this in as a suggestion for ideas on playing with them. And the best part – when they stand at the top of the stairs and let them bounce down to the bottom to get the others to play.


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A tutorial on how to use Leerburg's Video on Demand program. We cover the basics on navigating the website, finding free and paid videos, including troubleshooting issues that you may stumble upon. We want you to maximize your experience here on Leerburg's Video on Demand and take advantage of the features we have to offer.

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The MES Immersion Program is a comprehensive education in multiple aspects of dog training, with plenty of opportunity to delve into the theory behind our system, and as much supervised practice as each student wants to take on. This program is for the students that can completely commit themselves to learning the art and science of dog training over a 5 month (22 week) period. The course involves, in part, taking each of our core courses twice, private training sessions with Michael and his staff, shadowing our instructors during private lessons and personal training, assisting in class demos, working with shelter dogs, visiting local clubs and training groups, learning the business of dog training, and generally immersing oneself in our world. There is no more diverse and thorough program in the country. For students with the time and commitment this is our flagship program.

Read more about the MES Immersion Program.

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