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Check out Leerburg's Garage Sale of Ed & Cindy's old training equipment!
Ed is selling several of his old bite suits.

Over the past 15-20 years Ed & Cindy have collected a very large amount of training equipment. It kept adding up and they have decided to sell it in a garage sale. This will not be an ongoing event, just a one time event.

Check out all the great deals and information HERE! And the bite suit pants HERE!

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Question: My dog attacks the garage door. How does one alter this behavior?

I have an 8mo GSD - really a calm, well behaved dog, except for one bizarre problem. Every time I reach for the garage door opener in my home (or open the garage door otherwise) he runs as fast as he can to the door and attacks it. It is a detached garage.

When this behavior first began, he would run to the door, and go into the garage without harming the door. And then he would attack the lawn mower, it is electric and it had never run in his presence.

I managed to demonstrate to him that the mower wasn't the cause and now he attacks the door.

How does one alter this behavior? I couldn't find any of your videos that would seem to offer a solution.

Thank you,


This is fairly common but can be a serious issue. It can become an obsession for dogs. I would NOT allow this, ever. You need to interrupt the behavior with a leash and/or a remote collar.

Many high prey drive dogs are stimulated by things like lawn mowers, weed whackers, chain saws, etc… We have a Kubota utility vehicle that sets my dogs off, so I need to be vigilant and prepared so I can interrupt the first signs of the unwanted behavior.

It can become a deep seated problem if you allow it to continue.  You need to control the dog all the time so he can’t practice this.

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If you want to learn to train him with the remote, We have an excellent video on how to train a dog with the electric collar Electric Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: What supplements should I use for a dog with hip dysplasia?

Hello Cindy!

I have a question about what supplements to give to a young Bernese Mountain Dog with hip dysplasia. (Can't ever remember how to spell that!) This is my mother's dog and she is giving her novox for pain, but I'm thinking that she needs something else besides that. What would be your recommendations?

Thank you!



I’d recommend salmon oil and Vitamin E. Salmon oil is a natural anti-inflammatory.

I’d also recommend one of our glucosamine formulas, I use Syn-Flex with my dogs.

For joint support and pain relief, Soothe Joints and Comfort Aches. These are safe for long term use.

Personally, I would not use any form of carbofen (Novox or Rimadyl) on a dog unless it was a last resort. It has a lot of dangerous side effects, a google search will turn up a lot of info. Hopefully her vet informed her of the risks before prescribing it.

I would also make sure she’s keeping this dog thin, to ease stress on the joints and I would also recommend a grain free diet.  I don’t know what she feeds but any type of grain in a dog’s diet can cause inflammation in joints, skin and ears. We have a great section on feeding dogs on the website.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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