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Whistle Backs with Forrest and Tim

This short video is of Cindy's 6 month old puppy, Endy, working whistle backs with two friends (Forrest Micke and Tim Bartlett) who trained within the same system of marker training that we do.

The two significant issues of this video are that Cindy was not present on this training weekend. She was on a trip, so Endy is being handled by two people she doesn't know. Endy is being whistle backed from a situation where she is highly distracted, she will be playing tug with either Forrest or Tim and whistled back by the other.
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This is what happened to me while I broke up my dogs fighting. I hag two dogs, 1 of which is a pit mix (male) the other is a small border mix (female). Most of the time they do fine but once in awhile they get into it. On this morning the argument was over food.

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Question: Do you address teaching behaviors that are needed for the show ring on any of your videos?

I have a show quality Cardigan Welsh Corgi and I do some clicker training. However, after watching one of your on-line videos I realized that you have a slightly different approach which I very much like. It definitely makes sense. Do you address teaching behaviors that are needed for the show ring on any of your videos? I plan to buy several; but, as a senior citizen finances are limited so I'd like to get the right one to start with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


I’d definitely recommend The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

It’s the foundation of all the work in the rest of the marker based videos.

You may want to check out our streaming video section, there are some free videos about teaching a dog to stand in the conformation ring using markers (or clicker training).

Part 1 | Part 2

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I have a few questions on engagement, can you help?

Hi Ed and Cindy. Thank you for all the help.

I have a question about engagement. I wish I could just buy the DVD: The Power of Training Dogs with Food, but I just cannot afford it right now.

My question is: what am I looking for in my dog when he is engaged? Will he be focused on me and me only even in new environments? Or does engagement mean that he will cooperate just enough so that I can teach him a new position even though he may be a little distracted?

And also I am so sorry but one more question.

Do I just take my dog into different and new environments and just feed him treats until he gets engaged? Or am I missing the point? Because I always kind of thought that it was about taking him in new environments and showing him that he can learn in a new environment by me showing him different obedience positions.

But I'm not too sure about it. It would be greatly appreciated if you can answer this e-mail. Thank you very much for all the information on your website.


Cindy's Response:

I'm afraid it's too complicated to explain in an email. You are more than welcome to search our site and our streaming video section for more information on engagement. There are a lot of free streaming videos at the link I posted.

Engagement is the foundation of ALL dog training, it's the most important step. The Power of Training Dogs with Food is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and I can't possibly explain engagement in an email (even though I wish I had the time and skill to do that).

You may want to join our forum too.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Training Dogs with Food.


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I wanted to thank you for getting the whelping video right out to me. I viewed it last night and this morning at 7:47 the first pup arrived. My girl had 4 boys and 3 girls (we'll see if I get a surprise pup in the am). I don't believe my husband and I would have felt as relaxed and on the same page had we not viewed your video and for that I'm eternally grateful.

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