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February 9, 2015
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Mark Keating Introducing "Stay" with Touch Pads

Leerburg recently released a short, free video with Mark Keating explaining how we introduce touch pads to our young dogs. In this follow up video, Mark will explain how we use the touch pad as a foundation to our "stay" command. The beginning of the stay is only one application where touch pads are used throughout our training system. Later, we will use them for everything from heeling, send aways, retrieves, rear end awareness, pivoting, and countless other more advanced obedience behaviors.

Sonny, the yellow lab puppy in this video, was only 12 weeks old when we filmed this clip. You can see how touch pads have allowed us to begin teaching a stay at a very young age.

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

The most important facet that I learned from this class is to know my dog. Know his limitations, know what corrections work most effectively with him, and that every dog is different. It is most important to give a correction to a dog the moment it happens not later because they have no idea what they did as time goes on. They all learn in different ways and with different types of training methods.

Through this course, I was able to evaluate my 2 year old German Shepherd and determine that he is a dog with high ball drive and through the class was able to increase his food drive with a high quaity food. Even though he was a pretty well trained dog, there were several areas that needed work.

Through the criterior of lures and look it help me have him more focused on me than what was going on around him. We have also been working on marker training because he likes to greet everyone that comes in and have now established where he is to go with visitors. There are so many things that help through out this course to mention. Each segment of each week has brought either a refresher or different aspect to training for me.

Thank you for the course and I look forward to doing more in the future.

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Question: My dog gets stressed out when we need to handle him for flea treatments or baths, do you have any advice?

Hi Cindy,

I have used some of your videos and they are great.

I have a 3 year old Shiba Inu and I am having problems with putting flea treatment on him. I know that you are not advocates of flea treatment, but I haven't been able to control the fleas through other methods. Last time I put frontline on his neck he was very distressed, snapping and crying. I think its fear rather than aggression.

Overall, he is a well trained dog, very polite, and a pleasure to live with. He was stubborn as a puppy but he is much more mature now.

I have also considered bathing him with flea shampoo, but he has been hydrophobic since being a puppy. He used to refuse to walk on wet grass and on one occasion didn't urinate for 2 days because it was raining heavily outside. He whimpers and panics during baths and you can feel his heartbeat sky rocket. He refuses food and other distractions, same as when we were putting the flea treatment on. Any ideas of what I can do to make it less stressful for him?

Cindy's Response:

You might want to desensitize him to the restraint needed to do things like apply medications, etc... Practice this in small bits, long before you need to actually apply the flea treatment. 

We have a video called Relationship Games for You & Your Dog. One of the games is about teaching a dog to accept restraint for grooming and things of that nature. 

I would recommend watching this 3 part video on fear periods in dogs and how to condition them to things that make them nervous.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 

Cindy Rhodes


Thanks so much. I think your advice and these videos have given me some ideas of things I can try. Thank you also for all the tips that I have gained in training my dog. I am so glad I chose to get some of your DVDs. I can see myself in a very different situation if I had not come across your advice on pack structure and marker training when my dog was still a pup.

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

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Hurtta Ultimate Warmer

  We love these Ultimate Warmer coats. I have 2 dobermans and we use these coats all the time in freezing weather. They are relatively easy to put on. Only one foot needs to be picked up, to go into a leg hole. I love the higher neckline of the Ultimate Warmer, and the ability to tighten that neck line to keep snow out. It is a really warm coat, which holds in the dogs body heat, so it is for really cold weather. Freezing or below. The back end of the coat covers the back thighs pretty well and keeps those muscles from getting cold and cramping. There is a snap at the very back of the coat under the tail, that lets you close it in really cold windy weather, (but only after your dog has gone potty). There are 2 snaps that let you fold up the back flaps up along the sides, if you don't want to have it wrap around the rear end, which leaves the very back end open for potty breaks when you first go out. This coat has only one drawback and that is in DEEP powdered snow, (if your dog is a deep snow diver) the chest plate can gather snow and the snow becomes packed into little flat snowballs that can lay inside the chest sling area next to the dogs skin. But the dog really has to do some incredible deep snow diving to have this happen. Only one of my girls ever has this happen to her, but she loves to 'swim' and dive into fresh deep powdered snow. You may have to empty the chest plate out, once in a while, if your dog is a snow bunny and continually jumps and dives into new deep powdered snow. Other than that it is the best freezing weather coat I have ever found. MY girls have tried many many coats, and for cold or snowy weather, this is the one we keep using when it is freezing out. Quick to put on and off, and it doesn't seem to hinder any movement the girls want to do. It doesn't bind on legs or neck. GREAT COAT!
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