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February 11, 2013
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PTSD and Dogs

PTSD and Dogs

Michael Ellis discusses some of the brain chemistry related to humans and PTSD and the correlations to dogs shutting down when faced with a fight or flight situation.

February 11, 2013   |   3 Minute, 3 Seconds

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Question: What sleeve would you recommend for a 6 month old Malinois?


I have a question about which sleeve to order from the Leerburg site. My dog is a 6 month old female Malinois. She is done teething, all adult teeth in. She loves to tug, but I don't think she has a particularly hard bite for a Mal. Which sleeve would you recomend to use for her?


Cindy's Response:

With young dogs, we recommend a progression as they learn proper mechanics. Going to a sleeve too soon can discourage a dog from wanting to play the game.

We go from tugs to bite pillows to soft sleeves.  I would make sure she had really good technique and you have proper presentations with a tug before moving on. I would highly recommend the video The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work and Teaching Protection Skills without a Decoy.

We don't move on to larger items and sleeves until the dog is really doing well with a tug. 
A link to bite training equipment.

I would recommend an intermediate tug set and then a bite pillow before moving on to a sleeve. 
I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Thanks. Talked to my trainer today, he also recommended against using a sleeve yet. Actually the tug I have been using is too large and hard, so go back two steps and get it right!
Thanks for the info.

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

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