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Starting a Successful Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Business with Gary Cassera

Starting a Successful Pet Sitting or Dog Walking Business
with Gary Cassera

Gary Cassera discusses what students will be learning in Leerburg's newest course on starting your own business. Learn more about this course here.

Leerburg Online University Student Comment

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

I purchased your basic obedience course several months ago and it was one of the best 100 dollars I've ever spent. I completed the course several weeks before bringing my 8 week old GSD home. I now have a 6 month old "best friend" who is house trained, on and off leash trained, and has no food or people aggression. Thank you so much for all the help and guidance.

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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: Every time I give my German Shepherd a bone to chew on he gets diarrhea. Can you suggest something for him to chew on that won’t upset his stomach?

Every time I give my German Shepherd a large bone to chew on from the local pet store it gives him major diarrhea. I give him these to keep him busy when I go to work or when I am busy and don't have time to play to keep him busy. He loves them and enjoys holding on to them while chewing on them. What is an alternative or what can I give him to prevent his stomach from getting upset and he still be able to enjoy his bones? I even tried what is called Busy Bones and they do the same thing. I need help because when I am at work he won't play with his toys to keep himself occupied.

Cindy's Response:

I don't give cooked bones (which the bones from the pet store likely are). I use raw bones I get from my butcher shop, but if you have a dog that has a sensitive GI tract you will want to give these in moderation until you see how they affect your dog. I would only give the bone for 5 minutes at a time over a few days and see how he does. If he does ok, then increase the time GRADUALLY.

You may also want to consider some type of treat toy that you can load with food that you know won't upset his gut. My dogs all love these treat toys.

Cindy Rhodes


Thanks Cindy!

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

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Customer Comments
On Leerburg's Urban & Suburban Tracking DVD
  I am so glad I bought the Level 2 & 3 (and also the Level 1). I would like to earn the AKC and/or ASCA tracking titles. Both the regular tracking titles done in the field and the new AKC Urban Tracking titles as well.

There are a number of great tracking trainers, books, and DVDs available. But I would highly recommend adding these to anyone's tracking library.

I also have an interest in becoming a lost pet finder as a community service. Everything in these lessons can also be applied to finding lost dogs.

The first "aha!" that happened for me was the training and handling for overshooting turns. Unlike many training philosophies and methods, you get great training advice on how to work with this normal part of tracking. It's common for trainers to advise that you attempt to eliminate overshooting corners and not a lot of attention is given to good handling for those situations. I have found that you can train corners and turns to death and overshooting is still going to happen no matter what. It's better to learn to work with it than pretending you can eliminate it for all time.

The same thing with the cross track training and handling. Rather than have cross tracks turn into a big problem that we struggle against, we learn to work with our dogs and do the proper handling and training for when a dog follows a cross track for a bit.

Those are just two examples of some of the really good training and handling advice in these lessons. There's much more.

Even if our dogs aren't as talented as those in the DVDs, the same principles will apply to any type of dog. Also, learning to be better trainers and handlers will help improve the performance of any dog.

Thanks Leerburg for allowing us to learn from the best of the best at an affordable cost.

Much appreciated,
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