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March 2, 2015
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Swat & K-9s Interacting During Deployment School

SKIDDS, or Swat & K-9s Interacting During Deployment School, is a 3 day course for K9 handlers to develop the necessary skill sets in order to communicate and work effectively with their swat team counterparts. The course covers everything from building search tactics, shooting, tracking, and moving as a team with a K9. Throughout the course, students were put into realistic training scenarios that teach K9 Handlers and Swat team members to work together as a cohesive team.

Leerburg was fortunate to be able to film the training during a SKIDDS class in Green Bay, WI last Fall. We would like to thank the instructors Brad Smith, Kevin Sheldahl, Ken Pavlick, and Chris Deacon for allowing us to film the course.

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Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

This is a great course! I had started a local obedience course with my 5 month old high-drive Doberman, thinking that the socialization would be good for him. However, the instructor was 90% punishment based - which did not seem to work for this puppy. I began your course concurrently and saw massive engagement in the very first training session! I quickly realized that the other 'in-person' program was negative training for Drago, so I dropped out (it was better to lose the money, than to lose the engagement of my dog!).

Though I have trained many dogs in the past, and also train horses and falcons, the Leerburg program has already given me many new tools and perspectives. I appreciate the balanced training approach and will continue on with other courses.

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Question: I've had several people tell me that my 9 week old lab is too young to go for walks. Do you agree?

I have a 9 week old black lab male. I've had him for about 17 days. He's being crate trained and has been doing great.

I've had several people tell me he's far too young to take out for walks, and that I should wait until he's at least 12 weeks old. And even then, no more than 15 minutes at a time.

Do you agree with this?

Cindy's Response:

I don't agree nor do I disagree, it really all depends on your individual puppy.

Don't overdo it and don't force a pup to exercise. My Malinois puppies are hiking with the big dogs from a fairly early age but some other dogs arenít as energetic or coordinated. I also am very aware of the signs that a pup has had enough and am willing to carry them if I have to.

I'd work more on building a relationship and engagement than I would worry about walks at this point.

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The Power of Training Dogs with Markers DVD
The Power of Training Dogs with Food DVD
There's plenty of time to walk him as he grows, I'd build a strong foundation of him wanting to be with you and working with the food and markers. That in itself is extremely fatiguing for a pup.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Educator K9 400TS Tactical Remote Dog Trainer

  After 2-weeks of conditioning my Working line German Shepherd to the receiver, I finally went out and tested this product as instructed on the remote-collar DVD.

It was an amazing experience, or rather a break through! My dog obeys most commands, but with just low level simulations, she obeys ALL of my commands.

She's now walking perfectly off leash, and 98% of the time I'm only using the vibration/tapping sensation.

I don't usually write reviews, but this product blew me away. Thanks again Leerburg!
The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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