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Francis Metcalf in Defense of Dachshund

Francis Metcalf in Defense of Dachshund

Francis Metcalf is a professional dog trainer with an extraordinary sense of humor. He lives in Oakland, CA and is good friend and training partner of Michael Ellis. When you have a minute take a look at Francis’ web site and some of the other Youtube videos he has produced. His skill as a dog trainer becomes very evident when you watch his Youtube videos.

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Question: I recently took in my sister's dog and my 2 dogs aren't getting along well with the new dog. Can you please help?


I have read your article about introducing a new adult dog into the home with other dogs and I just want to see if there is anything else you could help us with. My sister just asked me to keep her 9 year old German Shepard because she is moving to a big city and doesn’t want her to have to walk up the 5 flight of stairs. I happily accepted. Today was the first time we brought Sasha, the German Shepard, over to our house. We already have 2 dogs; a 2 1/2 year old min pin and an 11 month old collie. I did what I did when I brought the collie home at 14 weeks and introduced her to my 2 1/2 year old min pin, which consisted of just letting them sniff and meet one another. It went well there was no snarling or biting or anything. When it came to food the min pin did get a little aggressive and snap and growl at the collie which I quickly corrected and they have been great ever since. So I figured it would be the same with the Shepard. However I was horribly mistaken. After I read your article I realized that we should have handle it differently. The problem started when the Shepard put its paw on the min pin and the min pin got aggressive back and snapped and snarled. We did have the Shepard on a leash and the min pin and collie, who were running around the yard off the leash, are trained well and when we said no and called her name she backed off immediately. It scared me to death. When I informed my sister of what happened she told me the Shepard does that with her cats. I was very distraught after the incident and we separated them. I immediately started searching online for some answers and came across your article. We do plan on following your directions but I need to know if there is anything else we need to know or do. Is the Shepard to old to be introduced to a new family? I want her to really be apart of the family and not have to be an outside dog. Please help. I have 2 boys and my husband and I really want this to work out. The Shepard is not really well trained at all so this is very difficult for us but we are willing to try. The min pin and collie are trained well, enough that we let them off the leads at the beach and they stay right with us and come back when called if we do tell them they can go and chase the birds. I don’t want their training to go back a step either. Sasha is not aggressive towards any person or my children and is pretty calm when the other dogs were not in the yard. When they were all in the yard the other dogs seemed scared and the Shepard barked A LOT at them when she could not get to them. The Shepard’s tail was wagging but she seemed to be really pushy when we introduced just the collie to her. The collie let her for a little while then got irritated barred her teeth and walked away. I am just at a loss and need a little more direction. Can you please help?

Thank you so much already for all the advice in your article!



Re-read the article on introducing dogs and follow it to a T.

WHENEVER we introduce a new dog to our home we keep strict rules and boundaries in place for the dogs.  ALL the dogs. Your existing dogs would benefit from going through the training as well.

I would recommend the DVD Pack Structure for the Family Pet and Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

You need to know how to recognize and interrupt the signs of aggression so you can manage this.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: Is the dominant dog collar an appropriate tool for corrections while training heeling?

Hello Cindy,

Question:  If I am training heeling and a correction needs to be made while we are walking, is the dominant collar an appropriate tool and will it allow me to give enough of a correction to get the dogs attention or do I need a muzzle with the prong? If the muzzle is the answer, can you help me with the correct size the dog is 13 months and 110 lbs.


I have a male Black Russian Terrier that I am taking through obedience training. He is doing well in training, however he is a little stubborn and when given him a strong correction with the prong collar he gets aggressive. I have just about all your videos including the one on dominant dogs, however unless I missed it the dominant dog collar is mostly effective in a static situation.


If your dog is getting aggressive with you for a prong collar correction a couple of things may be going on. He may be getting over stimulated by the prong collar, you may be unfairly correcting him when he doesn’t really understand what the correction for or he is too distracted OR you may be overcorrecting him. (Giving him a harder correction than is warranted.)

I don’t believe that dogs are stubborn, I believe that we aren’t either interesting enough or motivating enough if a dog doesn’t appear to want to do what we want to do. Many dogs appear to be stubborn or disobedient when in fact they simply don’t understand what we expect. Is your dog engaged with you during training? If you are using corrections to “get the dogs attention” then I think you need to back up and work on engagement. Corrections should not be used to get attention, they should be used in the proofing phase when the dog doesn’t comply with something he absolutely understands and is choosing to disobey.

Your dog is quite young, and I think I’d back up and go back to review the Ellis DVDs on Food, Tug and Heeling. You may simply be pushing him a bit too fast and adding corrections before it’s fair.

A dominant dog collar is best used for issues of aggression or over excitement.

If you decide you need a muzzle, we have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle on this page. We need measurements of him nose and muzzle length to help you choose the correct size.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Obedience.


Question on Monday's Video:

Hi Cindy,

Where do I find the ball used in the video? Is it just a regular 'human' exercise ball? She was having a BLAST!!! I loved watching her!

Thanks, Lisa

Cindy's Response:

It’s just a human exercise ball, I think we got it at Target or somewhere like that. They pop very easily, though. :) She’s only allowed to play when she has another toy in her mouth.

Cindy Rhodes

For this video, see our Monday's Newsletter.


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Dear Mr. Frawley,

I ordered a Dogtra 280 NCP and DVD in January for my dog. He has been chasing deer and not responding to the recall when he becomes distracted. I was very worried that someone would see him chasing deer and shoot him, so I wouldn't grant him any freedom.  After working with him with the new remote collar, he is like a new dog.  He no longer chases deer and can now be free to run and sniff the woods on our daily walks. He seems to be a happier dog and his attitude towards me has even changed for the better. I know you said to never go out without the collar, so he always wears it just in case he needs to be reminded, but with your help our problem seems to be solved. I think you may have saved his life!  Thank you so much for all your help.


Ed's Response:


Thanks for the feedback. Emails like this make my day.

My 18 month old Mal is the same, he gets his collar on in the morning and it comes off after his last walk at night. The most important thing to always remember on your walks is to always have the transmitter in your hand on your walks. The key to effective training is timely corrections. If a transmitter is in a coat pocket that timing is lost. It took me a while to figure this out.

Good luck with your dog. You are on the right track. I tell people that most dogs don’t want to be pack leaders. They just assume the role when they don’t have effective leadership and then feel stress over it. You have taken back the leadership role.

Ed Frawley

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