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Slow Motion Jumps

Slow Motion Jumps

Lindsey Sommer, an instructor at the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers, demonstrates a few jumps in slow motion with her Malinois, Enzo and Enzo's little sister, Haly. Lindsey has been training Haly for her owner, Al.

March 14, 2013   |   1 Minute, 46 Seconds

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Question: My 14 month old Rottweiler has become obsessed with her crate over the last 2 weeks. I'm considering removing her crate from the house, do you have any ideas?

Hi Cindy,

I have a 14 month intact female Rottweiler. She was crate trained, and was relatively neutral in terms of her love of the crate. Suddenly in the last 2 weeks she is obsessed with the crate. There is no food or treat in the crate, and with the bedding removed her behavior is identical. She will spend more than half of the day inside the crate with the door open. She often runs back into it when she is out, with intensity. When she is taken outside her energy is great. Her appetite great, and her poop looks healthy. She seems physically healthy. She guards it when anyone comes close, I have most of Leerburg DVDs and adhere to most of the principles. I am considering removing the crate, but I want to get this one right. Please help. Thank you

Cindy's Response:

If she’s been in heat within the last few months it sounds like she may be going through a false pregnancy complete with nesting behavior. This isn’t uncommon.

Some females do this after every season that they aren’t bred. Many of my past females have done this. The only real cure is to either spay them or breed them. Many of them develop milk in the mammary glands and some will “adopt” toys.

With my own females, I simply let it run its course.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health or our Q&A on Behavior Problems.

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Hello Ed and Cindy,

I would like to start out by commending you both for your informative answers to others questions. I have read through many of your Q&As and am pleased to see that you are not afraid to “go there” with ignorant people.

My fiancé and I have two Border Collies. They came from a working breeder and are very high energy and high drive dogs (as they should be). My fiancé is a dog trainer and both of our dogs are just about 100% off leash. She trains with E-collar and is very knowledgeable and proud of her training, and I am very proud of her. I lost a dog previously because I did not have control. She ran out of the house one day and was hit by a car. As far as I am concerned, if she had received the training that my dogs have, she would still be here today.

I must say, that the amount of uninformed, ignorant people (including friends and family) who are the very first to open their mouths about how our training is wrong and cruel is frustrating to say the least. I have worn my dogs e-collar myself. We use low stimulation when a command is given, not very high stimulation as a correction only. My dogs are the most happy, friendly dogs, and because of the training, they can run free in the yard or on the beach to let out the energy they have, while at the same time being completely under control. We do not have to go to a fenced in dog park where there are constant dog fights due to irresponsible owners. Is that cruel? I don’t think so.

I do not agree with a lot of the training out there with the very most ridiculous on my list being purely positive, no correction training. I am not a dog trainer myself, but I do have common sense. Ignoring bad behavior with an animal that, in its natural environment, would be corrected by the alpha, simply does not make sense. And the results speak for themselves.

I guess the whole point of this email is to say that I respect the stand you take as trainers. You give people the facts without worrying about who gets offended by the truth. People do not want to hear that they are wrong, but sometimes they need to.

Keep up the good work!


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