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March 23, 2015
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The Heeler's Toolbox is a series of classes with a comprehensive curriculum focusing on beginner, intermediate, and advanced obedience skills and techniques essential to any competitive obedience team. This series focuses heavily on both how to teach powerful, precise, and elegant heeling work and Why the itemized skills and concepts are a benefit to any serious competitive partnership.

The first class in this 3-part series (Beginner) exposes students to groundwork skills and behaviors fundamental to the heeling relationship as well as core concepts necessary for preparation to more advanced stages of the training program. Video and discussion will focus heavily on handler and canine skill building, individual team troubleshooting, and maintaining a relationship-centered training partnership.

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I have a few of your DVDs. I did pick up a couple things in the course that I already knew but wasn't practicing. I really appreciate all the work you are doing here to educate dog owners like myself. We show dogs in the conformation ring but I have been training lots of these dogs in agility and rally o. Leerburg expertise is refreshing.

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Question: My dog wanted to play with another dog a lady was holding at the dog park. My dog eventually got the other dog's tail. The woman became angry and said I was unable to control my dog. What do I do in a situation like this?


I have a 6 month old Akita Inu. She's a really friendly dog but today there was an incident. A lady came into the park holding her little dog up in her arms like a baby. My dog wanted to play with that other little dog and kept leaping up to the lady to play with her dog. Eventually she got hold of that puppy's tail and held on causing the woman to lose her mind and accusing me of being unable to control my dog.

What do I do in a situation like this?

Ed's Response:

I am probably going to offend you, but sweet talking this issue is not going to change the facts.

The lady who had this other dog is DROP DEAD CORRECT. Either you chose to ignore the facts or you truly don't understand dog training and dog behavior.

Now, I do give you credit for searching the internet and finding my web site. If you are looking for information on what you need to do to fix this problem I can offer that. But if you're looking for someone to support your disillusions you came to the wrong place.

Your dog is not trained. If it were you, would be able to call your dog back from a distraction (like this small dog being held in its owners arms)? A dog that is not under control in the face of any distraction is UNTRAINED. A dog that bites another dog while it is ignoring the handler is not trying to play. Jumping up and trying to drag another dog out of the arms of a handler is not PLAY BEHAVIOR.

So what to do?

You stop taking your dog to dog parks or parks where there are other off leash dogs. Read the article I wrote on dog parks.

You keep your dog on leash ALL THE TIME until it is trained. From the gist of your email, that could be it's entire life. Fixing a good deal of your issues comes down to proper management. I recently produced a short video on Management for one of our recent newsletters. It's free to watch if you can watch streaming video on your computer. I suggest you watch it. Good management is just as important as good obedience training when it comes to living with a dog.

You need to train this dog with a balanced dog training system. Simply put that means you train behaviors with motivational methods followed by training that shows the dog that there are consequences for refusing to follow commands that it fully understands.

Many people can't bring themselves to correct a dog for bad behavior. They think a correction is punishment when in fact the purpose of a correction is to change bad behavior. Those people need to wake the hell up.

I obviously don't know you, so I can't say which of those people you are.

Ed Frawley

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

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On Leerburg's Kuranda Dog Bed

  I purchased a Kuranda bed for a 30 pound Mudi [female] that had destroyed every type of bed that she'd been offered for the first two years of her life. She was in an aluminum crate while I was away from home and at night. I needed some way to keep her from sleeping on the cold, hard, metal floor. That's when I found the Kuranda bed. It fit perfectly inside her crate and with the chew proof edges it has withstood over 2 years of daily use and still looks new. Now we both sleep more comfortably, knowing that she has the cushioning that she needs after willingly training and working hard for me in a variety of sports. This is an awesome product and definitely lives up to its description.
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