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Endy's Third Training Session of the Object Guard

Endy - Nine Months
Third Training Session
Object Guard

The most difficult exercise to train in all of dog sports is the object guard in the various ring sports. Last week I released a 2 hour, 10 minute training video with Michael Ellis titled The Foundation of Object Guard Training. In the DVD, Michael explains the optimum time to start training the object guard is when the dog is between 7 and 9 months old.

In today’s video, we will watch Endy at 9 months going through her 3rd training session for the object guard. Michael's system uses markers to teach dogs that when they make the right decisions they get rewarded with the bite. There are other ways to teach the object guard. In my opinion none of them come close to the system Michael has helped develop. Our new video is offered on DVD and on streaming video.

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Dog Bite

To view these dog bite photos, click here.
Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

If only we'd read your article BEFORE this happened. Only 4 stitches. No permanent injury. GSD vs rescue mutt. Tried to intervene on behalf of rescue.

We're not really sure how the fight started. I was on my computer and heard them get into it. By the time I turned around the 41 lb mixed breed rescue was down and the GSD had him by the fur around his throat. My husband came running out of the bedroom and straddled the GSD, grabbed him by the collar and yelled OUS a million times. Then I threw a couple of glasses of water in his face. Hit him with a stick. Nothing worked. He was NOT letting go. That's when my husband asked me to try to pull the rescue (Karl) away from the GSD. Karl turned his heard toward me and I got it in the hand. 4 stitches and possible a fractured knuckle. I know he was just trying to protect himself. It was my fault. But yeah, dog fights are scary and it's almost impossible to watch one dog you love try to kill (it least it seemed that way) another dog you love. Thank you so much for your article, we will know how to handle it if (when?) it happens again!

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Have a Question on Dog Training?

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: Recently my dog became afraid of the TV and started urinating when I come home. Is this a temperament issue? What are your thoughts?

Hi Cindy,

First I want to thank you guys for your wonderful web site and all the invaluable training information it’s provided to me and my currently 12 month old GSD Max.

To give you a little background, I’ve had Max since he was about 18 weeks old. I purchased your marker training, focused heeling, and Power of Tug videos and have completely used marker training with Max from day one. Currently, (thanks to the marker training) I have had very few corrections with Max. He is a house dog for the most part and typically comes to work with me on a daily basis. He was crate trained, and  only twice used the bathroom in the house when I first got him,  both times he was corrected immediately (still while urinating) and taken outside to finish his relieving himself. Throughout our training and non training days Max has been the ideal dog. Very good temperament, not scared of anything,  high drive, follows me everywhere, etc, etc. 

However, about 2 week ago I started noticing some subtle changes in his demeanor.  First thing I noticed was he seemed to be scared of the TV. Typically he lays in the family room with us at night but about a week ago he refuses to go in there when the TV is on.  A couple of days after I this I noticed when I got home he showed  signs of submission towards me (ears back, squatty legs) and urinated on the floor. The first time this happened I didn’t think so I (probably) wrongfully issued him a correction and  put him out side. Since then this is a reoccurring peeing problem every time I come home. The odd thing is he still plays great with me and follows me everywhere like my best friend, and he doesn’t urinate when my girlfriend comes home or any guests.  I’m hoping this isn’t a temperament issue that we’re just now starting to see.  If he was 6 months old I’d probably just wait it out but at 12 months this is a surprise I was hoping you could give me your thoughts. If you have any advice or suggestions I’d greatly appreciate it. I apologize for the long email.


Cindy's Response:

Dogs go through funny phases and stages of development as they mature. I think you probably corrected him when you shouldn’t have. In his mind, he’s being “good” and deferring to the boss. This is what younger dogs do to more dominant dogs to show their submission. Drawing ANY attention to it at all may cause it to become a real long term issue.

Ignore the dog completely when you come home. Don’t even look at him. Casually take him outside before you interact with him. Don’t lean over him or reach over his head. All these things can trigger submissive urination. Hopefully it will pass quickly!

Search the website too, this has been discussed many times in our Q&As and on our forum.  The search function is in the upper left corner of every page of Leerburg.com.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: What do you suggest for tying a dog out while we are at state parks?

Hi there,

First off wanted to let you know that your DVDs have literally done worlds of change for our dog. Now that we have such an engaged and happy dog, we recently took her hiking with us in the state parks in Texas, which was phenomenal. The one problem there is that you must keep your dog on a lead at all times, no exceptions. Even though I would feel confident that our dog would not leave a platz, sit or place until released I still must follow the rules or get a ticket. Is there a tie that I can wrap around a tree that is safe? Is there another option I am not considering?

When I go out our ranch it is not a big deal, because it is my property and I don't have much to worry about, but the parks are closer and we do stay there overnight. It would be nice to allow her to be tied up and relax in the shade rather than be crated while we are cooking dinner etc... Let me know, hopefully in a few months we will be getting your electronic collar training video and moving on with our training even more!


Cindy's Response:

Thanks so much for the nice email!

Here is a tie out we use while camping, we don't like to use things that wrap around trees (and in many state parks they discourage tying horses or dogs to trees, in case they damage them).

I hope this helps!

Cindy Rhodes

****Please never leave any dog tied up unattended!*****

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


Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Search Engine. This search engine was written specifically for Leerburg by our in house IT manager. Our search engine is specific to Leerburg and only searches leerburg.com and the Leerburg web forum. If you can't find the answer to your question by using our search engine, you can email Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com. If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

Nice Emails from Customers
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Hi Cindy,

You're always coming to my rescue regarding questions, problems, issues. And you never fail to respond quickly!! This time I just wanted to say Thank you!  We've finally turned a corner. The marker training is paying off. I get it. The dogs get it. We are believers!! What prompted this comment is the Leerburg new "streaming video" page. Just the format of it.... the easy availability. It's awesome! It rocks!!! With so many free and pay-for-view videos. Example - I had been feeling so badly about keeping my puppy "contained" for all his growing up time. I mean... I know it was for his safety. But it still didn't seem fair. THEN I SAW the video about maintaining a puppy in the X-Pen by day. It just came together for me! To see the puppy in the video so calm and content in the X-Pen was great. That's exactly how I've maintained my puppy for his 10 months. In a double-sized X-pen. With his beloved toys. And the TV always on for company. He actually "watches" TV! Then I learned how to prevent jumping on the sides. To sit before opening the gate. And my puppy is responding so well. Unbelievable! After going out on a Potty Break, he actually "wants" to go back into his Expen! He knows that's his place!  And goes right back in for his "reward." At night they both get a major tasty cookie at bedtime. So they both can't wait to RUN into their crates. Yes! Marker training really works! I've got them both sitting now before going through doors. In fact they're beginning to "offer" that behavior in anticipation. And you were right. With treats always on hand in my pocket, they follow me around like magnets! I know there's never ending work ahead to maintain the momentum.  But just wanted you to have yet another success story - to show how much you're involvement via email, really makes a difference for a pet owner!


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