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April 20, 2015
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Interview with Josh Moran

Last week we were fortunate enough to have Josh Moran and his patterdale terrier, Sif, here at Leerburg. We spent the week filming for our upcoming online course titled "The Philosophy of Small Dogmanship". Josh is a professional dog trainer from Buffalo, New York who specializes in behavioral issues in pet dogs and small dog training.

Whenever we have new instructors here at Leerburg we like to sit down with them and allow our customers a chance to really get to know the trainers we work with. In this interview with Josh and Ed Frawley, they discuss everything from what he does as a professional dog trainer to their other common interests, like fishing.

The Philosophy of Small Dogmanship will be released in the late spring or early summer of 2015. If you have a small dog and are interested in learning the subtle differences in how we train and manage small dogs, then this is going to be a fun and exciting course to meet your unique needs. We will announce the course in our newsletter as we near the end of our production process.

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I thought the class was well thought out and well organized. I like that it was broken down into little bits of information that were easy to digest. The segments built on the previous ones.

I appreciated that I could take the class at my own pace, as I really had trouble finding two full weeks to give to it, but was able to stretch it out and still view all the materials and work with my dog on the different skills. We are already making significant progress.

Well worth the money. I have already been recommending the class to other dog owners who have engagement issues.

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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My 5 month old puppy was scared by my nephew when he rode his bike into her. Do you think my puppy will be permanently affected by this?

I have a 5-month-old Aussie. Until last week, her experiences with adults and children were all positive. Then, while we were visiting my parents, my 5-yr-old nephew tried to ride his bike into her. He was scolded but made no amends, and she understandably avoided him the rest of the night. As an "antidote," the next day I invited my two nieces, 5 & 3, who were great with the pup a few days earlier, over to play with her. The puppy greeted them the first time, but now shied away. She never shied away from anyone before the bike episode. My nieces and I played and worked with the pup and gave her treats, and she was soon scampering around with the girls as she had before. My 5-year-old niece rode her bike on the drive and I taught the pup to stay on the lawn and ignore the bike.

My Questions:
Do you think my pup is scarred from the nephew incident, despite my "antidote?"
I do not plan to let my nephew interact with either of my dogs again. I don't think it's worth the risk. Am I being extreme?

Cindy's Response:

It’s impossible to know whether the incident with the bike/nephew will have long lasting effects, only time will tell. I believe that if the pup has good solid temperament and all other experiences she’s had have been good, than it’s not as likely to be a problem as it might be for a genetically shy or nervous puppy or a pup that had had a lot of bad experiences with kids.

I think controlling the environment for your pup in the future is smart, to reduce the chance of another issue during the formative months.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Basic Puppy

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