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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:

This is what happens when you work a dog civilly and get too close. The handler did not realize that it was a live bite right away for it was dark out. After the out I put my sleeve back on, not knowing the extent of the damage and obviously in shock, I continued the work until my friends stopped me and brought me to the hospital.


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Question: How do I transition from the prong collar to a flat collar for walks?


I've been watching your basic dog training videos with my 4 and 5 year old papillons. They've quit pulling on the leashes on walks, but only as long as they are on prong collars. They still pull continually on flat collars. How do I transition between the prong collar and the flat collar for walks?  Thanks!


Cindy's Response:

Can I ask why you can’t just continue using the prong? If your dogs practiced pulling for years on a flat collar, they will often go back to default behavior when you take the prong off. How long have you worked with them on the prong collar? A lot of folks don’t put in the number of repetitions needed to retrain the behavior they want. Retraining takes much longer than teaching it correctly in the beginning.

I would recommend putting a leash on the prong and another leash on the flat collar, so you have a way to remind the dogs not to pull when they are on a leash no matter what collar they are wearing.  This will take some coordination and manipulating multiple leashes and it will likely be hard to do this with 2 dogs at the same time.

I always have my training tools on my dog when I have them out, even if I think I don’t need them. If you aren’t planning on putting your dogs in a competition where prongs aren’t allowed, I would advise continuing to use the prong collars.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Prong Collars.


Question: I started feeding your formula and my pup has gained weight, but he is still twitching and having seizures. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Dear Mr. Frawley,

I have a problem with my three week old Yorkie. He was weighing 14.5 oz three days ago. I started your formula yesterday and he loved it. He gained weight. I was so happy, but he is still twitching and has lots of seizures. I feel helpless. I called the vet and they said he might have a shunt liver. Is there anything I can do to help him? I really don't want to put him down. I don't sleep, I feed him every two hours. Please help my baby Yorkie (AKA Peewee).

Cindy's Response:

Your pup needs to be examined by a vet, if he has a liver problem he needs medical attention.

This isn’t something that can be figured out via email.  Good luck, I hope the pup is ok.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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!!!

Comments on Thursday's Newsletter Q&A
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Hello Ed,

Loved your answer to the guy  who beat his pooch with a stick  -  perfect and totally deserved!



Dear Ed and Cindy,

This morning's newsletter item from the cruel guy who beat his dog left me in tears. I admire your courage for putting yourselves in a position to hear about what people really do with their dogs because it is often sickening. I want to say thanks for all the work you do to educate people about what it really takes to train and manage dogs and how to do it in a way that is fair and kind and effective. On another board on the web, I keep reading about people getting GSD puppies and then failing to establish pack structure and manage them. Not too much later the dogs get bigger and a bit older and they suddenly have out-of-control dogs who have to lose their homes. Before I started doing canine SAR work, I was a volunteer who worked with kids in abuse and neglect cases. There are a lots of similarities between what some people do with kids and what they do with dogs. Sigh.

Anyway, on the lighter side. When I first heard your advice not to let people interact with my dog and to say that she was working, I thought it was a wacky Leerburg thing. It was the opposite of what I heard in the pet dog world. But, I tried it because my current dog is disinterested in strangers (at best) and was easily distracted. It was great advice for me and helped me teach my dog to stay focused on me and her work and not to worry about interacting with strange people or dogs. 

I have been to a handful of AKC obedience trials now (earning our Rally Novice title!). Of course, that was only possible because she was able to focus on me instead of the dozens of other people and dogs in the room. I have also been checking out schutzhund, mondio and agility clubs in my area (trying to figure out what to do next with my dog). And it seems that in the performance and working world, it is the norm for handlers to prevent their dogs from interacting with other people and dogs. One AKC handler would walk away mid-sentence from people who tried to make eye contact with or reached out to her gregarious Golden. Another AKC handler (who has many championship titles under her belt) stopped a child who was trying to pet her beagle with a firm "No, she's working." Anyway, thank you for the great advice which wasn't wacky at all! 


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