Having trouble reading this email? Click here. Please do not reply to this email. Click here to unsubscribe.
May 4, 2012
$4.99 Flat Rate Shipping on Orders over $100. Some restrictions apply, see details.
Warm Weather Training Vest

Warm Weather Training Vest

Warm Weather Training Vest

With spring officially here and summer around the corner, Jeff shows off some of the details and unique features of the warm weather training vest that we sell here at Leerburg.

May 4, 2012 | 2 Minutes, 41 Seconds

This Week's Specials
10% off Select Police Dog Gear 10% off Night Time Fun
Leerburg Q&A
Ask your training question

Question: Ive been training my 20 month old GSD for obedience competition and I felt we were ready for the ring. I took her to a 2 day trial last weekend and it was ugly. What am I missing here? Dog shows are not new to her, shes been shown in conformation and has points.

I spent a lot of time training my 20 month old German Shepherd in AKC Novice obedience. I felt we where ready for the ring. Ugly 2 days, would not sit on the stops, did not heal close, left me on the about turns. It was like she was in another place. She did stand, long sits and downs. On the recall she which was one of her strongest-came sat off to the side and did not finish. I took her out this morning and she did great. I already ordered the DVD on jumps thinking we where ready too move on soon. Well, what am I missing in this? Dog shows are not new to her she has been shown in confirmation and has points. It was like there was nothing between the ears.


Cindy's Response:

It appears that your dog wasn’t ready for the level of distraction found at a dog show. Have you done obedience fun matches with her in a show environment? Doing conformation is not at all like doing obedience from a dog’s point of view. You may also have been behaving differently than you do in training and that can really throw a dog off.

I think your dog lacks engagement and motivation, so I would recommend going to the basics and working on that. I looked back through my emails and see that just 2 weeks ago you were asking questions in which I also recommended teaching focus and engagement. There aren’t any shortcuts, and it takes longer than a couple weeks to teach a skill well enough for the dog to be trial ready. I’ve shown multiple dogs in AKC obedience, Schutzhund and other dog sports, so I’m aware of the training it takes to get a dog able to handle the rigors of a trial situation.

I’d recommend:

The Power of Training Dogs with Food
Advanced Concepts in Motivation
Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis

I’d hold off on jumping training until you and your dog master the foundation of the system, engagement and focus.

Good luck with your training.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Obedience Training.


We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this weeks's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Q&A Search. 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!!!

Working Malinois Puppies
Rush and Deja  

Working Malinois Puppies Expected in May!

Edge v. Kaiserhaus (Rush) MR1, OFA Excellent has been bred to Red Star Deja Nira FR2 OFA Good. Pregnancy confirmed, puppies due at the end of May. Deposits now being accepted. Rush & Deja are athletic, versatile working dogs that are also full time family dogs. We expect high drive, social & willing pups, with excellent gripping behavior and athleticism. Rush & Deja compete and participate in Mondioring, French Ring, dock diving, Agility, obedience and nosework. Email Cindy cindyr@leerburg.com

Cindy Rhodes

Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Warm Weather Training Vest

I have had my Warm Weather Training Vest for about a month now, and it has exceeded my expectations in all respects. It is well-made and very functional. I have pockets for all the stuff I want to keep handy: training toys, treats, whistle, clicker, cell phone, whatever. I keep dry treats in the right front mesh pocket and a light leash in the back pocket at all times so I can immediately grab it and run should I need to retrieve a dog in an emergency. The rest of the time it's just plain handy to have on the back of a chair for a quick training session or to take the puppy out for a potty break. The open mesh sections will be especially appreciated soon as summer approaches since San Antonio can be very, very hot! In cooler weather I have worn it over a jacket.

I expected to like the vest when I ordered it, but at this point I don't know how I got along without it. There is even a place to stash a small camera so I can send pictures of the foster puppy to the coordinators showing progress in training. The quality is excellent so it shouldn't need to be replaced for wear any time soon.

Thank you for providing this excellent product!

Leerburg's Video on Demand
Video on Demand Special - The Power of Training Dogs with Markers - Save 25% - Now $26.25 - Originally $35.00
The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

New Course! Detection / Nosework with Andrew Ramsey

Whether you train working detection K-9's, are interested in Nosework activities for your dog but don't know how to get started or are looking to add Nosework to your business, these are the courses for you. Andrew's system for training Nosework is both simple and highly effective. It blends concepts from the Military Working Dog Program with the use of a verbal mark, reward based training and cooperative play, to form a very clear and effective communication system that avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional programs. These courses explain how to engage your dog in the game of searching for a target odor and will teach the handler how to motivate, handle, read and reward your dog in order to build a strong working partnership as well as a focused response.

Read more for additional information and dates.

Leerburg Webboard | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Google+ | New Items | Video on Demand | Unsubscribe from Newsletters

To unsubscribe from this newsletter, OPT OUT (click here).

Prices valid until Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 11:59 pm central time.

If you have a question, email us at cindyr@leerburg.com.

Copyright Leerburg® Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. US Copyright Link. By accessing any information within Leerburg.com, you agree to abide by the Leerburg.com Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Please do not reply to this email.