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Leerburg Online University - Basic Dog Obedience Course - 6 Weeks - $99 - Includes over 150 videos - Click to watch the course overview video!

Student Comment on the Basic Dog Obedience Course

After taking this course, I have a better understanding of what "balanced" training means. I have a two year old female GSD that I have done a little training with but I never used food for motivation. Sure I have a great pet but I want to do more with her than just train her to sit, down, etc.

I have been a fan of the Leerburg site for several years but really just read about what other people were doing with their dogs, not thinking about what I could do with my own dog. I have 7-8 or so videos but I still didn't understand how to put it all together. Now, after finishing this first course, I have a better understanding of how to put all the pieces together to form a "trick" (for lack of a better word). I now understand the value of using food to motivate a dog/puppy to engage with me.

It seems to me that engagement is the most important thing a trainer needs to begin training. I like using the marker training with my dog. I still need to perfect my timing but I am getting better. The balanced training fits "my philosophy" for training dogs. I agree with training through distractions and using a reasonable/fair correction if needed. I don't think you can have real relationship with your dog if you are using a fear based training method. But on the other side of the training spectrum, I don't think the majority of dogs can be trained using only positive reinforcement. The key here is to find what works with each individual dog. The training should be about making the dog successful, not making things easy for the trainer at the expense of the dog.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's The Foundation of Nosework with Andrew Ramsey DVD

This is a great training video, Andrew is a very talented trainer, and he makes learning easy & fun for both human and dog :) I wish I could have rated it a 4.5, but the option wasn't given. Suggestions to those of you that are sitting on the edge of the "but it's kinda expensive" fence: BUY IT, buy at least the on-demand version. It's yours for 5 years and you will get more than your money's worth of information! As a trainer, I feel LB DVDs are the gift of training knowledge. A gift that keeps on giving, all you have to do is keep pressing the play button. Watch Ed's videos over and over again, that's the idea.

This vid answered all of my questions and hesitations about exactly where to begin in Nosework. The how-to's of teaching Nosework to ANY DOG (the video even addresses where to begin with shy & reserved dogs) is well addressed in the first hour, I almost caught myself falling asleep with the "yea, yea, yea we know!" boring details covered in the first hour. The meat and potatoes are covered in the 2nd hour, the 3rd hour will cover more finishing details of nosework.

If I had to go back and do it over again, I would have only watched this video in 1/3's because the human has far more to learn than the dog! So, watch it in 1/3's, take a short review or jot down some quick notes at the end of the hour, and by the time you're done watching, you'll be more than ready to teach literally ANY dog the fun sport of Nosework!

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