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May 11, 2015
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Hand Touch with Mark Keating

Hand touch is a simple, fun game to teach your dog that also has a few practical applications. For example, it can be used as a distraction from external stimulus like a dog or children playing. It can also be a great game to warm your dog up for more advanced training. In certain circumstances, you can use your hand to bait or lure the dog, instead of using food.

This video was taken directly from module 2 of Leerburgs Relationship Games online course, taught by Mark Keating. The relationship games course is comprised of 12 fun simple games to play with your dog. Each game is designed to help create a dog who enjoys training and develop a great working relationship between handler and dog. The games are also based on the foundation work for several more advanced obedience exercises.

Each game starts with the basics and proceeds step by step to become more challenging and engaging for your dog. Anyone from a novice to an experienced pro can benefit from this course.

The next fully interactive Relationships Games course starts Monday May 18th. Enrollment is currently open at the University.

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Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience with Ed Frawley

Hi Ed, I've almost come to the end of my course and I can't praise you enough. Apart from the information been spot on, but the way you broke down steps into tiny pieces and put them all together again was outstanding. I have learnt so much from you. I think you are excellent and after spending time everyday with you I feel like I know you. I could go on and on.

I have recommended the course to a number of my friends that want to learn.

Thank you so much for your excellence and time you put into the course making it what it is.

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Question: My dog attacks certain dogs and most recently a puppy. I do not understand why he does this. Do you know why?


I have an 8 year old neutered male doberman who I have had since a puppy. He has been a wonderful loving animal towards humans and most dogs. Several years ago he started dog aggressive behavior at the beach. He would start out with play and then become aggressive...grabbing the other dog by the neck and growling but never breaking skin.

I stopped taking him to the beach 2 years ago but still socialize him with friends' dogs...which has been fine. I have dogs over to my home and vice versa...he is always fine. Tonight I was walking him around an open field by my home and there is a small black lab puppy who also lives close by. He has attacked her once before for no reason...and did it again tonight. Luckily I have him on a leash and pull him off of her. She cries...and backs away. My dog never breaks the skin but acts very aggressive. I do not understand why he does this to only certain dogs and why to a puppy?

Ed's Response:

Why your dog does this is not important.

Managing the dog properly IS IMPORTANT. That starts with the leash on all the time when it's around anther dog. You were lucky the dog was on leash.

This dog should not be allowed around strange dogs.

If we had this dog it would quickly learn that showing aggression is not acceptable behavior. It would learn that we are the pack leader and there would be no aggression unless we asked for it. It would get a correction that would not only change the dog's behavior and we would be consistent enough with that correction that the dog would remember it the next time we told it to stop acting aggressively.

That's not happening with you. Pulling the dog off a puppy says absolutely nothing to the dog. What did it learn from that? Not one single thing.

No dog is too old to train. Your dog is partially trained. I have that in the same book as being partially pregnant. A partially trained dog is an untrained dog.

You need some training as much as the dog does. We have a lot training resources, including online courses, etc. Usually when I am blunt with people they go somewhere else. My point is you need a wake-up call, people get dog bit breaking up dog fights. When that happens people get sued and dogs get put to sleep. When people get sued they lose their home owners insurance because insurance companies HATE DOG BITES.

So why this dog does this is irrelevant. The fact is you have allowed this dog to become dog aggressive. If you love the dog you will get some training and then train your dog.

Ed Frawley

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Dog Aggression and Pack Structure

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