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May 15, 2015
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Live Chat with Mark Keating!

Live Chat with Mark Keating!

On Thursday, May 14th, Leerburg hosted our second open live chat with Mark Keating. This chat was open to the public and covered a wide range of training and management questions. The chat was set up in an interview format with a series of questions that were submitted ahead of time.

We plan continuing these open live chats on a regular basis with all of our instructors.

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Leerburg's Teaching Engagement Skills with Forrest Micke

Is it ever going to be available on DVD and download? This was such a great course.

I absolutely love the trainer Forrest Micke and noticed that he will be teaching a series of heeling classes. I have a very, very challenging dog for that one. Field English Setter that wants to be in the lead all the time.

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Question: What do you suggest for preventative ear cleaning for a dog that swims?

I have a 1 1/2 year old working line GSD. I will take my dogs for a swim form time to time, by throwing a floating toy out for him to retrieve. When he jumps in, he will get some water in his ears, then when he grabs the toy, sometimes his whole face and part of his head will go in the water, so water is getting in his ears. My questions are: Is it really a bad thing to get water in the ears of GSD? And what kind of a good wash solution can one make for general, preventive cleaning? I've heard 50/50 water and vinegar is good. What do you think of that? Thank you so much for your help and answers.

Cindy's Answer:

My dogs swim all the time and get water in their ears. As long as the ears aren’t red with a discharge or odor, I leave them alone. I don’t really believe in “preventative cleaning” for a healthy dog’s ears. To give you an idea, I have multiple dogs and I haven’t cleaned their ears in so long I can’t remember when it was. I look in their ears every day when I brush them but other than that I don’t do anything with them.

If I had a reason to clean ears, I’d use an apple cider vinegar solution.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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