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My high drive dog will never settle and be calm, what can I do?

My High Drive Dog will Never Settle and Be Calm,
What Can I Do?

Back in April, Michael Ellis was here at Leerburg to film a couple of new protection training DVDs. We filmed one of the foundation of protection training for puppies and adolescent dogs and another on protection exercises trainers can do without a decoy.

They will be out in the coming months of 2011 and will be announced in our newsletter when the editing is finished.

While Michael was here, we decided to post a request to our Leerburg Facebook page asking for training questions which we intended to film.

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Dog Bite

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Warning: these photos are very graphic!

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:

Hello. I am Skylar, I am 17 years old, and I'm from Iowa.

My mother and sister heard word of a dog a few towns away, that would make a great family pet. So we went maybe 11 miles out to get him. As the first couple of weeks had gone by, we began to notice he was VERY hyperactive. So, I would take him on 3-4 walks a day to calm him down.

On August 6th, 2010, I took him on his first walk of the day, everything was going great, besides the constant dragging me half way down the street. He's a big boy. Well, I thought it was a good idea to stop by at his dog friend's house, Joker. They were always good to one another always happy to see each other, nothing out of the norm. So we get there, they're playing as usual, when Joker decides to run down the street (we live on the same street). Of course Murk wants to run after him, and begins to pull me down the street, I tried my hardest to pull him back in hope of Murk calming down for once. As I'm pulling his leash back, his body turned and slipped his collar. My dog Murk, runs down the street after him, wanting to play. Joker is a much older dog and I suppose took it the wrong way. Not to mention Joker had wandered off into our yard, which is Murk's territory. Murk gets to Joker, and tries to play, and Joker being older, took it the wrong way, and began to maul my dog.

This went on for maybe 15 minutes, I'm screaming and yelling, completely in a state of panic. My dog is a pitbull lab mix. And joker is a pitbull bulldog mix. So, as I've heard rumors, once pits begin to fight there is no stopping them. So, I grabbed Murk's collar, (stupid to break up a dog fight I know, I just didn't want one of them to die). As I did this, Joker, grabbed hold of my arm and began thrashing his head around as if I was a rope toy. Beginning to feel my bone slowly being crushed, I could either, A) Let him tear my arm up, and cause more damage or B) Rip my arm away from him, while he still had a chunk full of my skin in his mouth. I chose B. I had to go to the Emergency room, and they gave me a few stitches (messed them up by the way).

Low & behold the sheriff shows up and starts asking me questions. I wasn't even worried about my arm in the least bit, I just wanted to make sure the dogs were okay. Well, after me pleading with the officer, and telling Joker's fantastic background of being a wonderful dog, he had filed his papers and was on his way. I get home a few hours later, and the police told Mike, (the owner of Joker) that he had to be under a ten day watch, he wouldn't be put to sleep, because it wasn't an attack it was an accident. I'm the dummy who decided to break up a dog fight and I take full blame for my bite, it was not Joker's fault, he didn't know better. Once dog's get into that rage attack mode, there's no "Oh you're my owner, I won't bite you." No way. Our town's city council people, or whatever, told Mike he had to give away his dog because there were to be no pits in town. I mean, we live in a town with 250 people. And he was going to give him away to the humane society, but there was a waiting list? I think? Something along those lines, and instead, had Joker be put to sleep. Anyway, here are what the injuries look like.

See the photos.

Ed's Response:

You made a lot of common mistakes here. I recommend that you spend some time reading my web site. Besides the fact that you should not have assumed these dogs liked one another, you should not have had this kind of collar on the dog. It should have been a prong collar with a dominant dog collar as a backup.

The fact is you have a dominant dangerous dog. It needs to go through a pack structure program, this is laid out in detail in our DVD, Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog. Read the description on the web page for this DVD.

I hope this information is followed and you never have to go through this again.

Ed Frawley

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: I noticed the Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis DVD mentioned two other preludes. Do I have to use these in sequence?

I was looking at the video on Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis and the prelude mentions two other DVDs. Are they to be used in sequence or can you learn from the video itself? Our dog currently walks at your knee but continues to creep forward. We will have to correct her and she repeats this pattern periodically. Please advise.


Cindy's Response:

I believe you could learn from the heeling video alone but Michael’s training is built on a system where each skill builds on the previous lesson. You’ll get much more out of it if you understand his entire method AND the foundation.

My recommendation is : (in order)

The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis
I hope this helps.

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


Question: My dog has developed a taste for crab and the beach is strewn with them. Would a muzzle help with this?


I have had a change-of-career dog for just over a year now. She is a sweetheart and not a bit aggressive. However we live at the beach and she has developed a taste for crab. I am trying to train her to leave it but the beach is strewn with crab parts and even with her on a very short leash I can't do a body block most of the time and she is so fast some of the time I can't even pull her away in time.

What's worse is that with all the attention focused around the crab parts I feel she is getting more and more obsessed by scarfing them down. Even though I dislike the idea of muzzling her I feel that it might be helpful in training her. I wouldn't use it all the time,just when there are numerous crab parts (some seasons are worse in that respect) and she's obsessing.

Can you tell me if judicious use of a muzzle would be helpful and if so what model would be best. She's a lab (of course).


Cindy's Response:

Using a muzzle might not be a bad idea, so she can't sneak any "rewards". I would also teach her the Yuck / Leave It command. We have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle on this page. Once you have your dog's measurements we can suggest an appropriate muzzle for her.

I teach my dogs if they "Leave It" and return to me, I give them a really GREAT tasting special treat. You may have to shove the treat right under their nose at first and it's really labor intensive. You can also use corrections, usually an electric collar works best for this. We have an excellent video on how to train a dog with the electric collar: Electric Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

I find that it depends on the dog which method I use, but I have to train all my dogs to do this as we have horses, chickens and geese here (which means lots of tasty presents that dogs love). I typically use a combination of "trading" and "reminding" with the electric collar.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Electric Collars.

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I just received the tug and food DVDs. I can see how Michael Ellis caused you to rethink some things. It is clear even to a novice that he is an exceptional dog trainer. More impressive to me though is the way he teaches humans how to apply the Marker system. I saw this the first time I was on your website and decided I needed to look into this some more. I am super glad I have. I also purchased the rock climber bait bag which I will be using tomorrow and a 6 ft Amish leash. I could not be happier with the leash. It is everything you said in your video. It would be a good value at twice the price, seriously, but let me know before you jack the price up. I can't believe how comfortable it is in my hand for such a heavy piece of leather. Anyway, thanks for your website and quality products. I am looking forward to doing business with you for many training years to come.
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