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May 21, 2012
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Leerburg Staff Competing in Flyball

Leerburg Staff Competing in Flyball

Kelly Franks is an office assistant here at Leerburg by day and a dog speed racer by night. She is a member of the Chippewa Valley Wuff Pack, a local flyball team. They compete in flyball competitions all over western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. This footage was taken at one such competition located right here in our home town.

May 21, 2012   |   2 Minutes, 23 Seconds

2012 Photo Contest

Do you have a great photo of your dog that you want to share? We are looking for photos to use in our upcoming catalog, newsletters & on our website.

Email us your favorite photos for a chance to win a free DVD of your choice. Please send a high resolution, full sized digital image.

Entries due by June 15, 2012. All entries will be featured on an honorable mention web page. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. There may be more than one winning photo selected!

**Please include your name, address, dog's name, age, and a short description about your dog. Limit of 2 photos per person.

Contest information available here. Send photos to Jeff Frawley, jeff@leerburg.com

DEADLINE: Friday, June 15, 2012

Leerburg Q&A

Question: Id like to train my new puppy to go trail riding with me, do you have a reliable source on how to do work with my pup around my horse? I was thinking about using an ecollar for this. Do you have a recommendation for an electric collar?


I have a question that I hope you can guide me to the correct source...

I have a question about training my new GSP puppy (4.5 months old) from getting kicked by my gelding. My goal is to go riding with the dog on trail. Do you have a reliable source as to how to properly approach this topic? My horse isn't a kicker--and my pup does respect him (the horse). But, all my work thus so far has been done on leash (introductions, etc.). I'm thinking about purchasing a Dogtra ecollar (my old one, an innotek model, needs replacing) to assist in the training process. I've used ecollars before with great success but not in this situation. Is the proper way to do this for me to work from the ground with the dog and horse and choose a word (like "back") whenever the pup approaches the horse's hindquarters and back the command up with a correction from the collar??? I just don't want to make a mistake with this and thought I should confirm with the experts first!!

My other question is in regards to choosing the right ecollar for my purposes. I'm really into quality and hate when equipment fails. Is Dogtra really better than Innotek?? If the Dogtra brand is more reliable, it would be worth my while to invest the extra cash...

I really like your website, by the way.

Thank you for taking the time to read all this and I'm really looking forward to hearing from you :)


Hi Susan,

We actually have a video about dogs & horses.

I would make sure the dog is fluent with the ecollar away from horses before using it in conjunction with the horse. At 4.5 months old, I would think you have a ways to go before using the ecollar to reinforce behaviors with your dog, he’s still a bit young and needs lots of repetitions on leash first.

I use Dogtra and have for a number of years now, in my experience, they are more reliable than the Innotek. Tri-Tronics are also good collar, I prefer a collar that has tiny units of adjustment so there is not a big jump in the stimulation the dog feels if I need to adjust it higher.

I hope this helps.

Thank you!

Cindy Rhodes

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


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

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