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Do you have any advice for teaching the back command in heeling?

Do you have any advice for teaching
the back command in heeling?

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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Over the past month and a half, we have consolidated 2,500+ Q&As into the new system. Check out the search function out for specific answers to your questions.


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Dog Bite

To view these dog bite photos, click here.
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:

My girlfriend and I were walking our two dogs to the dog park (a 19 pound Westie and 65 pound Labradoodle). We crossed an intersection and saw a crazy dog in a vehicle trying desperately to get to our dogs. The owner of the dog had their windows open and the dog jumped out the windows and charged towards our westie (this dog was a mixed breed but had rottie in it, he was probably 75-85 pounds). He grabbed a hold of our Westie and flipped him over trying to bite at his neck. Before he was able to, I grabbed the dog by the jaw to prevent him from biting down. The dog ended up attempting to bite me and scratched up my legs very badly to try to get back to our Westie to kill it. It broke free and attacked our labradoodle before the owner of the dog finally came out to grab their dog (they only came out because I yelled I was going to call the cops on them). Eventually the owner got the dog in the car and asked if our dogs were OK. I told her that our Westie's leg was hurt and she then immediately said "Don't call the cops" and fled the scene.

Luckily we called the cops and I was able to get the license plate, so we have them and are filing a police report as I type.


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Have a Question on Dog Training?

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: What can you advise me to use for tick control that is safe and effective?

Hi guys,

What can you advise me to use for tick control that is safe and effective. I used to spray a chemical on my lawn until I lost a 6 year old GSD to cancer. I tried a topical but my female GSD had a severe reaction to it. It didn't bother my male GSD. After giving it a lot of thought I felt it isn't safe to put a poison on the dogs. I started using a spray I believe I purchased from your kennel called organic neem spray with pretty good success. This year after all the spring rain we received there is an abundance of ticks. Is there anything new that is safe and giving good results. Thanks for your time.

Cindy's Response:

I don’t use any chemicals on or around my dogs. During flea/tick season I use the following products. I double the recommended amount of garlic and check my dogs over twice a day to remove any ticks that happen to hitch a ride. I don’t ever have issues with fleas. 

Flea Free Food Supplement
Shoo Tag
Garlic Daily Aid
Neem spray
Neem dip
Para Clear

My dogs wear a nylon snap lock collar with the shoo tag, and I saturate the collar with the Neem spray twice a day before we go out for our walks. I suppose you could use a bandana around the neck too, and saturate it with the Neem dip or spray.  We live in an area with a lot of ticks and this has helped a lot.  It’s labor intensive but my dogs’ health is worth the extra time and effort I spend.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: Can a dog be reconditioned to enjoy working through marker training if its previous owner used compulsion training?

Can a dog be reconditioned to enjoy working through marker training if its previous owner used compulsion training? I have an adopted dog who I believe was trained using compulsion and is very timid or cautious when training, I can tell she is afraid to make a mistake. I adopted her at about 1 year old, she looked pretty neglected, but is smart as a whip.


Cindy's Response:

Yes, they can but it can be much more challenging. I’d recommend this book: The Thinking Dog~Crossover to Clicker Training. It’s excellent and goes over this very issue. This is one of the best training books I’ve read in a long time.

Good luck!

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Marker Training.


Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Search Engine. This search engine was written specifically for Leerburg by our in house IT manager. Our search engine is specific to Leerburg and only searches leerburg.com and the Leerburg web forum. If you can't find the answer to your question by using our search engine, you can email Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com. If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

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I just wanted to tell you how much my husband and I appreciate the article on your site about how to know when to put your pet asleep. It was as if it was written about our dog. After reading it, we decided that it was indeed time. We took him to his vet at 4:00 yesterday afternoon to finally give him peace! We have a huge void in our life now, but we know we did the right thing for him.

Thank you again!


Cindy's Response:

Hi Sue,

Thanks for taking the time to write, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dog.  Please accept our condolences. :(

Cindy Rhodes

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