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June 4, 2012
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June 4, 2012   |   1 Minutes, 46 Seconds

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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: I attended a local schutzhund club for an evaluation on my new puppy. I was told not to work on obedience at all, just work on tugging and let the pup be the boss of the house & be dominant over me so heíll have more confidence when we start training later. Iíve purchased many of the Michael Ellis videos and this goes against everything I have learned, what do you think?

I want to train my new puppy in schutzhund.(would rather to mondio but can't find any help locally). I have started with bite work on my own and the basic obedience. Last Saturday we went to a schutzhund club for evaluation and instructions. I was told I should not be doing any obedience training what so ever, just work on tugging and getting him to hold the bite. I was told to just let him be a puppy and let him be with no corrections, letting him be the boss of the house and let him think he is the top dog over me so he will get a lot of confidence before we start working of anything. (He is not shy or reserved). I have gotten a lot of Michael Ellis' videos and gone to his seminars, so this just goes against anything that I have learned. What are your thoughts and would be my next step?


Thanks for your question. I don’t agree with waiting until the dog is older for obedience, regardless of the temperament of the pup. Personally, I would probably not be able to train with a group of people who subscribed to this philosophy.  Letting a puppy be the boss of a house  & dominant over the owner doesn’t have anything to do with making a confident schutzhund dog. In my experience (and I trained schutzhund for years before I ever started doing mondio) a balanced relationship between the dog and handler is paramount for success, no matter what your goals are.

If everything is done with food and play, it only makes sense to teach the puppy to “learn how to learn.” It will make everything so much easier later on. You can also start teaching your puppy the skills of protection via Foundation of Puppy Bite Work and Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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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Customer Comments

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My german shepherd is extremely hard on his toys, but this tuffy starfish is up to his bite. I've purchased many, many toys, but this one is by far his favorite. It has 3 squeakers in it, that are not at the very tips, that have held up to his hard bite. I don't know if it is the shape, the color, or what, but he paws through his toy chest to find this one every time. It combines the fun of a squeaker with fabric, in a very durable toy. I purchased a back up, and he found it, and I often find both of them in his dog bed.
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New Course! Detection / Nosework with Andrew Ramsey

Whether you train working detection K-9s, are interested in Nosework activities for your dog but don't know how to get started or are looking to add Nosework to your business, these are the courses for you. Andrew's system for training Nosework is both simple and highly effective. It blends concepts from the Military Working Dog Program with the use of a verbal mark, reward based training and cooperative play, to form a very clear and effective communication system that avoids many of the pitfalls of traditional programs. These courses explain how to engage your dog in the game of searching for a target odor and will teach the handler how to motivate, handle, read and reward your dog in order to build a strong working partnership as well as a focused response.

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