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June 8, 2012
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Low Level Stimulation and Myths About Remote Collars

Most people do not know how to properly use a remote collar, or as some refer to an electric dog collar. In this short video, Ed Frawley will explain how to properly set the stimulation level to train your dog using low level stimulation.

June 8, 2012   |   9 Minutes, 57 Seconds

Electric / Remote Collars
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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

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Leerburg Q&A
Ask your training question

Question: I recently joined a schutzhund club with my adult dog and some of the members have suggested I withhold food from my dog to get him to focus more on me. Where does this kind of training cross the line? I donít want to starve my dog! I need some advice.

I recently joined a Schutzhund club with my dog. Although I love the sport, some members have recently suggested withholding food from him except for out of my hand and he works for it. They feel he needs work on his “focus.” My concern is that he’s a 90-lb. dog, and the most I’ve been able to hand feed him doesn’t even come close to what he eats a day. One of the other members has a dog he’s been doing this with for about 2 months and the dog looks like a Holocaust victim. I’m not finding any of your DVDs recommending this near-starvation and need some guidance. I suppose it’s an ethical question: When does this type of training cross the line? In any other context than Schutzhund, this is called animal abuse, and I simply won’t starve my dog. In talking to members, they just shrug and say this has a place in training, but I’m somewhat disillusioned. I joined because my dog is a happy, high-energy “working” dog who needed an outlet for all his energy and it was fun for both of us. This is not what I expected and need some advice. Thank you!

Cindy's Response:

I think if something doesn’t feel right to you when it comes to training then you should acknowledge that and look for alternative possibilities. I have access to a number of training groups in my area but if the core training philosophy is something I can’t agree with for my own dog, I won’t train there.

Some people are willing to push aside their values and beliefs just to belong to a group and I’ve never been one of those people. It doesn’t matter to me whether the methods used are acceptable to the rest of the world, if it doesn’t sit well with me I simply walk away.

There is nothing wrong with manipulating a dog’s food to get more desire to work for you, but that’s different from starvation. When I have a puppy, they may very well get all their daily meals during training (which means I may train 5 times a day for short sessions) Usually my older dogs are transferred to a toy after they are done teething and then it’s easy to keep their focus with play.

I do think you could learn how to use food more dynamically as well, so the reward becomes more of an event. I see that you have the heeling video by Michael Ellis, but the 3 videos I am going to list below are the cornerstone of the whole system.

The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Advanced Concepts in Motivation

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Schutzhund or Training with Food.

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

Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Q&A Search. 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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