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Scott Kapphahn and his 12 Week Old Puppy,

Scott Kapphahn and his 12 Week Old Puppy,
Havok, Working on Engagement

Scott is a student of Michael Ellis and Michael's system of dog training. He has been attending Michael's seminars for a number of years. Havok is a puppy from Michael's breeding. We are using Scott and Havok in our new video on puppy bite work.

June 13, 2011 | 3 Minutes, 47 Seconds

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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:

I was walking my dog, a 40 lb male. His leash slipped out of my hand and he ran over to a 70 lb husky male that was also on his walk. The lady walking the husky started screaming instantly -- before the dogs had even come near each other. They started sniffing -- and fighting as I ran over. The lady backs away, pulling on her leash, screaming. I was alone and tried to grab my dog's legs and kick his jaw off. He had a grip on the other dog's neck at that point. 

I told myself I wasn't going to put my hands in the middle of it and went to grab my dog's leash to attempt to pull him off since my other tactics weren't working. It was laying on the street and I grabbed it quickly. The husky was faster though -- and reached over and put his 2 canines into my forearm and quickly released. I yanked the leash for about 5 seconds and then they both released each other. 

The 2 punctures were on either side of my forearm -- and nearly connected in the center (very deep -- as his entire tooth went through each hole). The doc loosely put one stitch in either hole since they were gaping open -- but in a way that they would drain and breathe properly.

My male had been in a fight with a very territorial female 5 months before this. The female initiated when he got close to her. Since then -- if I'm not present to control the situation and correct him when he encounters other dogs -- he fights. It happened another time when he bolted out the front door that wasn't latched properly and started fighting with a male beagle about his size who was walking by the house. 

We have another dog -- a 65 lb female that he plays with great. She is very gentle and will ignore him and walk away if she doesn't want to play. Sometimes, however, if she has a bone he wants, he whines and is scared to go near her and retrieve it. (Makes me question his dominance).

I walk them daily -- they both walk by my side. I'm frustrated with the male's aggression in uncontrolled surprise encounters. If you have any tips or insight for me -- I would greatly appreciate it. I'm very inclined to take him to a trainer for professional help -- but money is tight.

In the house, and in situations where other dogs aren't present -- he is HIGHLY obedient. He knows if I don't approve of his behavior and rolls on his back in submission when I simply approach him and give him "the look." He has never shown any aggression towards humans. 

He is easily trainable and I try to be consistent and work with him often -- but still he fights with dogs in uncontrolled situations. I recently watched a chihuahua in our house for 2 weeks and he would sniff curiously -- but avoided him besides that. There are a pair of female St. Bernards that they meet with and they surround him and he shows no aggression towards. They are unleashed and my dogs are leashed. 

Thank you,
Take care,


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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question:My 1 year old dog has regressed with the recall command. When I give my dog the come command he sprints in circles around me and won’t come. Should I give him a correction?


My one year old male has been trained with markers since 8 weeks and has always had an excellent response to the "come' command. As summer has arrived, we have been spending a lot of time in the yard (off leash). Suddenly, when I give him the come command he will start to sprint in circles around the yard. He knows it means time to go inside and he doesn't want too. The stronger my voice gets the faster he runs.

I remember in one of the videos it said not to correct a dog for refusing to come but since he knows the command fully, should I give him a correction for this behavior? Do I need to start over and work hard on marker training the come command all over again?

Thank you very much.

Cindy's Response:

Set yourself up for success and back up your training. If the dog is not responding, then go back to a leash and long line and take away the dog’s options to make the wrong choices. Most one year old dogs are not going to be reliable enough to trust off leash 100% of the time.

I would not think you need to start over at the beginning, but you will need to back up your training and remind the dog that this isn’t a game.

A huge part of successful dog training is always being prepared to reinforce your dog and prevent rehearsal of the wrong behaviors. Your dog is also the equivalent of a teenager, so he’s going to test the boundaries

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My beagle got an English bulldog pregnant. I would like to have one of the puppies but the owner of the bulldog said they will be selling the puppies and not giving me one. Do I have any rights to the puppies?

I have a pure bred beagle that got an english bulldog pregnant, which belongs to someone else. I would like to have one of the puppies since they are also my beagle's puppies. The owner of the bulldogs has told me that they are going to sell the puppies and will not be giving me one. Do I have any rights to the puppies?

Cindy's Response:

Unless you had a breeding contract with the owner of the female, I don’t think you have any rights to the puppies.

If this was a planned breeding (which I hope it WAS NOT) then this should have all been figured out ahead of time. reputable breeders have breeding contracts that state what the fee will be to the stud dog owner, it’s usually an exchange of money or a puppy in return for using the male. If you don’t have a contract, then you are probably going to have to buy one of the puppies if you want one.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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