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Questions for Michael:
My dog loves chasing a ball
but is not that interested in playing tug.

In this 5 minute video, Michael Ellis talks about what those people who have ball crazy dogs can do to train them to love to play with a tug.

June 20, 2011 | 4 Minutes, 55 Seconds

NEW Michael Ellis DVD!

Training Protection Skills
without a Decoy

with Michael Ellis

2 Hours, 55 Minutes

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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:

On 03/02/1984 I was 6 years old when the neighbor’s dog bit me. I was in the owner’s house, watching TV, the dog was sitting in front of me, I kind of had to look around the dog to see the cartoons. My name was mentioned in a conversation between Neighbor and my mom so I turned my head to look at them. That was when the dog jumped at me.

In picture 1 you can see how I couldn’t close my eye all the way—this was because my eyelid had been torn off and was hanging next to my nose.  After being re-attached, it was a little too short. Pictures 2 and 3 were me sitting on the couch at home after coming home from the hospital. Picture 4 is after the stitches were removed from the tear in my face; puncture wounds all healed pretty well. Picture 5 depicts a better-healed scar.

I had plastic surgery twice to remove the scar, my eyelid is still a little different than the other one—not noticeable to the average person but very aggravating to anyone putting make-up on me! The physical scar under my eye has been totally removed but it was very painful and frightening as I was still rather young when the surgeries occurred and when they do surgery right under your eye, they can’t allow you to be put under as they need your eye to stay open... scary to say the least.

The emotional trauma was enormous. The taunting from other children about my messed-up face, cruel and painful. The subsequent surgeries were terrorizing. 

This dog had bitten another child in the neighborhood not too long before me, in the face as well. The owners said it wouldn’t happen again and the dog was allowed to live. Then, my mom and I went over to Neighbor’s house for a visit, they talked while I watched TV.

Dog-weary mother of 2 girls who aren’t even allowed to LOOK at a dog

See the photos.

This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: I don’t understand the difference between a "choke" collar and a "dominant dog" collar. It seems like they are both used as a Jerk & Release correction.

I do not understand why the chain choke collar can cause neck injuries and the dominant dog collar doesn't. I have seen the DVD on the dominant dog collar, and I understand about the value of keeping the collar right behind the ears, but it still seems to me that it is a "jerk and release" action, just like the chain choke collar. Is it the placement on the dog's neck the difference? Or the fact that it will give "softer" jerks? I'm not getting the mechanics of the difference. Thank you.

Cindy's Response:

You do not use the dominant dog collar by jerking, it’s a steady calm upward pull up.

If you read the info on this page, it explains how to use it. You’ll have to scroll down for the articles. It’s also covered in our DVD Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

If you need a collar to "jerk & release" you should consider a prong.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Prong and Dominant Dog Collars.


Question: If I am feeding a raw diet, how much bone should I be feeding my female during pregnancy and after she has her litter?

If I am feeding a raw diet, how much bone should I be feeding my female during pregnancy and after she has her litter?

Cindy's Response:

There are many schools of thought on this. The current line of thinking is to cut most all bone out of the female’s diet during the last 2-3 weeks of her pregnancy. Some dogs who are prone to uterine inertia and eclampsia may have difficult labors or get eclampsia if fed bone in the last trimester. I have never experienced this in my own dogs, but many of my raw breeder acquaintances have. A simplified explanation is that the body gets “lazy” about retrieving calcium from the body in times of need (like during labor and nursing) if there is an excess in the diet.

Uterine inertia is basically the failure of contractions during the whelping process. Some females start contracting and delivering normally and just stop contracting part way through. Others never have contractions at all, both of these problems can lead to the need for a C section. A bitch with eclampsia (also called milk fever) may become very agitated and aggressive to her pups. She may become uncoordinated, pant and run a high fever. This can be fatal if not treated. If you suspect either of these issues, a visit to the vet right away is recommended.

For more detailed info on these issues, a google search will turn up a lot of good reading. Good luck with your litter.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Breeding and Feeding a Raw Diet.


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