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The Stages of Young Dog Bite Development

The Stages of Young Dog Bite Development


We recently finished our latest DVD titled The foundation of Puppy Bite Work with Michael Ellis.

Michael has broken protection training young dogs into categories based on age and the development stage of various training skills.

In this DVD, Michael explains each of these categories. He explains how he has established a detailed step by step training program that carries a young puppy or dog through and into the next category.

In the following video, Michael discusses these stages of development. The video was taken directly out of the DVD.

I would like to mention that these new DVDs are all instantly available from our Video-on-Demand. We recently changed the rental period from 3 months to 12 month. We are currently working on the computer coding to change our Video-on-Demand rental period to an unlimited time period. In other words if a customer buys a VOD, they will have access to it forever. When we do this it will be retroactive.

July 7, 2011 | 3 Minutes, 52 Seconds


Rental Period is Now 12 Months!

NEW Michael Ellis DVD!

Training Protection Skills
without a Decoy

with Michael Ellis

2 Hours, 55 Minutes | $65.00

Customers who purchase this DVD instantly get Video-on-Demand for 12 months.

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Accepting Pre-Orders on

The Foundation of
Puppy Bite Work
(8 Weeks up to 16 Months)
with Michael Ellis

4 Hours | $65.00

Those who pre-order this DVD will have instant access to the Video-on-Demand for 12 months. The editing on this 4 hour DVD is finished. We expect the DVD discs back from our supplier in about 10 days.

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Leerburg's Video on Demand
Rental Period Now 12 Months!

The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work with Michael Ellis
$65.00 | 4 Hours
12 Month Rental

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Teaching Protection Skills without a Decoy with Michael Ellis
$65.00 | 2 Hours, 54 Minutes
12 Month Rental

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Michael Ellis Lecture on the Foundation of Protection Work
$25.00 | 1 Hours, 28 Minutes
12 Month Rental

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Michael Ellis
Remote Collar Theory
3 Chapters | $25.00
12 Month Rental

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The Power of Training Dogs with Food with Michael Ellis
4 Chapters | $15.00 each
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The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog with Michael Ellis
5 Chapters | $12.00 each
12 Month Rental

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Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answers

Question: My 4 month old puppy submissively urinates whenever he gets excited. I thought with training & confidence this would go away, should I give him treats every time he doesn’t pee?

My puppy is a boxer mix. He is about 4 months old and is very playful and friendly with everyone. The problem is excitement/submissive urination. He will run up to someone with his tail wagging, but when they pet him he pees.

I have raised 2 dogs now by a Koehler method with positive reinforcement. They were great dogs and eventually did not need to be on a leash to continuously heel and immediately sit when I stopped walking. Neither of those dogs had a urination problem though.

He is young but has already mastered COME, SIT, LAY, and SPEAK. I assumed with training he would build confidence, but no dice, he still pees. I am stumped and worry that this behavior will not go away. Should I give treats every time he does not pee?

Cindy's Response:

You should ignore the peeing and set the puppy up to be successful. Submissive urination is not something you can correct away and you can’t reward it away either.

At 4 months old he’s still a baby, he will outgrow this if you are aware of how to manage him. don’t let him run up to people and don’t let people bend over him and pet him. have EVERYONE ignore him.

I’d read the article Ed wrote on The Groundwork to Becoming your Puppy’s Pack Leader.

You can read this to get our definition of socializing.

I’d also recommend Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

Do a search on submissive urinating, you will find a lot of info on our website. The search box is located in the upper left corner of every page of Leerburg.com.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My Poodle has challenged me twice recently and bitten me. Today we were outside, he saw a cat and I grabbed his prong collar and he attacked me. Do you have any advice?

My 8 month old male Standard Poodle has recently challenged me by biting twice. We adopted him from a family that neglected him during the first 16 weeks of his life leaving him unsocialized and with some behavior issues. When we brought him home at 4 months, he had severe separation anxiety if left alone and will bark excessively non stop and still does. We try to take him on walks and to dog parks as much as possible, he gets along with other dogs great but he is still very shy towards strangers and will not allow anyone to pet him except my husband and kids. He uses a prong collar and had no problems with it until recently. I had a couple of guest over one day, he got too excited so I grabbed him by the prong collar with my hand and he turned his neck around and tried to bite me while making a huge fuss whining and barking, so I let go not thinking too much of it. Today as we were outside, he saw a cat and I immediately grabbed him again by the prong but this time he attacked me.

Cindy's Response:

I wouldn’t say your dog is challenging you, I believe he’s simply reacting to the prong stimulation.

I would keep a leash attached to him at all times and use a dominant dog collar.

Dogs that are overexcited get amped up and sometimes become aggressive when they feel the prong. The dominant dog collar is a way to calmly control them when they are in that state of mind. Prongs are great tools and work well for pulling and other obedience training, but when a dog is aggressive or excited they can cause problems.

If you have not watched our video, Pack Structure for the Family Pet, I highly recommend it.

we also have a Q&A section on separation anxiety that may help you.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Q&A Follow Up: I had emailed you quite a while ago with a question about a GSD female that used to love tugs and bite work, but suddenly stopped.


I had emailed you quite a while ago with a question about a GSD female that used to love tugs and bite work, but suddenly stopped. You mentioned seeing the vet and chiropractor, which I did but still didn't seem to fix the problem. What it ended up being was a hormone imbalance, she had a "deformed" ovary. She had been left intact until this past week, and when performing the spay the vet noticed the problem. It was very large and misshapen. It was biopsied and was not cancerous, but they said it might have been causing pain or just an imbalance that changed her personality. This seems to fit since that was when the problem first arouse, during her heat cycle, but continued long after it.

I know it was quite a long time ago, but you said you email when I got any results. Thanks so much for your time and effort. I am a subscriber to your email list and I love watching all the great videos and reading the info on your site. Especially the information on the raw food, great stuff there!!



Cindy's Response:

Thanks for letting me know, good information!

Cindy Rhodes

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


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!!!

Customer Comments


You probably get a thousand of these emails a day but I’ve been very slowly building up my collection of your DVDs and watching your free videos online and every one shows me something I’ve missed in the past. I bought 2 working breed dogs about 18 months ago and from the day I got them they fought like crazy. I did my best until they both got around 8 months and then they tried to kill each other. I got a water hose after them and managed to break them up without getting hurt (I was very lucky). After that I spent close to $1000.00 getting them trained so that I would have better control over the pair and they still attack each other but will stop if I say no. Needless to say my dogs can sit and stay, but have no manners. I spent 40 dollars with you on Basic Obedience and began to understand the dogs were not the problem, I was. I have just ordered your video on Pack Structure so I hope to gain more knowledge. I am hoping to become a breeder one day and I’m glad I decided to hold off and fix myself before breeding dogs that I can't help the new owners with. When I say you have saved me I really meant it. I can think of a thousand possibilities that could have happened by now especially if I would have bred them and not been able to sell all the puppies. Just wanted you to know that I will be ordering more of your videos and will definitely get your videos on breeding before hand, so I know what I will be up against. Thank you so much for everything you do with your company.


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