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July 20, 2012
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Ed Frawley and one of the Rush-Deja puppies go over a few of the new and exciting things we are doing here at Leerburg, including the new Establishing Pack Structure with Your Puppy DVD and the two new Michael Ellis DVDs that got put on hold but are now back in production and will be filmed next week.

July 20, 2012   |   4 Minutes, 40 Seconds

Establishing Pack Structure with Your Puppy DVD -- NOW SHIPPING!
New Michael Ellis DVD
New Michael Ellis DVD

This past spring we had planned on producing two new DVDs with Michael Ellis. Due to unforeseen circumstances (basically me getting two total knee replacements that took longer to heal than anticipated), we had to reschedule. At the end of July, Jeff and I will be flying to California to spend a week filming these new training DVDs with Michael.

Michael Ellis

Our main project will be a DVD titled “Preparing your Dog for a Competition.” When I first explain this to friends they always ask, “What kind of competition?” The answer is every type of dog sport competition. This new DVD will teach people who train with markers (operant conditioning) how to wean their dog off food rewards and/or toy rewards in preparation for taking their dog into any dog sport competition. This is an extremely important skill to learn because to do it correctly and still maintain motivation and drive is an art form.

The DVD is also going to teach trainers how to introduce their dog to aversives (corrections). We will explain when it is appropriate and when it is inappropriate to use aversives. We will also explain how to approach this work based on the temperament and the drive of individual dogs. Internal dogs are trained differently than external dogs; hard dogs are trained differently than soft dogs. Trainers must learn how to tailor their training program according to the temperament, the genetics, and the drive levels of their dog.

Our training is directed to those who use a positive training system, or in other words, those who use a foundation of markers or clickers in their work.

If you would like to be notified when this DVD is ready to ship, send us an email at

Leerburg Q&A
Ask your training question

Question: What can you advise me to use for tick control that is safe and effective?

Hi guys,

What can you advise me to use for tick control that is safe and effective. I used to spray a chemical on my lawn until I lost a 6 year old GSD to cancer. I tried a topical but my female GSD had a severe reaction to it. It didn't bother my male GSD. After giving it a lot of thought I felt it isn't safe to put a poison on the dogs. I started using a spray I believe I purchased from your kennel called organic neem spray with pretty good success. This year after all the spring rain we received there is an abundance of ticks. Is there anything new that is safe and giving good results. Thanks for your time.

Cindy's Response:

I don't use any chemicals on or around my dogs. During flea/tick season I use the following products. I double the recommended amount of garlic and check my dogs over twice a day to remove any ticks that happen to hitch a ride. I don't ever have issues with fleas.

Flea Free Food Supplement
Shoo Tag
Garlic Daily Aid
Neem spray
Neem dip
Para Clear

My dogs wear a nylon snap lock collar with the shoo tag, and I saturate the collar with the Neem spray twice a day before we go out for our walks. I suppose you could use a bandana around the neck too, and saturate it with the Neem dip or spray. We live in an area with a lot of ticks and this has helped a lot. It's labor intensive but my dogs’ health is worth the extra time and effort I spend.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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!

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The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

In the fall of 2012, Michael Ellis will be moving his school for dog trainers to Santa Rosa, CA. The new location is much larger than his current location and will allow Michael to add additional classes and courses to the curriculum. In early 2013, Michael is planning to add a course for military veterans. This course will be specifically tailored to veterans who are getting out of the military.

Read more for additional information and dates.

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