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Conditioning Your Dog to a Muzzle

Conditioning Your Dog to a Muzzle

Conditioning a dog to a muzzle can be a difficult task. The methods I show in this DVD will work for police service dogs or the family pet. We do it with markers - so if you are not familiar with marker training I suggest that you visit the article I wrote on that subject.

July 25, 2013   |   9 Minutes, 59 Seconds

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Question: We have a very small female puppy and are working with her to encourage prey drive as a start for protection. What tug is the best for a smaller dog and are there any special training techniques for working such a small slow developing dog?

Cindy,

We have a very small female puppy (~12 lbs @10 weeks) and are working with her to encourage prey drive as a start for protection. She seems to have good prey drive for moving objects (compared to my last dog and my friends' GSDs) and is crazy for the leather bite rag. I want to take it slow with her development since my last dog was damaged by a well respected trainer starting defense work too early (this is just my opinion and suggestions from other working breeders of this type of dog also as Michael Ellis and Ed say in the videos some dogs are not meant for protection).

My real question is what tug is the best for a smaller dog and are there any special training techniques for working such a small slow developing dog?

I am leaning toward the puppy tug, fleece tug and synthetic puppy tug.
Thanks

Cindy's Response:

The tugs you list would be a good assortment to start a pup. I like my puppies to bite a wide variety of surfaces so they don't develop equipment bias.

I believe the video you already have is what I would follow: Foundation of Puppy Bite Work. The size of the pup isn't that big of an issue as long as you keep in mind that your physical size may inadvertently overpower her. My Malinois Rush wasn't really any bigger at 10 weeks old than your pup.

You may also want to check out Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Playing Tug with You Dog.

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I have to write a second review after I use the collar for 4 months now. As stated in my first review, I don't have to push a button often. The dog is well aware of the collar and he is more obedient than with any other collar (prong, and choke collar). The walks are more relaxed, and if I see this right, then he seem to like this collar more than the ones with a leash, because he basically has more freedom with the e-collar. Most amazing to me, about this collar is that now, after 4 month, it is the first time that I had to charge the batteries for this collar!!! I use it for one hour every day, but as said before I don't have to push a button anymore, because the dog listens, when he is wearing the collar. After getting used to this collar I would give it a rating of 6 out of 5 ;-)

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