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August 5, 2010

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Michael Ellis on Sharp, Shy Puppies - Part 2

Fear Period in Young Dogs - Part 2

This is the second in a series of short lectures taken from Michael Ellis' puppy class at his school in California. This lecture deals with how to counter condition sharp, shy puppies. This lecture will be continued in future newsletters.


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Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours | $65.00

Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours Long

This DVD is 3 hours long. You can read the chapter headings below. It is by far the most comprehensive step-by-step training DVD on teaching a dog to retrieve that we have ever seen. It will replace both of our previous retrieval training DVDs.

If you are a student of marker training or interested in marker training you will love Michael Ellis’ approach to this work. Because the system is founded in markers there is a minimal amount of force used in our training. It is our belief that a dog should not be force trained to retrieve.

We recommend the viewer have an understanding of marker training before beginning this work. This is all covered in the earlier DVDs we have done with Michael Ellis.

Chapters in this DVD

  • Michael Ellis' Opening Lecture on the Steps of Training the Retrieve
  • Pattern Retrieving Games
  • Step One - Holding the Dog's Muzzle
  • Students Learning the Hold
  • Retraining Older Dogs to Hold
  • Review of Training Steps Before Pickup Training
  • Trouble Shooting the Hold 
  • When to use a Tug Reward 
  • When to Switch the Retrieve Object to a Dumbbell
  • Training the Pickup 
  • Introducing the Dog to the Tossed Dumbbell
  • When to Mark the Pickup 
  • Proofing the Exercise 
  • Free Shaping
  • Advance Training - Introducing New Retrieve Objects
  • Two lectures on Michael Reviewing the Retrieve 

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Have a Question on Dog Training?

Have you checked the Leerburg Discussion Board? It is one of the most active dog web boards on the internet. The Leerburg Web Board has over 16,000 Members with over 165 forums and 269,000 posts in its archives. The web board also has an excellent search engine that only searches the web board's 212,000 posts.


Featured Question & Answers

Our newsletter will always contain several featured customer Q&As from that week.
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!!!

Question: What is your opinion of this xray?

Dear Mr. Frawley,

Myself and a group of standard poodle breeders are debating the hip rating options we have currently.  We have a lot of respect for your website.  I am wondering if you would look at the attached xray and tell me what you think.  Thank you in advance for a moment of your time.  




I have always questioned the OFA. I feel there are too many incompetent vets that lack experience making calls

The right hip here is not good. It’s not that bad but it's not good. I also don’t think the positioning is perfect. I would wonder if it was a female that was in season.

I don’t think the dog will ever have pain with this hip

Ed Frawley

For more questions on this topic, see our article on Hip Xrays.


Question: My GSD had a litter last weekend. Yesterday she started growling and snapping when the puppies would crawl towards her face. Do you have any idea why she would be doing this? What should we do?

Hello Ed,

I'm hoping you can give me some much needed advise. My GSD bitch had a litter (planned) last weekend. This was her first litter and all was going well until yesterday. She has been taking excellent care of them but yesterday she started growling and snapping when the puppies would crawl towards her face. She is mouthing them during these episodes but has not hurt anyone. I don't know if this has anything to do with it but my husband was diagnosed with late stage cancer on Monday. This has made all of us anxious and I don't know if she is sensing something is wrong. She has never shown any signs of aggression towards people or animals and I have always used her as an example of a stable dog when I'm helping with puppy obedience. Do you have any idea why she would be doing this? Right now we are sitting with her while she nurses and stimulates the pups and then removing her for a while. We are also thinking of setting up a 2nd whelping box in the family room - maybe she doesn't like being in a bedroom - she did carry one of the pups out and put it on the couch. Could we muzzle her and let her stay with the pups since that is where she wants to be?

Any help or suggestions you could give us would be greatly appreciated. If I would have known 2 months ago where we would be today I would not have bred her and now I am seriously considering not keeping one of the pups for Schutzhund as my husbands cancer treatment will be very lengthy and I'm not sure I can devote the time to a new pup that I did to my bitch.

By the way. I bought your whelping video and it helped a lot. One of the pups was born barely breathing and limp. I was able to revive her using your methods. Unfortunately there was something wrong with her and she didn't make it. I'm glad to say all the others were born fine and I knew exactly what to do.

Here is a picture of the litter. I can't believe she could go from being so good to them to biting them.



I would start by checking the female's temp to make sure she does not have an infection. If it is more than 103°F she needs antibiotics from your vet.

It is absolutely a terrible idea to put the dog in the family room. Females want a den where they have quiet and solitude. If you bring the litter into the living room, you are asking for a litter of dead puppies.

Do not allow anyone to go in there accept you. No visitors, no kids. No one. She has to feel secure. Put some music on (not rock and roll) – soothing music to calm her.

Then on top of all this, if something still happens, well there is nothing you can do. Some dogs just should not be bred, especially females that kill their puppies. If that starts to happen, your going to have to take them away from her and bottle feed them. Use the home made formula on my web site.

Another thing on this female of yours – when a bitch has a deficiency of calcium citrate they have these symptoms. This can be fixed with a supplement that you buy at your local health food store. I would recommend that you get her on this ASAP!

Ed Frawley

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


Website Comment:
Ed chose not to correct the spelling or grammar in these emails.

I have been reading your website today and I am totally and completely disgusted with you! I was after advise and all I saw was how you can torture your dog! Showing videos trying to pass it as acceptable and make yourselves feel better, I ask you place the shock sollar around your neck and shock see how you like it also with the chockers and get back to me!
How can you sell shock collars and those disgusting chokers, dogs needs to be rewarded by good behaviour and not punished for bad! How would you like to be shocked everytime you forget to do something, its disgusting and you should not be giving people advise on their dogs.
Your guidelines for helping animals is making them worse in experience, a dog needs to be rewarded for their good behaviour and get nothing if they don't do what you want, its called patience, dogs do not speak english, its up to us as owners to learn to speak their language and understand them and reward them. De-sensatise them to things by giving them treats while taking their mind of i.e a toy, another dog, or baby! Make them think " Dogs arn't s bad, when I see one I get a treat :-)"
You are a terrable company and deserve to be shut down for selling those disgusting, vulgar things, you are no better than the people that abuse their animals, because you are making profit on them doing it.
I am not one to complain but my passion for dogs and speaking up for them, I felt so passionate to write to you, you need some advise from Victoria Stillwell dog trainer, who is fantastic and Cesar from Dog Whisperer, these are dog trainers, not you vile people.


Ed's Response:

This email really made me laugh.

Ed Frawley

More Comments:

I don't sell tourture devices for dogs!
You clearly don't like people expressing their opinions do you, guilty concience maybe?
All I wanted to do was express my opinion and you have to come back with an email like that and from the manager, very professional.
Where in the world are you may I ask? States?

Ed's Response:

Yep in the states. I am going to add your email to our web page on EMAILS THAT MAKE ME LAUGH and in our newsletter. We send out 50,000 newsletters twice a week, you will be a star! :)

Ed Frawley

Final Comment:

Thought so, bloody yanks! Says it all.

Ed's Final Response:

Can’t we all just get along?

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