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2011 Photo Contest!

Do you have a great photo of your dog that you want to share? We are looking for photos to use in our upcoming catalog, newsletters & on our website.

Email us your favorite photos for a chance to win a free DVD of your choice. Please send a high resolution, full sized digital image.

Entries due by September 2, 2011. All entries will be featured on an honorable mention web page. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity. There may be more than one winning photo selected!

**Please include your name, address, dog's name, age, and a short description about your dog. Limit of 2 photos per person.

Contest information available here. Send photos to Cindy Rhodes, cindyr@leerburg.com

DEADLINE: Friday, September 2, 2011

Submit Your Question
for Ed & Michael Ellis!

We are now accepting more questions that will be used in our newsletter video Q&As with Ed and Michael Ellis. Michael and Ed will be filming new training videos in a few weeks. We are compiling a list of common dog training questions that will be filmed and featured in future newsletters. If you have a question, send it to Cindy at cindyr@leerburg.com and please put Question for Michael in the subject line.

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Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answers

Question: My kids are in 4H with their 3 year old dogs. Last year one of them was bitten by another dog and now she’s aggressive. The volunteers at dog practice think a "meet & greet" where they are exposed to other dogs will help. What should we do?

My son and daughter train 3 year old border collies for 4-h they are starting their 3rd year. The dogs are from the same litter. My son has the female Ruby and my daughter has the male Zeke. Last year Ruby got bite by another dog and she has been dog aggressive ever since. Once she starts this behavior then Zeke also becomes aggressive. The volunteers at dog practice feel exposing them to the other dogs during a meet and greet exercise will help where my children need to correct their dogs behavior. I'm not sure this is best and would like to know what we should do.

Cindy's Response:

The last thing a dog aggressive dog should do is be exposed to other dogs in a close contact setting, especially when being handled by kids.

These dogs need rules, leadership and more training away from this environment. Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

I’d also recommend Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

Trying to fix dog aggression by letting them "meet & greet" other dogs is extremely dangerous and I would HIGHLY recommend you intervene before someone gets hurt.

Here is a section on preventing dog bites in kids.

I was a 4H instructor in the past and I would not allow this kind of handling with the dogs that my kids had. I actually made a few parents angry when I would not let certain aggressive dogs participate. I referred them to someone who could work with them one on one. Dogs need to be trained AWAY from other dogs first, before you can tackle this problem around other dogs.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you.

This is NOT a problem that should be handled by 4H volunteers or children.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I adopted a 7 year old dog aggressive female Staffy Bull/ Jack Russell mix. Is there anything I can do about her reaction to other dogs at her older age?

I have recently rescued a 7 year old Staffordshire Bull terrior/Jack Russell, her name is Penny. She is well behaved and has understood from the off that I am master. I was told she was dog aggressive and I am confident enough and usually able to distract her we she sees other dogs whilst out on the leash. However, yesterday as I walked round a blind corner another domesticated dog came with it's owner, Penny instantly lunged and bit the dog around the snout before I could react, thankfully I pulled her off before she could really bite down. I pinned her head to the floor and shouted at her I then took her straight back in the house and regrettably gave her a firm smack on the back end then put her outside for the day. I don't know if I reacted correctly or how I can prevent this in the future. I'm assuming by the severity of her reaction to just seeing the dog in close proximity and her older age there isn't much I can do?

Thanks for any advice you could give.

Kind regards,

Cindy's Response:

If I know I am dealing with dog aggression, I set myself up for success with the correct training plan and tools (i.e. dominant dog collar).

Pinning a dog, shouting and smacking mean nothing to the dog because the moment of opportunity for correction has passed. Putting her outside for the day doesn’t have any connection to her behavior earlier, in her mind.

I’d recommend starting with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

I’d also recommend Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

Old dogs can be retrained, it just takes longer to undo their years of practicing the wrong behaviors. You have to be consistent and predictable with your expectations and your reinforcement of behavior.

We have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you.

We also have a great question & answer section.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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