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Introducing Leerburg Online University - Part 1

Introducing Leerburg Online University
Part 1

Watch this short video as Ed Frawley explains the concept of online dog training and how it works. Leerburg Online University was launched back in February of 2014, and the system that Leerburg has developed for online dog training is going to revolutionize the way we look at training the trainer. Our original plan was to develop online dog training as a bridge between a DVD and a training classes or seminar, but what we have learned over the past 6 months has changed the way we are looking at online training. The system we have developed has allowed us to give students personal interaction with instructors, as well as hands-on instruction and personal feedback through the student video uploading feature. Allowing immediate and personal access to world-class dog trainers changes the way we learn and the way we train our dogs.

Leerburg Online University Student Comment

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

I am very glad that I took this course! Despite previous contact with several instructors who used marker training, the explanation from this course was the most complete and valuable ever. Thank You! Ed Frawley's sincere regard for dogs and his sincere desire to be a great teacher is evident throughout the course. I also appreciate having the two videos included in the course (pack behavior and using food rewards). Yes, some of it was redundant, but there is so much valuable information that it was worth powering through it. The most valuable part for me was learning about engagement. I spent once a week all last summer with a Schutzhund trainer teaching my dog controlled healing without ever having my dog really engaged with me... an extreme waste of everyone's energy and definitely not fair to the dog. What a difference with my new 8 month old GSD now that I have her engaged with me. We are breezing through the exercises in your course and have moved on to The Power of Playing Tug (and having so much fun).

You could make the course better if you would review the test questions and answers. I think I have a clear understanding of the course material, yet I agonized over several of the questions/answers - an example would be the question where the correct answer was "touch" but not clear (at least to me) from the question if you meant hand touch or touch pad.

Also, a very clear, detailed picture was given in the beginning of the course of the active vs. reactive dog resulting from training methods. However, in Week 5 this became way too muddled when talking about corrections. Thank you again for an overall great course!

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Question: I want to use a prong collar on my dog but I'm worried I'll never be able to switch him back to a flat buckle collar after I use it. Is it possible to easily make this transition?

Hi there,

I want to use a prong collar on my dog but I am worried I will never be able to switch him off of it. I see it all the time, owners slap on a prong collar (even fitting it correctly) but the dog spends its whole life time using the prong collar because it won't walk appropriately on a flat buckle.

I, personally, would be more satisfied with my dog's training if he did not require the use of one his whole life. So is it possible to easily transition? How would you switch to a flat buckle collar?


Cindy's Response:

Have you even started using the prong collar yet? If not, I believe you are getting way ahead of yourself.

I would focus more on clear training for your dog with the tools you need and not worry about what may or may not be in the future. If your training is clear and the dog is engaged and has FULL understanding of what you are asking in all situations (even distractions) then you should be able to transition to not using it. I can't tell you how to switch because that really all depends on your dog, your skill, your timing, your clarity and the dog's drive, temperament and clarity of the exercises you have trained.

Unless your dog is a competition dog there is really no reason to worry about this. Take the time to do the training properly without worrying about some kind of time frame for getting rid of the tools.

Cindy Rhodes

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

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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