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Morgy, our Corgi with Degenerative Myelopothy

Morgy, our Corgi with Degenerative Myelopathy
- A Follow Up -

Today's newsletter video is a follow-up video of our dog Morgy. In the summer of 2010, we produced a newsletter video of Morgy and the fact that she had degenerative myelopathy. This video is one year later and shows the progression of the disease. 

August 15, 2011 | 9 Minutes, 58 Seconds

Video of Morgi 1 Year Ago

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 Leerburg 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

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Leerburg Q&As

This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: My 6 month old dog did reasonably well in obedience class but he nips our daughter, chews our shoes and chases the cat. Which ecollar would you recommend?

We have a 6 month old Portuguese Water Dog (weighs 40 pounds). He's an awesome dog and did reasonably well in basic obedience training... but I'm having difficulty getting him to stop jumping and nipping on my 5-year old daughter, going after shoes to chew on, and chasing our cat.

I've heard great things about your e-collar video -- before I order can you suggest the best e-collar to go with it?



A 6 month old puppy needs direct supervision (much like most 5 year old kids). Instead of going right to an ecollar for this, I’d suggest more leadership and control of his free time. Many dogs do wonderful formal obedience but have less than great house manners. This is where pack structure comes in. It’s a way of living with the dog and controlling the dog’s freedoms in a way that establishes you as a leader in an informal way.

I’d recommend Pack Structure for the Family Pet. You might like to read some of our articles too. I’d read the article Ed wrote on The Groundwork to Becoming your Puppy’s Pack Leader and the biting puppies article. You can read this to get our definition of socializing.

With that said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting your dog used to the ecollar now as well. He can start wearing it, so he becomes oblivious to it because we don’t want the dog to think the collar controls him. You would strive for your leadership to be the key, not the collar.

For your dog I would recommend Dogtra iQ or 7000 M, you can read about both of them on the respective web pages.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I adopted a 2 year old dog a few weeks ago and I'm working through the pack structure program. She's really good except for when she sees other dogs through the window and on walks. She goes NUTS! Does this mean she doesn't see me as the pack leader?

Hi Ed,

First I want to thank you for all the information you've made available here on this website. I've been through so many of your articles, videos, and even the discussion forum and have learned a lot.

I recently adopted a 2 year old GSD a few weeks ago. I've been putting her though your pack structure program, and thing seem to be going pretty well.
She knows that she has to wait to go up/down the stairs, in/out the door/crate until I tell her she can go, she's very responsive to my rules in the house, etc. She's even responsive when I take her on a walk and there's no one else around. But I'm having one major problem with her that I'm not sure how to deal with effectively. She goes NUTS when she sees another dog.
She barks like crazy when she sees another dog out the window. Walking her is even worse. Anytime she sees a dog in the distance or we have to pass a dog, she starts growling/barking/lunging at the other dog.

I've been through a lot of the discussion boards to find out how to deal with this, but there's so much information, I'm not sure what to do. I've been through your Q&A and I remember you mentioning that this is ultimately a pack leader issue. Does all this dog aggression mean she really doesn't see me as a pack leader?

I'm a little confused as to how to properly deal with her dog aggression.
If this is a pack leader issue, what more do I need to do to establish myself as pack leader so she'll respond to me around other dogs? If this isn't a pack leader issue, what's the process to desensitizing her to other dogs? She's rather indifferent when we pass people, and I'd like her to be completely indifferent to other dogs as well.

Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.


Cindy's Response:

Since you've only had her a short time, I'd set her up to be more successful. I would NOT allow her look out of windows. That will take care of that problem. If you are following the pack structure program she should not be in a position to look out the window unsupervised.

I also would not be walking her where she will contact other dogs right now. You need to build the relationship first.

I would recommend Pack Structure for the Family Pet and Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

You will need to teach her that you are in charge of things, and that she doesn't need to react to other dogs. She won't learn it if you keep letting her do the same behaviors over and over. You need to work with her away from distractions like dogs first and then FROM A DISTANCE start working on neutralizing to other dogs.

You want her to be neutral and that can't happen if you keep letting her practice the same behaviors over and over.

If you haven't tried marker training with her, I would recommend it. It will give her something positive to focus on instead of lighting up on other dogs.

I would read our article on training dogs with Markers.

You can read this to get our definition of socializing. While this article was geared towards puppies, the info is applicable to older dogs too.

I would also recommend this 3 part video series on fear periods in dogs, it explains how to condition the dog to things that make it nervous (again geared towards puppies, but I think you'll find it helpful).

Cindy Rhodes

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


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!!!

Customer Comments
on Monday's Newsletter Video

OK you guys are killing me with these videos!!! She is the most adorable thing to ever come down the pike (with the one exception of my bull mastiff puppy Dexter, of course). :)

Thank you for sharing these--I have to travel for work in a couple of weeks and am not thrilled about it but I will be saving these video clips to re-watch just to give myself the giggles while I am away!

And thank you for everything you share on your site. It is great to finally find people who think and feel the same way I do on so many dog subjects from training styles to the idiot owners who make dog parks suck with their irresponsible behavior.

I am currently practicing the teachings found in the "Training Dogs with Food" video. While I have always done that, the techniques and style in which Michael Ellis teaches them make training a blast for both Dexter and me! I have always followed the tenets of folks like Karen Pryor and Patricia McConnell with reasonable success but what I always felt that some correction was needed somewhere along the line and I always felt guilty that I wasn't able to adhere to the total nicey, nicey method every step of the way. Then you all come along and teach a great balance of markers, and rewards and the occasional correction when needed and I finally feel like what I am doing is the right thing for my dog. I have always had nice dogs but I now have a relationship with my dog that is fantastic for both of us.

Thanks again for not just selling products but for sharing your knowledge, information, and chuckles with us.


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