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Early Submissions for Leerburg's 2011 Photo Contest

Early Submissions for
Leerburg's 2011 Photo Contest

Today's video is a slide show of a few of our photo contest submissions so far! This is just a glimpse of some of the submissions we've received. These are not winners, winners will be announced after the September 2nd deadline. Read below for contest information.

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 and please put Question for Michael in the subject line.

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Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answers

Question: My pup eats everything... toys, socks, underwear. We try to keep things picked up but he still finds them. What can we do?

I have a 5 month old Goldendoodle that picks up everything he finds. He swallowed a 12" long stuff-less toy about a month ago that had to be removed surgically. He loves socks and underwear, and yesterday he got a hold of one of my daughters headbands, but fortunately he vomited up this morning. We try to keep things picked up but he just seeks them out. What can we do? I don't want another $2800 vet bill.


Cindy's Response:

There can sometimes be a medical reason for this obsessive behavior, called pica.

It’s sometimes related to digestive issues or other medical conditions, that cause the dog to crave & eat non food items. A google search on "pica in dogs" will turn up a lot of info. You have to rule out a medical reason for the pup eating these items before you can consider it a behavioral issue.

I’d keep this dog safely in a crate, an exercise pen or on a leash attached to me ALL the time so I could correct any attempt to pick up a non food item. The more you let him have his freedom, the more likely this will continue to be a problem.

Exercise & training are also going to help, if it’s not a medical problem.

I’d recommend the videos Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

I’d definitely keep this pup supervised at all times, and teach the Yuck command (covered on our website). We also have a great question & answer section you can type in your question and find more info.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I’m thinking of rescuing a cat, would they eat the same raw diet as a dog? Can they chew bones?

Hi Cindy,

I’ve been seriously thinking of rescuing a cat, there’s so many homeless ones where I am. Would their diet be similar to a species appropriate diet for dogs, some meat, giblets, and bones? Can they chew bones?? I have no clue.


Cindy's Response:

I feed all my cats a premade ground raw food made by Bravo because some of my older ones don’t consume whole bones.

I believe there are some raw books out there specifically for cats. We used to carry them but didn’t sell enough to justify keeping them in stock.

Here’s the title we used to stock, Natural Nutrition for Cats. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! This should be more than enough, I’ll definitely check out this book! It’s because of you that my dog’s whole life changed for the better. I’m so glad I found you people.

Cindy's Response:

Glad I could help! Thanks for the kind words.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Feeding a Raw Diet.


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

Dear Cindy:

Wanted to give you a success story to post. I followed all the advise you gave on raising my german shepherd lab mix puppy. Everything worked exactly like Ed said it would. People thought I was crazy to keep my dog on a leash in the house and attached to the chair I was sitting in. She had only 2 accidents in the house(which were our fault). Dog ownership is SOOOOOO easy with a well behaved, trained dog. We rarely have to discipline her. She is eager to please and with your guidance we showed her how to please us. SHE IS AWESOME. This was our first family dog and if I had known how easy it was to train a dog we would have started sooner with a family pet.

Thank you so much! She lives to catch a frisbee and fetch her soccer and football. She is such a blessing in our lives and I encourage anyone to take your advise. It Works.

"Sadie" is now 2 years old and the best dog I have ever met.

Thanks again!!!! I have attached a photo as well.


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