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MORE Early Submissions for Leerburg's 2011 Photo Contest

More Early Submissions for Leerburg's 2011 Photo Contest

Today's video is a slide show of a few more 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, 2011 deadline. Read here for information.

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Question: I may be bringing home a 3 month old puppy tomorrow that had surgery to remove a sock from her stomach just last week. She seems like a great pup otherwise. Do you think this pup will be ok psychologically and physically?

So sorry to ask you to respond immediately, but I was hoping to get your opinion on a german shepherd puppy that I may be bringing home tomorrow. Her breeding seems excellent for temperament and health (including hips, etc.). She is 3 months old. The only concern that I have is that she swallowed a sock last week and had surgery to remove it. The vet, who is supposed to be very good, had to cut open her belly (6 inch cut) to remove the sock which she swallowed whole. The stitches are inside and she seems to be recovering well. She's been kept somewhat confined, at least from the other 2 puppies and mother dog which the people are keeping. In your expert opinion, from experience, etc., do you think that this puppy will be O.K., healthy physically and psychologically due to this experience? Thank you so much. I will wait to hear from you.

P.S. I am also doing a lot of research on the raw food diet. Still a little confused, but am trying to learn as much as possible about diet and training before I get a puppy. I also ordered 3 of your DVDs, 8 weeks to 8 months and 2 training.


I’d be concerned about a puppy that is swallowing foreign bodies. This is called Pica and can be caused by many things. A google search will turn up more info than I could type. It can be linked to diet, stomach issues or a obsessive/compulsive disorder or it simply could be the breeder gave the puppy access to things she should not have. I owned a puppy about 10 years ago that was a compulsive swallower of non food items. More than one surgery was involved for him before one year of age, so I’m gunshy.

The puppy would have to be a superstar in every way for me consider a pup with this type of history. There are too many other choices out there to take a risk on this, for me.

Purely my opinion, based on my experience.

You may take the pup home and never have an issue, but since you asked…..

Here is a Q & A section on raw feeding.

The best books for learning about the raw diet are Raw Dog Food and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We give both these books to our puppy customers and rarely have questions about the diet. One of the newer feeding books we offer is Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. This title covers homemade cooked & raw diets complete with recipes. I highly recommend all these books.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My 18 month old dog is comfortable in her crate and never goes to the bathroom in our house when we are home. I’ve started to leave her out of the crate in the afternoon for 6 hours and she’s constantly going to the bathroom on our carpet. Please help.

Ed and Cindy,

I have been following your books, DVDS, and podcasts for some time. I have followed your 8 weeks to Adult puppy video and have had much success. I only am experience one major problem. Our Whippet is very comfortable with her crate and never goes in the house when we are around. This year at 18 months I started to leave her out of her crate during the afternoons (six hours). She constantly goes bathroom on the carpet. Our first house was a tile floor and had no carpet. I have tried everything from picking up her water when I am away or running her before we leave, but to no success. Please help. I fear that she might have to be crate bound all the time when we are not there.

Thanks in advance,

Cindy's Response:

Your dog is crate trained but not housetrained. I wouldn’t continue to leave her loose. Dogs need to earn freedom through good behavior and the ability to follow the house rules. A dog that goes to the bathroom inside does not deserve unsupervised freedom.

Use the crate and maybe gradually start using an exercise pen. This way she gets to be out of the crate in a controlled environment. It could be a stepping stone to more freedom if she does well in the ex pen.

It may also be that she can’t be loose in the house while you are gone for a good long while. (if at all) Instead of leaving the house for 6 hours, try leaving for short intervals like 5 minutes, then 15, then ½ hour, etc…

She may also be a little bit nervous home by herself. We have a Q&A section on separation anxiety that may help you.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. There is one specifically on house training issues.

Dogs typically sleep all day while we are gone anyway, so I wouldn’t feel too bad about crating her while you’re not home.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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