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August 25, 2014
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Leerburg Leather Collars

Leerburg Leather Collars

Ed Frawley discusses the features of our leather collars and how they are made. Check out all of Leerburg's leather collars HERE!

Leerburg's Online The Heeler's Toolbox I Course

I didn't get a chance to send a video at the end, too much time in the ER with my mother, but I did want you to know how much I love and am inspired by the class! My training buddies have noticed a big improvement in my motivation and I have noticed a big improvement in Stitch's! Go figure! You are the cause! You have me excited to train again! After doing this for 30+ years! I was bored and boring! You break things down into small components and then when you put them together, voila! Love it! Stitch hated the break, although I did need it! Thanks Forrest and we are really looking forward to the next steps! If you were in front of me I would hug you and Stitch would jump all over you! Bet your glad it's an online class right!

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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My 8 month old dog loves other dogs and is very playful. When at the dog park he grabs other dogs by the face and ears & won't let go. The other owners at the park think my dog is aggressive and judge me as an owner. Should I use a muzzle?

Hi there,

I own an American bulldog male 8 months old and desexed. I have been having problems with him around some other dogs. He is very playful and loves other dogs, but doesn't know his limits. He will play with a dog and then grab their face or ears and won't let go! Some dogs scream, which makes him more excited and longer to let them go. He never has harmed them though, but it's such a problem people think he is aggressive and judge me as an owner. I'm highly contemplating a muzzle for his dog park visits, otherwise I will be too stressed to socialise him. Please help. Thank you.

Cindy's Response:

I would stop taking him to dog parks, his behavior is not playful it's bossy. I don't recommend dog parks for most dogs and most certainly not for assertive and bossy dogs. It WILL become a big problem for you and your dog. I would read this article about dog parks.

Your dog is either going to hurt another dog or he's going to try his moves with a dog that doesn't tolerate it and then you are going to have a fight.

Socializing doesn't mean you have to take your dog to a park and let him off leash. I would also read this article about socializing puppies.

You might want to take a look at our online university class for basic obedience. It covers a lot of information and includes our video on marker training (The Power of Training Dogs with Markers) and pack structure in the curriculum (Pack Structure for the Family Pet).

I want my dogs to be safe and courteous around people and dogs. Taking them to a dog park & turning them loose is not part of that education process. 

We have a number of eBooks that may be helpful.  

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies and our Q&A on Dog Parks.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Dominant Dog Collar

  I am very happy with my new dd collar and I tell everyone about it. I have a 2 yr old boxer boy that was a rescue and who is stranger and dog aggressive who also likes to redirect when corrected. He has been in behavior modification and obedience training for 3 months and doing well. However, this little gem coupled with Leerburg's wire basket muzzle has definitely helped get us both where we can enjoy nightly walks without incident(: His trainer is also very pleased and recommending this site to other clients for educational material and equipment. Thank you sooo much!    
The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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