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August 30, 2010

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Bob-A-Lot and Our Leerburg Dogs

Bob-A-Lot and Our Leerburg Dogs

We love these Bob-A-Lot toys. This short video explains why our dogs love them. Watch Ranie and our puppy, Endy, figuring out how to get treats out of the Bob-A-Lot.

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Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours | $65.00

Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours Long

This DVD is 3 hours long. You can read the chapter headings below. It is by far the most comprehensive step-by-step training DVD on teaching a dog to retrieve that we have ever seen. It will replace both of our previous retrieval training DVDs.

If you are a student of marker training or interested in marker training you will love Michael Ellis’ approach to this work. Because the system is founded in markers there is a minimal amount of force used in our training. It is our belief that a dog should not be force trained to retrieve.

We recommend the viewer have an understanding of marker training before beginning this work. This is all covered in the earlier DVDs we have done with Michael Ellis.

Chapters in this DVD

  • Michael Ellis' Opening Lecture on the Steps of Training the Retrieve
  • Pattern Retrieving Games
  • Step One - Holding the Dog's Muzzle
  • Students Learning the Hold
  • Retraining Older Dogs to Hold
  • Review of Training Steps Before Pickup Training
  • Trouble Shooting the Hold 
  • When to use a Tug Reward 
  • When to Switch the Retrieve Object to a Dumbbell
  • Training the Pickup 
  • Introducing the Dog to the Tossed Dumbbell
  • When to Mark the Pickup 
  • Proofing the Exercise 
  • Free Shaping
  • Advance Training - Introducing New Retrieve Objects
  • Two lectures on Michael Reviewing the Retrieve 

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A Dog Bite Incident

To view the dog bite photos that are associated with this incident, click here.
Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

This happened when a friends pit bull started a fight with my lab. The dogs had been together in the same house for almost 2 years and neither had shown any type of aggression towards each other. I don't know what the fight started over, and neither dog was hurt in the fight... I was the unlucky one.

I never realized that dogs that had been around each other for years and never shown any aggression would fight. After I got bitten, I was very uncomfortable having the pit bull remain in my home since he was the aggressor, and the one that bit me. I had my friend come an get him and I am happy to say that now he is an only dog, and I'm sure much happier. My 3 dogs have a pack order, with all the humans being first, and then the dogs... it is funny, their order is when we got them. The lab is the highest in the dog chain, then the shep. mix, then the lab mix. None of them have ever fought each other, and its weird, they don't even try to take toys away from each other. I have read your articles about having multiple dogs in the house, and they are no longer fed in the same area. Even though they have never been aggressive over food, I don't want to take that chance. I'm hoping that even though my lab was "involved" in the fight that since he wasn't bitten or injured at all that he will not be aggressive to other dogs.


Have a Question on Dog Training?

Have you checked the Leerburg Discussion Board? It is one of the most active dog web boards on the internet. The Leerburg Web Board has over 16,000 Members with over 165 forums and 269,000 posts in its archives. The web board also has an excellent search engine that only searches the web board's 212,000 posts.

This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Our newsletter will always contain several featured customer Q&As from that week.

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!!!

Question: My dog eats trash and other dangerous items on our walks, would a muzzle or ecollar be a solution to this problem?

Hello Cindy:

My 1 year old Cavalier spaniel is constantly eating trash and dangerous objects while we are out on our walks.

I have not had any success training the 'leave it' command.

Would either a muzzle or training with an e-collar be a solution to this problem?

I have not been able to find a muzzle to fit, and am not sure which kind to get. Could you tell me your recommendation ?

Thanks for your help.



Check out our muzzle page. There are directions for measuring your dog there. Once you have the measurements, you can contact our office and we can help you find the right style and size. Not all styles fit all dogs, so we do need your measurements first.

I would also suggest training so you can eventually walk the dog without the muzzle, I train my dogs first that when I say “leave it” (or YUCK, I use the word yuck) that if they spit out what they have in their mouth, I will give them something better. This means you need to be prepared 100% of the time at first and always have a number of very high value treats with you (whatever your dog goes bonkers for, my dogs love boiled, cubed chicken breast). If your dog grabs something, literally put the chicken under his nose after you say LEAVE IT. He will have to spit out what he has to get the treat and you can really praise him. I have a puppy that literally eats everything on the ground, I mean everything… bugs, rocks, dirt, mulch, dandelions, fuzz, paper, etc… I’ve been doing this since the day I brought her home and now if I say YUCK she leaves what she was going to pick up and comes to me for a treat. You have to be really consistent though, and be ready every single time. Keep him on a short leash and have food with you all the time. Once your dog understands this, you could then reinforce non compliance with an ecollar if you need to.

We have an excellent video on how to train a dog with the electric collar; Electric Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My 2 dogs were sisters and loved each other. One of them died suddenly, should I get a replacement?

Hello Ed,

I adopted 2 german shepherd sisters who were two years old from an animal shelter in 2004. They were so close, the shelter wanted them to stay together. It was a great idea. When I walked them, it was funny to watch how their bodies became one when smelling the ground, etc.

Anyway, Tara, last night died suddenly. I wrapped her in a sheet. Angel, sat next to her practically on top of her and is very, very upset.

They never had a fight and got along so wonderfully the entire 6 years I had them. They loved one another.

Can you give me advice on how to handle Angel. Is it wise to get a replacement?

Thank you,


I'm sorry to hear of your loss, please accept our condolences.

I don't know what the right thing to do would be. Sometimes adding a new dog gives the dog left behind another buddy, and fills a void. Other times, they will not accept a new dog and may even be aggressive toward them.

I do know that if you decide to get another dog, I'd recommend a male as you will have a higher chance of success introducing the opposite sex to this situation.

I'd read the article Ed wrote on introducing dogs if you do decide to get a replacement.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Losing a Friend.


Question: We are moving and I’m not sure how our dog will feel, could you give me some direction?

Hi Cindy

Hope You, Ed and the team are well. Need some of your wisdom again!

We three are moving house not sure how my dog is going to feel, could you give me an insight to her feelings and direction as to how I should manage her during the transitional time.

She has grown to be a beautiful animal and beyond a beautiful friend your, guidance has given me the tools to make it so.

I am grateful for the support you give to us, THANK YOU.


Hi Brian,

The best thing for dogs is to maintain a predictable routine, so even though the location is different, the daily routine stays the same (or at least similar).

It’s useful to give dogs a “refresher” course in our groundwork program whenever there is a big change (a move, a new baby, a new dog or other pet added, etc..). Routine is comforting to dogs, so I think if you keep that in mind, you will all do fine!

Here’s the link to our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

Good luck with the new house!

Cindy Rhodes


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*Our newsletter is a big success and we would like to send out a huge THANKS to our wonderful customers! Since beginning this newsletter our volume of email has greatly increased and you may have a longer than usual wait for a reply to your question.  We will answer; it just may take us a bit longer than you are accustomed to. In order to speed up this process, please condense your questions to a paragraph or two. This will make it MUCH easier for us to answer in a timely fashion. Your questions are important to us and we always appreciate receiving them. If you have a medical issue or emergency, please consult with a health care professional right away. We can’t diagnose or treat sick dogs via email. Also, try using the search function on our site - it now searches the site AND the web board. Thank you. Ed & Cindy

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The next Obedience Intensive in October is filling up fast, only 5 spots left! There are a only 2 more openings in the next Protection Theory courses. The section on Theory starts on July 26th and the Decoy section begins August 2nd.


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