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September 6, 2010

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Cindy and Endy at 15 Weeks of Age

Cindy and Endy at 15 Weeks of Age
Endy training at Leerburg and blowing bubbles.

Endy is our new Malinois puppy that we got from Michael Ellis. We will occassionally include a newsletter video of a normal training day for her so our customers and newsletter members can see the progress of her training. The work that Cindy and Endy are doing in this video is covered in the training DVDs I have done with Michael Ellis. You can visit our website and read detailed descriptions of these DVDs.

At the end of the training session, the video contains a couple minutes of Endy blowing bubbles. It's pretty funny to watch!

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The Power of Training Dogs with Food DVD

This is the first DVD in the Building Drive and Focus Series with Michael Ellis.

The foundation of Michael's dog training system lies in marker training. The power of Michael's system lies in how markers are applied within his training program. Unlike trainers who claim they can train every dog with 100% positive motivational methods, we know for a fact that corrections should have a place in any serious dog training program. They are required to guarantee reliability under distractions.

The beauty of Michaels system is that it establishes a method of communication with our dogs that is built on positive reinforcement. It is a communication system that is "black and white" to our dogs. This work builds a non-confrontational relationship with a dog. Because it is non-confrontational and based on positive reinforcement it is perfect for 8 week old puppies or 5 year old dominant and aggressive dogs. It's the perfect system to build or repair a relationship with a dog.

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Dog Bite

To view these dog bite photos, 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:

On Tuesday of this week, my male and female English Pointer had just finished breeding and I opened the kennel to take the female out since she is able to jump the fence. My male Jack Russell ran into the kennel to play and my male pointer attacked him, going for the throat.  I tried to separate them, I even put my fingers into the pointer's mouth to open it up.  I got my Jack Russell 3 times, but I was being bitten and my Jack Russell wouldn't back down.  My poor little Jack Russell was killed by the Pointer.  I didn't photograph the bites on my fingers because the swelling has gone down and they don't look very bad anymore.  Here are the bites that were on my legs and hip.


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: I have an 11 week old pup and she’s growled at a couple people. I posted this on another dog forum I frequent and I was told my dog is fear aggressive and that this is a big problem. Do you have any advice? Is this a temperament problem?

Hi there!
I am a stay at home mom to two young daughters, and mom/sister to my younger brother. I am also happily married to my husband for 5 years now. We decided that we were ready for a dog. Boy, was I wrong. Lol. I am writing because I have a few concerns with our new pup, Roxy. Roxy has been a good dog. I have been doing lots of research on how I can make life most enjoyable for the both of us. She has done well with potty training, basic obedience, etc. I just found your site tonight, and tomorrow I will start implementing all of the things I have been reading about. I have NOT been my dogs pack leader, and that will change. As soon as I can, I will order the DVD pack. However, in the meantime, I have a few questions I would like set straight that I haven't quite been able to answer myself by reading your articles.
Roxy has growled at a few people. The first instance was my mother. She came to drop something off at my house, my mom approached Roxy (who was half asleep laying on my chest as I was reading about how to train her lol), and Roxy began to growl. My mom moved her hand away, and I knew enough to verbally correct Roxy. A firm "no," and the growling ceased. However, when my mom moved her hand back in, Roxy again growled. This time when my mom moved her hand back, she began barking. A little shocked, I corrected her, and left it be. I wasn't sure how exactly to finish handling the situation and didn't want to cause more harm than good. So, I rushed to the pit bull forum I have been frequenting, posted, and a member responded by telling me that she felt Roxy had temperament issues. That she had fear aggression, and that this is a big problem. She mentioned a few techniques to get Roxy to "like" my visitors. At the time it was an isolated incident. Roxy usually greets visitors with a happy, eager demeanor.
The second instance was with a neighborhood kid that ran up to pet Roxy. She came from around the corner, encountered my brother walking Roxy to use the restroom, and ran up to pet her. The moment she went to pet Roxy, she responded with a growl. My brother told her not to pet the dog, and continued on their walk.
So, my real question is, is this member on the forum correct? Is this a temperament issue with Roxy? Will this continue on, and will this become a larger problem regardless of training? After reading some groundwork articles on your site, I feel that Roxy growled because she felt that she needed to defend herself because her pack leader wasn't doing it for her. I failed to let her know that I was in charge, I failed to let the person know not to touch my dog. This was me, not Roxy. This is not necessarily a temperament issue that can't be fixed with more proper socialization (which we ARE working on, however, I feel like my hands are a little tied because of the fact that her shots aren't complete yet), and me becoming the pack lead I am supposed to be.
I appreciate your time and your advice. I look forward to hearing your reply.
Thank you so much,


There is no way that anyone can tell you with complete certainty that your pup has a temperament issue from a post on a forum.  (especially people who may lack experience with dogs and puppies as they grow and develop) there are a lot of internet “dog trainers” out there who have no business giving advice.

I’d read the article Ed wrote on The Groundwork to Becoming your Puppy’s Pack Leader. You can read this to get our definition of socializing. Socialization does NOT mean letting all kinds of people touch your dog!

it sounds to me like your puppy may be a bit fearful or lack confidence, which can escalate to a bigger problem if handled the wrong way. It can also be a completely normal “phase” that some puppies go through. Like I stated before, no one can tell you with absolute certainty from an email or post on a forum.

I think you would benefit from watching this 3 part free video on fearful dogs & puppies.

I would also recommend Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

For future questions, you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website.  If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q & As, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum. Our website has over 16,000 pages and it’s very likely you’ll find the information you are looking for. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Thank you so much! I actually watched/read every single link that you just gave me over the past two days. In just the two days that we have been working with her, I have seen major improvements. I finally got her to walk down the stairs of our home. She was so proud of herself afterwards. Thank you so much for your website, and all the help. I have learned SO much, and I am confident that Roxy is going to be everything she can be because we are following the advice you have given us.
Thank you again,

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


Question: I have 2 five month old puppies and one of them uses the pee pads most of the time. The other one chews them up. What can I do?

I have two pomeranians female & male around 5 months old. The male uses pee pads most of time-he's more calm & listens better than female. She uses pee pads sometimes but loves to chew them up. I went & bought natures miracle brand which did help her to pee on pad more but still they want to chew them up. I'm very tired of this. I've told them 'no' firmly & corrected  them  over & over & over! What can I do? I have used the treat method also. I'm exhausted. I've never had this type of problem with my rat terrier? What else can I do? I would like for them to use pee pad & outside but outside only in winter because of so many fleas in summer here, even with revolution flea control on.



First of all, you send mixed messages to a dog when you allow them to use the house as a bathroom sometimes and other times expect them to go out. We don’t recommend pee pads for this reason, they are a bad idea.

Telling a dog no for something they’ve already done won’t accomplish what you want, you need to control your dogs in the house so they can’t make mistakes and then praise them when they make the right choices.

We have a section on the website about house training. I’d get rid of the pads altogether, get a couple of dog crates and start over house training them like they are new to your house.  

In my opinion, the risk of fleas isn’t a good enough reason to not take a dog outside.

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

For future questions, you might benefit from learning to use our SEARCH function, which is located in the top left corner of every page of the website. If you type in your key words or question it will find you articles, Q&As, free streaming video and links to threads on our discussion forum. Our website has over 16,000 pages and it’s very likely you’ll find the information you are looking for. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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

*If you have a training question – write Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com
*If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!
*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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Thanks so much for your video work. At this time I am unable to go to Michael's school but need to do training with my dogs. Thank you for your help by providing these videos, and thank you Michael for being willing to do them.

I have learned valuable information re: dogs from every video I have purchased at leerburg and I know my dogs have greatly benefited. They love to learn, thanks to your commitment to doing the best you can for dogs and their owners.

Love the website, your products, your help and am blessed by your streaming videos as well.

Thanks again,
Sharon and Jerry
with Cody, Bindi, Terra (very active terrior mixes)


Dear Mr Frawley,

I recently (June 2010) purchased an adorable Terrier / Havoneese cross as a companion.

Muffy has been a wonderfully sweet puppy but we've reached what I can't help but compare to "the terrible twos." What happened to my sweet little gal? Where did my compliant little puppy go?

As much as I believed in fair but tough love with my teens, I desperately needed something similar for my dog. I actually started with your dominant dog five part series and then watched the puppy training last. Although I wouldn't recommend most people go at this backwards as I did - from the first series I could see we were on the same page. Muffy had bit me while playing with her toys - I didn't realize this was prey drive (hell, I didn't even know the word!) and that in the end, it wasn't very funny to get her so worked up - worked up enough that she bit me!

Anyway - I have learned so much and enjoyed your training. You have a real common sense approach that is sadly lacking today.

Thank you again, I will continue to visit and purchase goods from your site.


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