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September 7, 2012
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Play Demo from the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

Play Demo from the
Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

This short video is taken directly from Michael Ellis' class titled Obedience Intensive. This portion of the class is on how to play with your dog and how to later apply that play into your training program. In this video, you will see Michael Ellis giving some one on one training to Jeremy, a student in the class. Michael is teaching Jeremy how to properly play with his own personal dog, Pi. At the end of the video, Michael will demonstrate the same skills at full speed. Obedience intensive is the first class in Michael Ellis' system for training dogs. We recommend all dog trainers attend this class.

September 7, 2012   |   4 Minute, 45 Seconds

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Question: My female was spayed 3 days ago while she was in heat. She also had a hernia repaired & a rabies vaccination at the same time. Is it normal for her chest & stomach to be swollen?

My dog got spayed about 3 days ago, while she was being spayed the vet said that she was in heat and had to get her hernia repaired. She also got her rabies vaccination. Is it normal for her stomach and chest to be swollen up?

Cindy's Response:

Giving a vaccine at the same time as a surgery is not something a competent vet should do. Vaccines should only be given to a healthy dog that is not under physical stress (like illness or surgery).

I’d get her to a vet, a different one. This is not something to be solved over the internet. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. Good luck with her, I hope she’s ok.

Cindy Rhodes

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

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this weeks's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

In the fall of 2012, Michael Ellis will be moving his school for dog trainers to Santa Rosa, CA. The new location is much larger than his current location and will allow Michael to add additional classes and courses to the curriculum. In early 2013, Michael is planning to add a course for military veterans. This course will be specifically tailored to veterans who are getting out of the military.

Read more for additional information and dates.

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