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Michael Ellis and Ed Frawley Discussing Michael's School for Dog Trainers

Michael Ellis and Ed Frawley Discussing
Michael's School for Dog Trainers

Michael Ellis came to Leerburg a week ago for the filming of our next training video which will cover “advanced concepts in motivation” (we have not settled on the exact title yet). During a break in the filming Michael and Ed sat down to talk about Michael's dog school for dog trainers in California. In this short video, Michael talks about how he organized his school, how the school is run and what kind of people have been coming out to take the various courses. Anyone who has ever wanted to take their dog training skills to a new level will find this interview informative.

September 8, 2011 | 7 Minutes, 21 Seconds

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Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answer

Question: Another dog dies from Rimadyl.

I was reading your page on Vaccinosis. This sounds like the answer behind my 7 year old GSD's death. On a friday he was brought into the vet for a leg injury, and we went ahead had his shots done. We were given anti-inflamitories, and sent on our way. Saturday & Sunday he became lethargic, and refused to eat. Monday morning he could barley walk and he'd dropped 5 lbs in 4 days. And he had a fever of 105. He never recovered. Saturday, July 23, 2011 he started vomiting blood, so we had him PTS. I now wonder if all of his problems where caused by the shots. I fell like I let him down and caused his death by giving him something that was supposed to help him. I'll never vaccinate another dog again.

Cindy's Response:

I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. :(

What anti-inflammatory was he given? Was it something oral that you gave him? I’ve gotten a couple emails lately from people who have lost dogs due to Rimadyl (NSAID).

Again, please accept our condolences.

Cindy Rhodes

More Information:

It was Rimadyl! In fact, he got worse after I gave him a dose. He was never one to skip meals, especially chicken. He was never sick a day in his life except for an ACL tear when he was 3 years. And to see him go so fast after something so simple kills me. It's like he gave up completely once he became ill.

Cindy's Response:

I’d be raising some hell with your vet unless he 1) explained the dangers of the drug (it’s well documented that some dogs can die from this medication) and 2) he did the proper blood work BEFORE prescribing this medication.

Every vet in my area knows me as the pain in the butt client that makes them write NO RIMADYL on top of every dog’s chart in huge letters.

Here is a link to a letter I got just a week ago.

If you google Rimadyl toxicity, you will find that a lot of people have lost dogs to this drug. It was originally for people, but the side effects were so bad they couldn’t get approval for use in humans… so they didn’t want to spend all that money on formulating a medication without making a profit so they labeled it for dogs… makes me REALLY angry. I’m most angry at the vets who prescribe it without letting their clients know how dangerous it can be.

Again, I’m SO sorry for the loss of your dog.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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Customer Comment
on Dog Parks


This is in regards to dog parks. I took my dog to a park when I think she was 6 months to a year old. I had taken her there all the time with few problems. But there was a dog that was knowingly aggressive. It was an Irish Wolfhound and it wore a metal face mask. The dog attacked my dog and used it as a battering ram on her. The owner did nothing but stood there and watched. Trying to get my dog I was bit, and other people came running over to help. After this happened the owner of the dog said nothing to me and just continued to walk her dog. I spoke to several other owners who had the same experience with this dog and owner. I reported her to animal control and parks and services and they would do nothing except to say you enter at your own risk. And they had to be there to see it happening. I never took my dog back there and never took her back to a park again. Her personality was forever changed the day that dog attacked her. I wish I had never taken her to a dog park.

Leerburg's 2011 Photo Contest

The photo contest is now closed. We will announce winners next week in the newsletter. See some of the photos from people who have shared their dogs with us.

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