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September 9, 2010

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Endy Swimming - Part 2

Endy Swimming - Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, we featured the first steps to training our puppy, Endy, to swim. Here is the second part of her swimming lessons. In it you will see how Cindy used food rewards and a tug to encourage and reward Endy for swimming out and bringing back our Flappy Floatie water toys.

New puppy owners need to know that swimming is the best exercise there is for a small puppy.


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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 Michael's 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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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.


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’m new to dog training and thought I would buy a trained dog to compete in Schutzhund and obedience and learn while competing.  What would you suggest?

I am talented but new to dog training, would like to get into Schutzhund and any Obedience competition I can find. I am wondering if buying a Schutzhund  trained K9 is the way to start? I figure I could learn while competing and just improve as my skills improve.

I am single, early retired so lots of time, and no other dogs,cats, etc in the house. 

Given this choice, what would you suggest and why?  


I think there are so many variables that there is not really a right or wrong choice. It will depend on your situation, your skill and understanding of dog training, the temperament and level of training of the dog and the help and coaching you have available. My dog is very well trained but if I sent him to you, I doubt he would work for you (or anyone else) unless they were really savvy to the techniques used to train him and the philosophy behind it.

If you had a really good coach, that could help you and a really well trained and balanced dog without any big holes in the temperament or training it could be a great experience. It could also end up being a nightmare. I get emails frequently from people who buy titled and trained dogs and they can’t do anything with them. Buyer beware! Most people don’t sell really good titled schutzhund dogs, they unload their problems on someone else. It’s unfortunate but true. There are a lot of rip off artists involved in dogs and they love to sell to people who don’t have any experience. 

Simply going out and buying a trained, titled dog without a lot of knowledge and someone as a mentor could end up with you being disappointed and out a lot of money. There is a lot of really bad training going on out there and a title doesn’t necessarily mean the dog is well trained. Again, Buyer beware.

I think you learn more by training your own dog from scratch. You’ll learn the how’s and why’s of how to break down exercises and will likely end up as a better trainer with a better relationship with the dog as well.

Personally, I like to raise puppies and teach them everything from 8 weeks of age. I know that’s not for everyone but that way if there is a mistake made along the way, it’s my mistake and I’m aware of it. It’s also a great feeling of accomplishment to take a little pup and develop it into a working dog, it’s really fun. Many people like to buy an older puppy or young adult and start there, before the dog has any serious training but is past the baby stage.

Just my opinion and experience. Good luck no matter what you decide.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I want to order one of your new dog bowls, what size should I get?

Hi Cindy,

Quick question, re the Skid Stop Slow Feed Bowl, what size should I get? I feed my adult GSD 5 cups a day in 2 feedings.



Hi Keith,

The amount these bowls will hold is a “rough measurement” based on kibble size. I used a smaller pieced kibble and this is roughly what I measured:

Jumbo: 7 cups
Large: 3 ½ cups
Medium: 2 cups

I measured up to the dividers, not putting food on top of them. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Skid Stop Slow Feed Bowl.


Question: Do you offer any brochures for breeders to give to puppy buyers? Also, what kind of crate liners do you recommend for puppies?

Hi Cindy. 

I enjoy your website and products immensely. Could you forward some flyers or brochures I can give to puppy owners? Most do not know of your great info and I'd like to pass it on. 

Also, what do you recommend as a liner for a puppy crate? Puppies chew and something non-toxic and choke resistant would be the best. My guess is most people use carpet and I know there is something better.  Does Leerburg sell any liner?

Thanks for any help.


We offer a downloadable catalog, or if you want to let me know how many catalogs you need we can send you some.

As for crate liners, we either use our fleece pet beds or for really aggressive chewers we use the rubber mats.

I hope this helps!

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our page on dog beds.

*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

A Recent Leerburg Comment
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Hello Ed and Cindy,

I totally enjoy watching the training videos attached to your newsletters. But I must admit, I was surprised and dismayed to hear Cindy's comment at the end of today's video with Endy. At the end of the video, Endy was delightfully blowing bubbles, and Cindy commented, "Your so smart! And such a pain in the A$$!"

Leaving this comment in the video is done in very poor taste. It's also disheartening to hear a "professional trainer" cop such a bad attitude about this beautiful puppy.

Puppies are challenging, no doubt about it. Is there some reason in particular that Endy is such a pain? Is there a learning moment that should be shared with the audience? 

Cindy's credibility as a professional has dropped several notches from my perspective.

A very disappointed fan.


Cindy's Response:

Thanks for your input.  If you spent ½ an hour with me and Endy you would KNOW that she is a PITA. Most good puppies are challenging in a lot of ways during their growing up.  My dog Rush (who you may have also seen a lot of on our site) was an even bigger PITA than Endy. I wouldn’t want her any other way!

I believe you took it the wrong way, which is your right and privilege. I will say it won’t change the fact that Endy is probably a puppy that most average people would have been unable to handle. I feel I’ve earned the right to joke about her, it’s been a very VERY challenging 2 months since she came to live with us. You see a few minutes out of very long days trying to mentally and physically stimulate a highly intelligent dog. 

Part of being a good dog trainer is having a sense of humor. :)

If that makes you disappointed in me, then so be it.

Cindy Rhodes

Ed's Response:


I thank you for your email. It has provided my chuckle of the day.

The fact is Endy can be a huge pain in the a$$ – as can any high drive puppy. I am sure you have never raised a hard, high drive puppy or you would know exactly what we are talking about. These are the kind of puppies that end up in shelters because they are sold to people who don’t have a clue how to raise them correctly. 

Ed Frawley

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