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September 20, 2010

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Introducing Dogs & Cats

Introducing Dogs to Cats

This short video describes how we introduce a dog into a home with cats. Not every dog can learn to tolerate cats in their home, but many can if the introduction is taken slowly and closely managed. This video is part of our DVD, Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months.

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The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog

5 Hours, 25 Minutes| $65.00

The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog

I have been around higher levels of dog training for a long long time and thought I knew a thing or two about how to play tug with your dog. When I started to go to Michael Ellis' seminars I found out there was an entirely different side to this work - a better side.

Since 1982 I have produced a lot of training DVDs, but hands down the ones I have done (and am doing) with Michael are the ones I am most proud of. These DVDs are going to make a dramatic difference on how people live with and train their dogs. They are changing the relationship people have with their dogs.

At 5 hours and 25 minutes, this is the first two DVD set I have ever produced. There was just so much great information that I wanted to get into this training DVD that I had to make it this long. I believe you will agree when you study it.

This DVD on playing tug is the second video in the Building Drive and Focus Series with Michael Ellis. The first DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food, and this DVD, teach new trainers how to establish the foundation of Michael Ellis's training system on their dogs. Once that is accomplished, the principles of Michael’s system can be used to teach a dog any behavior or exercise.

Michael’s system is based on marker training or operant conditioning. If you are new to markers or new to Michael Ellis’ system of dog training I would recommend you view the free 1 hour streaming video of Michael lecturing on his philosophy of dog training in the streaming video section of our web site.

You should also review the free 87 page eBook I wrote titled “The Power of Training Dogs with Markers.” It is in the list of free eBooks on our web site.

Our DVD opens with Michael’s lecture on why and how to play tug with your dog. Michael then demonstrates technique with his dog Pi. Unlike other dog training DVDs most of the dogs I included were untrained dogs with handlers new to this system of training. I feel people learn more from watching others learn the work than by only watching the instructor work with his own dog.

For the tug to be used as an obedience reward with your dog, you must have 3 things.

1- The dog must tug with enthusiasm,
2- The dog must out when told to out,
3- The dog must bring the tug back after you release it.

This is the core goal of our training DVD. If dogs will not do these three things then handlers can not use a toy or a tug as a reward in training.

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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:

Our two German Shepards got into a fight over what we believe is territorial aggression. My wife tried to seperate the dogs and was bit on the arm, above the elbow. Here are a couple pictures of the dogs and the bite.

The black shepard is the attacker, Dante. The brown shepard, Kylie, was attacked and received 16 stitches on her left leg. My wife received 3 stitches from the bite.

Thanks for the info on your site. It really helps us with the problem we had.


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: Our dog barks constantly when anyone is in our pool, would a bark collar work for this?

Our 4 year old labradoodle jumped in our pool when he was a puppy and appeared to panic with surprise. Whenever anyone is in our pool our dog runs around the pool barking at them until they get out especially if they are in the deep end swimming. Would be nice if we could have our dog in the yard when we are using the pool but his barking is not tolerable so we have to leave him in the house. Even then if a window is available he will stand at it and bark. Would a bark collar work and if so what type would you recommend or do you have any other suggestions?
Thank you,


We have a pool and most of our dogs can't be allowed to run around loose when someone is swimming. It's an exciting thing for the dogs and they get really wound up. Some of our dogs will jump right in if there are any people swimming (which can be dangerous) Your dog's behavior probably doesn't have anything to do with what happened when he was a puppy, as all of our dogs tend to do the same thing.
The bark collar may be the answer to the barking but it won't help the anxiety your dog is having when people are swimming. It may even make the dog more anxious.

If he stands at the window and barks, I'd recommend putting the dog in a crate or kennel where he can't see or hear the activities in the pool. We put our dogs in their crates and turn the radio or tv on in the room so it muffles the splashing sounds.

If you choose to try a bark collar, I'd recommend the Tri-tronics Bark Limiter http://leerburg.com/815.htm

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I’m confused on what type of correction to use for not coming when called.

Hi Cindy just a brief question, I’ve read your advice and other peoples on your blog and such and am a little confused on the issue, you and some of the other people say it must be 100% compliance to the COME command, the only thing NEVER mentioned is the type of correction used, (this I find most curious as this is the most important part of it). If I punish or firmly correct my dog when he doesn’t come what motivation is it to come once he has disobeyed it and knows there is a correction coming... hence the part where no one tells you how or the type of correction?



There is no standard answer as no two dogs are the same.  A verbal NO may be a correction to some dogs, and others may need a very strong physical correction.  Most dogs fall somewhere in between.

You don’t correct the dog once he gets to you, he gets a correction for NOT responding to the command.  If done properly it should not affect the dog’s willingness to come.  The key word here is properly, many people berate the dog and continue to scold when they finally do come.

For my own dogs, I set up such a positive association with coming when called from day 1 that they can’t get to me fast enough. Later on if they choose not to come and get a correction it doesn’t override multiple repetitions of positive experiences.  I don’t TEACH my dogs to come with corrections, it’s only used later for non compliance when I’m sure it’s warranted.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My puppy's ears seem to have mites or mange, and now one of them won't stand. Do you think I can retrain her ear?

Thank you for your wonderful suggestions on standing a GS's ears. I have a 5.5 month old GS who had beautifully erect ears, that were quite large. This past week I have notice one flopping, and on closer inspection, can see it crusty and a bit beat up. I've done some research, and have determined it must be ear mites, and possibly mange she has developed. I bought some ear mite treatment, while waiting for the Sarcotic treatment to arrive.

Do you think I have a chance to retrain her ear given her age, and the fact the mites seemed to have caused this? I found a photo online, that looked just like mine dogs ears as shown below, only now my dogs one ear flops.

Thank you for any suggestions.


Without a vet's diagnosis, you can't be certain if it's mites (which are not common in dogs) mange, food sensitivity or an ear infection. It's more likely to be an infection and by putting the wrong medication in the ears you may do more damage. Please take your dog to a vet.

You need to solve the problem with the ears before worrying about whether they stand or not. Once you have the ears diagnosed and treated with the correct meds (if they need treatment) then I would follow the ear taping instructions on our website AFTER the dog is done teething.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our info and Q&A on Taping Ears.


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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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More details on courses, course content and dates available on the website.
A list of Michael Ellis Seminars

There are still some openings for upcoming classes!

The upcoming Obedience Intensive, October 11th-22nd, has one slot left. The upcoming Advance Obedience, October 25th-29th, has two slots left. There are a bunch of spaces still open in the Puppy Developement (November 1st-5th) and Protection classes (November 8th-12th and November 15th-19th).


The next
K-9 Basic Course
will be held in the Albuquerque Metro Area

Beginning October 11th. 
There are still a couple slots left.

Info is available at http://www.k9services.com
You can find standards and the syllabus for the courses here.

Kevin Sheldahl

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