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September 27, 2010

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OK Go - White Knuckles

Every now and then we see a really cool YouTube video. This one is from a rescue organization and the training is great. We think you will enjoy it!

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Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet

4 Hours, 9 Minutes| $40.00

Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD

The goal of our pack structure training program is to produce a dog that is calm and submissive and a dog that follows the rules of the pack leader. This DVD teaches people how to become a pack leader that their dog respects and loves.

Most people are not born pack leaders. In fact far from it. The majority of dog owners (many who have owned dogs their entire life) simply don’t know anything about the instincts that control our dogs or how strong these instincts are in the domestic dog. Oh people may have heard that they need to be a "pack leader" or they may have heard they need to be an "ALPHA" with their dog but they don’t understand what this really means or how to accomplish it.

Current shows on TV about dog training lead people to think they can deal with behavioral problems but the fact is these shows are often misleading. In many cases these TV shows offer limited to dangerous advice that only a professional dog trainer with years of experience should attempt. While these shows are interesting to watch, because the dog owners are so inept, they don’t offer a program that pet owners can follow.

Our DVD outlines a program that I have developed over the past 45 years of owning, breeding and training German Shepherds. This program works on every breed of dog and dogs of all ages. This program is the foundation for solving almost all behavioral problems, especially those related to aggression.

New pet owners are often told the road to a calm, submissive dog is to attend obedience classes and socialize their dog. In our opinion this is not correct. The road to a calm dog is to first establish pack structure and leadership. When that's done you can obedience train your dog.

Dogs are pack animals. Every breed of dog is hard wired with genetic pack instincts. From the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane, dogs wants to live in a family pack. Once they find their pack they genetically need to determine their rank within that pack.

Read more.

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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:

Hello. I am Skylar, I am 17 years old, and I'm from Iowa.

My mother and sister heard word of a dog a few towns away, that would make a great family pet. So we went maybe 11 miles out to get him. As the first couple of weeks had gone by, we began to notice he was VERY hyperactive. So, I would take him on 3-4 walks a day to calm him down. August 6th, 2010, I took him on his first walk of the day, everything was going great, besides the constant dragging me half way down the street. Lol, he's a big boy. Ha ha. Well, I thought it was a good idea to stop by at his dog friend's house, Joker. They were always good to one another always happy to see each other, nothing out of the norm. So we get there, they're playing as usual, when Joker decides to run down the street (we live on the same street). Of course Murk wants to run after him, and begins to pull me down the street, I tried my hardest to pull him back in hope of Murk calming down for once. As I'm pulling his leash back, his body turned and slipped his collar. My dog Murk, runs down the street after him, wanting to play. Joker is a much older dog and I suppose took it the wrong way. Not to mention Joker had wandered off into our yard, which is Murks territory. Murk gets to Joker, and tries to play, and joker being older, took it the wrong way, and began to maul my dog. This went on for maybe 15 minutes, I'm screaming and yelling, completely in a state of panic. My dog is a pitbull lab mix. And joker is a pitbull bulldog mix. So, as I've heard rumors, once pits begin to fight there is no stopping them. So, I grabbed murks collar, (stupid to break up a dog fight I know, I just didn't want one of them to die). As I did this, Joker, grabbed hold of my arm and began thrashing his head around as if I was a rope toy. Beginning to feel my bone slowly being crushed, I could either, A: Let him tear my arm up, and cause more damage. OR B: Rip my arm away from him, while he still had a chunk full of my skin in his mouth. I chose B. I had to go to the Emergency room, and they gave me a few stitches (messed them up by the way). Low & behold the sheriff shows up and starts asking me questions. I wasn't even worried about my arm in the least bit, I just wanted to make sure the dogs were okay. Well, after me pleading with the officer, and telling Jokers fantastic background of being a wonderful dog, he had filed his papers and was on his way. I get home a few hours later, and the police told Mike, (the owner of joker) that he had to be under a ten day watch, he wouldn't be put to sleep, because it wasn't an attack it was an accident. I'm the dumby who decided to break up a dog fight and I take full blame for my bite, it was not Joker's fault, he didn't know better. Once dogs get into that rage attack mode, there's no "Oh you're my owner, I won't bite you." No way. Our towns city council people, or whatever, told Mike he had to give away his dog because there were to be no pits in town. I mean, we live in a town with 250 people. And he was going to give him away to the humane society, but there was a waiting list? I think? Something along those lines, and instead, had Joker be put to sleep.


Ed's Response:

You made a lot of common mistakes here. I recommend that you spend some time reading my web site. Besides the fact that you should not have assumed these dogs liked one another, you should not have had this kind of collar on the dog. It should have been a prong collar with a dominant dog collar as a backup.

The fact is you have a dominant dangerous dog. It needs to go through a pack structure program, this is laid out in detail in our DVD, Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Dog. Read the descript on the web page for this DVD.

I hope this information is followed and you never have to go through this again.

Ed Frawley

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: My dog killed 2 of her puppies, is the instinct to kill newborns an inherited trait?


I love your info! 

I have a five-year old female basset hound who killed two of her pups at birth. This is the second time she has killed pups. I retrieved two of the pups and am hand-raising them. I will retire mama, but am considering keeping one of the pups for breeding. Is the instinct to kill the newborns an inherited trait? I certainly don't want to continue this if it is.

I got this basset as an adult, and she did just fine with two litters.  I'm really stumped as to why she's doing this. I'd appreciate any advice you might have.

Thanks in advance, and thanks so much for allowing people to have the opportunity to learn from you by your generous sharing of information.

God bless,

Cindy's Response:

Yes, females that kill puppies are many times the offspring of mothers that also killed puppies. I would not breed this female again nor would I recommend using any of her pups for breeding.

Cindy Rhodes

Another Question:

Thanks so much for your response. 
I'm curious about why dogs do this. I know in the case of my basset hound, she was an outdoor dog, with free range to come and go, when I got her. Is it the hunting instinct in the breed? I also wonder why this is a trait passed on to the offspring. Just seems crazy to me :).

I truly appreciate your input.
God bless

Cindy's Response:

This isn’t breed specific, I’ve heard of it in many different breeds. It’s a genetic flaw in temperament (in my experience)  it has nothing to do with the way the dog was raised or the breed.

Dogs that kill puppies should be spayed and their offspring should not be bred. If I purchased a puppy from someone and found out later that the mother dog was a puppy killer and they had hand raised the litter I would be FURIOUS if I wasn’t notified of this.

I don’t know the details behind your acquisition of the dog, but I’ll bet the previous owner got rid of her because of this problem. Just a hunch I have.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I am currently working on changing my status with my dogs, but I would like to keep my current position as well, is this possible?

I am currently working on changing my status with my dogs but I also like the status in my current position would it be to hard for the dogs to switch back and forth to have the best of both worlds. Anyways, I am starting marker/clicker training on two dogs of my house. Also my previous status with my dogs was mainly the one who sat there and gave them TLC but now I am toughening up getting obedience. So, do you have an answer to that and before you even ask, no I don't want to order your DVD on marker/clicker training. I also already have all the equipment like the clicker, bait pocket, and I havn't been charging yes i've been charging good girl in a soft smooth voice after she does what I asked of her and so far I need to take a nap and give the other dog 4 120 mg pills of valerian because this dog has some serious anxiety problems and I've heard and done research into it and have tried 3 pills with her which barely worked so obviously if 3 almost worked than 4 should be closest to perfect.

Ed's Answer:

If your not interested in learning from our DVDs maybe you should take the valarin rather than the dog - maybe valium would be a better choice.

For more information on this topic, see our emails that make me laugh.


Reader : Follow up to EPI Question


I am writing regarding your response to a person who emailed regarding a concern with their EPI dog. Most EPI dogs can not handle fat...the standard recommendation is 12% fat or less, depending on the dog's tolerance level.  (Some dogs retain a small amount of pancreatic function.)  My concern with a dog that is being treated appropriately, ie food and enzymes, and failing to gain weight would be that this dog is B12 deficient...this happens to at least 50% of dogs with EPI due to loss of the Intrinsic Factor that is normally produced by the canine pancreas.  B12 deficiency if not corrected can be life threatening.  Another possibility is unresolved SIBO and/or malabsorption due to the inflammation caused by the pathogenic bacteria (SIBO). 

Here are a couple of terrific links for anyone wishing to learn about EPI...


K9-EPI Global has thousands of members world wide.  This group has helped many "difficult" cases recover from the ravages of this disease.

Here is a link to a site where one of the EPI-Global members provides a co-op-service to people with EPI dogs... buying American Labs enzymes in bulk and distributing at a MUCH cheaper cost than those purchased from the vets.  Generally people find the cost of the generic enzymes to be about 1/3.


Hare-Today in PA also carries frozen ground beef pancreas.  http://www.hare-today.com/

Please feel free to share this information with your client.

Best Regards,


For more information on this topic, see our last newsletter.


*If you have a training question – write Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com
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*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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I just want to say thank you for all had work your company does to teach public. I had an aggressive pack leader that didn't like my two older dogs. All same breed. Well today they all get along well with thanks of your education and tools.


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The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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There are still some openings for upcoming classes!

The upcoming Obedience Intensive, October 11th-22nd, and the upcoming Advance Obedience, October 25th-29th, have no more openings available. There are still a few of spaces open in the Puppy Developement (November 1st-5th) and Protection classes (November 8th-12th and November 15th-19th).


The next
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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.

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