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Scott & Havok at 7 Months Old, Engagement & Play

Scott & Havok at 7 Months Old, Engagement & Play

We thought our viewers might like to see a follow up of our friend, Scott, and his now 7 month old Malinois, Havok. We featured them in a newsletter when Havok was just 12 weeks and he’s making great progress. Here is the link to the previous video with Scott & Havok.

Scott has trained Havok using the system & methods outlined in Leerburg’s Michael Ellis series of videos:

The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis

September 29, 2011 | 5 Minutes, 3 Seconds

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Featured Question & Answer

Question: My dog is afraid of sneezes and coughs. She cowers and tries to climb in your lap. How can I get her to stop being afraid?


Love your web site – I have order many products and in the process of getting my 3 Akitas trained, eating better and exercising more - I love your web site and you have amazing helpful tips.

One of my Akitas – female – when anyone sneezes coughs of clears their throat - she cowers and tries to sit in your lap?? Even if I ignore her so I don’t make it seems like a big deal. She has done this since she was a puppy, I have no idea why ?? I assume she is very sensitive to noise? But thunder does not bother her?????– but how do I get this to stop – meaning get her not to be afraid…. Or at least from trying to crawl in my lap when it happens….. help!


Cindy's Response:

I have to admit, this is a new question for me. I haven’t ever had anyone ask this before.

I think what I would do is to start “fake” sneezing, coughing and clearing your throat on purpose and IMMEDIATELY after you do it, give her a piece of steak (or something she thinks is the best treat ever) I would make sure to have her on a leash, so you can block her from getting in your lap. The desired result would be for her to get her ears up and look at you expectantly when you make the sound.

I don’t really know any other way to work through this without being unfair to the dog. After you are seeing progress with you, then have others do it and be ready to reward her the second after the sneeze, cough, etc.. Timing has to be good here, for her to pair the treat with the sound in her mind.

Once she is looking for treats, then you will need to make sure to keep a bowl of treats in different places she’s allowed in the house, so if you really do sneeze or cough then you can reward her for behaving. Once she’s made the association with good things coming when she hears the sounds, hopefully you can back off on the steak and just go to regular dog cookies and then eventually only randomly reward her. Good luck.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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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Customer Comments
on Monday's Newsletter Q&A

Hi Cindy,

I had to write to you after reading that unbelievable letter about the poor 11 year old bitch with the mammary tumors whose stupid owners let her mate with the dog they were minding. I have to compliment you on your good manners in your reply.

People like that should be forever banned from owning another animal.



The boxer in her very old age wanted to get pregnant - and God has to be on their side somehow?????

Is this for real? The scariest thing about people like this is that they, themselves, procreate!

This inquiry to you, "Oh my, we're preggie - what shall we dooooo???" has got to go into Ed Frawley's Dumb and Dumber file...

I don't usually feel compelled to do much more than shake my head when I read such trash, but found myself unable to stop my fingers from expressing the horror I feel that there are actually people out there like this who seem to have survived thus far just fine; well sort of. I suppose if the pups survive, they try making some money off of them.

Your answer completely validates my positive feelings about your intelligence and integrity, Cindy.

I am still shaking my head in disbelief...


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