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Leerburg Online University Student Comment

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

Thank you for all of the work you put into this course. I wish I would've known all of this information before we adopted our dog (2 years ago). I've caught "the bug" and am going to continue to learn all that I can. I've purchased your DVD on dogs with horses and look forward to purchasing many many more.

I really enjoyed how you built the course up by starting with the foundation and building a pack and then worked on. You also kept it basic - which should be understood before trying advanced work.

The only thing I would've like to have seen was more discussion among individuals at the end of each week. It's always interesting to hear what others have to say and what problems they are facing. You may find out you have a problem that you weren't even aware about yet.

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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My rescue dog won't go in her crate, what should I do?

Hi -

We just rescued a dog and are trying to crate train her and are in your "foundation phase" of training (in a crate or on lead at all times). The first few times she went into the crate no problems. Now, even treats can't get her inside. She doesn't seem to have a strong den instinct. I started giving her all her food and treats in the crate, but she won't go in when she realizes that I am going to crate her. My question is, how do I get her in the crate? I don't want to physically push her in (she is 40lbs, and I'm not sure that I could physically push her in anyway) as I fear this could make it more stressful on her and make the crate a "bad place" for her. Any suggestions?

Cindy's Response:

I believe that you need to physically place her in the crate. Pick her up and put her in if you have to. Make sure you are without emotion and don’t get into a power struggle here.

After finding out that 1) all food and goodies come in the crate and 2) you aren’t going to cave in and let her initial resistance change the outcome it should get better.

Her behavior is pretty typical of a dog that hasn’t been crate trained as a puppy.

Cindy Rhodes

Thank You:


Thanks so much! I followed your instructions and also rearranged my 2 dog crates so that they were side by side (instead of in separate rooms), then I started always putting my other dog in the crate first and using their favorite treats only when I put them in the crate. Three days later she goes straight into the crate as soon as she sees me reaching for her treat bag. So exciting! Thanks so much for your help.

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Crate Training and our Q&A on Pack Structure.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's The Power of Training Dogs with Food DVD


Michael Ellis, I can't thank you enough for this video. You have a wonderful heart and love for fellow mankind and our dogs. It shows in the way that you have opened up your vast vault of knowledge and shared it with us in this DVD. Your attention to detail is superb. The $65 for the DVD is a great deal. But the ENGAGEMENT one will get with their dog after using your techniques absolutely priceless. Hands down the best investment one can make to improve the relationship with their dog!!! This video gave me a clear picture in my mind of what the end result should look like along with the incremental detailed steps to get there.

Having had a limited amount of dog training experience in my past I started helping a friend train with a 4 month old Doberman. After about a month with them I purchased this DVD. Using your techniques the increased focus and engagement was INCREDIBLE. He's now almost 6 months old and doing great. Thanks again

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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