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October 18, 2010

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Michael Ellis on Training Positions

Michael Ellis on Training Positions

This short video was filmed at a Michael Ellis seminar here at Leerburg in the summer of 2009. Michael is helping our friend, Robin Larson, who is working her puppy on positions.

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Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months

1 Hour, 59 Minutes| $40.00

Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months

This DVD is 1 hour and 59 minutes long. Over the years this video has been one of our most popular training videos for new puppy owners.

The first version of this tape was released in the late 1980's. The video has been updated several times over the years. Our current version was completed in October 2010.

This training video answers all the questions new puppy owners have concerning the care of their new puppy. Ed Frawley has been breeding dogs since 1978 and has produced over 350 litters of working bloodline German Shepherd puppies.

Over the years Ed has been asked just about every question a new puppy owner can think to ask. This DVD was originally produced to be given to every Leerburg Puppy Customer. The intent was to help Leerburg Puppy Customers get through the first 8 months of the puppy's life.

Even though Leerburg only breeds German Shepherds, this new training video is not just for German Shepherds. It's an all-breed video. Your Puppy 8 Week to 8 Months is sold to breeders all over the country who breed many different kinds of dogs. These breeders then give the video to their puppy customers. If you are a dog breeder, call or email us for dealer pricing on this video.

The Topics Covered in this DVD on Puppy Training are:

  • Living with Your Dog
  • Managing Your Puppy in an ExPen
  • Obedience Training
  • A Walk is Not Just a Walk
  • Feeding Your Puppy
  • Puppies and Strange Dogs
  • Cats and Dogs
  • The Car
  • Healthcare for Your Puppy
  • Kids and Puppies

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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 Fight:

Hello Ed,

One of my puppy purchasers call me in hysterics yesterday. Her 2 year old male german shepherd had just been attacked by a pit bull while she was visiting her daughter. Because she had visited your website, she was able to tell a neighbor who came to help to grab the pit bull by the hind legs and pull him off her dog. Fortunately the neighbor was a big strong man, and the pit bull let go as soon as his hind legs came off the ground. The pit bull was in the red zone and we are sure without the right intervention, her german shepherd would have been killed. It could have been much worse. Attached are photos.

I always provide my puppy buyers with your DVD, Your puppy 8 weeks to 8 months, and suggest they visit your website to have a look at various articles, such as how to break up a dog fight. Fortunately she took my advice and your website was there.

Once again, a big thank you from a very grateful dog owner and the breeder for all your hard work and dedication.


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

Question: I would like to start a breeding and training kennel but wondered how I would go about that, since my house is not big enough for that. Can you give me some tips?

Hey Cindy

I'm interested in starting my own kennel for the purpose of breeding and training - and I was wondering how I would go about doing that since I don't live in a house that's big enough for something like that. Do you have tips or suggestions based on your experience? I.e. how many dogs would I need to get started, initial cost (rough estimate)? The two breeds that really interest me are the malinois and the Doberman. I used to have a female dobe about a year ago but I lost her due to personal family reasons. I'm also sorry about your dobe Elka. From what I've read about her she seemed like she was your soul mate. Anyway if you could email me back with some feedback that would be great. Thank you very much Cindy.


This isn't really anything that I can outline for you in an email. Breeding isn't something I recommend undertaking without years of experience and research. If you don't have the place to live where you can set this up, then I would strongly recommend just getting one dog first and learning all you can about training and dog behavior. There are SO many breeders out there now and unless you are very well educated on bloodlines and have loads of experience it's probably not going to go the way you imagine.

Learn all you can about the breeds you are interested in, study bloodlines and pedigrees and visit lots of working dog events to see the dogs in action whenever you can. Go to seminars, etc. Don't be in a hurry to do any breeding, because it takes years to know enough to do the dogs justice. We stopped breeding dogs three years ago, because it's such a big responsibility to find great homes for the puppies and it's so much work. To do it right requires a huge investment of time and money. Things don't always go as planned, there are medical emergencies, litters that get sick, mother dogs that get sick, new breeders often can't sell the puppies because they don't have a "name" that people trust so they end up giving the puppies away or selling them to people who may not be the best choice in homes.
It's a very difficult business to do correctly especially for people new to dogs.

Thanks for the kind words about Elka, she was an amazing dog! I miss her
every day. Cindy

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


Question: What age can a puppy climb stairs? Also how much running inside the house can they do?  We let our puppy and cat chase a laser light and it’s great exercise.

Hi Cindy,

Looking at all your videos and wondering do any tell an owner at what age can a german shepherd puppy do stairs?

Also how much running inside the house can they do?  Our puppy is 12 weeks old and loves to chase the red laser light with our cat.  Great exercise but don't want to over do it.

Thank you for your thoughts,


We teach all our puppies to do stairs, as soon as we bring them in the house (at 7-8 weeks) they may need some encouragement or luring w/ food.  It’s typically easier for them to go up the stairs, coming down is a different skill and can be more difficult for them.

We *just* redid our video Your Puppy 8 weeks to 8 Months and there is a large section on puppy exercise in this video.

I will caution you against using a laser light with your dog. This can (and likely will) turn into obsessive compulsive behavior. We always advise people to avoid doing this, you can read about it on our website if you use the search function in the upper left corner of our website, type in LASER and you’ll get a lot of info. Here’s just one link I found http://leerburg.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=166180

You can also search our website for puppy exercise info.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Dog Food Recall:

Hi Cindy,

I know you guys don't feed this product and you are very up to date with things. But I thought I'd send this link for the Blue Buffalo voluntary dog food recall just in case someone is visiting your site and toying with the idea of "why should I switch to all natural/raw." This recall started on the 8th of October. Plus since it's "voluntary" it most likely won't make any news channels.

Sorry if you already knew, but one dog saved is worth it's weight in gold.


Thanks and again I apologize if you already knew of the recall.


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!!!

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I have ordered many items from your website, including DVD s, training aids, and dog food, and still have yet to be disappointed. I m sure I will be coming back to your site for years to come. Thank you.


I love the new popup feature when adding an item to the cart!

I get so excited when I see all the products, I have to remember that I am focusing on one training goal before training another. :-)

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There are still some openings for upcoming classes!

Advance Obedience class, October 25th-29th - FULL
Puppy Development, November 1st-5th - Openings Available
Protection: Theory class, November 8th-12th -Openings Available
Protection: Decoy class, November 15th-19th - Openings Available


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