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Educator Quick Snap Bungee Collar

Educator Quick Snap Bungee Collar

Educator Quick Snap Bungee Collar - $35.00

Forearm Bite Bar - $169.99Educator Replacement Transmitter Covers - $15.00
Fleece Braided Tug with Handle - $15.99

Belt Leash Adapter with Quick Release - $34.99

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

This is a great course! I had started a local obedience course with my 5 month old high-drive Doberman, thinking that the socialization would be good for him. However, the instructor was 90% punishment based - which did not seem to work for this puppy. I began your course concurrently and saw massive engagement in the very first training session! I quickly realized that the other 'in-person' program was negative training for Drago, so I dropped out (it was better to lose the money, than to lose the engagement of my dog!).

Though I have trained many dogs in the past, and also train horses and falcons, the Leerburg program has already given me many new tools and perspectives. I appreciate the balanced training approach and will continue on with other courses.

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Question: My terrier mix is really hard to train and he won't come when called! He likes toys, what kind of tug will hold his interest?

I have a 15 pound terrier mix (probably Cairn/Lassa) who is really hard to train, especially to come when called. I've tried treats, toys (he likes tugs), long lines, etc. Even the Chihuahua is more consistent at coming when called. What kind of toy would hold his interest longer than a rope tug? It lasts about 3 minutes.

Cindy's Response:

The key to training dogs like this is to build motivation and engagement as a separate exercise first, then incorporate the motivators (food, toys, etc) into teaching behaviors.  Terriers can be hard to motivate, I know this first hand.  you have to be interesting and unpredictable, dogs love that!

I would recommend first taking our 2 week engagement class online,  you can read more about it at this link. 

Then I would watch The Power of Training with Food  and Advanced Concept of Motivation.
Learning to use food & toys dynamically and making rewards an event are the key to getting your dog to come when called consistently. Don't call him unless you can guarantee he'll come to you (i.e. You have him on leash).
Building interest in a toy takes time. 3 minutes isn't really that bad! It's a process that you work on over many small short training sessions. I'd also suggest Training the Recall.

We have a number of really good small tugs that my terrier loves, the fleecy and fuzzy ones are her favorite. Something like that may be fun for him. Here is a link to our tug page.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Thanks,  Cindy!

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

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's DT Harness


I have used the small DT Harness for my 38 lb rescue American Staffordshire mix for almost 5-months. It is easy to size to any given dog, the wide straps are very nice and don't crimp up and hold the set position well under the chest and meeting of the neck/chest area relieving pressure on the neck if your dog pulls. I also like that the "saddle" is smaller than some other brands and will dry quickly. My dogs and I do a lot of nosework training and trials, it is very easy to put on when the dog is coming out of the crate and the handle makes it easy to hold the front of a dog while grabbing the back of your dog if you prefer to lower them to the ground instead of having them jump out of a vehicle and pick them up for crating or into a vehicle in general. The DT harness is a great product and I would definitely purchase again.

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