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October 25, 2012
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Dr. Suess Mondioring 1

Dr. Seuss Mondioring 1

For those of you have not had the opportunity to see a Mondio trial, we thought you would enjoy seeing Forrest Micke and his dog, Elzer, securing the first leg of their Mondioring 1 title. There are 200 points possible and each dog handler team must earn at least 160 points at two different trials to receive the title and move on to Level 2.

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Leerburg Q&A
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Question: Our latest trainer instructed us to muzzle and alpha roll our dog twice a day as a dominance exercise. Should we stop doing this?

We have a dominant/agressive 16 month female doberman. We have purchased and implimented all of your training videos and hired several local trainers. The latest trainer, has instructed us to do an alpha roll with a muzzle 2 times a day as an excercise not as a correction. Our doberman growls and freaks out when we do this but eventually calms down. We are rolling her on her side only not on her back. Should we stop doing this? I know your other articles are adamant about not using alpha rolls for correction but what about as a domninance excercise? I would appreciate your advice.

Cindy's Response:

Alpha rolls for any reason are not advised. It’s a sure fire way to destroy your dog’s trust in your ability to be a fair leader.  It’s old school thinking based on dominating a dog into listening, instead of gaining respect and obedience through consistent FAIR leadership.…. 

Video: Alpha Rolls as a Correction Technique - Why You Should Never Use Them

Cindy Rhodes

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

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 Leerburg's Roni Ball on a String

This was a great fetching ball, because you don't have to handle the slobbery ball. (I'm a girl), and you could just grab the rope and request a release or drop it. Just don't leave it with your dog if you think she might chew the rope 'off'. It has to be the handler's ball. Other than that I thought it was a great toy. The string also makes for a good distance swing.

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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