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Featured Question & Answer

Question: Can I use a tether instead of a crate for establishing pack leadership for our aggressive dog?  My husband doesn’t want a crate in the house.

Hi Ed,

I just ordered a dominant dog collar and a 3 series DVD that you had recommended in one of your Q&As.

My question is, my husband doesn't like to have a huge crate hanging around in our house, is it possible to substitute the crate for a 6 ft lead tied either in the dining room or our bed post, to follow your instruction on establishing pack leadership in our house. The only other option is to have the crate in our daughter's bedroom.

I want to start from scratch, even though we had our 6 year old GSD for over a year now.  She was a rescue, animal aggressive.

Thanks for all your help.  All the trainers in our area are asking some real big bucks to even start to help her, but I thought I would give your DVDs a try, because pack leadership seems to be the root of all aggression, in some way.

Thanks Ed.

Be well,

Cindy's Response:

I think the crate is an important part of the training process, if only as a temporary tool. It is possible to work with a tether but I would use the crate at first. I’d be concerned about the dog chewing the tether or finding some other way to gain reinforcement in the tethered area. 

For best results, I think a crate is the way to go (if only for the short term).

Cindy Rhodes

More Questions:

Hi Cindy,

She (being Zelda) has been loose in the house for over a year now, or we put her in my daughter's room if we leave, because she jumps at the patio doors and scratches them up terribly, trying to chase the squirrels or any other animal outside. I am happy to say she isn't a chewer of anything. I have  tethered her or had her attached to my hip for the last week until the DVD comes in and I can follow thru all the steps, and she barks her disapproval, but we ignore her and she stops. 

What would be short term?  A month, or maybe two? 

Thanks for your quick email response, now that is customer service. 

Cindy's Response:

There is no timeline for training dogs…. Short term means “as long as it takes.” Dogs don’t work from a calendar, you need to go by the behavior you’re seeing and not a clock or calendar.

Cindy Rhodes

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


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 Prong Collar Leash™

Dear Ed,

I wanted to personally thank you for making the special leash that attaches to the prong collar AND the dominant dog collar.  A month an a half ago, I rescued Hannah, an emaciated lab mix, from a Brooklyn shelter. Although Hannah is a love, I quickly discovered that she is aggressive with other dogs. I hired a wonderful trainer who taught me how to properly use a prong collar, but the "what-ifs" of the prong collar coming apart scared me.

It's hard to lead a dog when you don't have confidence, and it's hard to confidently walk past another dog if you constantly have to make sure the prong collar is secure. I tried rigging my own double-leash system but had a hard time making it so that I could pull and correct Hannah properly with the prong collar with the other collar attached. So I started to scour the Internet, and FINALLY I found  your leash and dominant dog collar. I knew the set-up would be perfect, so I bought it.

Tonight, during a group training class (I bring Hannah to the local Petco, where we sit and work on getting her to remain calm in a class with lots of other dogs who are working on basic commands). Anyway, during class tonight, Hannah barked and lunged at another dog.  Her prong collar came apart and flew off her neck, but I didn't even flinch. I calmly walked her away, past all the other dogs in class, knowing that she was still firmly attached to her dominant dog collar. THANK YOU, not only for a tool that works beautifully, but for a tool that gives me more confidence in handling Hannah. I love the idea of the dominant dog collar alone, and have tried
it, but for now I feel more in control with the prong collar (in terms of pulling on leash occasionally - not the dog to dog aggression).

To make a long story, short, your product worked exactly as it should have, right when I needed it to.

Here is a 3-minute video of Hannah, who is a foster dog I'm trying to find the RIGHT home for. (Goodness knows I've watched lots of YOUR Videos! LOL.) She is too much for my young family, but she is a great, great dog!  If you have any ideas as to how or where to place her, I'd love to hear from you.


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