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November 23, 2011

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Question from a Leerburg Customer on Using a Harness on a Pup

Question from a Leerburg Customer
on Using a Harness on a Pup

Question from Belinda: I've seen the Focused Heeling DVD and it brought up a question I had regarding the use of a harness for a competition pup in the early months and then adding in the use of a collar later on especially in light of leash pressure training. Does Michael suggest using a harness primarily for a puppy until you begin leash pressure work? And if so, a regular harness as opposed to a no pull harness? When do you transition the pup out of this?

November 23, 2011 | 4 Minutes, 28 Seconds

Customer Comments
On the Focused Heeling with Michael Ellis DVD

I recently ordered the Focused Heeling DVD and just wanted to say how happy I am with it. I wish I could have afforded the rest of the series! You guys did a great job, and Ellis is spectacular. I really could have used this a year ago when training my service dog, but am thrilled to have it now for future ones and my fosters.

Not many people take the time and energy to give so much education – and a lot of it free via web content. I’m sure you receive many many thank you’s, but please accept another on my behalf. I’m a disabled vet on a fixed income, but I will be back to buy more when I can, for sure, and I watch every video you upload to YouTube. You guys are all a blessing – THANK YOU.


Leerburg Q&A

Featured Question & Answer

Question: Should I allow my 11 week old puppy time to explore the environment a little when working on engagement?

Hi Cindy,

I’m wondering if you could answer a question for me regarding socialization.

When taking my 11 week old Malinois puppy out into new areas should I be working on keeping her engaged with me 100% of the time and then putting her back in the car? Or should I allow her to explore a little with short periods of engagement work in between?

She is still very easily distracted and I am struggling to find a good balance between exposing her to lots of new scents, sights and sounds at a young age, meeting her exercise requirements and keeping her attention on me.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

**We are currently working through the Michael Ellis Marker/food and tug DVDs which I was given by a friend. I also have the new Advanced concepts in Motivation which I hope to be able to sit down and watch this week.

Cindy's Response:

I think if you get a chance to watch the Motivation DVD it will clear this up for you as Michael talks about this.

For me, if I have a puppy that’s easily distracted I make sure that puppy has LESS opportunity to practice being distracted. If you allow the dog to check out during training sessions to explore the environment, then you are building a habit that will be hard to work through later. I would make a clear distinction between a working session and a “do your own thing” session. Puppies that are easy to engage and have no issue remaining focused get more freedoms in this area. My dog Rush has been quite focused from very early on, my new terrier puppy is not allowed to interact with her environment nearly as much as Rush was at this same age. (5 months)

I hope this helps, it’s a really great question!

Cindy Rhodes

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


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