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Engagement DVD Sneak Peek

Engagement DVD Sneak Peek

We are in the process of converting Forrest Micke's Teaching Engagement Skills online course into a DVD. For those of you that have asked for it, here is a sneak peak of what's coming soon.

Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

This course has altered my approach to dog training. I have been a fan of the website and purchased videos in the past but knew when this course was available I had to take it. The most important aspect of balanced dog training I have learned is the power of engagement. Watching the dog stare intent at me wanting to learn as opposed to correcting to get engagement has fundamentally changed the way I approach dog training. By using engagement to impart the commands and work for effort from the dog has diminished the amount of corrections given. This obviously has an impact on the relationship between me and my dogs as well. I have attended courses and researched training methodology from a variety of sources and this is the one that stuck out as "common sense". The methodology and way this type of balanced training is built explains so many questions and also provides an approach where you are not always relying on the leash and collar to training the dog!

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Question: I'm getting a new Black Russian Terrier pup and I've been told that a lot of your methods won't work for this breed of dog. Do you have any experience with this breed?


Brief history: A majority of my dog training experience through the years has been the "old way" of thinking - and it is frustrating to think of all the mistakes I've made with some wonderful dogs - and how things could have been different. With that said, I'm committed to continually learning so that my future canine relationships will gain the maximum benefit. I appreciate the wonderful accessibility to information your site provides. I've bought several of your videos and have watched all of them multiple times w/ notes as well as spent countless hours scouring the forum/q&a's. (I'm slightly obsessive - but mostly thorough :) ) 

I'm getting out of the search and rescue world and will be starting a Black Russian Terrier puppy in competitive obedience/personal companion. My husband and I have a 2 year old son, as well. 

As impressed as I am with Ed's videos and Michael Ellis' videos, I was told that a lot of Leerburg's ways of training would not apply to this breed - specifically the socialization rules. I've never believed in training being breed specific, but rather based on an individual dog's personality and "hardness/softness." 

So, my question is, how much do you know about the BRT and how they respond to Leerburg training (socialization mainly)? Are there any conflicts? With a breed with such a strong natural protection drive, can there be any issues by socializing/training this way? 

Thank you for any/all information you can provide

Cindy's Response:

You are right, training is not breed specific and people who say this either lack experience or are what I call “old school” in their ideas. I recently got a terrier pup and I have heard from all kinds of people that you can’t let them off leash because they have too much prey drive, too independent, etc... I have to chuckle about that because I believe that it’s just a lack of training… some dogs are easy and some are more challenging. I’ve had both types of dogs and many in between.

This goes for socialization too, you need to do what is the right thing for the dog you have on the end of the leash based on the temperament, confidence and goals you have for that particular pup.

I’d highly recommend the Ellis videos, the core of his program is engagement and no matter what the personality of your pup, engagement is (in my opinion) the most important skill they can learn. A pup that knows how to engage with the handler in new environments will have a lot less trouble dealing with social issues, in my experience. They know that new people and environments mean great things coming from the handler. I can’t think of a better skill for a pup to know whether they are shy, confident or a bit pushy. 

Cindy Rhodes

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

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Living with Your Puppy - Establishing Pack Structure DVD


Another GREAT Leerburg video and it covers all the most important puppy stages. Puppies are being raised by new puppy owners that don't know the proper way to guide and protect their puppies. How to introduce puppies without them being traumatized by older pets, children and dog parks. Thanks again!

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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Leerburg Enterprises Inc. is seeking a creative individual for a full time web designer position. As a Web Designer for you will be responsible for creating & implementing designs for web based content (mobile and desktop).
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