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December 6, 2010

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Forrest Micke and his Puppy, El, at Leerburg's Training Facility

Forrest Micke and his Puppy, El, at Leerburg's Training Facility
on December 5th, 2010

This video was filmed in our training facility here at Leerburg over the weekend. It is of Forrest Micke and his 6 month old puppy, El. El is a litter mate to Cindy's puppy Endy. Forrest is a professional dog trainer who runs a boarding-training facility here in Wisconsin. He trains in our system of dog training and is very good, which is evident in this video. In the coming weeks, I will include video of Forrest doing decoy work on our personal dogs here at Leerburg.

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Dog Bite

To view these dog bite photos, click here.
Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

I saw on another area of the site that you requested pictures of dog bites incurred in the process of breaking up a dog fight. Attached you will find some pictures of my leg after being bitten by my now neutered JRT. He and my 27 mo. Standard Poodle have done this twice.  Both times the JRT started it but the Poodle was intent on finishing it. These bite marks were deep puncture wounds and you can clearly see the jaw line of the JRT. The wound is about 6 weeks old. The first time the JRT was almost killed but even when I had them separated he came back for more on death's doorstep. I had him neutered and this time I knew better. I forgot that the Poodle was in the other room out of his crate and let the JRT out. Immediately he made a beeline to the Poodle. I couldn't watch that again so I got in the middle of them and pulled them apart. As I was doing that the JRT who is only about 10"stood up and nailed my thigh. 

There are reminders on the crates so that this never happens again. Interesting that he and my one female Poodle have a ball playing and don't fight, just argue occasionally. I have another female Poodle as well but she has never been out with any of them because I can't afford to take a chance with her while showing in conformation. My Poodle boy somehow managed to loose a front incisor in this last go around and he now has scarring on his muzzle so I guess that his show career is over.

On another note, I was reading your section on wolf hybrids and found it fascinating and it made perfect sense to me. I live in TN, but, am not originally from here. Unfortunately I see this maddening attitude everyday. Some days I don't think that I can handle a minute more of it.  My next door neighbor thinks that my Poodles are silly and that I ought to let the JRT go out and boar hunt. He loves the aggression. Well there is going to be a new sheriff in town. I plan on ordering several of your DVDs if I am going to have a house full. 

BTW, my show girl is as fierce and stubborn as they come. She is barely a year and takes a firm hand like one might use with a GSD. This is unusual for a Poodle, but, it is in her lines.  Her daddy was the number 1 Poodle in the country for a few years, but, was know to be intelligent, stubborn and bordering on dog aggressive. I knew this when I got her and thought that I was prepared, but, I think that I need to get a little more prepared. I have video of her squaring off with a professional handler that is one of the best in the middle of a specialty ring. Once she gets that she is not going to win the battle she becomes compliant, but, it is an ever vigilant task. The other night she went to the crate of the other female and growled because I was kneeling down paying attention to her. When that didn't work she ran up behind me and locked down on the back of my arm. I snatched her up and threw her in her crate. I was warned that she would need to be reminded that there is only one boss in the house and it's not her! 

Thanks for all the great info. I wish that you were training trainers. I would love to learn from you.

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: We recently adopted a new dog and she has recently become destructive. What can we do to save our relationship with this dog?

After the loss of our Lab to tumors recently, we rescued a border collie mix puppy who is now just about to be one year old. She is very energetic and since the winter weather has started, we haven't been able to exercise her outside as much as we have in the past. We had a large fenced in yard when we adopted her but, we recently purchased a larger home with less yard that is not completely enclosed. This has imposed restrictions on her daily runs. The walks that we take aren't quite enough and she has started becoming destructive out of boredom, I assume. We also have two children 5 and 3. She has been gently playing with the children then pawed at their face and scratched them right in front of adults. I think that the pawing was meant to get the children to play, not to hurt them We are considering finding her a new home, but I'm not ready to let go. She is crate trained. We have been to puppy training, we have watched your Pack Structure DVD and implemented many of the techniques. I was thinking that it may be time for another obedience class. What else can we do to save our relationship with the dog?


When people adopt or purchase active breeds of dogs, they need to realize that exercise for these guys is not optional or weather dependant. I have Malinois and they require a lot of exercise 365 days a year. Living in Wisconsin, a good part of the year is very cold and sometimes brutal but these dogs need physical exercise as much as they need food and water. I don't always feel like going out in the cold but I have a responsibility to my dogs' health and well being. Is there a responsible neighbor kid that you could pay to take her out for long walks after school?

If you can't walk her enough, then I would recommend playing some intense games with her like tug or fetch with the chuck it. Ten minutes of fetch with the chuck it is worth about a 40 minute walk for my highest energy dog.

We have many other interactive toys that can help you with her exercise requirements.

What many people overlook is how mental exercise can help with a dog's overall attitude. Here is how we work with our dogs here and this is the video on marker training The Power of Training Dogs with Markers. The beauty of marker training is that it can be done in the house, or anywhere. You don't need a lot of room for this.

I'm glad you have watched the pack structure video, keep using the techniques shown in there as well. Anything you can do to tire out her body and mind will help. If there are agility classes in your area, that's a GREAT way to have fun with your dog and tire her out at the same time.

I would direct you to the search function in the upper left corner of the website for any additional questions you may have. If you type in your key words it will guide you to articles, Q & A's and posts on our forum.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My dog was house trained until a recent surgery. Now my dog won't get back into our old routine. What can I do?

Hi Cindy!

I have a 1 year 3 month old miniature dachshund. I crate trained him and had him basically housebroken within a couple of months. I live in a condo with a small enclosed patio, so I had a doggie door installed in the screen door and had him trained to go through the doggie door and out to the patio to go to the bathroom whenever he needed to. I would also take him on walks and he would go when we were out walking. A few months ago, my mom stayed with me during a surgery during which time she walked my dog NUMEROUS times every day and ever since he won't use the doggie door and utilize the patio - I have to walk him numerous times a day in order to get him to relieve himself. I'm going back to work soon and won't be home all day to take him out for walks. I have a perfectly good patio and doggie pad for him to use. I've tried potty pads again and have also purchased an artificial turf dog pad. I have taken him out there and set him on it when it's time to go, and he wants nothing to do with it.  He's even tried to curl up and lay down on it! I sat out there for over an hour last night when I knew he had to go but I finally just brought him inside. He still wouldn't go on the pad and I finally had to take him for a short walk because he hadn't gone to the bathroom for many many hours. Today I took him out to the pad first thing in the morning, he wouldn't go, so I walked him around the corner to the grass. I tried it with him around noon and again, he wouldn't go near it. Same thing later this afternoon. He hadn't peed or pooped since first thing this morning so I took him around the corner again. I don't want to cause him health problems, but if I keep taking him out for walks he won't learn to use the pad and the patio again. I need help re-training him. What else can I do?

Thanks for your help!


Cindy's Response:

If he won’t go when  you put him in his designated potty area then take him right back in an put him in a crate. He’s been “retrained” to not use the patio, so if you give in and take him out on a walk to relieve himself, then you’ve reinforced to him that if he waits long enough you’ll take him to his preferred surface.

We have a section on the website about house training. You may want to investigate our house training eBook

This is like starting a puppy all over again, although it should go quicker due to his age.

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on House Training.


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Hi Ed and Cindy.

I have a now 6 month old GSD male. I have gotten a few of your videos in the past, and now with my new pup, and some of your toys and equipment. As well as have you answered some of my questions via e-mail.

I am using what I have learned from you, along with his obedience courses through his breeder, to turn him into a gentleman. Most recently, I have gotten your DVD on remote collar training. I am so glad that I got your video in conjunction with my new Tri-Tronics collar. I agree with your method of training, rather than the escape method. 

I will continue to review your DVDs, to help me with my training.  Keep up the good work. 

Thank you,

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