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December 13, 2010

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Cindy and Rush Training the Long Jump with Michael Ellis

Cindy and Rush Training the Long Jump with Michael Ellis

This video is a training session with Cindy and Rush. They are working on the long jump with Michael Ellis. Rush has problems and Michael is going to help work it out.

If you train competition Dogs and are faced with training a jumping dog, I just finished a new 2 hour and 55 minute DVD called Training the Jumps with Michael Ellis.

I have been producing dog training DVDs since 1982 and think this is the best DVD I have ever seen on training a dog to jump. The fact is, this DVD is 3 DVDs in one.

The first 2 hours of the DVD covers training the hurdle. The hurdle portion of this DVD has an opening segment with a lecture by Michael Ellis on the fundamentals of training the jump. There is an excellent chapter on touch pads. There is a step-by-step on how to approach training the hurdle, a chapter on the retrieve over the hurdle, one on proofing and a detailed review of the hurdle by Michael.

There is a 25 minute chapter on how to train the long jump and a long chapter on how to train the palisade.

Training the Jumps with Michael Ellis

2 Hours, 55 Minutes | $65.00

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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 wanted to share some information with you in regards to your site on Dog Bites. I am a Police Officer, 34 years and 28 of that 34 years has been devoted to the handling and training of K9s. 

Over the years I have witnessed some very serious dog bites. Some were the result of deploying a trained K9 on a dangerous fleeing or combative suspect. Many were not police K9s and were domesticated  pets. Whatever the relationship, any related dog bites I witnessed were sudden and swift with drastic consequences. 

Not all bites were necessarily  physically disabling,  but serious none the less due to the psychological impact on the victim. This impact can last a life time creating a intense fear of dog's and or  animals in general.

During the course of my career involving  years of working with high drive canines, I was very fortunate to not have experienced a serious dog bite. I have experienced the pressure of the  canines jaws numerous times with the necessary protection and controls  in place. I have always maintained  a healthy respect for K9s and am always aware they are "animals" and are capable of inflicting unimaginable trauma in a matter of seconds.

In 2010 during a training exercise of a single purpose dog (explosive detection canine with obedience) the subject dog a Belgium Malinois got away from the handler, no collar or leash attached. The dog began to circle a nearby vehicle containing a very large & powerful German Shepherd dog. I was nearby attempting to prevent injury to both canines when suddenly the male Malinois turned on me. My reaction was immediate I had to give him my forearms to protect my throat & face. This attack took less than three seconds. I was able to remain calm and directed the handler to carefully remove his dog from the attack without causing further trauma to my limbs. He did get bite in the hand, but able to throw a toy down which was enough to distract the dog and was able to secure him back in his vehicle. My bite was through three layers of heavy clothing. It could have been worse had I and the other teams present panicked. I  learned a lesson as did the new handler. One must maintain control over the animal at all times. Once you get complacent and sloppy and forget what potentially you have on the end of the leash you become an accident waiting to happen. I  have been fortunate over the years because I have always been very conscious of animal behavior and what can lead from a calm submissive animal to primal protective reactions under certain circumstances. Hope this can assist others in the field.

Thanks for your insight,

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This Week's Featured
Question & Answers

Question: My 7 year old dog will sneak off to go to the bathroom in different rooms of my house, is it possible that some dogs are just never fully housebroken?

Hi Ed,

I've been following your advice for some time now; I have a 7 year old mini dachshund and a 2 year old smooth collie. The collie has been a no brainer to train - she could be your textbook dog. The dachshund is also very well behaved, non aggressive, obedient but it took a lot more effort except for one thing...

My specific question is on housebreaking. The collie was housebroken in 2 weeks 100% using a crate. The dachshund is not, but just in my home. I take her to my office 100%, my mother's house 100%, our lake house 100%, a beach vacation rental every summer 100%... you get the picture.

At home, if I don't have my eye on her at all times, she will find a quiet out of the way place. Urination or defecation. She will eat the evidence. I have the living room and den gated off. I close the bedroom and bathroom doors. I even have my hardwood floored dining room gated off so her access is limited. She is crated when I am not home. The accidents happen when another member of my house forgets to close off these areas.

So, this is my life for the past 7 years. She is fed 2x a day, has free water access, and I take her out often. She does her business on command outside. I have stock in Nature's Miracle. Over the years I have reverted back to square one with the crate, but the result is only temporary, so we have cycles. Is this it for her lifetime? Is it possible that some dogs can never be fully housebroken?



At 7 years old, it would seem that this is your reality with this dog unless you permanently change the way she is handled. Personally, I would NEVER let her off leash unless she was crated. She'd be on a leash (a short one) attached to me so she couldn't sneak off to do her business.

Dogs that do this don't deserve house privileges, unless you don't mind having your home used as a bathroom. I wouldn't even give her the freedom in a gated area.

Rules, structure and leadership are easy with some dogs. Others require long term management.

Pack Structure for the Family Pet. We have a section on the website about house training.

You can also search our site for more info. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I am a police K-9 handler and going on vacation. Do you have any advice for me or the other handler that will be caring for him?

I have learned so much viewing your web site and that is why I am seeking advise about kenneling my dog while I am on vacation. I am a police K-9 handler and I have been a team with my partner for a year now. I am taking my first vacation with my family for six days and I am leaving my dog in the care of another police K-9 handler whom I work with and my dog has a lot of positive interaction with. He will be caring for my dog at his house because he will be able to monitor him frequently. The dog will be kenneled for long periods of time and crated for very short period of time during inclement weather. He will feed my dog as directed and take my dog on daily walks just to get exercise. My question to you is, do you having concerns or advice for me or the other handler taking care of my dog? He will be taken out of his environment for those 6 six days and I have concern that this may affect my dog's performance ability when returning to work or training. I maybe over concerned, but I am new at this and have never left him alone for more than a day. Any advise or recommendation would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance, 

Cindy's Response:

As long as the other canine handler doesn’t play with or try to train or buddy up with your dog it should.  No toys, no treats, no petting. You want the dog to be bored while you are gone, not given a chance to have fun with another person.

I hope this helps.  Enjoy your vacation.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Training Police Service Dogs.


Newsletter Comment:

Hi Cindy,

I just read the post about the active Border Collie that's becoming destructive. Here are a couple photos of my Standard Schnauzer, "Willie," on the treadmill. Works great when it's too hot or too icy for me to go out, but afterwards he still needs to run like the wind around the back yard. It's not the same as a good hour's walk for both of us, but gives him a good workout. The writer wondered if this was a good time to take obedience class. I think so but hope she gets a trainer that will teach more about leadership, but IMO, she won't find one like that in a big box pet store class. Without leadership, you can't get a dog on the treadmill!

BTW, Willie's backpack has a pound of lentils in each side. I think it's another great tool to help with an active dog. Gives him a job to do while walking outside or on the t-mill.

I love watching you train Endy as he grows up.  

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


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Beautiful website and amazing catalog! Thanks.... can't wait to order more... Tell Ed HUGE thanks for the 30% off and free shipping!!!!! I hope you can do this again for us!



What we see on your site is awesome and we've learned things to implement tonight when we get home. These videos look right on the mark (there is so much lousy advice out there).... We sooooo need your help. We have a 12 week old rottweiler (have had her for 12 days) that is beyond what we can handle... She had 3 weeks of very good basic training from the breeder, but we're missing something and she's going good to bad... She is very well behaved for 75% of the time, and very smart, but she is a terror the other 25% and challenging our pack structure and showing bad aggression. We are second time rottie owners and have owned 3 shepherds that were nothing compared to her! THANK YOU for your videos and hope to get them ASAP!!!


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