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Food Delivery and Motivation

Food Delivery and Motivation

Michael Ellis discusses how to hold and deliver food in training. This method is used in order to allow your dog to push into the food and develop motivation without risking accidental bites of your fingers. The information in this short video is covered in detail in Leerburg's DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food with Michael Ellis.

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Question: Iím getting a pup from a breeder and just found out the pups have diarrhea & one pup died. Should I be worried about getting a puppy from this litter?

First, I have read your advice for hours and I have purchased a number of your DVDs and equipment. Your site is beyond impressive.

In doing all my research on working dogs/pup selection, I felt like I found a solid breeder that had a certain pair whose litter would have the potential I desired.

The litter was born in October and I've been investing and preparing for my pup's arrival. Unfortunately, I was just informed by the breeder that the litter as a whole developed a case of diarrhea and their vet provided medication. I was then told they lost the most promising male (breeder's opinion), but the other pups seemed to be coming out of the sickness.

Should I be worried about the sickness and loss of a pup and be staying away from this litter? What's the largest number of promising pups you've had in a litter, is there still hope that I will have a promising male to choose from? That's if I can feel comfortable after what has happened to the litter.

Thank you

Cindy's Response:

I think that I would direct you to the vet and the breeder of this litter. We have no way of knowing the seriousness of the illness. Was it a bacterial infection, parvo, etc?? Puppies get diarrhea all the time, but that’s merely a symptom of something else. I’d want to know specifically what caused it if I was a puppy buyer.

As far as how many promising pups, that is also something we can’t know. Since this is not my litter and I have no way of seeing them it would be guesswork to try to predict.

If you are really uncomfortable with taking a pup from this litter then I would speak to the breeder about your concerns. As a breeder myself, I would not want someone going elsewhere for advice about my litter of pups. You should have enough trust in your breeder to have an open and honest discussion about this with them.

Good luck, I hope it all works out the way you want it to.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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My German Shepard Dog knows how to catch the snap on his leash on branches in such a way that he uncouples his leash from his collar. I purchased this leash because it has dual snaps. Problem solved. This leash has become my favorite because of the quality of the leather and the craftsmanship. This leash is high quality supple leather that quickly becomes very supple. The handles conform to my wrist like it was custom made for me. No matter where I grab the leash it has awesome traction and does not slip and give me rope burn like my old nylon leash did. I use the traffic handle when in motion so that my dog does not pull. When my dog wants to sniff around I use the regular handle to give him some extra room. This leash has made it a lot easier and enjoyable for me to walk my dog. More importantly, my dog is much safer now.

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