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December 16, 2010

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Training the Long Jumps with Michael Ellis

Training the Long Jump with Michael Ellis

This week I finished another in the series of dog training DVDs I am doing with Michael Ellis. This one is titled Training the Jumps with Michael Ellis. I thought it fitting for this newsletter to include a short video of Michael training his dog Pi in the long jump. The long jump is one of the three jumps that are covered in the new training DVD.

Training the Jumps with Michael Ellis

Training the Jumps with Michael Ellis

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2 Hours, 50 Minutes | $65.00

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Featured Question & Answers

Question: I have chicken that expired 2 days ago, is it safe to feed my dog?

Hi Cindy,

I have been feeding my 11 month old Doberman pup a raw diet for several months and it has been the best change we could have made for her. She loves this diet. Regarding chicken… I purchased raw chicken thighs and legs and just noticed the expiration date was 12/10/10 (today is 12/12/10). The smell is off a bit and wanted to know if it is not safe to feed this expired meat to our dog. Thanks so much for your guidance.

Kind regards,


Usually 2 days over the expiration date isn’t going to matter to a healthy dog that is accustomed to a raw diet. Every dog is different though, and if you have any doubts it may be best to discard it.

Here is a Q & A section on raw feeding.

If you don’t already have these books, I highly recommend them. These are the 2 best books for learning about the raw diet  Raw Dog Food  and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We give both these books to our puppy customers and rarely have questions about the diet.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Hi Cindy,

Thank you so much for your quick response. I was on your website reading questions from other folks and enjoyed all of the helpful responses. There is so much support and information on your site, I just love it! Not sure why we humans have so much trouble wrapping our brains around the natural eating habits of our canines. It is amazing how much we put our human eating habits onto our pets. It is quite obvious, dogs love raw diets, well, at least mine does. Again, thanks for making yourself so available to all of us. This has been the best thing we could have done for our puppy. She is happy and so very healthy… her name is “Joy”! 

Kindest regards and Happy Holidays! 


For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Feeding a Raw Diet.


Question: My boyfriend's dog barks and bites at me. Is there anything I can do?

Dear Mr. Frawley,

I have a problem with a friend's dog and I don't know what to do about it. I am wondering if you could give me advice or direction on what to do.

This may be a little long, so I apologize now if it is. I have been with my boyfriend for almost three years and have known him for five. His family has a Springer Spaniel. I have never liked that dog. The first time I walked through that door, his dog showed his teeth and growled the whole time. Nobody did anything. He greets me at the door now but I can't touch him, his toys, or sit on the couch when he is in the room. Sitting next to my boyfriend, or anyone else, is also out of the question as far as the dog is concerned. He came from an abused past. When they got him at the age of 3 (shortly before I met the family) he bit everybody in the family, even drawing blood. Why they kept him is beyond me. I have been bitten three times, just by walking by, and snapped/lunged at several times. I would tell myself "If I get snapped at today, I'll smack him" but when it happens, I'm too shaken up and scared to even want to attempt that. The family doesn't punish or correct the dog when he displays aggressive behavior. They yell "Lay down!" or "No!" but ten minutes later, the dog is being petted and let on the couch. I don't think they realize how dominant or aggressive this dog really is. If he wants a treat, all he has to do is bark at somebody or put his legs up on them. They think it's cute when he does this. I don't. This summer, I said hi to the dog as I walked by and he snapped at me. What did my boyfriend's sister do? She asked if the DOG was okay. Didn't say a WORD about me. Didn't say ANYTHING to correct the dog. In fact, she tried to comfort him. My boyfriend is starting to wonder why I don't go over to his house anymore. NO ONE corrects the dog. NO ONE defends me from the dog except my boyfriend, but all he does is yell at him and is done with it. What do I do? They aren't doing anything about this dog's problems and they have had him for six years! None of them have put him on his back because "he doesn't like it."

Note: I can not "alpha roll" this dog no matter how many people tell me I should do this. I am only 5' tall with a small body structure. The dog weighs a little less than half of what I weigh. If I "alpha roll" this dog, I will get bit and will more than likely end up in the hospital. I love my boyfriend and I love his family, I really do. But I am so tired of the dog and nobody dealing with the problem. Is there anything I could do? It's not just my safety I'm worried about, it's anybody that doesn't know the dog that decides to pet him when they walk by the house. (they don't have a fence and they don't tie the dog up when he's outside) I am hoping that someone can give me an answer on what to do. I hope to hear back from you.

Sincerely, Bea


We get a lot of emails from people about neighbors’ dogs, friends’ dogs and family members’ dogs. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this except direct them to our website and hope they wake up! (If for no other reason than the fact that their dog is a legal risk, they could be sued if this dog harms someone.)

Show them our section on dominant dogs and dog bites. WARNING: it’s graphic!  

We don’t recommend alpha rolls anyway, They are dangerous and unnecessary. I’d suggest watching this.

I personally would refuse to visit anyone (no matter how much I liked them) if they allow their dog to behave like this and I was at risk of being bitten, it’s ridiculous. I can help with dog training problems, but this is a people problem. 

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Dog Bites.


Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Search Engine. This search engine was written specifically for Leerburg by our in house IT manager. Our search engine is specific to Leerburg and only searches leerburg.com and the Leerburg web forum. If you can't find the answer to your question by using our search engine, you can email Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com. If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

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I would like to thank you for sending me the revised "Your Puppy from 8 Weeks to 8 Months." Now that is a fantastic video, you all did a great job with it! Whether a first time puppy owner or experienced trainer should buy this DVD. There is always something to learn.

My last comment is that I want Ed, Cindy and all the Leerburg crew to know how much I appreciate the great job they do. I can't tell you how much I look forward to the Monday/Thursday newsletters and the videos. I learn something from every single one of them.

Thanks again and happy tails to you!


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