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DVDs & CDs Puppy Training Living with Your Puppy: Establishing Pack Structure
Living with Your Puppy: Establishing Pack Structure
Based on 4 reviews

Living with Your Puppy: Establishing Pack Structure

Based on 4 reviews
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  • 2 hours, 31 minutes long
  • Released Summer 2012
  • Instructor: Ed Frawley
  • Dog ages and skills: Puppies less than 10 months old
  • Immediate streaming access when purchased with Leerburg account
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Every new puppy owner has the same image of what they want their new dog to be like as an adult.

First and foremost, everyone wants a great relationship with their dog but beyond that, those who plan on keeping their dog in their home want a calm, well-mannered, obedient house dog that minds and respects their family and friends.

Those who plan on keeping their dog outside want a calm well-mannered dog that is respectful to the family and is quiet in the yard or kennel. They only want their dog to bark at strangers that come near the home.

New dog owners think the road to success only involves obedience training and house training new puppies.

Don't get me wrong--puppies need to be house trained and they need obedience training--but these are only two small parts of a much larger program needed to produce calm, obedient, well-mannered, respectful house dogs that have a good relationship with their owners.

We start with the misconception of "how obedience training leads to a well-mannered house dog".

The best training system there is (which is operant conditioning or training with markers which we will talk about later) involves multiple short training sessions throughout the day.

Training 4 or 5 times a day for 2 to 3 minutes in a session is much more effective than training one 20 minute session a day.

Training 5 times a day for 3 minutes at a time is 15 minutes. What about the other 23 hours and 45 minutes in the day? What happens with those who happen to get a challenging puppy – one that bites, barks, is a little wild or a little too independent?

Local obedience classes teach very specific behaviors:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Walk on a leash

The problem with young puppies is they cannot and should not be expected to perform a behavior (like a down stay) for long periods of time. With training we can expect compliance for up to 30 seconds but not much longer.

We compare puppies to 2-year-old children. What do we expect in compliance from human babies? Not much. The same goes for our puppies. What do we do when dogs misbehave? As professional dog trainers, we teach people that they cannot and should not administer corrections unless a dog refuses to perform a command that we are 100% sure the dog knows and understands. This translates into "we don't correct puppies" until there is no question that the puppy knows and understands a command but refuses to do it. That usually means after the dog is much older. This age is different for every dog and that's only assuming the owner has done a good job of training.

Neither you nor your puppy can or should train all day and leaving a pup or young dog to their own devices for long periods of time isn't realistic either. What should you do with all that time? This DVD will give you an understanding of how to effectively manage your puppy's time and turn natural instincts into acceptable behaviors. You will learn how to build a positive working relationship based on your puppy's natural desire to belong to a family group or "pack." We will show you how to redirect your pup's natural tendencies to bite and chase, how to create rules based on your expectations and how to set yourself up for success. Our dogs are valued members of our family and investing the time and energy into the foundation of rules and good behavior will help to create the family dog we all want.

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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.
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This DVD was filled with practical advice. I had reviewed Leerburg's philosophy of dog training prior to making my purchase - so I already knew that I was largely in agreement with their methods.

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I've watched quite of few of your DVDs. Though I like all your videos, I'm very impressed with this style of video. Very well put together compared to some of the older vids. You took it up a notch in production value. Very informative too. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

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I purchased the eight week to eight month video and this one. There is some really great information on both, but I kind of feel like they should be on the same DVD because this is less about "establishing pack structure" and more about filling in some of the details on things like potty training and biting that wasn't in the other.

I also felt like this was overly long. Again, some really great information that kept me watching. But at 2.5 hours, I have to be honest: there is a lot of rambling and too much flogging of other DVDs and the web site. I kept watching because of the gems of truly wonderful info--but it was a slog.

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