Ask Cindy Our Newsletter Free Catalog
Leerburg » Leerburg Q&A » Answered


Do you have a dog training or equipment question?
Leerburg's Q&A database has 3359 entries from multiple categories.

 

Categories: Protection Training - Pups 8 Weeks to 1 Year , Puppy Training , Raising a Working Puppy , Training Personal Protection Dogs

Q. My real question is what tug is the best for a smaller dog and are there any special training techniques for working such a small slow developing dog?
Cindy,

We have a very small female puppy (~12 lbs @10 weeks) and are working with her to encourage prey drive as a start for protection. She seems to have good prey drive for moving objects (compared to my last dog and my friend's GSDs) and is crazy for the leather bite rag. I want to take it slow with her development since my last dog was damaged by a well respected trainer starting defense work too early (this is just my opinion and suggestions from other working breeders of this type of dog, also as Michael Ellis and Ed say in the videos some dogs are not meant for protection).

My real question is what tug is the best for a smaller dog and are there any special training techniques for working such a small slow developing dog?

I am leaning toward the puppy tug, fleece tug and synthetic puppy tug.
Thanks

A. The tugs you list would be a good assortment to start a pup. I like my puppies to bite a wide variety of surfaces so they don't develop equipment bias.

I believe the video you already have is what I would follow: The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work. The size of the pup isn't that big of an issue as long as you keep in mind that your physical size may inadvertently overpower her... My Malinois Rush wasn't really any bigger at 10 weeks old than your pup.

You may also want to check out Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy DVD. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes
  
Recommended Products
Teaching Protection Skills without a Decoy
Teaching Protection Skills without a Decoy
$65.00
2 Hours, 55 Minutes
Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy with Michael Ellis is a 2 hour and 55 minute video that has been in the works for about 2 years For the last 10 years, Michael has given seminars 45 weekends a year. Many of the training groups and clubs that Michael taught did not have access to a regular decoy. Over the years Michael developed this training program that allowed his training groups to practice biting skills while he was gone. Many of the members of these groups have gone on to get Schutzhund and Ring Sport titles. His system has been used on police service dogs, personal protection dogs and even Agility dogs. Many top Agility trainers are learning the value of teaching their dogs advanced tug skills. This DVD is an in depth, step by step study of Michaels system on establishing the foundation of biting skills without a helper or decoy. Trainers only need a friend or family member that will handle a bite wedge, a bite tug or a high value toy to assist them in rewarding correct behavior. The value of the training methods we show are that the dogs learn correct behavior and capping skills at a lower drive level. In the training steps, Michael explains how to start the training for each skill. He also explains when to add drive and stressors for these various protection skills. When these things are done correctly the work with decoys goes much faster and with fewer mistakes.

$65.00
 
The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work w/ Michael Ellis
The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work w/ Michael Ellis
$65.00
4 Hours
I went to my first protection training seminar in summer of 1974 and can honestly say that the training in this DVD is the most in depth study on the foundation of bite training for puppies that has ever been done. The video footage for this production has come from work with Michael Ellis that has been filmed over a 4 year period. We have dogs in this video that were filmed as 10 week old puppies that are 4 years old today. If you have studied the 7 earlier DVDs I have done with Michael Ellis, you will understand why I can honestly say that Michael is a genius at dog training. He takes training to a different level than anyone I have ever known.

$65.00
 
The First Steps of Bite Training
The First Steps of Bite Training
$65.00
2 Hours
I went to my first Schutzhund seminar in October 1974. I was instantly hooked on protection dog training. During the next 10 years I went to every seminar I could find in this country on training protection dogs, Schutzhund dogs, and police service dogs. In 1983 I produced my first bite training video titled "Protection Training the Beginning with Bernhard Mannel." In the 13 years that followed I learned so much more about protection training that I was forced to update that old video and pass this new information on to my customers. This is being done through this new training tape "The First Steps of Bite Training."

$65.00
 
The Power of Training Dogs w/ Markers
The Power of Training Dogs w/ Markers
$40.00
3 Hours, 33 Minutes
Marker training (also called clicker training or operant conditioning) is one of the most profound systems of dog training that I have seen in my 50 years of owning, breeding and training working dogs. In its most basic form, it's a method of communication that is very clear for dogs to understand. Dogs learn the marker language quickly and when they do they thrive in training. The marker system produces dogs that love to train.

$40.00
 
The Power of Playing Tug w/ Your Dog
The Power of Playing Tug w/ Your Dog
$65.00
5 Hours, 25 Minutes
This is another DVD that is done with Michael Ellis. It teaches trainers in a step by step manner how to use a toy as a reward in training your dog. It teaches dogs to OUT when asked and to bring the toy back when its released and it is all done with motivational methods.

$65.00
 
Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 12 Months
Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 12 Months
$60.00
Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 12 Months is a 3 hour DVD that teaches pet owners how to raise a puppy they can live with.

$60.00
 

20% off Select Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis DVDs, streams, and courses good through Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM CT