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Q&A: leerburg training “ed frawley” right or wrong?

Question by Oatmeal: leerburg training “ed frawley” right or wrong?
Somebody actually linked me this website and i was wondering if this kind of training works or is positive reinforcement/clicker training more effective?Im kind of skeptical with leerburg training because i dont know if i agree with everything he suggest or am i wrong?(If you actually take time to look at the website) Are his methods too “inhumane” and wont they hurt the relationship with your dog and just cause fear? Im really confused cause ive been trying to research about this but i keep getting mixed views like 1. “He definitely knows what hes talking about”. and 2. His methods are “outdated” and unnecessary”. I mean this whole pack mentality he write about really makes sense but what i dont get is like….

1.Only “YOU” should be able to pet your dog not strangers!
2.Avoid dog parks

etc..i dont know maybe IM the one thats wrong, what do you think?Any opinions or any experiences with these methods?:)

Please help?! Or is there a website or book/videos that you can link me to that you think is better?:) thanks:D
by the way heres the website link

Best answer:

Answer by So Crates
There is a saying that goes something like this “the only thing two dog trainers will agree on is that the third dog trainers methods are all wrong”.

What I suggest is keep reading and learning about different training methods and use whatever works for you and your dog. Dogs have individual personalities, so what works on one dog might not work on another. Positive training is great, provided the dog responds to it. HOWEVER, if this method is not working for you, another method might work, or even a combination of methods. Use the techniques/methods that you are comfortable with. You do not have to agree 100% with his methods. Just use what works for you and your dog and discard the rest.

Here is a site that I found very useful:

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Vicki Roberts Returns with Gavel in One Hand and Dog Treats in the Other to Nuts for Mutts 8th Annual Dog Show

Vicki Roberts Returns with Gavel in One Hand and Dog Treats in the Other to Nuts for Mutts 8th Annual Dog Show

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2009

Television personality/actress/producer Vicki Roberts ( is returning with a gavel in one hand and dog treats in the other for her canine friends as a Celebrity Judge at New Leash on Life’s annual family fundraiser event. The 8th Annual Nuts for Mutts Dog Show and Pet Fair returns to Shepard Stadium at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, California on Sunday, May 17, 2009, featuring something for every member of the family. Highlights include a mixed breed dog show, pet adoptions, a fair with vendors selling everything from healthy dog treats to fashionable pet carriers, great food, live music, an online auction, kid’s corner and more, all benefiting nonprofit animal rescue organization, New Leash on Life.

“I am thrilled to have been asked to return to Nuts for Mutts. It’s for a great cause and I am passionate about causes that benefit animals and animal charities,” stated Roberts. “This is a great organization with people who put their hearts and souls into making this world a better place for our wonderful furry friends. It’s also a great educational tool for the youngsters so that they can see the importance of treating all creatures with dignity and respect,” she added.

Since its inception in 2001, Nuts for Mutts has grown by leaps and bounds to an annual attendance of thousands of dog lovers. This year, hundreds of canines are expected to strut their stuff before a panel of celebrity judges in such categories as “Fastest Mutt,’ “Most Ear-resistible Ears” and “Best Kisser” leading up to the coveted “Best in Show.”

Here is a sample of some of the celebrities that are scheduled to judge along with Vicki Roberts: Actor/comedian Rip Taylor; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek); Sprague Graydon (24); actress Shirley Jones; Mark Thompson (Mark & Brian/KLOS-FM); Ian Somerhalder (Lost); Lisa Joyner (TV Guide Host); Patrick Fischlero (Mad Men); and pet-friendly Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine. Actress-comedienne Debra Wilson Skelton (MADtv) and Nicole Sullivan (King of Queens) return to emcee the event. A complete list of celebrity judges can be found at

Founded in 1997, New Leash On Life has been responsible for spaying and neutering thousands of pets, rescuing and placing over 3,000 dogs, providing free educational seminars at local shelters and schools, setting shelter rescue priorities on “hard to place” animals requiring medical or special care, founding the P.E.T.’s program (Pet Educational Trainers), training and placement of Assistance and Therapy Dogs (Lend A Paw Program) and co-founding Partners for Life which saved hundreds at the East Valley Animal Shelter.

Nuts for Mutts sponsors include Fox 11, KABC-AM, KLOS-FM, Petco, Petco Foundation, Animal Wellness, Hansen’s Naturals, Dog’s Life Magazine and Wellness Pet Food. Show hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at or at the door for $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for students and seniors 55 and over and free for children age 12 and under. Dogs are $ 5. To register your dog in the competition, visit the Nuts for Mutts website. Plenty of free parking is available. For more information, visit or call (661) 255-0097. For more information on Vicki Roberts, visit

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What was your first dog training experience?

Question by a gal and her dog: What was your first dog training experience?
How old were you? What advice were you given? What “school” or method of training did you use?

Do you still use that method? Why or why not?
When I was around 10 years old, I found a training booklet in the bag of dog food (this made sense to a kid who was used to finding treats in cereal) and took the training of our dog very seriously. I remember walking up and down the street with the leash and choke chain, saying “HEEL!” and wondering if my dog would ever get it.

She didn’t.

I don’t use the “Booklet found in a bag of Purina” method anymore because I doubt it’d suit her well – it was more heavy on corrections than rewards, but I don’t really remember. That’s the best reason I don’t use it.

Best answer:

Answer by A Euthanized Shelter Mutt
My very first dog training experience happened when I was very young. We took our Cesky Terrier (now deceased) to a local PetSmart for some Canine Education Classes. I believe it was actually their puppy class.

In any case, it didn’t do a whole lot for us or the dog because none of us bothered to practice at home. He got away with everything because he was short.

Volunteering for the Humane Society has got me into positive reinforcement training, but I’m still not afraid to tell a dog off when they’re doing something they shouldn’t be. For example, my Border Collie is a nightmare for nails (no, really, she is THE WORST). She will bite, screech, thrash, yelp, and do whatever she can to get the person who is cutting her nails off her. When she bit me today, I scruffed her and shouted “NO” (in front of a customer, no less- I work at a grooming shop). But I also reward her for behaving.

I think a mix of everything is key. There is no “fix-all” method.

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what are some jobs a german shepherd could do to keep his mind busy?

Question by : what are some jobs a german shepherd could do to keep his mind busy?
i have a 1.5 year old german shepherd. It’s come to our attention that in addition to the 2+ hours of exercise we give him daily, that he needs a job also

lol, the vet said that “with just exercise, it’s like having yourself locked in a room with food and a treadmill”

any ideas? it’s really snowy where i live nowadays, i was thinking i could hook up a sled to his back and he could cart snow around, or give my siblings rides or somethin lol

any ideas? cuz rite now his job is to protect the house, and he’s going WAY overboard with the protective gene, he can’t help it

it’s either that or we have to give him away, cuz he’s not happy without a job

even tho he loves us 😛

no hatin please, i get this every time i ask something in the dogs section

Best answer:

Answer by *Dogs are my life*
Search and rescue for fun or he could pull sled

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National Animal Experts Gather to Teach in Orlando

National Animal Experts Gather to Teach in Orlando

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) September 21, 2010

Nationally known authors, teachers, and experts will bring their knowledge of animals and nature to Orlando, Florida this fall and spring of 2011.

Over thirty plus seminars are being presented by the Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., a Florida-based program now in its second year. “We have spent over six months putting this series together,” explains founder and owner Jo Maldonado, herself a teacher and well schooled on animal topics. “Experts will be coming from all over the country, and we plan to make Orlando a key destination in the world of animal therapy and communication.”

From California, Kathleen Prasad, Founder and Director, Animal Reiki Source; from Arizona, Carla Meeske who pioneered the Shamanic Method of Animal Communication; from Virginia, June Sananjaleen Hughes teaching Quantum Touch, an innovative form of energy healing; and from as far away as Poland, well known spiritual healer, Rev. Wendy Chojnowski; these are just a few of the over thirty plus classes scheduled by the Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., LLC, referred to as CAT.

There is something for everyone, from Dog Nutrition to Animal Communication; from Spiral Healing to Reiki Heal ing; from Intro to Shamanism to Shamanic Animal Healing; from How to Promote and Build your Pet Business to Fundraising for Non-Profit Animal Organizations; and much more… Balancing Body & Mind, Remote Viewing (helpful in finding lost pets), Talking to Spirits (of animals), Fears & Phobias in Dogs, even Astrology and Animals. If you work with animals, care about nature, and are interested in natural healing, this series will put you in touch with some of the latest and best resources available in the country. Click here for the complete list of classes.

“The purpose of CAT is to bring expertise, from around the country, around the world, and from our own ar ea in Central Florida. The classes are geared to all animal lovers, and professionals in the Pet Industry and Animal Rescue. In fact, CAT’s first seminars this fall, “RESCUE FOR THE RESCUE” on Sept. 25, will be FREE to the animal rescue community. This day-long event honors the many friends and neighbors who unselfishly devote their lives to protect animals in jeopardy,” says Maldonado.

Jo Maldonado has her eye on a very special target for CAT: “Our goal is to become the definitive resource for people who love and work with animals in Central Florida. The fact that so many nationally respected experts have agreed to make Orlando their focus, speaks well of our animal loving community. We in Orlando have much to contribute and CAT intends to establish our place in the world of animal care and communication.”

For further information contact Jo Maldonado, 407-869-1145, or jo(at)centerforanimaltherapies(dot)com or go to

Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., LLC is a educational program that offers classes on animals, nature and natural therapies. For more information go to

“Rescue for the Rescue Fair” is a FREE all day event that offers education at no cost to any animal volunteer or staff rescue or shelter, this Saturday, Sept. 25.



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