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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 His methods are “outdated” and unnecessary”.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

Media Contact for Vicki Roberts:     

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