Basic Dog Obedience

100% updated in 2018

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 6 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $65.00

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 An Overview of Basic Dog Obedience

What is our content?

How is it organized?


This course has been 36 years in the making. While I produced my first VHS obedience video in 1982 I never stopped thinking about how I could make it better.


Over the years I redid it again and again, right up to this 2018 version. The fact is I have continued to add material since the course was originally released.  A recent example was I added the following line as the opening to my segment on "walking on a loose leash".


"The most important part of applying pressure is not knowing how much pressure to apply,

but rather knowing the exact moment to release the pressure."


In 1993 we saw the introduction of reward based dog training (marker training). Since then that system has been tweaked and improved to the point it is today. The fact is marker training is simple, but it is not easy. Explaining this training system to new (or experienced) dog trainers is what this course is about. 


We are going to show how our training sessions look more like playing games with our dogs than the old formal training classes.  Unlike the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, today's goal is to  build engagement so our dogs looks forward to the next training session and they want to learn. 


In our course you will learn a communication system that allows the dog understand exactly when they are doing something correctly and exactly when they need to try again because they didn't quite get it right. Our system produces dogs want to do what we ask rather than feel like they are being forced to do what we ask. 


This Basic Obedience course has 6 modules. Each module is divided into a number of segments. 


The course outline is:


Module 1    
  Segment 1 Ed Frawley's Resume 
  Segment 2 Our Terminology
  Segment 3 Understanding Management
  Segment 4  The Basics of House Breaking
  Segment 5 Becoming a Balanced Dog Trainer
  Segment 6 Why train with Food? How to fade using Food.
  Segment 7 How to split Exercises into Small Parts 
  Segment 8 Theory of Corrections
  Segment 9 Build Your Dog's Training Plan
  Segment 10 Training Equipment for the Course
Module 2    
  Segment 1 What is Reward based Training - Marker Training
  Segment 2 How to Deliver a Food Reward
  Segment 3 How to Start Training - Charge the Mark
  Segment 4 Why Engagement is So Important
  Segment 5 Putting Engagement on Cue
Module 3    
  Segment 1 Gestures / Lures / Adding the Command
  Segment 2 Training the Sit
  Segment 3 Train the Down
  Segment 4 Adding Duration to the Sit and Down
  Segment 5 What a Good Training Session Looks Like
  Segment 6 Why the Stay is also an intermediate Command
Module 4    
  Segment 1 Walk on a Loose Leash
  Segment 2 Training the Yuck or Leave-It 
Module 5    
  Segment 1 The Recall Is Your Most Important Command
  Segment 2 Rules of the Recall
  Segment 3 Restrained Recalls
  Segment 4 Food Toss Recall
  Segment 5 Long Line Recalls
  Segment 6 Hide and Seek Games Build Drive
Module 6    
  Segment 1 Our Intermediate Online Course
  Segment 2 Leerburg's Recommended Advanced DVD's 
  Segment 3 Dog Sports - Are They For You?


The advantage of an online courses over DVD's is the course contains far more information than the time constraints of a DVDs. Plus the courses can constantly be updated. Updating a DVD is often not feasible.


It is also far easier for a student to review a topics in a course than in a DVD. One only needs to try and review a specific topic in the middle of a DVD. Spending time going fast forward and rewinding takes so much time. Finding a topic in a well laid out course (like this Basic Dog Obedience course) takes seconds.




A Short History on Ed Frawley

& Leerburg


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 I was born in 1947 and have been training dogs seriously since I started high school. I have been producing and selling dog training video tapes since 1982. 


When I was young I wanted to be a veterinarian. I worked for a vet during college and went to my first dog training Schutzhund (IPG/IPO) seminar in 1974. I decided I like training more than the thought of being a vet.


I have competed in AKC obedience, Schutzhund (IPG/IPO), I was an AKC sheep herding judge and a K9 handler on our Sheriff's Dept. for 10 years. I also bred working bloodline German Shepherds for over 35 years.


When I started going to professional dog training seminars (back in 1974) I was blown away by the amount of good information that could be learned from reputable dog trainers and their seminars. These were people who didn't have secrets, they were professionals who wanted to help people become better dog trainers.


That's when I decided these were the kind of people I wanted to learn from. As the years passed I became addicted to learning as much as I could about dogs and training. I also decided that I enjoyed passing on good information to new trainers who were just starting out.


I was first introduced to the internet in October 1994 by a good family friend named Joe Brown. Joe was the chief information officer (CIO) for the University of Wisconsin - Stout. I can still remember that Saturday morning when Joe came to our house and insisted I come down to his office at the University. He had something to show me called " the Internet". 

At the time, I was a K-9 handler on our Sheriff's Department. Joe showed me how we could go into a library in Australia and read articles on training police service dogs. This blew my mind, I was instantly hooked. This was before Google, Yahoo, or Internet Explorer.


I went home and tried to find a college student that knew HTML computer code. The internet was so new there were none at our university, so I bought books and taught myself. Within 4 months I had my first little dog training website up. 


Once on the internet I started writing articles and expanding Today if we were to print it would be over 20,000 pages.  Leerburg has between 12,000 and 30,000 unique visitors every day and over 1,200 training videos (most of which are free).  


I sincerely hope that I can justify your trust by sharing what I have learned. With luck you will learn from the many mistakes I have made in the past 50 years. 


- Ed Frawley




My Philosophy on Dog Training


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The course is designed for 3 types of people: new dog owners who have never trained a dog before: dog owners who have owned a dog but never taken formal lessons: Dog owners who have taken formal classes by unqualified instructors and are now frustrated with the results.



Course Outline


"I thought this course was excellent. I am hoping for more to come. I don’t know what to tell you on how to improve but I can say videos are the easiest way for me to learn so I appreciated all of them. And I did practice on my dog after watching some of them. Thank you again I Loved the course and am hoping for more. Thank you very much for the opportunity to take this and to learn from your knowledge."

- Shantelle


Training a dog and training a human are two different skill sets.


 The reason for this is simple. Dogs do not learn like humans learn. Dogs are visual learners. From the time they are puppies they learn to read their owners body language, even though they don't understand a word their owner are saying.


Just because a person can train a dog to do very complex behaviors does not mean that same person can teach another human how to train a dog to do the same complex behaviors.


 This course allows new dog trainers the ability to learn from a professional dog trainer (Ed Frawley) who has spent his entire career (sine 1982) teaching people how to train their dog.  


The advantage of Eds' online course is it has over 7 hours of video that is organized is a very logical order. You can review the outline below in the course description.

Students can move through the course at their own speed. If they want to quickly skim through the content they can, if they want to spend a week on each module they can, but they always have the options to come back and quickly review the course content.The structure of Leerburgs' online courses allows this.


This is one of the reasons Ed constantly tells potential students that the online course is far better than taking a local obedience course in which students come for a one hour class once a week. They listen to a lecture, work their dog for 10 minutes, go home and then can only remember about 40% of what the instructor said. 



What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?


DVD:  3 hours 5 minutes (physical copy)

Stream:  3 hours 5 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course:  141 videos (478 minutes), additional text content, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

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