Ed Frawley has owned and trained dogs for over 45 years. He has been a police K9 handler for 10 years and was chairman of the training committee for the Wisconsin Police K9 Association for several years. Ed has produced over 120 dog training videos and DVDs. He runs the website Leerburg.com which sells dog related products and provides advice on dog training as well as a discussion forum.
This podcast has very few episodes; starting in 2006, there are only 15 episodes, with the last one in 2014. It migrated to a video log early on but there are still several episodes of this podcast on itunes and other places. Just look up “dog training” in your favorite podcast app and you are likely to come across this one.
What I Liked:
Ed’s voice is easy to listen to. He is a very well-spoken presenter. This is probably based on his extensive experience making videos and DVDs along with public appearances that were necessitated by his involvement with the police department.
Also, Ed provides very easy to understand advice on how to train your dog and what your relationship with your dog should be. There is never any doubt about what you should be doing and how you should be going about it.
There are a few episodes that contain some good information. “Marker training dogs” and “Learning to use food rewards during dog training” are a couple of episodes that have information worth listening to.
Areas for Improvement:
Ed Frawley considers himself a “balanced” trainer, using both punishments and rewards. From the very first episode “Philosophy of Dog Training”, all the way through to the last episode “Problems with All-Positive Trainers”, he makes it clear that humans need to show dominance and control over dogs at all times. He has been training dogs for 45 years and his methods have not really evolved since the 1950s, when he first started training dogs.
In the very first episode of the podcast, Ed talks about how he feels we should treat dogs. He talks about how a dog should only ever interact with the person that is going to be the trainer and, for all of their life, this is the only person that is allowed to feed, play with, train, take for a walk, or even take the dog out for a potty break. Only in situations where it can’t be avoided, should someone allow anyone else to even interact with their dog.
Even in the positive reinforcement based episodes, and especially in the last episode “Problems with All-Positive Trainers”, Ed tends to rant about how positive reinforcement in dog training is ruining dogs.
I would recommend you steer clear of this podcast, and this company in general. Ed Frawley still has the 1950’s mindset that dogs are conniving, scheming little creatures that are apt to take advantage of weak-willed humans if given the opportunity. He feels that we should show them who is master and keep tight control over them at all times and show them the might of our wrath when they do something we disapprove of.
From shock and prong collars, to heavy handed corrections and outdated pack dominance theory, Ed turns a blind eye to the science of animal behavior. I’m sure his methods work just fine, otherwise he wouldn’t still be in business. But I don’t want to have my relationship with my dog predicated on dominance and the feeling that, while my back is turned, he will be thinking up some new way to “get back at me” so that I must punish him. Instead, I would like my dog to be my friend and my partner in all of our adventures.
Stay far away from Leerburg.