This is our third in the Michael Ellis series of training DVDs. We feel it's the best one yet. The training information in this video is revolutionary in the world of dog training.
Michael's motivational system of training dogs is based in marker training. The foundation for the work Focused Heeling is covered in the 9 1/2 hours of instruction featured in our two earlier DVDs that were done with Michael, The Power of Training Dogs with Food and The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog.
The old "yank and crank" methods of training heeling have gone by the wayside. The fact is a good portion of the training in this DVD can be done without a leash and without corrections. In fact introducing corrections are the very last step in focused heeling.
The work in this DVD is revolutionary. I started going to competitive training seminars in 1974 and have never stopped. I have never been exposed to concepts that even come close to the work in this DVD.
Training dogs to give to pressure is revolutionary in the field of dog training. It teaches young dogs how to live with stress. The concept of "learning how to give to pressure" has been around for years in horse training, no one has introduced it into the world of dog training like Michael Ellis.
- The Need for Engagement
Muscle Memory Heeling
- When to start training
- Terms of the training
- Step 1 - head position along a barrier
- Step 2 - Fading the Lure hand
- Step 3 - Putting focus on Cue
- What when and why to teach your dog to "give to pressure"
- When to start introducing leash pressure
- Training the Back-Up on a verbal cue
When to use Food vs a Toy Reward for Heeling
- Increase the focus and distance of straight line heeling
- Heel off the wall
Training Turns while Heeling
- When and why do you move from a food rewards to a toy rewards
- Choosing the dogs focal point on your body
- How to retrain a dog that has been started in other training systems
Training the Finish
- When to start training turns
- Use of touch pads in teaching the turn
- Using a physical cue along with a verbal cue in teaching turns
- Left turns
- Right turns
- About turns
Find the Left Leg
- The types of finishes used in heeling your dog and how they vary
- How to layer teaching the finish into your heeling program
- Fine tune your dogs position by training "Find the Left leg exercises"