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Q&As with Michael Ellis (41 Videos)
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Michael Ellis on Everyday Life Distractions
Michael Ellis on Everyday Life Di...
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Michael Ellis answers a question from a student at his school who is having issues with his dog focusing on the hotel swimming pool. Michael discusses how to utilize a leash to redirect your dog back onto what you are doing and where you are going. The conversation also covers how to utilize food and other management techniques to help your dog do things they may not want to...

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Degrees of Aversives
Degrees of Aversives
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Michael Ellis discusses the complexity of different degrees of aversives and their effects on behavior. He also discusses how training has progressed from pure escape and avoidance to purely reward based, and now finally understanding how the two styles of training can be used to effectively train your dog.

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PTSD and Dogs
PTSD and Dogs
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Michael Ellis discusses some of the brain chemistry related to humans and PTSD and the correlations to dogs shutting down when faced with a fight or flight situation.

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Your Dog's Capabilities
Your Dog's Capabilities
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Michael Ellis discusses some of the physical and mental limitations of dogs. He also discusses the limitations of both the dog and the trainer.

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Relationships
Relationships
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Michael Ellis discusses the importance of establishing a relationship with your dog before training. In this short video he discusses the impact a pre-established relationship can have on police dogs prior to training.

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What Your Dog Knows
What Your Dog Knows
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Michael Ellis discusses the difference between a dog that knows what you're asking but not complying and a dog that does not know what is being asked. He also discusses how he would handle both situations.

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Rehabbing Mistakes in Dog Training
Rehabbing Mistakes in Dog Training
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Michael Ellis discuses some of the pit falls of "learned helplessness." In this short video, Michael will explain how some things can be fixed and how to do that by increasing the level of motivation. While other things can be improved, however, some can never be completely fixed.

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Involuntary Vocalization
Involuntary Vocalization
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4 Minutes, 38 Seconds
Michael Ellis answers a question concerning a dog making noise when stimulated. Michael discusses the difference between voluntary and involuntary vocalization. He also gives some options for how to determine the difference and what you can do to prevent this.

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Q and A with Michael Ellis
Q and A with Michael Ellis
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9 Minutes, 26 Seconds
At the end of every one of Michael Ellis' classes, he opens the floor to unrelated questions. This one happens to be during the E-collar course that was hosted here at Leerburg. The question comes from a police K9 handler and pertains to how, as a police K9 handler without access to well trained decoys, he could fix some problems with a "chewy" bite. Michael discusses a few ...

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Adding Color to Your Training Wardrobe
Adding Color to Your Training War...
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Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis discuss training equipment and attire to be used when training for biting sports. With an extensive explanation on the type of pants Michael wears when working as a decoy.

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Can you help me with my recall?
Can you help me with my recall?
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We received a lot of questions on problems with the recall. So, rather than ask the same question 3,4, or 5 times Michael and I decided that he would give a little talk on problems with recalls.

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My 8 Month Old Dog Challenges Me. What Shou...
My 8 Month Old Dog Challenges Me....
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Question from Erica: My 8 month old male Standard Poodle has recently challenged me by biting me twice. We adopted him from a family that neglected him during the first 16 weeks of his life, leaving him unsocialized and with some behavioral issues. When we brought him home at 4 months, he had separation anxiety and if we left him alone he went crazy... barking excessively no...

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People Won't Listen When I Ask Them Not to ...
People Won't Listen When I Ask Th...
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Question from Sam: I have a cute, fuzzy, small breed puppy that people can't keep themselves away from. Even when I ask them not to pet her, they still smile and oooh and aaah at my puppy. This puppy is already absolutely nuts and wild around people, strangers too. What do you do about this? And what on earth do I do in the house with visitors? And with people that like Rumo...

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I am Physically Unable to Play Tug with My ...
I am Physically Unable to Play Tu...
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Question from Patricia: Playing tug with your dog seems to be such an important part of your training system at all levels. I suffer from inoperable shoulder problems and cannot play tug with my dog. Please let me know what else I can do.

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Should I Use a Harness for a Puppy Until I ...
Should I Use a Harness for a Pupp...
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Question from Belinda: I've seen the Focused Heeling DVD and it brought up a question I had regarding the use of a harness for a competition pup in the early months and then adding in the use of a collar later on especially in light of leash pressure training. Does Michael suggest using a harness primarily for a puppy until you begin leash pressure work? And if so, a regular...

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My dog has a muchy grip on the sleeve. Is t...
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Question from Brian: I have a 3 year old German Shepherd. He is my first Schutzhund dog and we are trying for our SchH II next weekend. My problem is that my dog has developed a munchy grip on the sleeve. He's not biting hard or pulling on the sleeve, he just bites and readjusts over and over again. He's a very good dog, lots of courage and strong in defense. I'm not certain...

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When I play tug with my dog he is very chew...
When I play tug with my dog he is...
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Question from Edmund: When we play tug with a dog and they chew the item or not have a full, hard bite, does this problem transition into bite work with a helper later or does it not have any relation at all?

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The Protection Theory Class at the Michael ...
The Protection Theory Class at th...
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6 Minutes, 55 Seconds
Today we are featuring a short video produced by our friend Forrest Micke (an instructor at the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers) on the Protection Theory classes and Decoy Clinic offered at the Michael Ellis School For dog Trainers.

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How do you teach your puppy the meaning of ...
How do you teach your puppy the m...
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Question from Spencer: How do you go about teaching your puppy the meaning of NO. I'm raising a Border Collie and she can be very persistent in doing what she wants to. I'm raising her as close as possible to your methods and what I have seen Cindy do. My one concern is about is about teaching the NO. What I have been doing is just staring at her and saying NO repeatedly. Th...

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My 8 month old puppy is more interested in ...
My 8 month old puppy is more inte...
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Question from Kevin: My 8 month old German Shepherd pays more attention to my other dogs when I'm trying to play with it. He has great food and prey drive but whether I have food or his favorite toy, he likes to play with the other dogs instead. What can I do to get him more interested in playing with me?

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