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Shake Cans and Other Environmental Stressors with Michael Ellis

Shake Cans and Other Environmental Stressors
with Michael Ellis

Michael Ellis discusses why he does not incorporate correction tools, such as shake cans, into his training. While there may be a place for them in some aspects of training they can cause more harm than good when it comes to sport dog training.



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In my opinion the most important aspect of balanced dog training is forming a bond with your dog though Marker Training and once you have got that when all the training learned from this course will fall into place and the bond will become even stronger through trust and direction while working with your dog. Sure you can train a dog without a bond but it is a fear based training then it isn’t trained out of trust and devotion. I want my dog to want to work not only for me but with me. And you must make it enjoyable for your dog because that makes it happen. Dogs want to please. I have been done with this course for almost a week now and have found the tests to be much easier than the essay. I can’t seem to find how to put into words what I feel I have learned from this class.

I can say back in my earlier years I was a crank and yank trainer of my dogs and I find the Marker method to be so much more effective and a much quicker achievement of the asking task you are training your dog to do. This course has helped me to lay out the foundation for my own training schedule and steps of not only to train my dogs but to help others to train theirs. And when you say you hope those who watch this get the bug for more well I have the bug and am hoping there are more courses for me to take so I can continue to learn as much as I can.

I feel I learn everyday either by trial and error or from other dog people and I find knowledge as power and I want as much knowledge on dog training as I can get. A person does not realize how much engagement is the utmost important thing to get and once you have worked with it you realize how much harder it is to work without it. I strive to get engagement with my dogs before the session begins ALWAYS and if I can’t get it I learned to wait until later when I have it. It works so much better when the engagement is there.

I know I need to work on the actions of my motions since during this course you said physical outweigh verbal. And oh how true that is now that I pay attention to it, which makes 100% sense when you think about it. I did do the trick of turning my back on my dog and telling her to sit and realized she didn't understand right away. We since worked on that and now does it whether I am facing her or I have my back to her. Thank you for that tip. I will never forget the ones I got wrong in the test they will be forever remembered. I learn kind of the same way. I don’t want to be wrong I want the reward so I will always remember that the size of the treat matters need to be small and easy to eat so they can get back to training and management is what you do first to try and stop your dog from pulling and not every dog will need a correction.

I hope after taking this course and am confident it will give me the ability to be the best not only dog trainer but dog owner for my own dog and for other dogs. Thank you so much for this course and am looking forward to more. Again Thank you for sharing your Knowledge I am always wanting to learn when it has to do with dogs and training. I truly enjoyed the course hope there are more to come.

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Question: My 11 month old GSD lays down on the ground and refuses to get up when it's time to get in the car. Today she mouthed me hard when I tried to pick her up. Help!

My 11 month old GSD lays down on the ground and refuses to get up when its time to go in the car. Today she mouthed me hard (drew blood, it was on my cuticle) when I tried to pick her up and put her in the back of my SUV. 

I've tried the following: removed the crate and replaced it with a dog barrier. treating (high value), toys, excitement, moving my car to a different location and even coming to the car from a different location. 

Once she's in the car, she's fine. No whining or pacing. She's in the car at least 4x a week because she goes to work with me. 

She loves riding in golf carts and trucks. Its when she rides in my car that she pulls this stunt with me. I know she's testing me, HELP!

Cindy's Response:

Do you use a leash? Trying to physically pick up a GSD is only going to put the dog in the power position.

If this was my dog, she’d only get her meals in the car from now on. I wouldn’t drive it anywhere, it would become her new “dining room.”

If she doesn’t want to get in, no problem. No food until the next scheduled mealtime. No treats, no coaxing her. It’s simple, you want to eat then get in. Don’t act like it’s a big deal, just be matter of fact.

Cindy Rhodes

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We love these fleece lined harnesses. We have two of the original Walkeez harnesses (not purchased from Leerburg) and they are about two years old now. Our dog is a puller and the stitching did come loose where the leash ring is attached. She also loves to wade in the river, so the harnesses get soaked frequently. We took them to a saddle maker and had them restitched. We've been looking for a place to get new harnesses and were so happy to find these EezWalkers at Leerburg. Our English Bull Terrier is a rescue. We were using a nylon harness on her but it chaffed her tender skin. She was also having problems with a recurrent staph skin infection, probably because her physical condition was so run down when we got her. These fleece lined harnesses are a blessing. They are comfortable and don't rub her belly raw. Best of all, with good care and nutrition, and a harness that has allowed her skin to heal, we seem to have conquered the staph. We won't use any other kind of harness. Hint--Our girl can be a real puller. On our old Walkeez harness, instead of using the existing leash ring, we now use a large snap clip that fits around the entire harness at the top of the shoulders. This distributes the strain better.

   
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