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The Dog Trainer's Secret Handshake

Training a perfect down from a sit without the dog creeping is not as simple as it may sound. Michael Ellis has evolved his training over the years and found a very effective, systematic way to train the positions. Through Michael's system, you will learn how to train perfect sits, stands, and downs from all positions. While most people would not care if their dog came forward a few inches every time they laid down, this can cause point deductions in high level obedience competition, which is why Michael refers to the perfect down from a sit as the dog trainer's secret handshake.



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Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

This is a great course! I had started a local obedience course with my 5 month old high-drive Doberman, thinking that the socialization would be good for him. However, the instructor was 90% punishment based - which did not seem to work for this puppy. I began your course concurrently and saw massive engagement in the very first training session! I quickly realized that the other 'in-person' program was negative training for Drago, so I dropped out (it was better to lose the money, than to lose the engagement of my dog!).

Though I have trained many dogs in the past, and also train horses and falcons, the Leerburg program has already given me many new tools and perspectives. I appreciate the balanced training approach and will continue on with other courses.

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Question: How do you deal with the owners of loose dogs that charge up to your puppy?

Owners of loose, undisciplined dogs apparently take it deeply personal when I prevent their charging dogs from "saying hi" to my 3-month old Malinois. It's always "Oh, they won't hurt him" and just now, it was "your attitude needs an adjustment, young lady." I haven't had to kick any (out of a grand total of five dogs) yet, but I can just imagine the city-wide outcry that would follow if I dared to use anything at all beyond body language. These have all been full-sized or full-sized plus obese dogs, by the way--four labs and something really big, ugly and curly, not a single owner raising anything but their voice, and that at me, not at their precious dogs. The "in training" line, given as politely as I can, was what got me advised to adjust my attitude. I'm a hoodlum for using a leash, apparently. This happens where I live. In town. I don't do dog parks.

How do you cover your butt in the event of some owner reporting you? Especially when it's America's Favorite Breed vs. Me.

Cindy's Response:

I wouldn't worry about it. What are they going to report you for? All you do is say " I was afraid for my safety, those dogs were loose and threatening me & my puppy." Whip out your phone and start taking video of their dogs, that's what I do.

I just heard a great idea on the radio, carry an umbrella. (One of the quick release kind). In the event of a dog charging you, pop the button and use it to block the dog from yours. It breaks the eye contact, makes a physical barrier and can be used as a weapon in case of an emergency too. You may want to practice popping it open around your puppy a few times, so it doesn't freak him out. 

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's The Michael Ellis Ecollar DVD Set

 

The Ecollar is a wonderful training tool that demands skill and knowledge to use properly. Short of attending one of Michael's seminars, these DVDs are by far the best treatment of the subject that I have seen. Of particular interest is how Michael layers the Ecollar work on top of his existing training system. If you choose to use an Ecollar, you need this product. I would give it 10 stars if I could.

   
The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers
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Educator specials not valid on previously purchased items. Not valid on orders placed any other day than the listed dates for the sale. This special cannot be combined with any other special. No exceptions. Educator Pro discount will be applied in your shopping cart at checkout. Educator Auto Charger will automatically be added to applicable orders of ecollars from the Educator Black Friday specials page. 30% off 3 or more DVDs: Percentage off applies to DVDs only, NOT the entire order. Not valid on DVD sets, DVD Pre-Orders, or streaming videos. Not valid on previous purchases. Must use coupon code "DVD3014" to receive discount. Offers valid until Monday, December 1st, 2014 at 11:59pm central time.

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