I have been ordering your videos for years. I have gained a great deal of knowledge regarding dog training from your DVDs. About three months ago I order The Power of Training Dogs with Markers as well as a few other DVDs. I see you are coming out with The Power of Training Dogs with Food, will this DVD cover the same topics as your DVD titled the power of dog training with markers or will there be new topics covered in this DVD?
This is an excellent question. I will add this to our web page on the new food DVD.
The Power of Training Dogs with Markers is a DVD that teaches people what marker training is. As you already know it teaches you the details of the program and really the power of marker training lies in understanding the details and knowing how to apply them.
What Michael Ellis brings to the table is the application of markers to training behaviors. In other words the food DVD first covers a great deal on engagement – some people call this FOCUS. While there is a short recap of the basics of markers, this DVD focuses on using markers to get your dog engaged with you and then using markers to teach behaviors: restrained recalls, muscle memory heeling, touch pads, sit, down, stand.
The fact is the real power in markers is in the application of the markers. That's where Michael is a genius. If you get the food DVD you will see exactly what I am talking about. That fact is to understand Michael's system, you will need to master the food DVD and then the tug DVD (which is next). Once you understand and can apply the work in these two DVDs you will be able to train behaviors and have a clear line of communication with your dog.
I see (from your email address) that you operate a dog training school. This is all the more important that you get a grasp of Michael's work. The fact is, he is structuring his school in San Francisco, CA towards people like yourself.
Does this DVD show the use of corrections along with food training? I know corrections are incorporated in this man's training system, but my dog is too soft for any type of correction.
No, there are no physical corrections in this video. This is a video about the learning phase, and corrections have no place in learning.
I hope this helps.
Could you please give us some specific information on why the new DVD with Michael Ellis “The Power of Training Dogs with Food” may be very helpful for owners of older dogs who do not have any “issues,” are already reasonably well trained in obedience to be fun and good companions and sociably well behaved.
I do want to pursue the training of my 2 1/2 year old GSD beyond simply being a good dog. It is good for both of us!
Thank you so much for the running Michael Ellis videos. They have been helpful. Wish I had them when our dog was a puppy! Will he ever come to Arizona?
Cindy sent your email on to me. It’s an excellent question.
The beauty of Michael's system is that it creates a relationship where dogs love to be with their handler. They are excited about what the handler has for them and what the handler wants to do with them. If you have a look at the streaming video I did last Friday on engagement you will get a feel for this.
It’s one thing to know the finer points of marker training. It’s a totally other thing to know how to apply them.
With this said to be able to get a dog to want to engage with his owner – to want to be with the owner, have what he has and do what he wants done is a totally different thing. Two totally different concepts here.
What Michael brings to the table in the first two DVDs I am doing with him is to show people who to develop a relationship with their dog that makes the dog want to be engaged with his owner.
What I recommend is to get the food DVD – it speaks for itself. I know that when you do the work in this DVD you will be at the top of the list for the next one I am editing now.
Dear Ed Frawley and Cindy,
I have a question regarding your new DVD, "The Power of Training Dogs with Food." I have a German Shepherd, but breed and show Boston Terriers. Needless to say, the learning curve is way different for my Shepherd than the Bostons. How effective would this DVD be for small dogs? I have a 9 month female Boston that I am training using your DVD "Training with Markers." Around the home and outdoors, it works great, but when we are in class (conformation or agility), my dog is so distracted by all the other dogs around her, I cannot get her to stay focus on me or the task. It would be great if I could get her better when working with environmental distractions. I would appreciate your comments or suggestions.
PS: Your DVD on E-collar training was excellent, I bought that along with an E collar and the Training with Markers DVD for my male Shepherd. Keep up the newsletters....I look forward to reading them!
An excellent question.
My marker DVD explains the concept of markers and why it works.
The food DVD as a very short recap of markers (not much really because we assume people know what is in the marker DVD) but then it explains how to set up a training program for the foundation of training exercises.
There is a chapter on training for environmental stressors (which is your problem right now). This chapter shows you how to get handler engagement in new locations. Until you get this you cannot train your dog behaviors and exercises.
The work in this DVD is not breed or age specific. It works on all dogs. That’s the beauty of the program.
I finished watching and studying Leerburg's new DVD on training with Michael Ellis. It is the very best to date.....thank you!!! I have a quick question, while working engagement with very hyper toy and small dogs do you have a training collar preference? Thank you!
I would just use a buckle collar, because during engagement the only reason for a collar and leash is to keep the dog from leaving. You won’t actually be using the collar for corrections, so something comfortable that fits well is all that is necessary.
Thanks for the positive review!
Quick question: I have a 2 year old GSD and am working on competitive obedience training. I fear I have already made many errors as I have not trained for this sport for 20 years and things have really changed.
I want to order the Michael Ellis DVD. I watched all the Michael Ellis videos on your website and he stated that there are different ways to train obedience in AKC and in Schutzhund. As I only want to show in AKC obedience, is this video for me? Does it cover that type of training or is it more geared to schutzhund?
I am also thinking of getting another puppy and certainly want to get off on the right foot.
Thank you for your time and assistance. I love your website.
Yes, this video is the foundation work that's used no matter what the sport.
I'd recommend these 2 DVDs:
The Power of Training Dogs with Markers
The Power of Training Dogs with Food.
What size of rubber horse pan do you use for a touch pad? I notice on the video that you have some kind of square piece attached or glued to the bottom of the pan? Is this for better traction or what?
You can use any size, we have a number of different types laying around the property.
The carpet square is laying on top of the rubber pan, because eventually we fade the elevated pad and go to the flat carpet square (or whatever you want to use for touch pads).
Can you give me some advice on how to get a faster 'down'? When I ask my dog to down, he is willing but always goes down really slowly. Do you have any tips to make it a bit snappier? He is a 16 month old Malinois with low/medium drive for the breed.
It’s all a matter of motivation. If you find what motivates your dog, then you can get speed because he knows the faster he does what you ask, the faster he gets his reward.
Even a lower drive dog can be motivated more by using rewards dynamically. The key to using food and toys to get the most out of your dog is covered in these 3 very detailed videos.
The Power of Training Dogs with Food
The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog
Advanced Concepts in Motivation