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DVDs & CDs Michael Ellis Focused Heeling w/ Michael Ellis
Focused Heeling w/ Michael Ellis
Based on 5 reviews

Focused Heeling w/ Michael Ellis

Based on 5 reviews
Focused Heeling w/ Michael Ellis Cover Art
  • Released Winter 2010
  • 4 hours long
  • Instructor: Michael Ellis
  • Also available as a self-study online course! CLICK HERE to sign up!
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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.


  1. The Need for Engagement
    • When to start training
    • Terms of the training
  2. Muscle Memory Heeling
    • Step 1 - head position along a barrier
    • Step 2 - Fading the Lure hand
    • Step 3 - Putting focus on Cue
  3. Leash Pressure
    • 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
  4. Sustained Focus
    • Increase the focus and distance of straight line heeling
    • Heel off the wall
  5. When to use Food vs a Toy Reward for 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
  6. Training Turns while Heeling
    • 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
  7. Training the Finish
    • The types of finishes used in heeling your dog and how they vary
    • How to layer teaching the finish into your heeling program
  8. Find the Left Leg
    • Fine tune your dogs position by training "Find the Left leg exercises"
  9. Adding Distractions
  10. Bloopers
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I do schutzhund sport and competitive obedience with my australian cattle dogs and while their heeling was very correct and nice I did have some revisiting issues with forging. I can honestly say that Michael's DVD has taken my working relationship with my dogs to a whole new plateau. I also learned so many other skills that I am now putting to use.
I appreciate Michael sharing his talent and I now own 5 other of his DVDs and try to purchase one per month!!
I love his way with dogs and people. What a great spirit this man has.

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Great video on how to get a professional heel. Minimal props needed - a wall, treats, and a target to stand on. Discusses motivation and how to get your dog to want to work - and when/why to stop them if they're done for that training session.

Nicely done, and I most especially love that they included footage of non-trainers in there making mistakes! (Or perhaps they were dog trainers learning a new method of teaching the heel.) Very helpful to anyone not a dog trainer by trade, and a nice alternative way to teach the heel.

While anyone could probably learn from this video, it is probably geared towards people that have some experience training with their dogs already, or at least read up a bit first. I wouldn't hand this to a complete novice, but it is not a hard method to grasp, either.

Mr. Ellis can move closer to me anytime...would love to attend his school for dog trainers! LOL!

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Great DVD, a must for anyone showing a dog in competetive obedience. Michael Ellis is so in tune with dogs and how they think and what makes them tick. I know he trains Schutzhund and Ring Sport but his methods work for any type of heeling training you want to give a dog. I have pointing breeds and his methods work well for them to build drive and have them have fun when being trained..

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Michael Ellis is the guru of working dog training. This is one of a series of videos that are must owns for anybody serious on learning reward based training.

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I wanted to let you know that I received my "Focused Heeling" DVD yesterday - LOVE it! Couldn't wait to start watching it.

Thought you might enjoy the attached photos... a couple pictures I took with my cell phone of my 6-Month old pup holding the DVD right after I got it out of the mailbox.

Thanks again!

Merry Christmas to All.

I will certainly be back to purchase more training DVDs.

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