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DVDs & CDs Michael Ellis Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis (2010)
Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis (2010)
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Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis (2010)

Based on 3 reviews
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  • 2 hours, 58 minutes long
  • Released Summer 2010
  • Instructor: Michael Ellis
  • Immediate streaming access when purchased with Leerburg account
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If you are a student of marker training or interested in marker training you will love Michael Ellis’ approach to this work. Because the system is founded in markers there is a very minimal amount of force used in our training. It is our belief that a dog should not be force trained to retrieve.

We recommend the viewer have an understanding of marker training before beginning this work. This is all covered in the earlier DVDs we have done with Michael Ellis.

In our opinion, no one is ever going to reinvent a better training system on teaching a dog to retrieve than what we have detailed in this training DVD. Michael’s system can be used for AKC obedience, for Schutzhund trainers, for any of the ring sport trainers and even field trial retriever enthusiasts.


  1. Opening Lecture on the Steps of Training the Retrieve
  2. Pattern retrieving games
  3. Step One - Holding the Dog's Muzzle
  4. Students Learning the Hold
  5. Training the Dog to Hold and Object
  6. Retraining Older Dogs to Hold
  7. Review of Training Steps Before Pickup Training
  8. Trouble Shooting the Hold
  9. When to use a Tug Reward
  10. Training the Pickup
  11. Introducing the Dog to the Tossed Dumbbell
  12. When to Mark the Pickup
  13. Proofing the Exercise
  14. Free Shaping
  15. Advance Training - Introducing New Retrieve Objects
  16. Two Lectures on Michael Reviewing the Retrieve
  17. What to do when the Dog doesn't Pick up Retrieve Object
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I train IPO where force is primarily used in the USA. I have a 6 year old Cane Corso who is HIGHLY intelligent and highly motivated to "please" me. When I was introduced to the retrieve exercise, I was told FORCE is really the only reliable way to train the retrieve. Well, lets just say that when we tried to train him to retrieve, using force, he just laid down and took the force and was not having any of it. I gave my dog a couple months "vacation" from doing ANY retrieve work after this to hopefully help him to forget. After seeing that and feeling horrible about the sport, I discovered Michael Ellis' motivational retrieve videos and immediately started training the retrieve HIS way. All I can say is "WOW"!! Zeph was doing the full blown exercise with strong "holds' and no chewing by the end of one week with using these methods. Plus there is no anxiety, no chewing from anxiety, no tail-tucking, and he is HAPPY to do the work! I am a member of a Facebook page whose focus is protection sports with the Cane Corso and I ALWAYS brag about Michael Ellis' videos and methods and try to convince people to try these videos FIRST before using force on their dogs! I just want to say thank you for these videos and making my soul feel better about training IPO!!

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Thank you!

I am very excited that Michael has done this DVD for Retrieving. It is wonderful to have such an incredable knowledgeable trainer teach a Motivational method with little compulsion.

Love your newsletters!


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Hello Cindy and Ed,

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the wonderful training DVDs and products you offer. I have recently purchased all the DVDs that you made with Michael Ellis. They are so wonderful and easy to follow. I have grown up with German Shepherds, and have always enjoyed working with them, but I have learned so much from these DVDs. I just taught my 11 month old female Ava to "hold" things and we are working on the dumbbell retrieve. It is so much fun! I have attatched a picture of her happily holding her basket.

Thanks again,

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