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The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog (Full Version)

Length: 5 Hours, 27 Minutes, 35 Seconds • Released 11-27-2012

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I have been around higher levels of dog training for a long long time and thought I knew a thing or two about how to play tug with your dog. When I started to go to Michael Ellis' seminars I found out there was an entirely different side to this work - a better side.

Since 1982 I have produced a lot of training DVDs, but hands down the ones I have done (and am doing) with Michael are the ones I am most proud of. These DVDs are going to make a dramatic difference on how people live with and train their dogs. They are changing the relationship people have with their dogs.

There was just so much great information that I wanted to get into this training DVD that I had to make it this long. I believe you will agree when you study it.

This DVD on playing tug is the second video in the Building Drive and Focus Series with Michael Ellis. The first DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food, and this DVD, teach new trainers how to establish the foundation of Michael Ellis's training system on their dogs. Once that is accomplished, the principles of Michael's system can be used to teach a dog any behavior or exercise.

Michael's system is based on marker training or operant conditioning. If you are new to markers or new to Michael Ellis' system of dog training I would recommend you view the free 1 hour streaming video of Michael lecturing on his philosophy of dog training in the streaming video section of our web site.

You should also review the free 87 page eBook I wrote titled "The Power of Training Dogs with Markers." It is in the list of free eBooks on our web site.

Our DVD opens with Michael's lecture on why and how to play tug with your dog. Michael then demonstrates technique with his dog Pi. Unlike other dog training DVDs most of the dogs I included were untrained dogs with handlers new to this system of training. I feel people learn more from watching others learn the work than by only watching the instructor work with his own dog.

For the tug to be used as an obedience reward with your dog, you must have 3 things.

The dog must tug with enthusiasm,
The dog must out when told to out,
The dog must bring the tug back after you release it.

This is the core goal of our training DVD. If dogs will not do these three things then handlers can not use a toy or a tug as a reward in training.


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The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog (Full Version)

Posted: 11-27-2012 • Length: 5 Hours, 27 Minutes, 35 Seconds
Categories: Advanced Obedience, Basic Obedience/Marker Training, Michael Ellis, Play, Toys
I have been around higher levels of dog training for a long long time and thought I knew a thing or two about how to play tug with your dog. When I started to go to Michael Ellis' seminars I found out there was an entirely different side to this work - a better side.

Since 1982 I have produced a lot of training DVDs, but hands down the ones I have done (and am doing) with Michael are the ones I am most proud of. These DVDs are going to make a dramatic difference on how people live with and train their dogs. They are changing the relationship people have with their dogs.

There was just so much great information that I wanted to get into this training DVD that I had to make it this long. I believe you will agree when you study it.

This DVD on playing tug is the second video in the Building Drive and Focus Series with Michael Ellis. The first DVD, The Power of Training Dogs with Food, and this DVD, teach new trainers how to establish the foundation of Michael Ellis's training system on their dogs. Once that is accomplished, the principles of Michael's system can be used to teach a dog any behavior or exercise.

Michael's system is based on marker training or operant conditioning. If you are new to markers or new to Michael Ellis' system of dog training I would recommend you view the free 1 hour streaming video of Michael lecturing on his philosophy of dog training in the streaming video section of our web site.

You should also review the free 87 page eBook I wrote titled "The Power of Training Dogs with Markers." It is in the list of free eBooks on our web site.

Our DVD opens with Michael's lecture on why and how to play tug with your dog. Michael then demonstrates technique with his dog Pi. Unlike other dog training DVDs most of the dogs I included were untrained dogs with handlers new to this system of training. I feel people learn more from watching others learn the work than by only watching the instructor work with his own dog.

For the tug to be used as an obedience reward with your dog, you must have 3 things.

The dog must tug with enthusiasm,
The dog must out when told to out,
The dog must bring the tug back after you release it.

This is the core goal of our training DVD. If dogs will not do these three things then handlers can not use a toy or a tug as a reward in training.

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scderry
2/5 stars

Content fantastic - it's Micheal Ellis! I've rated it low purely because of the disappointing quality as a streaming video.
In a perfect world, it would be re-shot as a high-quality 2-hour video.


Pilo3
5/5 stars

Wow can't believe how powerful this DVD is. After watching it I had a totally different dog(handler lol). I never could get him to out and in one session was able to start outing. I will be ordering more dvd's thanks leerburg for sharing knowledge


mspayde
5/5 stars

FANTASTIC TRAINING VIDEO. I would suggest that you still seek a personal contact training professional, but this training fills in all of the gaps (why, how, when).


Libbysbeans
5/5 stars

If you want to know how to play tug...this is where you'll learn it. Great video, lots of great videos and pointers. At times I found it repetitive and this made it harder to watch. May be because I've watched too much Ellis videos (not sure this is possible) but because the foundation of training is similar it does become repetitive. It is an excellent video, but if your an Ellis fan be ready for some repeat. Still 100% worth it!!!!


BRoza00
5/5 stars

This is an amazing DVD, always a huge fan of Michael's work. I will agree that this DVD is super long, but the amount of exercises and live seminars give you an idea of how to control a wide rang of dogs, possessive, inattentive, or highly scared and unsure. I have created an insane amount of notes- showing that I have much to learn as a handler. Michael, amazing work as always. The men behind the scenes, Leerburg, you, too, are amazing!


hughsale
5/5 stars

We are in the process of getting a new puppy. This video will help us get our puppy started on the right foot. Great stuff.


jodieweech
5/5 stars

Awesome video! I've never had so much "FUN" fun working my dogs on a new behavior. I love Ed's Reviews and all of the small training clips of other handlers just learning the tug. I absolutely LOVE Micheal Ellis's calm, relaxed and precise way of teaching. He is very a wonderful teacher! Being able to pause and make notes during the online streaming is a fantastic and convenient tool!


sandramore
5/5 stars

Great video. As others have said, it's nice to know that those of us who have been playing tug in spite of what the "experts" said, were doing the right thing for our dogs. This video made it easy to learn the proper way to play with the tug, meaning Mike has added structure, fun training and reward value to playing tug with the dogs. I've some work to do with my dog, as she will play for a little while, but then she'll drop off the tug and go lie down. I'm not sure why she does this, but I'm working on it. During our first tug session after watching Mike's video, I screwed up and set myself up to get bitten. Nothing like learning the hard way.


Mikemosby
3/5 stars

5 hours is soo long! There is such great information in here but could have been conveyed in 1 hour. A large portion of the 5 hours is just clips of Michael working with owners at his seminars. It is great to see the live examples but it would be helpful if they were organized into individual chapters so you can watch them selectively. The whole DVD just needs better organization. I'm half way through and I'm not positive how to introduce tug to a dog who doesn't know the game yet. The information is awesome! Just needs an editor.


MelBlacke
5/5 stars

To this day, I still hear that playing tug with your dog is a bad thing. I also had the good sense to identify that advice as the absolute NONSENSE that it is. I have always played tug with my dogs and many people have commented that my dogs would crawl into my skin with me if they could figure out a way to do it. This DVD will allow me to take my play relationship with my new puppy up a couple of notches. The game will now become much more productive for the two of us. It never occurred me to use it to accomplish specific things in training. This is a neat video.


RichardC
5/5 stars

Fantastic video !!!


rayturnbow
5/5 stars

Great video! Really helped me understand how to tug better.


Scottyland479
5/5 stars

So much to learn, so little time!!! Thank you both Ed & Michael for putting together such an informative training tool, which I now need to put into practice, practice, practice.


fionawillstead
5/5 stars

Awesome
As a wheelchair user the demo of Out and tug sat on a chair was very inspiring the inclusion of the puppy working with food in the same way as you would a tug or ball on a string was eye opening.
Time for me to practice presentations and wheelchair driving skills in the gym dance studio before I reintroduce a tug to my new dog.
If you can get both this and the power of training dogs with food you will not be disappointed.


carolbrown
5/5 stars

Great video! Took one week to turn my Brittany from ho-hum about tug into tug being a major reward. while we still have a few bobbles on the "out" he definitely realizes the game is no fun without me and will reliably bring it back & sit or down or recall just to keep the game going! Another great Leerburg video.


Jenk513
5/5 stars

This DVD covers all the details of playing tug with your dog. I have been using the techniques shown in this DVD with my now 7 month old GSD and the results have been amazing. We are still working on having him bring the tug back right away when I release it but its slowly getting better.


joeylowe
5/5 stars

I've been kind of lost with everything that should be done when first training a dog. This video allayed almost all of my concerns. Well done!


diggybreiling
5/5 stars

I learned a tremendous amount from this video and from the Power of Training Dogs with Food. When I purchased the video I had been training my 1.5 year old Mal for about 4 months (she was a rescue). I backed up and used the ME system and now she pays much better attention to me (she's expecting me to play, wanting me to play, activating me to play), she is much more engaged in the exercises and less distracted. I think this video was fantastic. Thank You for making this training available.


GroupEspada
5/5 stars

Great video - that really does much more then to show you how-to play Tug, but how to build a strong foundational relationship with your dog and use that as a platform for further training.