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Lindsey Sommer and her Puppy, Basa

Lindsey Sommer and her Puppy, Basa

Lindsey Sommer is an employee of Michael Ellis and works in Michael's school in California. Lindsey is a gifted dog trainer, she is the first person that went through all of Michael's courses for his school.

When you watch Lindsey with her dogs, it is like watching Michael work dogs. In this video, she is working a puppy in various training exercises.

March 28, 2011 | 9 Minutes, 59 Seconds

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Dog Bite

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Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

My two border collies got into it and I was dumb enough to get in the middle. Three stitches later I am ok.  Luckily there was no serious damage.


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Have a Question on Dog Training?

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Question: My dog eats too fast. I've tried many things, but none seem to help slow her down. What can I do to keep her from eating so fast?

Hi there!

I scanned through most of the Q&A and didn't find this one.  Maybe I over looked it and if you could just send me the link I'd appreciate it.

Anyway, I have a pup that is now almost 6 months old.  She's an American Bulldog/Pointer mix.  She was the last of 12 and a runt.  We crate her during our absences and overnight.

When we first brought her home she'd eat nice and slow, chewing her food. After we upgraded the size of her bowl to accommodate the increase in food she started to inhale it. I've tried taking the bowl away when she is over excited. I've scattered the food along the floor. She's like an unstoppable Hoover! I've also tried the "brake-fast" bowl (a bowl with obstacles). This worked for a day or two until she figured out how to eat around the obstacles. She hasn't made herself vomit yet, but she is going to be a pretty large dog. I worry about things like bloat and the fact that she can choke herself. She eats a cup of food in less than a minute and she lets out a terrific belch after. What can I do to keep her from eating so fast?

Thank you,

Cindy's Response:

I would make sure the food you are feeding is soaked with water for a long time before you feed it.  Make it complete mush with a lot of liquid.  She will be forced to lick the food up as opposed to inhaling. I would still use the special bowl too.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: My dog does great with the ecollar outside, but inside she hides and acts strange. Why do you think she might be doing this? Any suggestions?

Hi Cindy,

I have begun my ecollar training after viewing the DVD several times.  I have a 10 month old standard poodle. I am using a 20 ft long line during the training and feel comfortable with the stim level I am using on on her.  During the outside training she responds appropriately, takes treats and toys during our 5/6 minute sessions. When we come in the house and I leave the collar on her she retreats to her bed, goes to sleep or hides in the shower – this goes on for hours she will not eat or go outside. When I take the collar off she is her old self again.

The other problem is using the ecollar in the house for training at the door, letting me out first, place, etc. She pays no attention to the command. Just runs as far as the drag line will take her. The only thing I can think of is that maybe she is not as “hard” as I thought she was or either she is going through the beginning stages of understanding that I am the pack leader, not her and avoidance is the way she is showing her fear.

Any suggestions? I did look at the questions and answers on the page for ecollar questions but did not see anything like my issues. I have ordered a prong collar with quick release buckle and the dominant collar. Do you think I might have better response? I would really like to continue with the ecollar but do not want to damage my relationship with her if she continues her avoidance.

I love your website and visit everyday to read.  Thanks for such good information and excellent products.


Cindy's Response:

I would put the collar on her first thing in the morning and take it off at the end of the day. The collar should be meaningless to the dog, so if she’s behaving as you describe then you have brought her attention to wearing it.

My dogs get the collar on before we go outside in the AM and it comes off after supper. They don’t pay a bit of attention to it, other than to show their happiness when it goes on in the morning. To my dogs it’s merely a sign that our day has started.

Do not take the collar off in response to her going to her bed, etc… she doesn't call the shots, you do! Pack leaders don’t respond to that kind of behavior.  You are in charge, remember that. Be firm and consistent. Don’t try to coax her or get her to eat. Ignore the behavior and act like nothing is different.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Ecollars.


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I want to say thank you to everyone there as well, I recently bought three DVDs (training with food, markers & playing tug) along with a collar, tug and leash. Being a new dog owner, I at first was skeptical of some of your training methods, but the more I have read into (and watched) on your training the more I find your methods make sense. I've been recommending you to many people and I hope your Australian market increases. My German Shepherd Pup is growing into an extremely well natured adult, who is extremely obedient and seems to like nothing better than training time.
Thanks again.

Steve in Australia

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On April 18th, Michael Ellis is adding a new course to his school for dog trainers, MOTIVATION: Advanced Techniques for Increasing Motivation and Drive. This is a 5 day course in which trainers will learn about "making the reward an event,” using restraint to build drive/motivation, proper play techniques (tugging and retrieving games), individual play styles, the use of “food as a toy,” and channeling a dogs energy during development. Read more here.

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