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New Michael Ellis Training DVD

Teaching Protection Skills to Your Dog Without a Decoy with Michael Ellis DVD Commercial

Teaching Protection Skills Without a Decoy
with Michael Ellis

2 Hours, 45 Minutes

Leerburg is about to release the latest training DVD that we have produced with Michael Ellis. The DVD is titled “TEACHING PROTECTION SKILLS WITHOUT A DECOY.” This 2 hour and 45 minute video has been in the works for about 2 years.

For the last 10 years, Michael has given seminars 45 weekends a year. Many of the training groups and clubs that Michael taught did not have access to a regular decoy. Over the years Michael developed this training program that allowed his training groups to practice biting skills while he was gone.

Many of the members of these groups have gone on to get Schutzhund and Ring Sport titles. His system has been used on police service dogs, personal protection dogs and even Agility dogs. Many top Agility trainers are learning the value of teaching their dogs advanced tug skills.

This DVD is an in-depth, step by step study of Michael’s system on establishing the foundation of biting skills without a helper or decoy. Trainers only need a friend or family member that will handle a bite wedge, a bite tug or a high value toy to assist them in rewarding correct behavior.

The value of the training methods we show are that the dogs learn correct behavior and capping skills at a lower drive level. In the training steps, Michael explains how to start the training for each skill. He also explains when to add drive and stressors for these various protection skills. When these things are done correctly the work with decoys goes much faster and with fewer mistakes.

This is the 6th DVD in our series of training videos that we have done with Michael Ellis. We assume that the people who want to learn the work in this video know and understand marker training (THE POWER OF TRAINING DOGS WITH MARKERS and THE POWER OF TRAINING YOUR DOG WITH FOOD). We also must assume that the trainers who wish to do this work know and understand the concepts we teach in our DVD titled THE POWER OF PLAYING TUG WITH YOUR DOG. The work in these 3 previous DVDs encompasses 13 ½ hours of work. It would be impossible to include all that in this DVD.

We anticipate shipping the DVD the week of June 24th. The editing is finished and we are waiting on the post production work.

At this time we are accepting pre-orders.

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June 16, 2011 | 6 Minutes, 58 Seconds

NEW DVD Coming Soon!

Puppy Bite Work Development
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This new Ellis DVD is the next DVD release from Leerburg.com. If you would like to be notified of the release of these DVDs, please send an email to book@leerburg.com. We will then add your name and email address to our DVD notification list.

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Michael Ellis Lecture on the Foundation of Protection Work
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Featured Question & Answers

Question: We’ve been raising our younger dog for protection work and following the guidelines in Raising a Working Puppy. When we go on vacation next month, I doubt our dog sitter will keep our dogs from playing together & I doubt she’ll just feed him and not interact with him. Will this undo all our hard work?

We have a 5 month old Doberman, and a 6 year old Doberman. Both are house dogs, but we're also raising the puppy for protection work. Our breeder made us aware of your website, and I must say, it is wonderful!! I've had many dogs, and felt I knew how to train them. But your system of marker training is incredible! It has opened my eyes. Thank you for such a complete and thorough training system and website.

We're following your DVD on raising a working puppy, and incorporating the advice you gave on raising a working puppy that is also a family pet. Our concern is that we go on vacation next month, and one of the ladies who works at our vet's office will be keeping the dogs at her home for the week we're gone. She's kept our dogs before, but not this puppy. I doubt she can keep the dogs from playing together, and I doubt she will simply feed the puppy and not interact with him. Will this week of play and fun for the puppy un-do all my hard work with him so far?
Thanks for answering.

Cindy's Response:

Hopefully since you’ve had time to lay out a good foundation for the puppy, you’ll simply have to be very stringent in your rules when you return. It’s not ideal that she wouldn’t follow your guidelines but since the pup is already 5 months old it should be ok in the long run. Just be aware there may be some setbacks, but putting the dogs back under house rules when you return should quickly get things back to normal.

Good luck! Have a great vacation.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Raising a Working Puppy.


Question: As dogs fed a raw diet age, does the diet have to change? If so, at what age?

Hi Cindy,

I'm sure with all the emails that you get, you might not remember me, but you and Ed have been a great help to our family. Your advice, videos, products, and web site helped us to raise a beautiful, well behaved Lab. Jake is now six years old and has been on a raw diet (your exact weekly menu) and the vitamins you recommend since he was about four months old.

I know that as cats and dogs get older, they need - and should have - less protein in their diets. As dogs fed a raw diet age, does the diet have to change? And if so, at what age?

I know how busy you are, so perhaps you can recommend a book that discusses this. Thanks so much!


Cindy's Response:

I don’t change the diet for my older dogs, except to maybe alter the portion sizes as needed to keep them at a healthy weight or I may offer ground raw food & bones if they lose their teeth as they age.

I may also add some joint support, if they are showing some arthritis (i.e. Comfort aches, Syn-Flex, Soothe Joints).

The best books for learning about the raw diet are Raw Dog Food and Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats. We used to give both these books to our puppy customers and rarely got questions about the diet. One of the newer feeding books we offer is Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. This title covers homemade cooked & raw diets complete with recipes. I highly recommend all these books.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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


Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Search Engine. This search engine was written specifically for Leerburg by our in house IT manager. Our search engine is specific to Leerburg and only searches leerburg.com and the Leerburg web forum. If you can't find the answer to your question by using our search engine, you can email Cindy here at Leerburg at cindyr@leerburg.com. If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

Nice Emails from Customers
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Because I stayed calm and used your method of breaking up a dog fight, I avoided being one of your gruesome photos on your Dog Bite site.

While I didn’t execute the break-up perfectly, I surely did things in a much safer manner! I have 2 Aussies that are siblings. I feed the female (the aggressor) in the kitchen and the male in the living room, mostly so the female doesn’t go after the male’s food. He normally submits to her.

Well, I’ve started using the Honest Kitchen raw dog food and they both really love it! This time when the female tried to raid the males bowl, the male said no way and their first real fight ensued. I have to say, my first instinct was to reach for a collar, but then I stopped, collected myself and went and got 2 belts. I slipped one belt around the female’s back hip area and basically dragged them both over to a door. I secured the belt to the door handle. I then put the 2nd belt around the male and pulled him up off his feet and he let go. There was some blood but nothing too bad.

I work in the aviation safety business and a rule of thumb is, in an emergency, your brain will take you back to the last training you had. This was the case for me. So please remind all your readers to LISTEN TO THE SAFETY BRIEFING and look for your exits when you get on board an aircraft. You’ll be the one that knows how to get out!

Best Regards,

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