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Leash Skills with Michael Ellis

Leash Skills with Michael Ellis

The majority of dog owners only use their leash when taking their dog for a walk. A large number of those people are being pulled down the street each and every time they attempt to walk their dog. No one enjoys this experience, which is why we have produced this DVD on how to use your leash as a tool to communicate with your dog. Through a process called "leash pressure," we can teach the dog how to politely walk on the leash by implementing the skill we call "Loose Leash Walking."

Three of the most common questions we receive about Michael Ellis' training system are:
1. What is Leash Pressure?
2. How do you teach Leash Pressure?
3. When is it appropriate to incorporate Leash Pressure into your training program?

The content of this video is an expansion of the Leash Pressure information, which is covered briefly in our video, Focused Heeling.

This training will allow you to use the leash as a communication tool, which means giving your dog directional cues using pressure or slight pulls on the lead.

The DVD will break down how to establish leash pressure in a detailed, step-by-step process. We will also cover practical applications of this new skill. Everyday uses for leash pressure include loose leash walking, finishes, heeling, recalls and play.

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Student Comment on the Basic Dog Obedience Course

As I look back over the course materials it gives me great hope that I can be a better owner for my dogs. I realize that it is more of training myself than the dog. If I do the fundamentals correctly my dog will learn quickly and feel like he is making me happy.

My dog is in puppy level two obedience training, I wish that we had known about the Look and Hand Touch, I think this would have helped him tremendously.

I am so glad that you mention on your website about not raising two puppies at once. I found it very interesting that dogs do not need other dogs to play with.

I will definitely be implementing the "place" command with my pup. We have actually started that with his trainer. I am also very lucky to have the trainer we have as many, many things she has taught us you also use and recommend.

In week 4 the last three questions on the test are not plain in the material. I felt the questions were maybe worded different. Or just not plain to me. Again it could be just me. I feel a controlled environment would be a fenced in environment which is mentioned in the videos.

Overall I am very pleased. I have bought many things from your website and will continue to do so. I think your information is great. I think your love for allllll breeds is great and you and your employees/facility are doing a great job.

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Question: I bought the Michael Ellis retrieve video to work on my dog's habit of chewing and pouncing on the dumbbell. I've been working on this for 2 weeks and I'm not seeing any changes. How should I address these issues?

I recently bought Michael's DVD on teaching the retrieve. She's all about retrieving, but she chews on the dumbbell. I switched to the PVC pipe like Michael suggested in the DVD.  I've been working with her for two weeks using the PVC pipe and I'm not seeing any change in the chewing. I've tried reinforcing the hold by giving the command again and using my hand under her chin to hold her head up. She still continues to move it around in her mouth. Also, she's a maniac when she runs out to retrieve. Sometimes she overshoots the dumbbell and then pounces on it like it's a toy. How should I address these issues?

Cindy's Response:

It's going to take longer than 2 weeks to fix this. I would NOT be throwing any dumbbells or any other retrieve item until you have resolved the issue of holding calmly. Depending on how long you allowed her to chew and pounce in the past it can take a long time to fix. You need to break it down and start from scratch and reward a moment of calm holding. If you get ahead of yourself and go back to throwing the dumbbell right now she won't have enough reps of the behavior you are looking for.



Thank you for your help Cindy!

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

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Leather Police Leash


Wow! I just got this leash and as I was fooling around with it, the leather softened up in my hands.

What a great leash! I can wrap it around my chest and have a two-foot, hands-free leash (with the prong collar adapter, it's two and a half feet). I can unhook it from my chest and hook my end back to the first ring and get a six-foot leash. I can hook my end to the second ring and get a four-foot leash.

I have a big, dominant dog so I'm always folding up my six-foot leash in my hands to keep my dog closer to me. The chest-wrap position is a perfect distance from me and easy on my hands.

I got the leash because he is a dominant dog and I wanted the protection in case of a dog fight. But having gotten this one, I'll send the dominant dog leash back and get another Police Leash instead! One to use and one to put in my pack as a back-up for emergencies. I love it!

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