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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

This video is for anyone who ever wonders what happens behind and between the scenes while filming Leerburg videos. We would like to thank everyone who came out last week and helped with the filming of the new Michael Ellis DVDs. We filmed a new DVD on "Training the Recall" and a second DVD on "Preparing Your Dog for a Competition and Introducing Aversives (corrections)."

July 30, 2012   |   3 Minutes, 20 Seconds

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New Michael Ellis DVD
New Michael Ellis DVD

This past spring we had planned on producing two new DVDs with Michael Ellis. Due to unforeseen circumstances (basically me getting two total knee replacements that took longer to heal than anticipated), we had to reschedule. At the end of July, Jeff and I will be flying to California to spend a week filming these new training DVDs with Michael.

Michael Ellis

Our main project will be a DVD titled “Preparing your Dog for a Competition.” When I first explain this to friends they always ask, “What kind of competition?” The answer is every type of dog sport competition. This new DVD will teach people who train with markers (operant conditioning) how to wean their dog off food rewards and/or toy rewards in preparation for taking their dog into any dog sport competition. This is an extremely important skill to learn because to do it correctly and still maintain motivation and drive is an art form.

The DVD is also going to teach trainers how to introduce their dog to aversives (corrections). We will explain when it is appropriate and when it is inappropriate to use aversives. We will also explain how to approach this work based on the temperament and the drive of individual dogs. Internal dogs are trained differently than external dogs; hard dogs are trained differently than soft dogs. Trainers must learn how to tailor their training program according to the temperament, the genetics, and the drive levels of their dog.

Our training is directed to those who use a positive training system, or in other words, those who use a foundation of markers or clickers in their work.

If you would like to be notified when this DVD is ready to ship, send us an email at

Leerburg Q&A

Question: My 10 week old puppy has coccidia and is being treated for it. His appetite is OK but hes not interested in treats, should I hold off on training with food right now?

I just got a male 10 week old GSD puppy 3 days ago. He has coccidia and I have started him on the medication the vet recommended. His appetite is decent not voracious. He is lively and healthy. However, I wonder if I should hold off beginning high value rewards for marker training until he finishes the medication? At the moment Zuke's small cookies do not interest him enough.


I wouldn’t worry about doing any training with food until the pup is feeling 100% and his appetite is great.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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!

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 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 If you have your spam filter on, make sure you set it to receive our replies!!!

Customer Comments

on Leerburg's 2" Reflective Ultra Tracking Harness

I have over 15 years of tracking experience and have used many types of of tracking harnesses. I do love a quality leather harness but these are hard to maintain in harsh weather conditions. I saw the Ultra Tracking Harness and its design, fastening and adjustments caught my eye. Reflective also makes it suitable for night tracking. When it arrived I tried it on several of my dogs ranging from Border Collies, GSP and Australian Shepherds and it adjusted to fit the range. Sat well without any restriction on airways, easy to fit and to put on the dog. Just wish they made one for smaller breeds.

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

In the fall of 2012, Michael Ellis will be moving his school for dog trainers to Santa Rosa, CA. The new location is much larger than his current location and will allow Michael to add additional classes and courses to the curriculum. In early 2013, Michael is planning to add a course for military veterans. This course will be specifically tailored to veterans who are getting out of the military.

Read more for additional information and dates.

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