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August 2, 2012
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Sneak Peak at Finishing Work: Reducing the Frequency of Rewards and Use of Punishment

Sneak Peak at "Finishing Work: Reducing the Frequency of Rewards and the Use of Punishment"

Take a look at what will be covered in Leerburg's newest DVD with Michael Ellis by watching this sneak peak of the first 2 minutes of the DVD. In this 2 minute clip, Michael Ellis will explain what will be covered in the DVD as well as how it will be laid out.

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New Michael Ellis DVD
2 New Michael Ellis DVDs -- "Finishing Work" & "Training the Recall"

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 Ed went to California to spend a week filming these new training DVDs with Michael.
Ed Frawley, Michael Ellis and Ed Frawley

Our main project will be a DVD titled “Finishing Work: Reducing the Frequency of Rewards and the Use of Punishment.”  This DVD will cover how to prepare your dog for a competition. People have asked, “What kind of competition?” The answer is every type of dog sport competition. This new DVD will teach people who train with markers (conditioned reinforcement) 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 punishments. We will explain when it is appropriate and when it is inappropriate to use punishment. 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.

The 2nd DVD that was filmed is titled “Training the Recall with Michael Ellis.” This DVD will break down step by step how to train your dog to successfully recall through any type of distraction. The recall is probably the most important skill for any dog and through the techniques taught in this DVD any one can learn how to train it and be successful.

Both DVDs are currently in the editing stage of production. Check our newsletters for trailers of each DVD in the coming weeks.

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

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My 6 year old dog has a growing issue with barking, can you give me some direction?

Hi Cindy,

I have a high energy 6 year old female GS. She’s gone through basic obedience but seems to have a growing issue with barking. My house backs up to a park and she often hears other dogs etc, which spurs the barking. I have heard the best way to control barking is to teach the dog “when to bark” thus I would assume this works in reverse? If this is the case, can you give me some direction on how to control her barking when told?

Cindy's Response:

We have a question & answer section on barking, you may get some ideas here.

If the dog is barking when she’s alone, it’s much harder to correct. The key to working on any behavioral problem is to interrupt the behavior (either with words or a leash/collar, etc) and give the dog an alternative behavior. I agree that if you teach her to bark on command, that you can then teach her "Quiet." I’d also control her access to the areas where you know she’s going to bark (i.e. looking out a window or door). Controlling the environment is a big part of controlling barking. I know this because I have Malinois and they are quick to bark at things in the environment.

If she’s barking when she’s alone, sometimes the answer is a bark collar. In that case I would suggest either the Einstein BarkLess or Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter.

Cindy Rhodes

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

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

Have a question for Ed & Cindy? Try the Leerburg Q&A Search. 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 Walkeez Harness

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I bought a different harness, from a different website, that was stretched out of shape in just one weekend--by a dog that doesn't even pull hard! I then found this harness and ordered it. It fits great, does NOT stretch and the padding makes it look very comfortable. The fit allows the dog's head to go down to the ground without putting pressure on the trachea which is what I was looking for.

I also like the option of many different colors--it may be just me but I like separate color options for each of my dogs. I would definitely recommend this harness (and have!).

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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