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August 16, 2012
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Michael Ellis Proofing the Recall

Michael Ellis Proofing the Recall

In this short video, you will see Michael Ellis and Forrest Micke executing call offs and call aways. This footage was taken from our newest DVD with Michael Ellis, Training the Recall.

August 16, 2012   |   3 Minute, 14 Seconds

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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

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Question: Our female has been fed a raw diet since she was 6 months old with no problems. She is in the early stages of a planned pregnancy and the only vet I have access to advises I should stop raw feeding and switch her to Science Diet puppy food. I donít want to do that, can you help?


We have a Standard Poodle who is in the early stages of her first pregnancy. She has been on a raw food diet since she was 6 months old with no problems. We started her on the raw diet because she was having skin issues and goopy, runny eyes and the diet just makes sense. Her skin and eye issues have disappeared and she seems to be very healthy and happy. We live in a very small town so my Vet options are limited. I was told a Vet in town was familiar with the raw diet, but what I wasn’t told is that she is not a big fan of it. She says that the diet is un balanced and very high in calcium and phosphorus, both of which are damaging to the kidneys. So long story short she said I should stop the raw food and put her on a Science Diet program with puppy food in the last 3 weeks of her pregnancy. I really don’t want to do that, I feel lost. She weighs almost 50 lbs and this is what her diet consists of: beef (we raise it ourselves), lamb, goat (raised by a friend and processed by my husband and I), turkey necks, chicken (breast, thighs, legs backs necks), pork (whatever may be on sale), organic beef liver and heart muscle, eggs (we raise), salmon oil and Vit E, along with a vegetable mix that I have just introduced recently. It consists of whole eggs, apple cider vinegar, black strap molasses, powdered Vit C, and any kind of veggies that are around (kale, broccoli, yams…). I believe what I am doing is correct but it’s a bit scary not having a Vet to consult with. Can you help? I am a bit unsure on how much I should increase her portions and what to do while she is nursing to keep her weight up. Also should I be using some sort of supplement?

Thank You

Cindy's Response:

I feed pregnant dogs just like all my other dogs with the exception that I make sure they do get some carbs (either in the form of veggies or organic grains).

I also cut the bone content in the last few weeks of pregnancy, there is a really great group on the internet called rawbreeder, you may want to check it out. I don’t usually post but I do read this list every day, even though I haven’t had a litter in a while. There are many knowledgeable raw feeding breeders there.

Do you have any raw feeding books on hand?

If not, I’d recommend Natural Nutrition for Dogs & Cats and Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs. This title covers homemade cooked & raw diets complete with recipes.

I also could give you the contact info for one of my vets, she does phone and email consults and is a raw feeding advocate. She helps me a lot via phone and email (she lives over 1 ½ hours from me so I rarely drive over there).

Dr. Jessica Levy

Good luck with your upcoming litter!
I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes


Cindy –

Just a quick Thanks for your reply and the name and e-mail of one of your vets it’s much appreciated.

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

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 Tri-Tronics Sport Combo G3 EXP ECollar

Bought this to work 2 rotts. The product is very durable, and very solid. The complaint I have is with the design. It is not easily deployed in an emergency. You must flip a switch to control the second dog. Often, both dogs need correction at the same time, such as when another dominant dog approaches. I am looking purchasing the Einstein 700 mainly because it has a more ergo design, that allows both dogs to be stimulated simultaneously. In summary, the G3 is a great collar/receiver, but is designed for controlling sport dogs working a field, rather than dominant dogs that can both react to perceived threats simultaneously.

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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