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August 26, 2010

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Michael Ellis on Selecting Tug Toys for Puppies

Michael Ellis on Selecting Tug Toys for Puppies


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Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours | $65.00

Training the Retrieve with Michael Ellis

3 Hours Long

This DVD is 3 hours long. You can read the chapter headings below. It is by far the most comprehensive step-by-step training DVD on teaching a dog to retrieve that we have ever seen. It will replace both of our previous retrieval training DVDs.

If you are a student of marker training or interested in marker training you will love Michael Ellis’ approach to this work. Because the system is founded in markers there is a minimal amount of force used in our training. It is our belief that a dog should not be force trained to retrieve.

We recommend the viewer have an understanding of marker training before beginning this work. This is all covered in the earlier DVDs we have done with Michael Ellis.

Chapters in this DVD

  • Michael Ellis' Opening Lecture on the Steps of Training the Retrieve
  • Pattern Retrieving Games
  • Step One - Holding the Dog's Muzzle
  • Students Learning the Hold
  • Retraining Older Dogs to Hold
  • Review of Training Steps Before Pickup Training
  • Trouble Shooting the Hold 
  • When to use a Tug Reward 
  • When to Switch the Retrieve Object to a Dumbbell
  • Training the Pickup 
  • Introducing the Dog to the Tossed Dumbbell
  • When to Mark the Pickup 
  • Proofing the Exercise 
  • Free Shaping
  • Advance Training - Introducing New Retrieve Objects
  • Two lectures on Michael Reviewing the Retrieve 

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Have a Question on Dog Training?

Have you checked the Leerburg Discussion Board? It is one of the most active dog web boards on the internet. The Leerburg Web Board has over 16,000 Members with over 165 forums and 269,000 posts in its archives. The web board also has an excellent search engine that only searches the web board's 212,000 posts.


Featured Question & Answers

Our newsletter will always contain several featured customer Q&As from that week.
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!!!

Question: My dog chases shadows constantly, do you have any suggestions?

Hi Cindy,

I have a Doberman who is now 16 months old. Since she was a puppy she has been very sensitive to shadows. If I don’t have the dominant dog collar on her I can not control her. I have tried everything. Letting her jump on the shadows so she see’s it is nobody. Using a spray bottle & spraying her. Verbal commands. Trying to break her concentration when she sees the shadow.  I have a white plastic fence all around my property so there are shadows everywhere. She just barks & jumps at the shadows uncontrolled. I have done all I can do to hold her back. Please help. Any suggestions.


This is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. If you don’t stop this behavior when you first notice it, the result can be a dog that is neurotic (as you have found out). What you are experiencing is why I tell people to never use those laser lights around dogs, many dogs will become fixated on chasing those as well. Tail chasing is also another variation of the same thing.

I would likely try using an electric collar to interrupt her behavior the MOMENT you notice her fixating. If you wait until she’s already pulling you or chasing the shadow it’s too late. Interrupt her the moment you see the slightest intent. We have an excellent video on how to train a dog with the electric collar Electric Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

For times that you can’t watch her, I’d use a Tri-tronics Bark Limiter (since you said she vocalizes when she does this).

If this was my dog, she would never be off leash or unattended, EVER. This is a self rewarding behavior that becomes an obsession, so if you work on it for 6 months and then think she’s better and put her outside alone she will likely go right back to it. Having an OCD dog is all about management, usually for the life of the dog.

Good luck

Cindy Rhodes

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


Question: I just lost my 3 year old dog to bloat, what can I do to prevent going through this with my next dog?

I know you are probably busy - so I'll make this as short as possible. I am an RN (feel like I should have known what to do...) who just lost a 3 year old AKC beautiful male shepherd to bloat (fast). Fortunately, the vet had administered pain medication. I read posts on your site from similar BROKEN HEARTED people. You mentioned - no experience of it w/ your dogs?

Question #1 - I have a nephew of my dog’s ordered - but am thinking now, I don't want to go thru this again... Is it hereditary? i.e. should I go thru another breeder, instead of same one? #2. What are the things I can do to TRY and ensure not to go through this hell again? Thank You


I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your dog, it’s very sad.

I believe there can be a genetic component to bloat, but it’s impossible to say for sure. There are so many varying opinions about how to prevent bloat, with a lot of factors at work.

I believe the dog’s genetics, overall health, size, temperament, diet and exercise all play a big role. I don’t feed or water my dogs when they are really overheated or have done heavy exercise. I don’t feed or water my dogs right before heavy exercise or training. Some people say to elevate the food bowls, some people say NOT to elevate the bowls. I don’t feed my dogs and then put them in a highly stimulating environment (like in a kennel or fenced yard with lots of activity to get them riled up). I’m not obsessive about it, but I do think about what my plans are for the day before I give my dogs a big meal or let them slurp down a big amount of water.

I am a firm believer in a raw diet and have fed raw for many years. Common sense tells me that a raw diet isn’t going to expand and produce the gas in the stomach that a kibble diet does. 

We do not have a history of bloat in our dogs, and I find it hard to believe it’s merely luck. I think it’s a combination of many things.

A google search on bloat will turn up a lot of info for you to consider as well.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Health.


Question: I want to order one of your new dog bowls, what size should I get?

Hi Cindy,

Quick question, regarding the new skid stop slow feed bowl, what size should I get? I feed my adult GSD 5 cups a day in 2 feedings.



Hi Keith,

The amount these bowls will hold is a “rough measurement” based on kibble size. I used a smaller pieced kibble and this is roughly what I measured:

Jumbo: 7 cups
Large: 3 ½ cups
Medium: 2 cups

I measured up to the dividers, not putting food on top of them. I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Skid Stop Slow Feed Dog Bowl.

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*Our newsletter is a big success and we would like to send out a huge THANKS to our wonderful customers! Since beginning this newsletter our volume of email has greatly increased and you may have a longer than usual wait for a reply to your question. We will answer; it just may take us a bit longer than you are accustomed to. In order to speed up this process, please condense your questions to a paragraph or two. This will make it MUCH easier for us to answer in a timely fashion. Your questions are important to us and we always appreciate receiving them. If you have a medical issue or emergency, please consult with a health care professional right away. We can’t diagnose or treat sick dogs via email. Also, try using the search function on our site - it now searches the site AND the web board. Thank you. Ed & Cindy

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Ed & Cindy,

Thanks for all the great information you have provided me through your website and online store. I’ve purchased you "Establishing Pack Leader" and "Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs" which have really taught my wife and I a lot and helped our three year old GSD behave like a gentleman.

When we first got our male GSD at the age of seven months old, he had absolutely no training and showed signs of what we were told was fear aggression toward dogs and children. His original owners told us that the only time he even wore a collar was to go to the vet. The family gave us a sob-story about allergies and had to give him up. We believe a seven month old GSD with no training was just too much for them to handle.  

Upon bringing him home, we immediately purchased a prong collar and put him in training. A woman in our class turned me on to your website and we purchased your DVD’s shortly after. Marshal (our GSD) is now a Canine Good Citizen, certified Therapy Dog and is working on his Rally Excellent and should receive his third leg of his CD next weekend. 

Anyways… last week, our neighbor’s dog (who has very little training and is not fenced) crossed over our invisible fence and Marshal started to "scrap" with him. As soon as I heard what was going on, I called him to me.  He came to me immediately and the other dog took off back into his own yard.  Neither dog was injured and it appeared to be a lot of trash-talking. 

Shortly after that, I was walking Marshal on lead and the dog got loose again and charged us. 

I did two things to defuse the situation. The first… which as I was doing it thought to myself "this is wrong"… was to get my leg in between the two. While I knew it was wrong, my brain didn’t talk to me leg fast enough and I got bit (by my own dog). It wasn’t bad and just barely broke the skin – barely enough to even send you a picture. I know it was completely my fault and do not blame either dog. I’ve watched your video and read your newsletter and I know better. 

The second thing I did… after pausing for a millisecond was to think…"What would Ed do?"  I remembered your instructions is how to break up a dog fight and yelled…as loud as I could "Marshal… SIT"  and to the other dog "Get the h*ll out of here" (I think those were your exact words from the video). My dog sat… and the other ran away back to his house. I was amazed that it actually worked. 

I went back home, cleaned my wound and reminded my wife what she should / should not (I showed her my leg) do if that ever happens again.  

Your newsletters, podcasts, DVDs and articles are all great. I commend you for the work you do with dogs and the information you make available to other dog owners. Now if you could only find a way to make all dog owners wake up and follow your advice…


While watching the 'Power of food' DVD, I noticed some people in the DVD had problems taking getting to their treats in time because they had them in a plastic bag. I put my treats in a small 'Tupperware' container in my pocket. I can use it in my vest, or shorts pocket. When I'm done, I just pull it out and put the cap on and if needed, put it in the fridge. No mess in my pockets. There is the small bulge of the container in my pocket, but if I have a training vest on, does a bulge in my pocket matter? You probably have seen this but I thought I'd throw it out there just in case it's new to somebody.


Ps The videos are great!

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A list of Michael Ellis Seminars

There are still some openings for upcoming classes!

The next Obedience Intensive course in October is filling up fast, only 5 spots left! There are a only 2 more openings in the next Protection Theory courses. The section on Theory starts on July 26th and the Decoy section begins August 2nd.


The next
K-9 Basic Course
will be held in the Albuquerque Metro Area

Beginning October 11th. 
There are still a couple slots left.

Info is available at http://www.k9services.com
You can find standards and the syllabus for the courses here.

Kevin Sheldahl

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