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  December 27, 2012
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Brand New Michael Ellis DVD! -- All new HD video -- All new audio -- A new training outline -- The Power of Training Dogs with Food with Michael Ellis

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Food vs. Toy & Why?

Food vs. Toy & Why?
From The Power of Training Dogs with Food

This short video is taken directly from our new DVD The Power of Training Dogs with Food. This is just a short excerpt from the video for everyone to get a feel for the quality of the new video footage and audio.

The first DVD we produced in our series of DVDs with Michael Ellis was The Power of Training Dogs with Food. The video footage for that DVD came from a number of Michael's training seminars that were held here at Leerburg and other locations around the country.

We are pleased to announce the release of a new and updated version of The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

This new video was filmed entirely in HD. We did not use any of the video footage from the original DVD. In addition, the new DVD was produced from a totally new training outline and layout.

This project has been in the works for more than a year. We flew out to CA and filmed one of Michael's courses and then Michael flew to Wisconsin to finish the filming for the new outline.

We are in the final stages of production on the new release. We anticipate sending it off to be pressed into DVDs later this week. It usually takes two weeks to get the product back to us.

Customers who have already purchased the older version of this DVD should have received an email with a discount for this new DVD.

December 27, 2012   |   1 Minutes, 4 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: My dog is motivated in training but when I get to a trial she sniffs and looks away. It looks like she has no motivation in the ring. Do you have any pointers?


I do obedience training with my 3 year old springer. When I practice with her she is very motivated and does what I ask. I am in open A CKC. When I go to a trial, she is in her own world and does not cooperate and sniffs and looks away.

I have just purchased the Michael Ellis DVD Focused Heeling. I have practiced this a week and I do see an improvement. How long does this take, I practice a little every day?

It almost looks that she is not motivated when I go in the ring? Do you have any pointers?

Cindy's Response:

If your dog is lacking motivation, then you need to back up your training even more.

I’d find whatever primary reinforcer holds the most value for her and work simply on getting her engaged with you.

This is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food and Advanced Concepts in Motivation. If she likes to play tug, The Power of Playing Tug with your Dog.

I can’t tell you how long this will take, because it’s different for every dog and handler.

If you go to our free streaming videos and search on engagement you will see examples of what I am referring to.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on the Focused Heeling DVD.

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!!!

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