This video is an in-depth, step by step study of Michael's system on establishing the foundation of biting skills without a helper or decoy. Trainers only need a friend or family member that will handle a bite wedge, a bite tug or a high value toy to assist them in rewarding correct behavior.
The first class in this 3-part series (Beginner) exposes students to groundwork skills and behaviors fundamental to the heeling relationship as well as core concepts necessary for preparation to more advanced stages of the training program. Video and discussion will focus heavily on handler and canine skill building, individual team troubleshooting, and maintaining a relationship-centered training partnership.
Part 2 of the Heeler's Toolbox series. This is a five week course detailing the evolution of our foundation heeling skills into more advanced precision heeling concepts. Each week will be dedicated to the breakdown, discussion, and application of a different Intermediate skill. Skills covered in the intermediate class include: 'Adding Movement - Critical First Steps', 'Proper Use of Toy Reward', ‘Reward Placement', ‘Bridge Behaviors’, and 'Touch Pads & Placeboards'. The class will be a mix of online peer discussion, written lecture, video lecture, and video homework assignments (students will be required to film their training for some portions of the class). This class is neither graded or pass / fail.
The third and final part of the Heeler's Toolbox series. Part 3 is a five module course detailing the evolution of our foundation heeling skills into more advanced precision heeling concepts. Skills covered in the Advanced class include: Advanced Perch Work, Basic to Advanced Footwork and Patterns, Indirect Reward Systems, Value Transfer Concepts, and Piece Work & Sequences. Class will be a mix of online peer discussion, written lecture, video lecture, and video homework assignments (students will be required to film their training for some portions of the class). This class is neither graded or pass / fail.
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The Principles of Dog Training II is only offered as a $1,600.00 Interactive course. At this time it is not offered as a self-study course. This second course is a continuation of Michael Ellis’s Principles of Dog Training ONE. The second course picks up directly where the first course left off. The interactive course is limited to 20 students at one time. Our interactive courses have direct access to Michael Ellis and his instructors. Michael gives weekly homework assignments in which students are asked to video tape their training session so Michael can observe and offer advice, he also answers forum questions, and has weekly live chats where he answers student questions. Interactive courses provide students who cannot travel to California and spend weeks in temporary housing the opportunity to learn from one of the best dog trainers in the world.
This course will cover how to select the correct remote collar for your dog, how to determine the levels to use during your training, and how to properly condition your dog to the electric collar. We'll also cover the prerequisites for what your dog should already know prior to layering the remote collar over behaviors. This course should give you a thorough understanding of how to begin your remote collar work in a way that eliminates any superstitious associations that your dog may develop from the remote collar.
This course is about how to approach dogs with different and varying degrees of drives and temperaments. It is an entry level course designed to teach you the quintessential concepts to maximize your dog's drive for the obedience work, as well as the initial steps critical for advancement.
This course is the next step or level for trainers who have taken our Basic Dog Obedience course. In Basic Obedience we covered the foundation for our reward based training system. Now in our Intermediate course you will now learn how to use those skills to train a number of important and useful behaviors that will be used in daily life.
Training dogs to give to pressure is revolutionary in the field of dog training. It teaches young dogs how to live with stress. The concept of "learning how to give to pressure" has been around for years in horse training, no one has introduced it into the world of dog training like Michael Ellis.
This course covers training puppies that are 8 weeks through adolescence. Adolescence varies from dog to dog. As general rule adolescence ends between 12 months to 16 months of age. From a training standpoint we detail the work up through teaching a young dog to bite leg sleeves. So in reality this course teaches trainers how to train young puppies on up to young dogs that are 12 to 16 months old. At the end of the training in this course the dogs will be ready to go onto a body bite suit or they will be ready to learn advanced training skills and exercises that are needed in the biting dog sports.
This course will cover how to prepare your dog for any type of competition. The course 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 information in this course is going to help you develop a road map to getting a grip on your dogs behavioral problems. If you are not physically strong enough or don't have the temperament to do the work necessary to solve the problem I believe that I have provided you the information needed to find a local person that is qualified to come in and help you.
The French ring and Mondio Ring decoys are the most skilled decoys in all of the biting dog sports. I chose to offer this seminar as a self-study course because it was so well organized and presented. The video contains the raw video footage that has been cut up and put into the various modules listed below. There are close to 100 short videos. I put this together to help people learn how to become safe skilled decoys. The information in this course will help train decoys in every biting sport, including police service work.
The goal of this training is to teach dog trainers how to turn a reward into an event for their dog. When trainers can learn these skills they are going to be able to manipulate the motivation and drive of their dogs.
In this course, Michael explains in detail how to manage your dog's drive during the jumping process. When handlers put their dogs in too much drive the dogs jump flat and have difficulty in jumping. This course explains how to determine how much drive your dog needs to learn to jump. Some lower drive dogs need to have their drive increased while high drive dogs need their training steps modified to allow them to concentrate on what you are asking them to do.