Training the Jumps

with Michael Ellis

Skill Level: Advanced

Length: 3 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $55.25

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Michael Ellis' system of dog training has its foundation in marker training (operant conditioning). When Michael teaches the jumps, it is all done through motivational methods, there are no corrections. The foundation for all of Michael's training is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food and The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog. The work in these two DVDs give trainers the tools they will need to reward their dog in any and every exercise they wish to train a dog. We recommend that trainers know and understand the foundation of food and tug training that's covered in 9.5 hours of these DVDs before attempting to teach their dog to jump.


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. We'll be covering 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.

Once a dog has learned to jump with fluency and form, we then teach the dog to jump in high drive. Dogs need to learn how to jump when they are in drive during the long jump; during the retrieve over the jump; and during the palisade.

The foundation of this work can begin with teaching very small puppies touch pads and the pattern of the jump. The DVD I produced with Michael on The Power of Training Dogs with Food has a segment on touch pads. The course has taken that information and expanded on it. We include students in the Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in California going through the learning process to teach their dogs touch pads.

Michael has a very specific step-by-step approach to train a dog to jump. His dog sport of choice is the Mondio Ring Sport which requires dogs to jump a 1.2 meters (47.2 inches) hurdle. To jump hurdles of this height with fluency and form requires a solid training program. Michael’s system works perfectly for those training in AKC obedience competitions, for Schutzhund competitors, or the French Ring Sport trainers.

The training steps for the Long Jump (or Broad Jump) are designed to be used for the Mondioring Sport. In Mondioring, the dogs have to jump 4 meters - 157.5 inches.

The last section covers training the palisade. Mondio 3 dogs have to climb a 2.3 meter palisade (that's 7 1/2 feet). Michael explains exactly when to start training the palisade and how to determine when to increase the height of the wall during your training steps. We explain how to pick the start point and how and when to help a dog that struggles. Correct form on palisade requires a dog to scale the wall and hook his feet over the top, then pull himself up and climb over. Because the palisade is so tall it's important for the safety of the dog that they learn this exercise correctly. 

 

 

 Course Outline

 

Module 1   Welcome! Let's Get Started
     
  Segment 1 Meet Michael Ellis
  Segment 2 Where to Begin
     
Module 2   Training Steps
     
  Segment 1 Where to Begin
  Segment 2  Touch Pads
  Segment 3 Training the Pattern
  Segment 4 Setting the Takeoff Distance
  Segment 5 The Dogs Physical Limits
  Segment 6 The Retrieve
  Segment 7 Proofing
  Segment 8 The Hurdle
  Segment 9 Long Jump
  Segment 10 Long Jump - Steps
  Segment 11 The Palisade
     
Module 3   Where to Go From Here
     
  Segment 1 Continue Your Education with Michael

TARGET AUDIENCE

Anyone

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Michael Ellis’ system of dog training has its foundation in marker training (operant conditioning). When Michael teaches the jumps, it is all done through motivational methods, there are no corrections. The foundation for all of Michael's training is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food and The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog. The work in these two DVD and courses gives trainers the tools they will need to reward their dog in any and every exercise they wish to train a dog. We recommend that trainers know and understand the foundation of food and tug training before attempting to teach their dog to jump.

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DVD:  2 hours 50 minutes (physical copy)

Stream:  2 hours 50 minutes, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course:  63 videos (2 hours and 50 minutes), text content, lifetime access, stream from anywhere on any smart device

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