The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work

with Michael Ellis

Skill Level: Beginner

Length: 4 Modules

Access Period: Unlimited

Price: $50.00

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In this course Michael Ellis covers training puppies that are 8 weeks (pre-teething) through the adolescence phases of bite training. As general rule adolescence ends between 12 months to 16 months of age but various from dog to dog.


Michael will also cover the theory behind protection work from a training perspective. We will discuss the various venues for protection work (police service, personal protection, Schutzhund/IPO, French/Mondio ring, KNPV, and Belgian ring) and how they differ in theory and practice, as well as their historical significance and their influence on the techniques we use today.


This course introduces the equipment used in protection work, common safety measures, and the general “do’s and don’ts” of the work. We will cover the mechanics of working a protection dog with both the sleeve and the bite suit, proper targeting, techniques for working both upper and lower body dogs, and the differences between the various protection venues as it relates to helper/decoy work. 


We will define terms commonly used in protection work, and learn to apply them in practical situations, as well as examining the strengths and short-comings of “drive theory” as it relates to protection work.


We will discuss techniques for creating a strong protection dog and learn to read basic canine body language as it relates to this goal. We will learn how to establish a behavioral baseline for a given dog based on genetic gripping style, body language, and other external signs, and we will cover the role of the handler in protection work.



 Course Outline


Module 1   Introduction and Terms
  Segment 1 Meet Michael Ellis
  Segment 2 Thresholds
  Segment 3 Equipment
Module 2   Pre-Teething and Teething
  Segment 1 Channeling the Dog's Energy
  Segment 2  Foundation Work
  Segment 3 Holding and Carrying Equipment
  Segment 4 Pre-Teething Work
  Segment 5 Equipment Bias and Building Engagement
  Segment 6 Adding the Harness
  Segment 7 The Role of the Decoy
  Segment 8 Man Orientation
  Segment 9 Countering
Module 3   Adolescent and Young Adult
  Segment 1 Switching to the Next Phase
  Segment 2 Running the Dog Around the Helper
  Segment 3 Back Pressure
  Segment 4 Working with Adult Dogs
  Segment 5 Transitioning to Leg Bites
  Segment 6 Biting Styles
  Segment 7 Problem Solving
Module 4   What's Next?
  Segment 1 Continue Your Education with Michael


This course is a must for anyone doing decoy/helper work, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in protection sports, aggression in dogs, or canine behavior.




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What's the difference between this course, the DVD, and the stream?


DVD:  4 hours (physical copy)

Stream:  4 hours, lifetime access, stream from anywhere

Online Course:  48 videos (233 minutes), text content, lifetime access, stream from anywhere on any smart device

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