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Michael Ellis’ Philosophy of Puppy Teaching



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Michael Ellis is the finest doggy teaching instructor I have met because likely to my 1st Schutzhund seminar in 1974. Michael lives near San Francisco exactly where he operates a doggy teaching faculty that is directed in the direction of professional doggy trainers. This is exactly where men and women who have doggy teaching colleges occur to learn how to choose their individual teaching to a higher stage.

This video is of Michael conveying his strategy and philosophy of doggy teaching. He trains with markers and the lecture points out the foundation of his teaching. It was filmed at a teaching seminar below at Leerburg. Just after observing and listening to this lecture you will fully grasp why we resolved to generate a series of teaching DVDs with Michael Ellis.

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  1. Great video. I think the first important thing is to understand that corrections have their place but people that use corrections before teaching the dog something with positive reinforcers are making a mistake. And the part about teaching the dog how to stop receiving pressure is a good point too. The whole video is very good.

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  2. Wow.. Michael Ellis is fantastic. No B.S., easy to listen to, excellent at describing things in an understandable and interesting way. I will be purchasing as many DVDs as I can. Thanks

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  3. wow.. i have problems watching long videos without getting a bit tired or bored, but WOW.. this was just awesome.. He has such a incredible good way to explaine things in an detailed but not oevr the top way.. even complicated stuff .. he makes it so easy to understandand – for me not being from a country that speaks english on a daily bases – i did actually understand 99%.. so thank you SO much for the upload.. this really did a major change for me and my dogs.. <3

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  4. When he talks about non reinforcements, to me that's the same as a negative reinforcement . The the treat or toy is withheld because the dog did not do the action that was asked. .

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  5. Some solid info on reward-based training, but I'm not impressed by how he spoke of the giving corrections/positive punishment.

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  6. Supeеееr

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  7. great explanation

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  8. Thanks for the upload.

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  9. #Trief1962 +Anna Locke I agree. I loose everything (frequently). I never fail to leave the house without everything I need. Clickers and dog whistles don't stand a chance. My Voice is always with me and my dogs seem to do just fine with variations in tone. Same for the dog whistle – it will never be with you when you need a recall. Instead, perfect your own piercing strong whistle. Can't leave that "behind". @Shaun Bliss

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  10. WOW! SO many questions answered within the first 20 minutes

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  11. great teacher

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  12. Communicate with the dog with the leash, huh? What do you communicate with a prong collar. So disappointed. That type of collar is prohibited here in Sweden, as it's cruel.

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  13. The concept is so easy a dog can understand

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  14. I have had the pleasure of attending three Michael Ellis workshops. Although I do not compete in protection sport, his philosophy on dog training makes your dog the most willing participant you could imagine.  Michael's timing on corrections is phenomenal. His corrections are perfectly timed and the exact amount of tug on the collar so the dog understands perfectly what was wrong. I will gladly buy all his training videos for my pet dogs

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  15. Thank you for all your dedication….I use and promote your concepts where ever I can….maybe you could address sometime the best way to approach older shelter dogs…. I realize these practices are common for conditioning overall….but we deal with emotional damaged dogs with extra baggage….thank you again!

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  16. There are a LOT of terrific dog trainers on YouTube.  That being said, I am so impressed with this guy!  I got lots of stuff from watching this clip and think that it can make me a much better dog trainer.

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  17. Than you!

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  18. Hi Michael, First of all I really like the information you included here it makes lots of sense but I do have one question. I have a 12 month old Lab/ Shepard mix and he is calm (except for his puppy moments) When he does something correct I praise him (pet him, good boy etc) and he responds well to that so do I still need to reward with food/treats?

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  19. Boo! giving your dog treats is not necessary. Simply verbal praise and petting is enough.

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  20. I can't thank you enough for this!

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  21. Awesome video, thank you posting it up! I actually really liked the music haha, is it generic or by a particular artist?

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  22. good bits but he says everything 5 times: this video could and should have been at least 5 times shorter

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  23. In referance the person who said clicker training being better than saying 'yes', because the tone is more consistant… Perhaps, but your voice is ALWAYS with you. A clicker is not. Dont get me wrong – clicker training is a fabulous tool. But there are inconsistencies with clicker training too. How often i have seen people doing something else and suddenly noticing their dog and saying 'damn i wish i could have clicked that'. Or fumbling their clicker at the worst moment and missing the opportunity altogether. Or putting the clicker down for a moment to do something. You cant tell me this hasnt happened to you? We are human and there are always mistakes and room for improvement. 'Yes' is a perfectly good tool too. Clearly pros and cons to both. As with anything.

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  24. This is an excellent presentation of reward-based training.

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  25. For any one who thinks this is dense or wants to see it in action buy the DVDs from leerburg.com I did and it was definitely worth the money to have the sane relationship with your dog.

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  26. Best I have been shown — even for my strong minded Dachshund. Thank You Very Much!

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  27. Great! I should send this to some friends-LOL

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  28. I kind of wish that we could see these techniques in action. it's very dense information

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  29. This is great. I wish Michael Ellis was not on the coast opposite from me. It is so dense, I was nodding and saying "yes, yes, great!" all along, but I could also imagine being a beginning trainer and feeling completely overwhelmed. Aside from some "ah-hah moments", much of this will go right over the heads of anyone who has a limited understanding of dog learning, behavior, and training–or who comes from a background that is old-school compulsion-based. For newbies, this is a video that will be valuable if it is reviewed regularly as training and learning proceeds (I mean for the human). For those of us who are already familiar with the approach(es) that Ellis advocates, and who are experienced in making it all come together, it's a great review, and a reminder of just how complex a process it is to learn and apply modern concepts of animal behavior and training–understanding reinforcement, triggers, stresses, punishers, and where/when the pitfalls are. It has given me new sympathy for the learners in my classes, to whom I also deliver rapid-fire concepts that few will ever really internalize and put into practice in a 6-week (6 hour) course. Not enough time, but for some, enough to spark an interest in going further. Yes, "it's simple, but not easy"–and by the way, that has been Bob Bailey's mantra about operant conditioning for decades. 🙂  Good work, Michael. Click/Yes!

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  30. It's got nearly everything you would need to understand real dog training. Many will not stay with it, but it s not hard to understand. But it's a lot of concepts one after another. Well worth it to study.  

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  31. Excellent training tips, thatnks

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  32. excellent  really good trainer thank you very much 

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  33. The best video! Good Information

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