Focused Heeling


Author: Michael Ellis (Leerburg Enterprises)

Format: DVD

Running Time: 4 hrs

Michael's motivational system of training dogs is based in marker training. The foundation for the work in this focused heeling DVD is covered in the 9 1/2 hours of instruction featured in our two earlier DVDs that were done with Michael:

The Power of Training Dogs with Food

The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog

The old "yank and crank" methods of training heeling have gone by the wayside. The fact is a good portion of the training in this DVD can be done without a leash and without corrections.


The Need for Engagement

- When to start training

- Terms of the training

Muscle Memory Heeling - 58 Minute Chapter

Step 1 - head position along a barrier

Step 2 - Fading the Lure hand

Step 3 - Putting focus on Cue

Leash Pressure - 61 Minute Chapter

- What when and why to teach your dog to "give to pressure"

- When to start introducing leash pressure

- Training the Back-Up on a verbal cue

Sustained Focus - 31 Minute Chapter

- Increase the focus and distance of straight line heeling

- Heel off the wall

When to use Food vs a Toy Reward for Heeling

- When and why do you move from a food rewards to a toy rewards

- Choosing the dogs focal point on your body

- How to retrain a dog that has been started in other training systems

Training Turns while Heeling

- When to start training turns

- Use of touch pads in teaching the turn

- Using a physical cue along with a verbal cue in teaching turns

- Left turns

- Right turns

- About turns

Training the Finish

- The types of finishes used in heeling your dog and how they vary

- How to layer teaching the finish into your heeling program

Find the Left Leg

- Fine tune your dogs position by training "Find the Left leg exercises"

Adding Distractions

Outtakes - Otherwise known as "Oooops!! We didn't get that take right!"

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.



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