****, you paid and bought all those DVDs? Must have cost a new hundred good ones.
I like Michael Ellis' stuff, I have his Training Dogs with Food and that's about it. The problem is, because of the way it's produced and cut by Ed as excerpts of ME's actual training sessions and classes, it's not easy to know what or who he is targeting. A lot if not most of his training is targeted as sport dogs or personal protection and DVDs such as his bite work for puppies DVD isn't going to be of much help for a regular pet owner. In fact, if someone who didn't plan on raising a working or sporting dog followed those concepts, they would have a bigger problem than if they did not.
His training with food is great and he talks about engagement, building and managing drive, cues, etc. but there is little background information on who it is appropriate for. Largely because it is Ed F. who has taken footage of ME's classes and training and compiled them into neat sections. Thru my own experience I learned that there are some things I shouldn't use from that DVD on my 11 week old puppy. Not saying it's a bad DVD, there's a lot of universal knowledge but some things lack background information. Like teaching a dog drive and engagement that lacks attention and self control like a puppy should come way later once the puppy matured a bit but the DVD doesn't really talk about that stuff. It just goes into HOW to build drive, not covering the scope of why or for who and during what situations.
He has DVDs on heeling, recall, retrieving, etc. but ME doesn't have any DVDs or information on just good old, everyday pet owners situations like a puppy behavioral DVD or the DVD in question, "Pack structure" by Ed F. I'm less interested in Ed's materials and I don't trust his experience as much as I do Michael Ellis' but no where does it say which parts of Ed F's DVDs, philosophies and training methods are endorsed by ME. Kind of a crap shoot.
Personally I think the umbilical cord method is fine and that's what I use and I think it develops a very strong bond with the dog but it's all about how you interact with the dog at the end of the day. Hanging out 24/7 with a bad owner is going to suck for the dog and being attached to your favorite friend is going to rock.
Have you seen his training dogs with food and his tug DVD?