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Old 11-21-2012, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Has anyone been to the Michael Ellis School?

I am looking for reviews on his school, the two week intensive obedience class.
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Haven't been to his school but think I would like it based on his DVDs. I've used many of his training techniques successfully.


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Old 11-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My GSD and I were there for the Intensive OB course in spring 2010. I enjoyed it. He went through marker training, how to teach heeling/sit/down/stay/touch pad/recall via marker training and luring. He went through how to use food/tug as a reward (pretty much like his DVDs). He went through the judicial use of corrections during training.

I took a lot of notes and felt like I was studying for a college course, LOL.
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I have. It was amazing. He is truly a very gifted trainer. And he communicates exceptionally well. You feel comfortable with him right away. He has two assistants, Lindsey and Forrest who are also fantastic. Watching them all work their own dogs is very cool. The class is 5 days a week half lecture half hands on. I wish I would have rented a room from Lindsey instead of staying in a motel because I was bored on the weekend. But I'm not sure if that is still an option. You won't regret taking the class, I promise you that.


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My GSD and I were there for the Intensive OB course in spring 2010. I enjoyed it. He went through marker training, how to teach heeling/sit/down/stay/touch pad/recall via marker training and luring. He went through how to use food/tug as a reward (pretty much like his DVDs). He went through the judicial use of corrections during training.

I took a lot of notes and felt like I was studying for a college course, LOL.
SO many notes! Lol same here.


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Old 11-21-2012, 10:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like Michael Ellis and if I lived closer i would do it. He always looks like he just climbed out of bed on his dvds though. It seems to me he would try to look more professional on days that he is being filmed.
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Oh good!!!
Another question.
I want to bring my dog who is reactive to other dogs and a couple of other triggers, she isn't as bad as her sister. We have worked on focus quite a bit but she is the farthest thing from okay. Do you think I could bring a reactive dog?

I have two littermates, they are both reactive. For the money I have spent on training and equipment already, they still need tons more.
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Oh good!!!
Another question.
I want to bring my dog who is reactive to other dogs and a couple of other triggers, she isn't as bad as her sister. We have worked on focus quite a bit but she is the farthest thing from okay. Do you think I could bring a reactive dog?

I have two littermates, they are both reactive. For the money I have spent on training and equipment already, they still need tons more.
I think that having your dog there with you would be a really good idea. Micheal Ellis could give you hands on advice on how to work through the reacitivity.
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I think that having your dog there with you would be a really good idea. Micheal Ellis could give you hands on advice on how to work through the reacitivity.
If that is true, I could just cry, I would be so happy.

I bought these two pups out of grief having just lost my dog after 15 years. There was no thought whatsoever put into buying them.

They are hard core working dogs and they can't go do anything really because they are so reactive. I thought all dogs would be like my one that passed away, not so!
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On the reactivity part, the dogs are worked one at a time. However, unless that has changed in the last couple of years, all the dogs are crated next to each other in a room when they are not being worked.
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