Teaching the send away (voraus)
I'm looking to start teaching the send away command. Probably won't be competing in anything, but we're always looking for new things to learn. I've seen a few methods so far, basically one being in a Michael Ellis trailer where he teaches the place command first on a touch pad and then backs the dog up over time. The trailer didn't cover the steps after that.
The second method came from a friend of mine, who trained the send away with his Mal by throwing a ball and giving the voraus command, and then getting to where he could recall him before he reached the ball.
He already knows an "around" command, which just kind of happened organically beginning at like 9 or 10 weeks. If we are within 10' or so of an object, I can point and say "around!" and he will go around it counter clockwise and then return to me and sit like he would on a normal recall.
Have any of you guys seen the whole Michael Ellis DVD on the send away? I'm thinking about grabbing it on demand on Leerburg but wanted to get opinions first. I feel like I might be able to modify that "around" command he knows some how, since it seems like he already has a basis for connecting me pointing at something and giving a command and him going to it.
He's 6 months old, btw. We have been conditioning him to wearing an e-collar for a few weeks now but he has not done any actual training with it yet.