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Hi all,

We are still pretty new to this site, but with the wealth of experience that all the members have, I thought it would be a good place to ask about food refusal training for our four month-old doberman puppy.

We only feed Nyah in her bowl or directly from our hands. I read on a protection training site that it helps to massage the food with your hands to get the scent on the food. We feed her Orijen large breed puppy food.

Have any of you guys had any experience working with dobermans and food refusal training? Any stories, experiences, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

I have mainly worked with working GSD's in the past, but do not have a lot of experience with food refusal training.

Thanks!
 

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I've never trained for this specifically, but I love everything I've seen from Michael Ellis, and this video seems to give great advice on how to do what you're looking for.
 

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Michael's video pretty much describes how we taught it when I did French Ring.
The only difference is we started it on a sit.
I went to a Michael Ellis Seminar one time and was very impressed with his techniques and the way he read and worked dogs.

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I've seen Michael Ellis criticized by some for "not doing anything different". But I think he's a great trainer, and the thing I really like about him is he relays the info in a way that's easy to understand, for all skill levels. Also, something about him seems to hold my attention moreso than other trainers. I have watched a 45 minute video, and not realized how long it was. For most videos that long, I get a few minutes in and close it because I'm bored. People that have never trained a dog can watch his videos, or attend a seminar and get lots of great info. People that have been training for a long time can also benefit. While I wouldn't say I have watched all of his videos, I have never seen one I wouldn't fully recommend.
 

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I've seen Michael Ellis criticized by some for "not doing anything different". But I think he's a great trainer, and the thing I really like about him is he relays the info in a way that's easy to understand, for all skill levels. Also, something about him seems to hold my attention moreso than other trainers. I have watched a 45 minute video, and not realized how long it was. For most videos that long, I get a few minutes in and close it because I'm bored. People that have never trained a dog can watch his videos, or attend a seminar and get lots of great info. People that have been training for a long time can also benefit. While I wouldn't say I have watched all of his videos, I have never seen one I wouldn't fully recommend.
Agreed, both Ellis and Leerburg training videos are good resources. Here is a link to their website if anyone else is interested: Leerburg | Dog Training Video List

As far as training styles go, I think it's a bit like a buffet, and you just pick and choose what you think will work with a particular dog/handler/situation.
 
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