On Home Invasions

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I have been writing about the dangers of home invasions on this site for a long time. These dangerous attacks are not going away and have begun to increase in recent months. The problem is that so many people are so ill-prepared for these kinds of attacks, that criminals are becoming more and more courageous in their ability to attack … Read More

March Preserving Strongholds Course

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We will begin this year with a tracking course. However, we will be using a format that will combine learning land navigation and prove to keep you moving and active throughout the course. There will be classroom instruction on both tracking and land navigation, but your field time will never leave you standing around. The format will be both competitive … Read More

A Communication Technique

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“Our chief means o influencing the dog are eye, gesture, and voice. The dog is in awe of our glance, and the sound of our voice conveys to him command and prohibition, praise and blame, affection, warning or punishment.” Captain Von Stephanitz, The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture, pg. 571   Posted with Blogsy

Correcting the Dog

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“A real punishment must only be given in close connection with what has preceded it, never for mere clumsiness, but always for disobedience and defiance…A short jerk on the studded collar is an effective punishment, but indeed it must not deteriorate into a senseless jerking here and there.” Captain Von Stephanitz, The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture, pg. … Read More

Self-Control

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“The trainer must learn self-control before he can control the dog…let the trainer therefore examine himself when the dog makes a mistake, or does not understand an exercise, or fails in obedience, and let him ask, 'Where am I at fault?'” Captain Von Stephanitz, The German Shepherd Dog in Word and Picture, pg. 573-574   Posted with Blogsy

Giving Commands

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“Commands must be given quietly, in an ordinary voice; nastiness, loud shouting, or roaring only puzzle the dog. The bond which unites his soul with that of the trainer is so delicate, that any disturbance in the former is conveyed to the dog and only makes him “mithered” and confused.” Captain Von Stephanitz, The German Shepherds Dog in Word and … Read More

What Makes a Good Dog Trainer?

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“The instructor must himself be a psychologist; he must learn to read the soul of the dog, and his own too. He must observe himself closely so that he shall not only be prevented from underestimating the dog in his human arrogance, but also that he may be able to give the dog suggestions and help in an intelligent way.” … Read More

The Role of the Trainer

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The Five Essential Roles of the Trainer 1. Provide an appropriate training arena. 2. Know what the dog is capable of. 3. Clearly communicate the expectation. 4. Believe the dog is capable of meeting the expectation. 5. Praise the dog for the behavior when it occurs. As described in Advice from a Dog Man (ISBN: 978-1468134308), page 22.   Posted … Read More

Age to Begin Training

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“We begin to train our pups at five to six weeks of age. At this age we bring them into what we call the Work. These pups cannot yet jump high walls or track over long distances, but even at this young age we introduce them [to the work]. Most important, the communication process that is so unique between man … Read More

The Philosophy of Communication

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“Many people believe that a useful or an admirable goal is to have their dogs trained, or even learn how to train them. Both of these are unworthy goals. In reality we must learn how to communicate with our dogs. Many a great dog has been presumed useless because of poor communication on the part of the handler…we must be … Read More

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