Jerry Howe's Free Training Manual - The Puppy Wizard
Subject: Jerry Howe's Free Training Manual
Date: 2002-05-17 12:59:05 PST
I adopted my little shepherd mix pup, Ginger about a
month ago and enrolled us in obedience school so she
could learn to be a good house dog. I love the classes
and she is doing very, very well, but a few of the
techniques the trainer is teaching us make me a little
In the instances where I tried to use them exactly, poor
Ginger ended up cowering away from me and looking sad and
scared, and that bothered me. Our trainer's main theory
seems to be contained in what he told us: Your dog has to
fear your wrath more than he looks forward to any pleasure
gained by disobeying you, whether it be to steal food or
chase a rabbit or just ignore a command.
I dont want Ginger to fear my wrath, or be intimidated by
me, but I also want her to listen! A few times, I ignored
the training method we were taught in school, and tried
just gently correcting her and showing her again how to do
what I wanted, along with lots and lots of encouraging praise
and she seemed to learn more quickly that way than when I was
yelling NO at the top of my voice.
I downloaded Jerry Howe's Wits End manual and read through it,
and so much of it rang true to what my own experience with Ginger
has been. She learns if I yell and yank her leash, but she is
also unhappy and frightened. She learns if I correct her gently
and encourage her, and she actually enjoys our training sessions
So even though I havent used Mr. Howe's techniques exactly yet,
it seems like they would work very well for me and Ginger! I
especially was interested in the part about submission and rolling
your dog over, as that is exactly what the trainer told us to do,
even if the dog was scared and snapped when you did it!
According to Mr. Howe's manual, thats a terrible thing to do to
your dog, and after seeing a cowering little pup in class used
as an example in front of 15 other dogs, I have to agree with him!
My Ginger rolls over all the time, to have her tummy rubbed, and
Im glad I never had to try to force her like the trainer advised,
as now I see I might have harmed her psychologically by doing that!
I just wanted to say that I was very happy to get the information
Mr. Howe provided, since a lot of it just validated my own doubts
about our trainer's methods and I feel better now about ignoring
some of them.
Im going to read through the Wits End manual again and try out
some of the methods there. I dont care if Ginger becomes a superdog...
I just want her to be a happy house dog that comes when I call without
fail, and doesnt jump on people or furniture or steal food -- the usual
good house dog behaviors.
Im much more comfortable with Mr. Howe's methods
for achieving this.
Has anyone else used this manual? Any feedback from
other users would really be appreciated.
Message 2 in thread
Subject: Re: Jerry Howe's Free Training Manual
Date: 2002-05-17 13:10:26 PST
I agree with you!
I didn't want to scare my dog, or hurt her, or pull on her leash,
or any of that. I wanted her to want to work with me, and do things
with me the right way on her own. Or else I don't have a dog, I
would have a robot dog with a sad face a broken spirit.
I have had a German Shepherd pup. And a couple mixes. They can be
challanging. But let me tell you, the reward you get from having
a trained, happy German Shep far out weighs the weeks or months or
And you DON'T have to hurt them to get them to listen. :)
I am now reading Jerrys manual and working with it for my second
day. My roomates, my boyfriend, and me have already noticed that
I have more "control" without actually working harder to get it
with her. I really enjoy Jerrys "distraction" methods of sort,
the really are working fast for my Jack Russell.
Stick with it! and hey the worst that can happen is you instill
a good feeling with your dog, who won't be afriad of you throwing
her on her back, or jerking her leash and possibly creating a spinal