Jerry Howe's Free Training Manual

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Jerry Howe's Free Training Manual

Post by The Puppy Wizar » Sat, 04 Sep 2004 10:16:11

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 training. 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

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 injury :)


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 uncomfortable.

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 then.

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.