Archive for November, 2010

Dogs on TV


on’t know if any of you were able to catch the 5:30 News this evening on WSAZ TV in Huntington, WV, but it was pretty cool.  Anchorman, Tim Irr, interviewed me regarding my book, 14000 Dogs Later.  I’ll post the TV clip hopefully by tomorrow.  In the meantime for those of you that happened upon the interview this evening I’ll answer the most asked question thus far. “Who were the dogs I was handling?” The black Lab is Writer, my eight year old sidekick., The long-haired German Shepherd is Trooper, a dog I trained for my church pastor.  WOOF!

Winter Weather Warning!

Words of caution regarding winter weather.  Short-haired dogs have little protection against wind and low temperatures. They ought not be left out unattended. Double-coated dogs should have access to a dog house with an opening opposite the wind. A small enclousure allows a dog to better trap body heat. The opening should have a burlap flap or other covering. Watch for frozen water in bowl.  Better still, on blustery nights bring your dog in the hours or garage. WOOF!

TV Time

Had a fun interview with Tim Irr of WSAZ-TV today on my book, 14000 Dogs Later.  We talked about all things dog.  It was really cool.  Tim had read my book and used some of the training techniques on his own Golden Retriever, Kip. with positive results.  Tim is a very positive individual about life.  He is a family man, a runner, and a lover of dogs.  The clip is scheduled to run on WSAZ-TV  Monday at 5:30.  If you can, listen in, and post your thoughts…and I’ll post mine.  WOOF!

Dog Behavior

Initially, I mentioned that I have trained over 14000 dogs over the past 47 years.  That covers teaching classes in four states (Ohio, WV, Ky and VA) and the Distrit of Columbia.   Most were trained in my training center in WV where classes where held 3-4 nights per week.  Additionallly, I maintained boarding facilities where dogs could be housed for various trianing periods, mostly for 30-day stints.  I have not trained any of the field dogs for field work…although that has allways been fascinating to me.  Some years ago I attended the national Border Collie Trials in Lexington or Louisville, KY and it was fabulous watching how the dogs had been trained to work.  My background, however, is in the area of bahavior management…all levels of obedience, understanding dog psychology and socializaton, and finding ways for man and dog to co-exist in a world were man craves companionship.  I believe dogs are one of God’s greatest gifts and yet we so often turn on this four-footed friend as if he is our enemy.  Dogs are incredible substitutes:  they are child substitutes, mate substitutes, empty-nest-syndrome substitutes, and on and on.  Anyway, don’t want this to be too long, however a little background should suffice.  Next week, I’ll start at the beginning…finding the right dog…or will respond to topics you want to discuss.  Peace, John  PS:  Please consider my book, 14000 Dogs Later…find it on my web site: or  You can become a fan of 14000 Dogs Later on my Face Book.

Getting Started

Blogging is new to me, so help he out here.  It’s not that I have opinions and experience in the training and handling of dogs that no one before me has ever encountered…but training and handling over 14000 dogs for the past 47 years accounts for something…and I’d like to share what I have learned with you.  The topics can be as diverse as you want…my list is long…together, then, there should be plenty to discuss.  My plan is to develope a topic of interest and post it on Sunday or Monday evenings.  I’ll not post ideas or thoughts without thorough consideration.  All aspects of dog obedience and training, psychology, socialization, and behavior.  Dogs in service to man, as friends and companions, as heros.   Is it biblically sound that dogs have an afterlife, a soul, or have they been placed here to help us get from here…to there.  Maybe too, you’ll consider my book, 14000 Dogs Later.  It’s the story of my life with dogs and what I’ve learned and can be found on Amazon or my web site,  Peace, John

Hello world…this is my first post.

The purpose of my blog is to answer queries regarding dog problems that you have experienced or are experiencing.  Socialization, psychology, training, behavior…I’ll cover it all.  So let’s get started…