About: Who we are, what we’re doing here, and other stuff.
I am owned by two German Shepherds, and an understanding, long-suffering, lady of the human persuasion. My work revolves around canine pursuits, including Search & Rescue, Cadaver work, and Scent detection of controlled substances. Since stepping into the world of the dog-professional several years ago, I have made a concerted effort to learn, share, teach, help, ask for help, and keep a written record of everything. That happened because I am a Writer, whether or not I would choose to be one. I write everyday, without the action ever feeling like work, because I love to write. Sometimes I write non-sense which rambles off into the ether of cyber-space and is fortunately lost forever. Other times I edit myself mercilessly, researching and fine-tuning until I feel it’s worthy to be read by somebody, anybody, else. Then there are those times of wild, reckless, abandon when words jump off my furiously typing fingers like bullets from an AK-47. It’s Stream of Consciousness, and about the most fun that any writer can aspire too. Those are the times that keep me at this blog…Sometimes I look back and say to myself “Did I write that? How did a goofball like me have that penned up in my cerebral cortex?” Here’s an example of that: https://germanshepherdadventures.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/hi-fur-face/
Other times, things pop up on the page that prove to me that someone has been snorting down shots of Absinthe and attacking a word-processor, like this: https://germanshepherdadventures.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/interview-with-the-dog-or-what-happens-when-were-trapped-inside-by-rain/
You may also notice that I give time to write about the person that I credit with sending me down the “German Shepherd Road”. Her name is Rhonda Sellers, owner of “Omorrow German Shepherds” in Central Ohio. (See Omorrow German Shepherds on Facebook!) Not only does she breed the Old World German Shepherds that Von Stephanitz envisioned, she has inspired and delighted the people that she chooses to adopt her puppies. They are happy, healthy, and a delight to both families, and the professionals that join this large,sometimes crazy Pack of Omorrow owners. Rhonda will always be connected to “German Shepherd Adventures” as a mentor, muse, and friend. Even though this blog is now seen World-wide by more than 130,000 subscribers, much of my inspiration still comes from this great Lady, and friend from rural Ohio. And I mean, seriously Rural!!! We’re talking cornfields and woodlots…but her influence and thoughts on dog behavior will inspire and enlighten all who read them here.
Otherwise, you’ll find me writing about veterinary concerns, German shepherd news, Agility training, Book and DVD reviews, or the ever present War on Cesar Millan haters, (a subject that won’t go away). I don’t back away from the fray either, as some wish I would. I have learned that every method of dog training has positives, and I also KNOW that each and every individual dog on God’s green Earth has it’s own particular needs and wants. I respect that in my training, and in my writing. What I will fight tooth and nail (Or Noun and Verb) against is the incessant MILITANCY of those who practice a particular method, and denounce any other method as useless. Or even Cruel. Or unscientific. Or even worse, Unenlightened. There’s so much more out there that your dog needs!!! Some will never accept what I write here, because I don’t display the degree’s of the worlds educational Institutions, (Though I have them), nor do I rely on “Pure Science” for my conclusions or opinions. Science is a means to something greater, where the shackles of “pure science” are thankfully cast off. But, I’m not a wild-eyed, tree-hugging, grass-smoking, advocate of dogs being “Spiritual Creatures” and that sort of rot. Dogs are ANIMALS, and they “Think” like animals. However, they were created (Oh Horrors! He Believes in God and Creation!! You bet your last chromosome I do)
to be with HUMANS as companions, and they deserve our best efforts to honor that relationship.
While I am a “Trainer”, I am more wholeheartedly a “Handler” of canines. With that sensibility, I have begun writing about an adjunct to any method of “Training” that I have come to call “The Communicative Approach to Training Techniques” or C.A.T.T. It is a “Relationship based” mind-set that can and should be applied to all training ideologies or sciences. It is very much an acorn right now, but I hope it becomes a Giant Oak someday.
That’s “About” me and German Shepherd Adventures…I hope you will read this stuff with thoughtfulness, open mind, and the knowledge that sometimes, I’m just out of my mind. But also know that I love my work, my dogs, YOUR dogs, and the fact that I get to do this everyday… Please enjoy your visits here!!!