The Schwarz Kennels

and the Dire Wolf Project

Basic Obedience Training

The objective of obedience training is to develop the ability to communicate with your dog in a manner that doesn't violate his dignity and results in a harmonious and mutually enjoyable relationship.  This is accomplished by creating an association between a primary and secondary stimuli.

Primary: Directly responsible for a given response such as bringing the pup to you physically or enticing the dog to do the act you require of him.
     Such as: bringing the dog to you physically or kneeling down and coaxing the dog come to you by your actions. (Voluntary or involuntary).

Secondary: Commands or signals. During training the dog is conditioned to associate secondary stimuli with primary stimuli.

The dog is considered trained once he responds reliably to the secondary stimulus.



   His dog is about 30 inches tall and weighs about 105 lbs. This large dog is about three years old and he has almost gotten Homer to stop jumping on people. That is RIDICULOUS!  That should have been corrected at a very young age, but he would NOT LISTEN to me.  I am TOO STRICT... I am too MEAN.

   So Homer is climbing on a young boy at the park who is autistic and Homer is licking this boy’s face. My friend has a smile on his face as if this is acceptable and cute. IT IS NOT !!!   So I tell him that he should get his dog under control. What does he say?   “All you have to do is tell Homer 'no lick' and he understands”

   How can an autistic boy say that?  He can’t even move the dog off him. Where is this dog owners brains?  I love this person dearly, but i just don’t understand why he cannot 'see' what is happening.  Do you think he ever will?  I hope i am around to see it happen if it does, Osmosis i think?

A dog has the same manners as its owners.

The dog owner should begin teaching his dog from the time he brings his pup into the home and not wait until the dog is full-grown before he decides to begin teaching the dog anything. By that time, he may have already RUINED his dog's behavior.  Intelligent dogs seldom forget what they learned when they were a pup. Therefore, lessons correctly taught and well learned during the formative period penetrate MORE DEEPLY into the dog's mind. By training a dog young and keeping him in practice on what he learns, he will be very sure of his lessons by the time he is mature.


Owners tend to have theories about how their dogs should behave and respond. Owners tend to anthropomorphize a dog in that they think that the dog is like a human being. Here is what some folks think:

    "If you behave today Fido, I will take you to Mc Donald’s."

What is wrong with that thinking? DOGS DO NOT THINK LIKE THAT. Dogs live in the now..

Here is another way some folks look at their dogs:

"Why did you do this to me? I feed you, I give you everything, I take you to petsmart and buy you toys. You don’t have any gratitude!"

Nope, they don’t do they...

And another:
"If you don't behave yourself I am going to punish you"

Now my dog does understand this one, but he is 6 years old and can understand it for the time being... maybe till I walk away and then, five minutes more?  But most dogs do NOT understand and can’t understand this.


unpleasant and pleasant.

Dogs will avoid unpleasant things or things that the dog perceives as disadvantageous to himself.

Dogs will unwillingly pursue pleasant experiences or those in which he perceives to be advantageous to himself.

Dog training is showing a dog what is to his advantage and what is not

Dogs surrendered to the pound

  • Fifty-four percent of the dogs surrendered were six months to three years old and 15 percent were less than six months old. (The study included only acquired dogs, not surrendered litters.)
  • Fifty-one percent of dogs surrendered had been purchased for less than $100 from a breeder or private owner. Nearly nine percent from these private sources cost more than $100 ; 2.5 percent came from pet stores; and 3.9 percent from litters produced in the home.
  • Nearly 41 percent of the surrendered dogs were obtained free from the previous owner.
  • Nearly 20 percent of the surrendered dogs came from a shelter, and about the same number were acquired as strays.
  • Behavior problems occurring daily that contributed to surrender were:
    • hyperactivity, 45 percent (almost half!)
    • barking, 41 percent
    • chewing 24 percent
    • house-training accidents, 21 percent
    • aggression to people, less than nine percent.
    • aggression to other pets, less than eight percent

Schwarz dogs are NOT working dogs

Books by Lois E. Schwarz