The American Dog Trainers Network


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Humorous Quotes

    "Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside the dog, it's too dark to read."

    -- Groucho Marx

    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of."

    -- Ogden Nash

    "Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend."

    -- Corey Ford, Writer



The Dogs In Our Lives

    "There's facts about dogs, and then there's opinions about them. The dogs have the facts, and the humans have the opinions. If you want the facts about the dog, always get them straight from the dog. If you want opinions, get them from humans."

    -- J. Allen Boone, Kinship With All Life

    "A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog."

    -- Charles Doran

    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

    -- Author Unknown

     "I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog --  completely exhausted after a hard day in the field -- limps away from her nice spot  in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap,  a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes and goes back to sleep. I don't know what  I've done to deserve that kind of friend."

    -- Gene Hill, "The Dog Man"

     It is also important however, that in the process of being (or establishing oneself as) the leader of the pack, the whole issue of "dominance" is not overblown, because if misinterpreted, it can easily become an excuse for abuse. Unfortunately, some dog owners and trainers use the excuse of maintaining dominance as justification for acting like tyrants towards their dogs.

    -- Robin Kovary

    An old man walking along a beach one day, notices a youth picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. The old man asks, "Why are you doing this?" The young man responds, "If left on the beach 'til the noonday sun, they will die." "But," protests the old man, "the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish. How can your effort make any difference?" Looking at the starfish in his hand, the young man replies, "It makes a very real difference to this one."

    -- Source Unknown

     " Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.  To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,  where doing nothing was not boring -- it was peace. "

    -- Milan Kundera

     "The fidelity of a dog is a precious gift demanding no less binding moral  responsibilities than the friendship of a human being. The bond with a dog  is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be."

    -- Konrad Lorenz, Man Meets Dog

    "Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative."

    -- Mordecai Siegal, Writer

    "I would not say that wolf drive theory should be eschewed, I am just not so sure that it should be eswallowed whole".

    -- Gary Wilkes

    "We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

    -- Harry Beston

    "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

    -- Mark Twain

Copyright 1995 - 1999,  Robin Kovary

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
 and canine behavioral consultant.