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Tzuri’s Ph.D. Curriculum

Tzuri is not a pet.  She is a companion, yes, by my side every minute of the day, but she is also a working dog.

And teaching her to obey is more than just a way to amuse friends by having her sit, down, and roll over.

In fact, formal obedience is only a small part of Tzuri’s upcoming curriculum. There will also be tracking and protection and physical endurance and conformation.


In Germany, training a dog is a test of breed worthiness.  Do they have the stability of temperament and nobility of character to earn a breeding certificate? You can’t breed a dog in Germany and register the pups unless they have passed numerous qualifying tests.

This video will introduce anyone interested in the scope of the training Tzuri is embarking upon.

🙂 🙂 🙂

4 responses

  1. And you’re embarking on too!!
    You are apparently quite dedicated!!
    Bur then, I already got that!! 🙂


    March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    • It’s pretty strenuous. I’m hoping I can sit in a chair and drink beer and direct her with the wave of an arm. 🙂


      March 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

  2. Because I trust in your decency and love for Tzuri, though my initial instinct would be oh my God what is the animal being put through….I was by surprise flooded with tears at the sights of this film, clearly attention from devoted owners and dogs who appear to so fully relish the experience you wonder if they ever want to stop. At rest is boring!
    My tears were from my own memories of dozens of rescued dogs from the streets of NY primarily during incredibly hectic and overburdened daily life, wild dogs with problems who’d been tossed, some of it overcome with safety and regular meals and my time-limited interest in them. For about a year in 25 years of rescuing, I had eight dogs of every size and description, in frequently chaotic combo on my ground floor of my Brooklyn studio. You really just don’t know what to do in a city, animals abandoned on bridges in traffic, bones broken from hatred, starvation, I kept taking them all in. Adopting out was harder.
    Now, to see this film, and watch your Tzuri growing under your care, forced me to imagine what real time and attention would have added to all our lives. You and Tzuri are going to see what she’s got in her and all she can do with those alert muscles and keen mind. And it’s lovely, enviable. There’s so much more to life than just staying alive. Congratulations, John. To both of you.


    March 2, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    • I plan to blog much more about this training process but the bottom line is two-fold: 1. the dogs are never ‘forced’ to do anything, and 2. they absolutely love the exercises. Their prey drive and pack leader drive and natural play tendency is simply being channeled into a healthy outlet. They in fact get to “self-actualize” their genetic makeup, and their exuberance is a joy to behold.

      What a poignant account of your heroic efforts to rescue and care for the abandoned and downtrodden in NYC!


      March 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

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