The Dog Blog by Linda Labonte

What a beautiful world it would be if everyone had the heart of a Dog.

The Dog Blog by Linda Labonte - What a beautiful world it would be if everyone had the heart of a Dog.

Selma Police K9 Missing – Please Help – Reward Offered

Update – Jin has been found! Thanks for your help.

WTSB Headline News

1090 AM ~ Smithfield, NC

Selma Police K9 Missing Selma PD Jin
Selma Police are searching for their police K-9 who went missing over-the-weekend. Jin, the departments K-9, disappeared from her handler’s home on Rody Street in the Pine Level city limits late-Saturday.  Jin was later spotted in the same neighborhood but failed to return home.

Police believe Jin escaped from her pen and was not stolen.

Selma Police Chief Charles Bowen asks citizens in the area to be on the lookout for Jin and if she is spotted to contact Selma Police at 919-965-8189 or dial 911.  Chief Bowen said Jin is a black and tan German Shepherd weighing about 60 pounds.

Although Jin is trained as a police K-9 she is not considered to be dangerous to the public.

Chief Bowen said the department is offering a $500 reward for Jin’s safe return.

Dog Training Tip #1 – Focus

The early stages of your relationship you really need to get your dog to focus on you as the center of life. This starts quite simply. When spending time with your dog, you must make sure the training time is free from distractions. You must be able to focus on your dog.

Complete focus on your dog invites the reciprocal – your dogs undivided focuses on you.

Obedience Training

This is so important in the early stages of training. What this focus on each other does is strengthens your bond, allows you to pick up on the subtleties of each others communication, make training fun for the dog. One of the first things you will find out is you dogs attention span (it will be short – but this understanding helps you). The dog will start learning your cues which becomes very important later when you try to do things together.

For our games you need motivators. Good breeders provide dogs with positive motivators (we usually use balls or tugs for motivators as they love things that move – called prey drive). They should send the dog home with these motivators or a favorite treat as a motivation. If not any food usually works for puppies provided you have not just fed the puppy.

Game 1 – Teach the dog to look into your eyes. Just bring a finger up to your eye. The dog will follow the finger because they love to watch things that are moving. As soon as the finger gets close to the eye you will make eye contact. Right away say ‘yes’ or whatever your trigger word is (click of you a clicker trainer) and reward with you motivator. Eventually work the word ‘look’ into this exercise when you point at your eyes.

Game 2 – Teach the dog its fun to be close. Put the motivator 3-4ft away from you. Draw it into your body so the dog chases it close. Say yes and reward the dog. Eventually work in the word ‘here’ or ‘come’ in with this exercise. They will love to come to you after this.

You should take the opportunity when the dog is close to love your dog up. This touching will add to the joy of the time and make your dog want to play with you even more. You cannot love your dog too much, this is true for any dog, whether companion, service, police patrol, or guard dog. They are social animals and love to be loved and play with people they trust (even as geriatrics they love to play if they have complete trust).

End of Tip #1 Focus, focus, focus 

The next tip will talk about using triggers to establish initial basic communication with your dog.

How a Dog Breeder, a Blind Man, and a German Shepherd Changed the World in 1929

I just wanted to share this story with everyone as it is a little known fact about American history.

“In the early twentieth century, those without sight were marginalized members of society. They had no job options and no mobility, and had to rely on the kindness of someone who might lead them or help them with whatever needed to be done.

A series of circumstances on two continents was to change all that…..”

How a Dog Breeder, a Blind Man, and a German Shepherd Changed the World in 1929

Drinda’s Find

This is a story about Ed and Marsha and their new German Shepherd Dog Drinda.


Drinda was a very fast learner and when she came home from the breeder she was pretty much house broken and did some basic obedience. She is a very spirited young dog with lots of energy and curiosity. As time went on she grew attached to Ed and hung around him more and more. They did all sorts of fun things together like play ball and tug, but most important they loved each other. One day, after Drinda had been in her new home for about six months, she wouldn’t leave Ed alone. Drinda kept nudging him in the neck.


This persisted for several days. Then Ed went to the doctor for a checkup and mentioned it to him.  A few days later a biopsy diagnosed Ed with cancer in the neck. It was located in the exact spot Drinda was nudging. Ed is now in the hospital being treated for his cancer. We all are praying for his well being. Drinda is now at my kennel and she is missing Ed a whole bunch.

Come home soon Ed.