VOLUME I – 1971 THROUGH 1980
Preface – by Katharin Foster
Since 1971, “NADOI Notes”, written by members of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), has appeared in NADOI’s own newsletter and in several general and specialized dog publications. Obedience instructors, students, trainers, and competitors have come to rely on these monthly columns as a source of accurate, authoritative information on all aspects of obedience. Realizing the lasting value of “NADOI Notes”, NADOI has published this Anthology, bringing together eighty-six columns that originally appeared from 1971 through 1980. The arrangement of the Anthology into ten subject sections enables the reader to locate specific information or to browse at random through a variety of articles expressing a variety of viewpoints. When available, the original publication date accompanies each article.
Any anthology is the result of the work of many individuals. Without the knowledge and writing skills of the authors listed on the preceding page this Anthology would not exist. Joachim J. Volhard and W. Herbert Morrison, III, both contributed well-organized back files of “NADOI Notes”, thus saving untold hours in locating material to be anthologized. Charlotte Schwartz, Education and Training Committee Chairman, provided encouragement and expertise as editing progressed. And, Rosalie Miller was an accurate and patient typist. Thanks to them and to the membership of NADOI, the Anthology is a reality.
Introduction – by Charlotte Schwartz
When I first accepted the invitation to write this Introduction, I began to think of what I would say. After all, what great words of wisdom could I possibly add to such a distinguished collection of thoughts and ideas? The purpose of an Introduction is to prepare the reader for what lies within the pages of the book. But, what does one say about so broad a subject as Dogs and Dog Training? This Anthology includes articles on Obedience, Tracking, Puppies, Behavior, Teaching Techniques, Training Methods, and ones of even more general interest such as Interviews with well-known Instructors and several on what makes a good Instructor.
Suddenly, a simple assignment loomed larger than I had anticipated. Furthermore, as I scanned the list of authors, I realized that no two were of the same opinion on many dog related subjects, and all stamp their uniqueness on their students. Granted, all love people and dogs and want to help both, but this seemed not enough to weave their written words into an Anthology.
Each subject is dealt with by a person who has extensive experience and encyclopedic knowledge of what he writes. The reader will find answers to many questions within these pages, but he will experience even more. His creative imagination will be stirred, and he will be challenged to yet further study. Still, this expertise was not enough to bind them all together.
What, then, was the common bond these authors shared? Let’s see, I analyzed, all are successful Instructors, all have trained many dogs of their own, all have, from time to time, put down on paper their thoughts and observations on subjects pertaining to dogs and dog training. All are members of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors.
Then, I had it! All the authors in this book condemn the needless use of harsh methods in the effective training of dogs while promoting education and understanding among dog owners and the general public. They are proud people, and they have chosen dignity of self as a paramount quality to be upheld when one living being attempts to teach another. For, if one achieves a goal and loses his dignity in the doing, what value the goal?
This then, is the invisible thread that weaves these articles into a unified source of information. The authors care about those they teach, share experiences and knowledge with those who seek it, and, by their own conduct, set high standards for those who follow in their paths.
My job was done. I had unlocked the secret of what ties us all together, and I am proud to be counted among the authors. Happy reading!
John R. Kenner
W. Herbert Morrison, III
Raymond E. North
Ruth R. Oharek
Earl K. Traxler
Joachim J. Volhard
VOLUME II – 1981 THROUGH 1997
1981 through 1997
Edited by Anita Crafton
“NADOI Notes”, written by members of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), has appeared in several general and specialized dog publications since 1971. This second volume of the NADOI Anthology brings together 57 articles spanning the years 1981 through 1997.
Thank you to everyone who helped with this project – from gathering the past articles, re-typing them, through proof-reading. Without the participation of many members, this project could not have been completed.
Members Christina Bredenkamp (TX), Vivian Bregman (NJ), Barbara Lewis (OK), and Linda Lundgren (TX); and former members, Sidney Mihls and Virginia Broitman.
Thank you to Noelle Nasca for the final proofreading.
Finally, and most important, thank you to the authors who so generously contributed their articles for NADOI Notes:
Lonnie Morgan (Olson)
Missy Parker (Masterson)