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CaringTown, a Center for Training Service Dogs & Trainers

Organized by: Joy de la Ren

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          Service Dogs & Trainers Are Needed  

Many Disabled Folks Could Live Independent Lives with Help of a Service Dog.

Problems:  [Click to donate: 

In most countries the disabled are shut-ins. while dogs eat garbage in the streets. Few dogs are allergy friendly & there are long waiting periods for a service dog. Service dogs cost a lot to raise & train. Very often, The people who need them most are least able to afford them.More service dogs & trainers are needed. 

Pics:1.Dogs love alter-abled kids 2.Zola,Service Dog Pup 3.Michele with her service dog 4.Joy dancing with Xena 5.Drive through4tacos in dog chariot 6.Xena featured in LIFE magazine 7.Zola,service pup standing

With your help, CaringTown offers options:

  • Someone who couldn’t afford an service dog, will have that opportunity 
  • Trainers, become certified, taking knowledge to countries around the world.
  • Service dog demos,videos & written material educate children & the public
  • Together, we will change the world, one dog, one trainer, at a time.
  • To learn more, click SEE MORE or to skip learning more & prefer to go directly    to gifts & donations, [click to donate  ]

What do our Service Dogs Do? 

(includes but is not restricted to):

  • Pull wheelchairs
  • Assist with balance which prevents falling, breaking bones etc. 
  •  Physical Therapy: Doggy Dancing & Yoga assist in balance improvement
  • Hearing Dogs for the Hearing Impaired
  • PTSD: assist the military & others who suffer symptoms after trauma
  • The Diana Project: Dogs are trained to detect nuts to protect those with nut allergies See the video interview for more info on this
  • A large percentage of Giant Schnoodles alert to the sympathetic nervous system: alert to high blood pressure, blood sugar, pain, seizures & more. Joy hopes to complete a book on how to recognize & train puppies with this ability


Once construction of our training center is completed, we will be open to trainers locally, & open to Trainers from all over the world. We educate children & the public by publishling educational materials, doing demos at schools & summer camps as well as eco tourists who vacation with us.  Do you know that in most countries people with disabilities are “shut ins” & dogs eat garbage in the street? Our mission is to address both problems changing the world for the disabled & for the dogs one dog & one trainer at a time.

Where does the money go?

$100,000 will allow us to complete construction (which is more than1/2 done from my savings on property I own & plan to donate as part of my legacy) with a place to train & place for student trainers to stay while training. $100,000 will fund placement of service dogs with qualified handlers while training handlers, educating the public & providing our donors with great gifts. Further funding will come from training fees, residential rentals, eco tourism from people who want to both explore sunny San Diego while learning about, & sharing the expeience of training & vacationing with our service dogs & celebrity dogs.

Do You or a Loved One Need a Service Dog?  For a link to an application, email Joy  Subject: Service dog wanted

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This may be an opportunity to apply for Zola, DOB 12-25-13  Giant Schnoodle bred & trained for assistance.
While having coffee with an aquaintance, Zola began to alert. I asked the lady if her ankles were swelling. Through Zola's alert, we learned that She was having an attack from a congenital heart problem. We rushed her to the hospital & her life was saved.
At 1 year old, Zola had already saved a life! see pic 6&7

The ability to alert to the sympatic nervous system must be inherent in the puppy at birth. It then needs to be recognized by testing at age 7 weeks, reinforced by the breeder then trained by the trainer. Joy has developed the testing for this (& the Diana Project). Ultimately the training is continued by thehandler (the person who needs this service & gets the dog). The breeder must be educated. The handler must be properly trained to continue the reinforcement of the desired behavior throughout the lifetime of the dog  . How to do this is a book Joy is writing as part of the education program of CaringTown. Some of the puppy testing protocols is on video

My Story

I am InventingJoy formally, Joy de la Ren. I am an inventor, dog trainer & author. In 1995, I considered myself a powerful business woman. Then Spinal Stenosis put me in a wheelchair. I remember being pushed by an airport attendant. I was told we had reached his border. He left me sitting there in the wheelchair saying " Another attendant will be along to push me in time to reach my connecting flight". The attendant didn't arrive. I sat trying trying to hold back the tears as I heard my connecting flight leave overhead. I had never felt so powerless. "I swore, never again! I will find a way to regain my independence & my power!"

   My standard poodle Terra taught me that the best way to regain my independence would be a service dog. Terra pulled my wheelchair & taught me what a service dog could do, while I researched the best breed to ultimately become my service dog.  I reviewed my least favorite university subject, genetics. I did 2 years of genetic research on breeding prospects. Finally, I crossed a genetically healthy Giant Schnauzer with a genetically healthy Standard Poodle. Both parents were tested & pedigrees intensely studied to be genetically healthy going back 6 generations.
April 9, 2003, Xena the Warrior Princess, entered the world screaming loudly.  I had created the Giant Schnoodle,a new allergy friendly breed especially for the disabled with allergies. From that first scream I knew my life would change. And it did. Xena has given me my return to independence. She pulled my wheelchair, then used her ability to alert to the sympathetic nervous system to get me out of the wheelchair.  I regained my power & independence.   Xena has saved my life at least 6 times. Xena has appeared on Oprah, been featured In LIFE magazine & many more media See Picture #4.

Over the years, I have bred & trained  therapy dogs & service dogs for myself & others.  For more of my story, click on the video on this sight &/or go to my website or Click link below to see Xena & her mother, Karma pull me in my dog chariot with a for  a sudden, unexpected, impromptu media Interview twhere we talk about the Planning of CaringTown:
fyi The noisy dog running behind was Zorro, who I had just rescued. The 501C3 non profit has now been granted.

How Can You Get Great Gifts & at the Same Time Change the World One Dog at a Time?  The following are your options:

  • Donate whatever you can afford to the Crowdfunding of CaringTown & choose great Gifts. No limit: http//
  •  Apply for a Service Dog for Yourself or a loved one or donate for a friend           you have yet to meet: You will receive an email with instructions on how to       raise funds for your own Service Dog, possibly Zola pic#6&7
  •  Apply to Become a Certified CaringTown Trainer, puppy raiser, &/or Breeder of Giant Schnoodle Service Dogs. Once certified, Train Service Dogs in your Home City or Country. Help People with Disabilities & educate all. email for more info & application:
  • Whatever You can Afford Is Appreciated. Your Donation Shows You Care. 
  • The Size or Amount Doesn’t Dictate the Amount of Our Love
  • Choose from great gifts Invented, Created or Written by InventingJoy
  • I am an old inventor & author. This means: I have had many years to invent a lot of diverse products & write on diverse subjects. I offer dog training, inventions, consults, books & articles I have written, as well as plain puppy love. I am just finishing an article on How to Protect Yourself & Loved Ones from the Ebola Virus. Choose gifts under 4 catagories. Click on the link to make your donation & arrange 4 your gift(s). Enter: crowdrise in the coupon section for discounts on selected gifts.  Gifts for donations Click: 

Thank You For Reading & Thank You For Your Donations


                    Information for Service Dog Users &

   Business People Visited by people with Service Dogs

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights DivisionDisability Rights Section Service Animals

This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department’s revised regulations.Overview 2010 Revised ADA Requirements

The Department of Justice published  revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II

(State and local government ices) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register.

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually

trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  Examples of such work or tasks include guiding

people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is

having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to

take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack,

or performing other duties.  Service animals are working

animals, not pets.  The work or task a dog has been trained

to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. 

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional

support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

■    Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized

as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.

■    A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to

do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.

■    Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service

animals to accompany people with disabilities in all

areas where members of the public are allowed

  to go.Revised ADA Requirements:  Service Animals

This definition does not affect or limit the

broader definition of “assistance animal”

under the Fair Housing Act or the broader

definition of “service animal” under the Air

Carrier Access Act.

Some State and local laws also define

service animal more broadly than the ADA

does.  Information about such laws can be

obtained from that State’s attorney general’s office.

Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges,

and Other Specific Rules Related

to Service Animals

■     When it is not obvious what service

an animal provides, only limited

inquiries are allowed.  Staff may ask

two questions:  (1) is the dog a service

animal required because of a disability,

and (2) what work or task has the dog

been trained to perform.  Staff cannot

ask about the person’s disability,

require medical documentation, require

a special identification card or training

documentation for the dog, or ask

that the dog demonstrate its ability to

perform the work or task.

■    Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid

reasons for denying access or refusing

service to people using service animals.

When a person who is allergic to dog

dander and a person who uses a service

animal must spend time in the same

room or facility, for example, in a school

classroom or at a homeless shelter,

they both should be accommodated by

assigning them, if possible, to different

locations within the room or different

rooms in the facility.

■     A person with a disability cannot be

asked to remove his service animal

from the premises unless: (1) the dog

is out of control and the handler does

not take effective action to control

it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. 

When there is a legitimate reason to

ask that a service animal be removed,

staff must offer the person with the

disability the opportunity to obtain

goods or services without the animal’s


Under the ADA, service animals must be

harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless

these devices interfere with the service

animal’s work or the individual’s disability

prevents using these devices.  In that case,

the individual must maintain control of the

animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must

allow service animals to accompany people

with disabilities in all areas of the facility

where the public is normally allowed to

go.  For example, in a hospital it would be

inappropriate to exclude a service animal

from areas such as patient rooms, clinics,

cafeterias, or examination rooms.  However,

it may be appropriate to exclude a service

animal from operating rooms or burn units

where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.

Where Service Animals

Are Allowed

Service Animals                   

Must Be Under Control3       

Revised ADA Requirements:  Service Animals

■    Establishments that sell or prepare

food must allow service animals in

public areas even if state or local

health codes prohibit animals on the


■    People with disabilities who use

service animals cannot be isolated

from other patrons, treated less

favorably than other patrons, or

charged fees that are not charged to

other patrons without animals.  In

addition, if a business requires a

deposit or fee to be paid by patrons

with pets, it must waive the charge for

service animals.

■     If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they

cause, a customer with a disability may

also be charged for damage caused by

himself or his service animal.

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        The Info Below is About Dogs

The Following are Clips of Notes I Made Preparing & Placing Service Dogs

Email to Prospective Puppy Parent 2007. I temperament test the puppies at 7 weeks &  choose the puppy that fits the tasks &/or lifestyle of the perspective puppy parents. I recomend, when choosing a puppy for service or as a pet, that you do not choose the puppy yourself. Explain your lifestyle &/or tasks expected & ask the breeder to test the puppy & choose the right puppy for you & your family or for a service dog. "The puppy came to me. I knew she was mine" Wrong. You don't know if the puppy had just woken up from a nap or many other reasons why the puppy did or did not come to you. The breeder who has been with the puppy over time is better able to make an objective decision. The prospective owner can only make an emotional decision which I do not recommend. This has worked well. In 20 years, only 3 dogs have been returned to me. 2 because the owner's lifestyle &/or home situation had changed. One, because the training, or lack thereof required my retraining & re-homing the dog.  When you ask "why are service dogs so expensive?" These are only a few of the time consuming things that a careful & loving breeder puts into the breeding, testing, raising & training of a service dog. btw the training begins as soon as the puppy is born. Even before their eyes are open. Then they are potty trained before they are 6 weeks old & temperament tested at 7 weeks. See my Potty Training book at Multiply the time each puppy takes by 7(the usual number of puppies in a litter) & you understand some of the time & work involved in raising a service dog. Its a labor of love. Obviously, Its not a huge money maker.

Hi Robert,  I just had to quickly dash off this email because I’m so excited about your puppy.We call her Anais, pronounce an I ees. Of course you will choose your own name for her. I kind of knew she was your puppy for a long time. The temperament testers independently chose 2 puppies for you. She was one. To make a decision between the two, I took both puppies out & started throwing a crumpled piece of paper. I know you need a dog that will retreive. Anais wasn’t too interested so I thought the other dog was for you. But I could see that Anais was thinking things over. Then she dissapeared behind the orange trees. She picked up an orange and brought it to me. She was obviously thinking  - who wants to bother retrieving a silly piece of crumpled paper when I can find & bring a lovely orange? - Then I knew Anais was meant for you. She is obviously an incredibly intelligent, thinking dog. She was also the biggest with a big bone structure. She’s laid back. Nothing bothers her. Very steady & trainable. She’s also very sweet & loving.  The perfect service dog. I know you’ll be very happy with her. I’m not telling everyone else yet but I was too excited to wait to tell you. I hope you’ll send me lots of pictures & reports on her progress. Puppy love from Inventing Joy & furry folk

When Founding the New Breed: Giant Schnoodles of Joy, I Did 2 Years of Genetic Research. Not only did I check the pedigree on , which I recommend all prospective puppy parents do. I also called & spoke to all the people in the pedigree & listed below, to inquire about their dogs. This took months of attempting to reach them by phone & then talking dogs when I did. I was fortunate enough to contact people who would share their pedigrees & the outcome of the health of their dogs. I don't recomend this. By this time I had reviewed my college notes on genetics (the course in college, that I disliked the most)  & had a working knowledge of genetics & knew the genetic defects prominent in the breed. I knew what I was looking for. However, nobody does this much work, & I would probably never do it again. But I was founding a new breed of service dogs, on who the quality of my life & others, would depend for many years. I put in the work & was rewarded by puppies all over the world with no health problems. My best reward was Xena & her progeny. I didn't have to work this hard with the poodle because I was sell acquainted with the breeder & had contact with the parents of siblings going back several generations. I also knew the  extent of the careful testing & breeding protocol of the breeder: Susan Christen. I did not have that luxury with the Giant Schnauzers. 

Puppy Pick UP Instructions & Commands Already Learned or Early Commands to Teach

When Puppy Parents purchase a puppy from me, I include an all day Puppy Pick up Seminar. People fly in from all over. The reason I include it is because I want to ease the transition with as little trauma as possible. I don't want my puppies to leave their pack & their home for the first time & be traumatized by arriving speaking a different lanugauage. Think of arriving in Greece where everyone speaks Greek, but you only speak English. That would be very confusing for us, & of course for a puppy. These are the instructions I give my new puppy parents. You can use what is useful for your new puppy or training your dog.

Instructions for  Giant Schnooodles of Joy

                                                             Copyright  Joy de la Ren, San Diego Sept 15, 2008 

Right now, all the dogs are named Twinkles. So wherever I say Twinkle, insert your own chosen name. 


Carry on Plane

If you are picking up your puppy and carrying him/.her on the plane with you, I recommend that you purchase a plastic case which I have available that closes like a suitcase. We have had excellent success with using this as a porta potty on the plane. We fill it with wood chips and the puppy uses it.. You may want to purchase one of those to use on the plane & then use at home. Using these methods we have never had an accident on the plane.  However, just in case there is a first time, also bring paper towels, wet wipes, light weight rubber goves. A couple of absorbent pads or receiving blankets with a plastic backing & Spray can of cleanser. I like the foam bathroom cleaner you buy at the 99 cent store. I use it for everything. The largest soft sided carrying crate you can find. I may have some of these available for sale.

Usually for interstate travel by carry on or by cargo,  you require a health certificate. My vet charges about $65. Check with your airlines because the rules keep changing.

If you are shipping your puppy cargo, it is best to get a fairly large crate as we have had several dogs turned back because the airlines decided the crate was not big enough. Fortunately, dealing through our courier specialist, they have been able to change out the crate so we haven’t missed a flight.  Special dishes are also required for shipping.  They are about $15. The crate is about $100. For shipping, I recommend that you call our shipping specialists to make arrangements:

Pacific Pet Transport

319 318 5702

They make all arrangements and as known shippers, take the dog to the plane. 

Twinkle Layette
: To prepare for your puppy:

Leash: 6 ft webbing leash with a very light snap.  I have some very nice ones with lots of variety  available for  sale. Do not purchase a leash with a heavy snap. It isn’t necessary to have a heavy snap and will interfere with training.

Collar: Your puppy will come with a collar. You may want to purchase a new one when you can fit it on your puppy.


Food: We re feeding Diamond Large Breed Puppy Food. You will receive samples. Find a dealer in your area at this link

I am getting perfect weight & stools using this food. 

2 bowls 1 for food, 1 for water I have some non tippy ones for sale

At about 4 or 5 months  I switch to: Nutra Nuggets Lamb and Rice available  at Smart and Final or Costco.  Go to Nutra Nuggets on the web to find a distributor in your area. I often add a couple of tablespoons of canned salmon, mackeral or a half a hard boiled egg.  I also ad Wheat Germ Oil ( if you can find it pure) or Carlton salmon oil or rice bran oil to their food daily This keeps their coat shiny and often stops them from itching from dry skin and helps prevent mats in their coat.  I also get chicken livers and cook them. Lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, put them in a plastic bag. I feed them frozen as treats. The dogs love them and they are very healthy. I like them too. If they are passing a lot of gas, cut back on the chicken liver treats. A spoon full of vinegar also helps reduce gas in dogs & people.


Crate if you are going to crate train The crate can be large, but then you want to block off part of it so they have a small space as their den to begin with.  I prefer a wire crate as they are cooler with more airflow than a solid shipping crate. You can always cover the crate with a blanket to make if feel like a den. 

If you are going to use Joy’s

 woodchip method of Housetraining (preferred method) :


Children’s rigid plastic wading pool smallest size.  PetSmart often have a nice small one.  Walmart or Target or Kmart if they have them or try on line.

If you can’t get a wading pool try the big plastic oil change pans at Home Depot but they are already trained on the wading pools. Maybe a friend or neighbor has an old one that you can replace when they are for sale again. Holes can be patch with a glob of HOUSEHOLD GOOP. Put on a glob and let it air dry for a day.

Earthgro Natural Bark Nuggets Largest size. From Home Depot $3.50 per 20 lb bag

Xpen  from Pet Smart about $85


Harness for car riding. I use an ordinary harness that I leave on the dog and permanently attach a chain leash the tied to the headrest and just snap puppy in when they get in the car. Fancier harnesses can be purchased.

Hard rubber chew toys. Cow hooves are good for young dogs. As the dog gets older, they can break their teeth on them so don’t use after 3 years old. Knuckle beef  bones from the butcher cooked in the microwave are good for helping remove tarter from teeth. Do not give a bone that they can break a piece off as they can swallow it and may suffer an intestinal obstruction.

I do not give raw food because if they eat raw food and then give you or your children a kiss, you or your children could contract a salmonella infection.

No pork, rawhide, bully sticks, pig ears or things that can be chewed up and cause intestinal blockages.  No pieces of rope. Some of their favorite toys are discarded plastic milk gallons, plastic containers. Wash out the milk containers. Their sharp teeth make holes which result in milk all over your house. Don’t ask me how I know!

 Treats: Carrots. Chicken dogs cut up and cooked crisp in the microwave are yummy for training;

Slicker brush.  I like the largest most solid brush.



“Twinkle come” clap your hands or slap your knee and use an up sounding happy we’re going to have fun”, voice

“go in your little den”  dog into crate (not trained yet)

“ No mouth, give Kisses”  Put a carrot or chewy toy in their mouth if they are nipping, then give them a chance to apologize by kissing.  Or Put your palm out flat, perpendicular to their mouth  so they can lick you. “NO mouth, give kisses”   “good kisses’  make a fuss about how good they are that  that they did the right thing. They have been trained to lick butter or yogurt off your hands with the command give kisses. If they nip, no more yogurt and they are immediately removed, put into their pen and ignored. After 3 minutes they get a chance to apologize with the command –give kisses-



They eat 4 times per day.  In the AM, I don’t feed them til 8:00 AM even if they are up because I may want to sleep in til 8:00 AM on weekends.  You can gradually adjust them to your schedule.  Just remember that  a dog has a built in time clock You can’t feed at 6 on week days and 8 on weekends because the dog has a time clock, not a calender.  S/he doesn’t know what day it is so set your schedule to YOUR convenience.

2nd feeding is noon.  3rd feeding about 5 PM and last feeding 8 or 9 at night so I don’t feel guilty for not feeding them til 8 in the AM.  If you are crating, you need a different schedule. No food or water after 7 or 8 PM, depending on your bed time and getting up time. The reason being that if they have their potty pool, they can do their business during the night, but if they are crated, you have to get up in the middle of the night to let them out if they have food and fluids in their tummies. If you crate, you may need to get up about 2:00AM and take them out.  

They usually poop 10 minutes to 1 hour after feeding so you should walk them at that time.  You should also  walk them as soon as they wake up, and immediately after feeding.  I use the commands “do potty”  “do poopy” Be sure to say –potty good potty- -poopy good poopy- and make a big fuss when they comply.  Also give the command when they are choosing to do it during the act. This will teach them to go on command which is very handy for traveling or when you are in a hurry .  It is especially important for service and therapy dogs. They may need to go several times so make the walk at least about 10 to 20 minutes or more, if you have time.

They are very clean dogs.  They do not soil their crate and they do sleep through the night. Although the first few nights sleeping without brothers and sister might be a little noisy.  Be patient, give them time.


You will receive a bag of slightly soiled wood chips.  Choose the area where you want you puppy to poop and pee and lay the chips there.  Take your puppy to the woodchips every hour to begin with.  Tell them to do potty  or do poopy and give them lots of praise when they do.  Notice I say “do potty” not “go potty” “go” sounds too much like “no” to a dog.


Book Recommendations: These dogs are very intelligent  They are used to thinking for themselves.  All dogs should have a strong leader with a consistent hierarchy set up in the family.  I recommend that you get the book “Leader of the Pack” fun reading for the whole family to read together. This will help you set the right philosophy consistently with your whole family.  I also recommend the books on puppy raising by the Monks of  New Skete and  any  books by Dr. Patricia Oconnell. I recommend only positive reinforcement training.  These dogs are what is called a –soft train- . The boundries need to be clear, but they require very little discipline. These dogs want to please you. They are not stubborn. If they are not doing what you want, you have not communicated clearly what you want from them. I highly recommend clicker training to teach them what you expect. This method of training will help you communicate with your dog and bring them to their full potential of communication with you, Go to .

BTW, if you ever get the opportunity to attend the clicker Training Expo (usually 3 days & travels to different cities) I highly recommend that you go. It is the best training that you can get.


The puppies should have the hair clipped short around the anus and genitals for cleanliness.  I also recommend some clipping around the eyes.  If you are going to keep a mustache, I recommend that you raise the mustache and clip short around the mouth and then let the mustache fall over the ciipped area around the mouth.  This will keep your puppy cleaner. If you are going to have  a beard, I recommend that you clip around the mouth and have the beard further back on the chin.  It is an optical illusion that gives the same look, but the mouth area will be cleaner.  After that it”s up to you.
Check your packet for the Grooming diagram.  Of course your lifestyle will dictate your grooming style.  If you hike in the woods where there are burrs and stickers, you may want the hair short.  Although so far, the burrs seem to  just wipe out of their hair, so it might actually be a protection.


Immunizations.  You will have immunization records in your packet.  To maintain your warrantee your puppy with your packet of vet records to your vet and have your puppy examined within 48 hours of receiving your puppy.   Your puppy has NOT been vaccinated for kennel cough or given heartworm medication.  We do not have a lot of heart worm in Southern California and they are too young to be given the medication at this time.  Please have your vet advise you on recommendations for your area.


Commands they know now:

No mouth Give kisses (They have already been trained to this, but if they forgot, put butter or yogart on your hand for "give kisses" & reward them for kisses.

Do potty say it as they start going Saying it as a command before they go will come later

Do poopy

Note I say DO potty, DO poopy, not Go potty Go sounds too much like NO


Commands for future:


Heel (left side)


Side (right side)


Ahead (walk ahead)



Twinkle Come


Come round  (when he is on the wrong side of a pole, wait then give the comand and wait for him to come around the pole. Also if he has come round you and tangled you in the leash… same command. But you must wait patiently for him to think it through)


Ahead (walk ahead)


Fidget:  release comand  I used to use Okay, but the vet and everyone else uses it to say “it’s okay” Then the dog sees it as a release. I have had to do much training of the vet!

 House House  (go in the house)

Get in the car

Hup hup (get up on the bed or anywhere up)

Go in your little den (go in the crate) Crate is a good place to relax. don't overuse & abuse. 8 hours is a no no

Schnoodle woodle cuddle wuddle (cuddle like a spoon) silly, but I like it

After an alert to stop barking; Thank you for the alert… Now never mind…. Quiet Quiet. Good Quiet.

Basta meaning enough, when I get really annoyed with the barking


Off   use off because “down” means something else


Passe, pronounced passey means pass through the gate or door.  Otherwise the dog should wait until you pass first and then invite him to pass.



Loose leash  Never let him pull on the collar or halti     give short jerks with the command, then follow it up with various non pulling excercises such as turning and going in the other direction. Or request my article on pulling dogs. All requests for assistance are done on the chat forum 

Bring him to heel. Say “heel”. 

Sandwich commands: You are teaching a new language. Use the Sandwich technique. Use the word with good as the middle of the sandwich. Always  say  the word, then  good and the word. .  Poopy Good poopy, drop, good drop, off good off, etc.  Good is sandwiched with the word you want them to learn. You are not teaching the word “Good” you are teaching “drop”. Thus the emphassis is on “drop” while positively reinforcing with “good”. “Drop good drop” 


There are 2 ways that I suggest you housetrain your dog. Crate training and Joy’s woodchip method.  I prefer my woodchip method but here are some tips on both ways.

Crate Training

I would suggest that your puppy sleep in the crate with the blanky until they are housetrained.  Also when you go out for a few hours.  Make sure the dog goes out every couple of hours during the day and before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up in the morning or after a puppy nap.


I think crate training is fine. But like any good thing it gets over used & abused. These dogs are far too intelligent to be left for 8 hours in a crate even if you come home & let them out for awhile in the middle of the day. If you are using the crate training and  leaving all day, then I suggest a gate in a room with no carpets,  and still use a plastic wading pool with wood chips in it.  Leave the crate open so they can snuggle in as they want to.    Never punish your puppy for urinating or defecating.  Give lots of praise when they do it right, and ignore the accidents.  They will get it eventually.

A draft of my book on Joy’s Method of Automatic Potty Training will follow



DOB       BREEDING PAIR                                                               AUTO-IMMUNE

DISEASES            EPILEPSY            INCONTINENCE                HIP DYS               TOE CANCER     TOTAL DEFECTS



2/24/93  Blackbeard's Hey Look Me Over

CH. Blackbeard's Amy V. Starogart                0              0              1              1              0              2



9/25/98  Ch Blacknight Rolling Thunder

Hiddenfalls Black Pepper  0              0              1              0              0              1



9/25/98  Ch Blacknight Rolling Thunder

Hiddenfalls Black Pepper  AIHA     0              1              0              0              2



4/10/00  Ch.Bluechip Strike the Gold v Kit

Ch.Blue Chip Deja Vu        AIHA (1)               0              0              0              0              1



6/23/93  Ch.Bluechip Piano Man

Ch.Dragonair's Bluechip E'Diamond               Hypothyroidism &

Krohns (1)             0              0              0              0              2



9/12/97  Ch.Bluechip ZZ Top

Deberic's Giant Ink Spot    0              epilepsy 0              0              0              1




Ron & Barbara Jones         Ch.Bluechip ZZ Top

Deberic's Giant Ink Spot    0              0              hypothyroidism   0              0              1



9/17/99  Ch.Delarive 'N He Kisses Good

Ch.Bluechip Deja Vu          Hypothyroidism &

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystropy            epilepsy incontinence         0              0              4



5/8/02- 3/21/05   El Lobo Legacy

El Lobo Molly Go Lightly

Kathy and Corey Eddington (breeder)            0              epilepsy incontinence         0              0              2



8/23/91  Erko v Monchbrunnen

Perle v Hoernerburg            0              0              0              0              toe cancer             1



7/21/93  Ch.Homestead's Cast A Giant Shadow

Ch.Compri's Kava of Homestead   0              0              incontinence         0              squamous cell carcinoma  2


Dam       Ch.Ingebar's Uri Geller

Ch.Delarive Kalina Kai      0              0              incontinence         0              0              1



1/11/01  Ch. J-Starrs Drum Solo

Ch. Nightline Adrenaline Rush          hypothyroidism &

Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystropy            0              incontinence         0              0              3



1/09/02  Ch. J-Starrs Drum Solo

Ch Lindsayleigh's Princess Xena      0              epilepsy 0              0              0              1



7/19/99  Ch. Keystones Geronimo Wildman

Ch. Hatten's Gaboob Renewed        0              0              0              hip dysplasia        0              1



4/11/01  Ch. Keystones Geronimo Wildman

Ch. Keystone's Winsome Rolls Royce


hypothyroidism   epilepsy 0              0              0              2



5/30/00  Ch. Keystones Lucas v Hatten

Ch. Keystones Mayas Wild Hatten 0              0              incontinence         hip dysplasia        0              2



3/7/2002 litter      CH. Lindsayleigh's Liefhond's Reu

CH. Liefhond's Fresia                         1                                                              1



3/7/2000 litter      CH. Lindsayleigh's Liefhond's Reu

CH. Liefhond's Fresia         hypothyroidism

Histiocytosis Pyogranuloma        



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