Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on March 28, 1936 · Page 16
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 16

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, March 28, 1936
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Cfcfed btom'-lhv Trainer Tells Cfero? To ?ectb 7n Pi Patience And Kindness Jiecessary To Overcome Jiatural Fear, He Advises object himself, instead of the trainer placing it in his mouth. "Pic it up. Hold it nice. Oot," are the commands. If the dog-pupil has thus far followed instructions he is taken off the leash. Then he is taught how to retrieve the object, how to crouch, how to jump. "After that," explains Spitz, "he is just about ready for high school. And high school consists of. teaching any specific trick that may be demanded of him." ,"' ' J "Personally," he went on, "1 would not attempt to teach a dog anything unless he had gone through the grammar course first. It's like placing the cart before the horse." SPITZ does, however, lay down certain admonitions to amateur dog trainers. FirSt, he says, know the disposition of your dog. Is he naturally kind? Is he patient? Is he nervous? Does he sleep at night? Does he like children? Does he like people ? "Pet yffur dog all the time," said Spitz. "Permit other people to pet him. And after he has 'shaken hands' or 'stood on his head' in the parlor give him something nice to eat. Dogs are ljke people, they like to be appreciated." ; In all the training routine, fear is the thing that must be combated, Spitz says. "We encounter fear so much when teaching an animal to jump; The secret," he added, "is never to let a dog f alb when you are teaching him to jump in your arms. If you do, he will become so frightened it will take him a long time to get over his scare and it will slow up training." Spitz' star pupils are Buck, a giant St. Bernard, and Prince, a Great Dane. These two dogs can just about do anything required of them, their owner says. Like human actors, both work on contract for the movies. Their salaries are said to be between $150 and $250 per week. Spitz declines to place a monetary value on either dog. He revealed, however, that Lloyd's of London had agreed to place a $50,000 insurance policy on Buck.. ' "But," fie1 concluded, "there isn't enough money in the world to buy them from me.'V ' (Watch' for further articles telling how Carl Spits train the movie dog He will give valuable hints to readers of this magazine In futuri issue explaining various jricRs as used In films. Editor.) German Expert's Large School Has Extensive Curriculum For Canines eARL SPITZ, an affable, ald German, is President and Professor-at-Iarge of one of the most unusual schools in the world. His educational mart is an exclusive one and, judging from outward appearances, expensive, also. It offers two courses, grammar and high School. The curriculum afforded, however, does not 'mitigate the fact that it? is cjie of the noisiest Schools in the country. All of his pupils are dogs. To this' school daily rich wdmen holding pam-jftroa pets on their ample laps draw up in shiny Black limousines. Movie stars in flashy roadsters appear, accompanied by pedigreed pups on leash. Serioue-minded business men walk into the big iron gate with backing canines by their side. All want Carl Spitz to teach their dog "some "fcind of trick." Consequently, Teacher Spitz' training school is an aristocratic, lively place. The buildings stretch over an area of 10 acres under the bright sun in San Fernando Valley, ab3ut three miles from Van Nuys, Calif. Like every well-regulated school, it has its dormitories, its mcafcrn sanitary kitchens, its chef to cook special doggy foods ajjid one of the most elaborate gyms in the country. The courses taught by Spitz are patternedafter thefflj: now being offered ry the German government for the training of "war" dogs. In Germany, Spitz explained, the training of dogs for army service is considered as important as training aviators to fly. A few years later he brought his knowledge to California. Here his venture has proved to be a good one for Spitz and a boon to the movie industry, which now largely depcujds upon the German trainer for its trick dogs. His grammar course forms the basis or the A B C's of all stunt training. If a dog is smart enough to learn all there is to offer in this basic or ground course, it is an easy matter, the trainer says, to pass him into high school, the "mental state," where specific tricks are mastered. But to be thoroughly trained, Spitz insists all dogs should be given the grammar-bourse, , "After that," he said, "the dog is reildy to serve as a 'blind' dog, a stage actor, a parlor entertainer or whatever you wish to make of him." The grammar course begins with what the V. A !... JW mi i , T , .J..'! Many of those tricky, smart dogs you see In the movies are trained by Carl Spitz, who operates an elaborate canine college near Hollywood. Spitz Is shown, left, with the "silent" training whistle, a device pitched too high for the human ear to hear. Right, he demonstrates a difficult stunt, teaching Rags, a Cairn terrier, to Jump. objection he is petted and spoken to very kindly, becausg this is an indication the canine will learn very quickly. Spitz says. The next command is "Out." The dog must learn to release or drop the object he has in his mouth. At this point the dog has learned to "(Hold it nice," and "Out". NEXT, the trainer, with the leash still around his own body, walks with the dog. He walks a few feet, then orders the animal to "Sit". Then if the dog accepts again the object in his mouth while he is sitting "quiet in one place," and will also release the object when the command "Out" is given, he is, indeed, advancing rapidly and the trainer is heartened. The third lesson teaches the dog to go after the trainer believes to be the most important thing in teaching dogs a training leash. "Never," he declared, "try to teach a dog anything unless you have a leash on him." THIS leash is fastened to the dog's collar and the other end of it is thrown over the body of the trainer. This permits the trainer to have both hands free. The first lesson is: "Sit quiet in one place." Next, hie is taught to hold an object in his mouth. This is not so easy. With the thumb and two fingers of the trainer's left hand on the dog's nose, the animal's mouth is opened. Then with the right hand, the trainer inserts a light roll of paper or a light object into the dog's mouth. The command is: "Hold it. Hold it, nice." If the dog takes the object into his mouth without much WHO CHANCKS WITHOUT THE SSSISSSSSL. x " M- THE EXPLOITS OP THIS QUIET, UNASSUMINCi KNIGHT OP THE AIR MAKE A MODERN SAGA OP MARVELOUS COUBAOE AND MARVELOUS PHYSICAL CONDITION. NERVES "ENERGYDIGESTION -ALL MUST BE IN TOP FORM ALL THE TIME BECAUSE DICKS JOB IS STUNTING PLANES FOR THE MOVIES. 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