The last outside dog we owned was a McNab breed and her name was Trigger. She was a wonder dog. Easily trained, totally obedient, fiercely loyal and even-tempered. I train dogs by normal voice volume, not raising my voice except a little when it’s really needed and not very often at that. Trigger seemed to understand without much communication and would respond to most commands by the pointing of a finger/hand. On walks when we came to roadway or intersection I taught her to look both ways before crossing the street. She would even do it without my asking. She was a wonderful dog.
One time as I was admiring a well-behaved dog belonging to an old retired sheriff I knew, I asked him what kind of training he used. He said, “Ah, I just let him do what ever he wants… he seems to like it that way.”
After Trigger we got our first indoor dog, Annie, a Rat Terrier, all 13 pounds of her. We got her at 8 weeks old and she was spoiled rotten by 16 weeks. Right then I decided to use the old sheriff’s method of training. Sure enough… she seemed to like it that way. She too was a wonderful dog.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Jesus