Rin-Tin-Tin The Life and The Legend

By Deborah Taylor-French Dog Leader Mysteries

I adore reading a good book. Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend took her ten years to research and write. In her book, she delivers both the man behind the dog and the dogs of movie and television fame.

The most wonderful thing I have learned is that Lee Duncan did not force or use negative and punishing methods to get his dogs to perform. He rewarded his first beloved, battlefield rescue dog, Rinty (and all other dogs  Lee trained) with affection, toys and play.

“Dog training during this period was often limited to the swift kick and the slap, so Lee’s approach was not typical. Lee liked to emphasize that he had never “trained” Rin Tin Tin, perhaps because of the association between obedience and fear. Instead, he preferred to say he had “educated” him.”

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