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Wit & Wisdom – The Love of Dogs

The Graham family were always dog lovers and had a long succession of family pets. Both Billy and Ruth used the training and obedience of dogs to illustrate behavior in the home.

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Dog Training

By Ruth Bell Graham

Every parent should read at least one good book on dog training. Odd how, in a day when children are notoriously disobedient, dog training and obedience classes are increasing in popularity. Basically the rules are simple.

  1. Keep commands simple and at a minimum. One word to a command and always the same word. Come. Sit. Stay. Heel. Down. No. (I talk my children dizzy.)
  2. Be consistent.
  3. Be persistent. Follow through. Never give a command without seeing it is obeyed.
  4. When the dog responds correctly, praise him. (Not with food. Remember, don’t reward children materially for doing well. Your praise should be enough.)

It is a fine kettle of fish when our dogs are better trained than our children.

From It’s My Turn by Ruth Bell Graham (1982, Fleming H. Revell Co.)



Dog’s Virtues

By Billy Graham

Dogs are quick to show their affection. They never pout, they never bear a grudge. They never run away from home when mistreated. They never complain about their food. They never gripe about the way the house is kept. They are chivalrous and courageous, ready to protect their mistress at the risk of their lives. They love children, and no matter how noisy and boisterous they are, the dog loves every minute of it. In fact, a dog is stiff competition for a husband. Perhaps if we husbands imitated a few of our dog’s virtues, life with our family might be more amiable.

Printed in the Atlanta Daily World, May 14, 1988

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  1. Pam Engle says:

    Great! So true. So sad that a lot of Christians don’t understand dog ownership and criticize people that own pets in general. Maybe a sermon on this topic would be a blessing to many. Especially dogs unconditional love. My boys learned this from dog ownership.

    in Christs love,

    Pam E

  2. Clifford Grier says:

    I couldn’t agree more ^.^

  3. Tim says:

    Why of course Billy and Ruth where dog people! (Billy still is I am sure.) And their German Shepherd in the picture was beautiful

  4. clare yawathe says:

    Makes good sense, I’m very impressed at such simple ant yet
    profound truths.

  5. Barbara says:

    I totally agree. But now moving on to the real test of a good trainer….CATS! Lol Good luck with that one, right?!

  6. 3erys says:

    Agree whole heartedy. Recommend a look at God and dog

  7. Richard McIntire says:

    love it – GOD Bless †

  8. Yisel Aquino says:

    Great! I really needed it! Blessings

  9. kellie sims says:

    I thank God for the creation of dogs. Please tell me they go to heaven

  10. Tina-Marie Blakley says:

    I Always trust Billy, and I love to hear him speak about his dogs.

  11. Nancy Cozzens says:

    After raising 5 children with my husband and then spending nearly 20 years working in daycare centers and providing care at my home, I have come to the conclusion that everyone should have to own a dog first before having children. If they can’t get the dog to sit or stay chances are they will not be able train up a child in the way he should go!

  12. Doug says:

    Undeniably True !!!

  13. Corina says:

    We see many of photos of Dr. Graham still enjoying the company of dogs. I expect Ruth is enjoying the company of those dogs in the Graham family who have passed with her in Heaven. Dogs teach us much about love. I believe those we love, animal and human, await in Heaven for the Faithful.

  14. Dr. Jensen says:

    God Bless you Brother Billy

  15. Mark Shrader says:

    I enjoy all of the Grahams stories !! And being a dog person training is very important !!

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