WELCOME TO OBED-TEACH
the Dog Obedience Instructors' Discussion List
Established in 1995; moved to Yahoo Groups Sept 2003; then to Groups.io in October 2017.
- What is OBED-TEACH?
- Obed-Teach Home Page
- Sending and Replying
- Participation in OBED-TEACH ("The Rules") <<--PLEASE READ!!!
- Additional Tips
- Companion Group on Facebook
WHAT IS OBED-TEACH?The primary purpose of Obed-Teach is for dog training instructors to share resources and exchange ideas, helpful hints, and stories that expand our knowledge (i.e. adds useful tools to our dog-training and instructing “toolbox.”)
OBED-TEACH HOME PAGE
The Obed-Teach group home page is https://groups.io/g/obed-teach
To access the home page, you MUST have a Groups.io ID. This is where you will find archives of group messages posted since Sept 2003.
Be sure to check out our other resources such as files (articles, handouts, etc), member photo albums (you can upload your own photos), links to other useful resources, membership database, polls, and a calendar (for listing seminars). As a member, you will be able to post to these areas.
SENDING AND REPLYING
You do not need to have a Groups.io ID to send and receive OT email if that’s all you want to do. To gain access to our rich archives, files, and photos, you will need a Groups.io ID.
- Address messages to email@example.com
- ALL NEW MEMBERS are moderated initially, so messages you post may not show up on the list immediately.
- REPLIES AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THE ENTIRE LIST. To send a reply to just one person, you can click on REPLY TO SENDER at the bottom of the message; or, just type the person's e-mail address in the "To:" field of the message.
- PLEASE TRIM YOUR REPLIES!! AVOID EXCESSIVE QUOTING of messages you're replying to. If you think a quote is necessary, copy or type a sentence or two, just enough to give the context of your reply. If using an email program that won't let you trim, start a new message and type a short explanation about what you are replying to.
- If you are on Digest, start a new message using the subject line of the message you are replying to! Quoting an entire digest bloats the archives, takes up a lot of extra space, and creates confusion about who said what and when.
PARTICIPATION IN OBED-TEACH
Discussions on OBED-TEACH should be focused on obedience instructing issues, topics that you discuss with your students, and business-related issues. The following points are not intended to be all inclusive.1. EQUIPMENT/METHODS DEBATES. Questions asked about the use of certain equipment or methods must reflect the genuine curiosity of someone seeking new information from those with first-hand experience. If you disagree with an approach recommended by another member, you may respectfully say so.However, your reply should focus on your suggestion and rationale for preferring it.
2. Members usually follow a CASE STUDY approach to discussing training and/or instructing issues.
Members usually ask the same basic questions before replying to a post. To save time and bandwidth, include as many pertinent facts as possible in your initial post:
- The breed of the dog; gender;
- whether spayed-neutered;
- how long the owner has had the dog;
- specific issues of the case.
- Similar facts about the owner and the owner's family as they influence the behavior of the dog should also be included, if known.
- Please email the author privately, with a cc: to firstname.lastname@example.org . Most people are willing to give their permission when asked; however, please honor their wishes if they not want their posts sent elsewhere. Moreover, this list should not be reflected to other sites without explicit permission from BOTH the posters and the listowner.
- DO NOT POST COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL TO OBED-TEACH! If a published article is relevant to a discussion, you can quote a sentence or two, then list the URL for the rest of the article.
4. NO FLAMES, NO FEUDS! A "flame" is not just a controversial topic, but is a personal insult that stifles discussion. *HINT*: If something on the list has you writing an angry reply, DO NOT send the reply. Save a draft. Sleep on it and then send it tomorrow (if at all) when you're calm and clear-headed.
- If you are not sure if it’s a personal insult, think about how you would feel if you were on the receiving end.
7. NO CAMPAIGNING. This is not the place for discussions about dog breeding or breeder ethics, breed traits unrelated to instructing obedience, matters of general health or canine welfare (unless discussing handouts provided to students), breed specific legislation (BSL), animal rights, the merits of PETA or similar organizations, or any similarly tangential topics. TOPICS MUST SHOW A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO OBEDIENCE INSTRUCTING. If you're not sure, contact email@example.com .
Read "The Core Rules of Netiquette" at
Pay particular attention to Rule #2, which states:
Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
- Remember that e-mail is a limited medium. Without body language, people often cannot read the emotion behind a posting and may take what you say personally despite your intention. Keeping this in mind, it's always good to re-read posts before sending and to assume that any person you're talking about will also be reading the message.
- Be sensitive to cultural differences. The majority of OT members are from the United States or Canada, but we do have members from various countries on several continents. English is the official language on this list, but English is a second language for some. Be sure that you understand the poster's meaning. When in doubt, send a private post to clarify your understanding rather than jumping to conclusions. Misunderstandings easily develop into "flame wars." (Some email addresses from outside the USA end with the abbreviation for the country: UK is United Kingdom; FI is Finland; ME is Mexico; AU is Australia; ZA is South Africa; just to list a few.) A complete list can be found here:
We have a companion group on Facebook started in August 2016. Join us there if you are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/obedteach/
Thank you for your cooperation and your participation in OBED-TEACH. When you post to the list for the first time, take a few minutes to introduce yourself and give a little background about you and your dogs. We really want to get to know you!
Welcome, and enjoy!