Olina Stuka

Sportwaffen K9

This page was started to share some of my personal favorite quotes. There are some great dog quotes, but they aren't only about dogs. I have always enjoyed quotes that were inspirational, motivational, or really made you think. I enjoy applying them where I can in my life; often with my dogs. The author will be credited when and where I know who it was that said it. If you have a favorite you'd like to share, email it to me. This page will be updated from time to time with new quotes going on the top of the page.

"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training."

~Archilochus, Greek soldier circa 650 BC

"A correction becomes abuse not by what is done, but by effect of what is done; when it is excessive and unnecessary to what is needed to correct or educate; and stops, slows, impedes, or reverses progress."

~Nate Harves

"The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.”

~Rensis Likert

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”

~Charles de Montesquieu

“The Wolf says might makes right. The Sheepdog says might alone isn't strength, and compassion isn't weakness.

~ Lt. Col Dave Grossman, military / law enforcement motivational speaker and author of the book "On Killing"

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”

~Tom Krause

"I closed my eyes and concentrated. I locked the doors to those rooms tight. Their floorboards don't squeak anymore, or at least not as much; 'cause I try not to let my thoughts walk on them. But every now and then, through no doing of my own, a little lamp is lit in them. And even though I don't go in to check on it, the light still escapes a tiny little bit beneath the crack of the door. This is okay; I wouldn't want it to stay dark in there all of the time."

~Nate Harves

"There comes a point in your life when you realize:

who matters,

who never did,

who won't anymore...

and who always will.

So, don't worry about people from your past....there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future."


An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me", he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a moment and then asked the old man, "Grandfather, which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one I feed." ."

~Native American legend

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."

~Roger Caras

"A hungry dog hunts best."

~Lee Trevino

"Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy."


Jeff M: "I bought a puppy one time from Germany, that was out of a Bundessieger, and it ended up having the dwarfism gene. It was really small and looked ridiculous."

Mike D: "I think you caught whatever it had."

~A funny exchange one day at our schutzhund club

"She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her."

~Benjamin Franklin, on the famous "Don't Tread On Me" flag

"If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway."

~Mother Teresa

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

~Aldous Huxley

"For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know."

~Teddy Roosevelt

"It doesn't matter what you can do, it matters what you will do."

~Chad Reynolds, 8th grade son of my good friend, Les Reynolds

"Great spirits have always experienced violent opposition from mediocre minds."

~Albert Einstein

"The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards."

~Sir William Francis Butler

"It is not the critic who counts;
Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, Whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood,
Who strives valiantly,
Who errs and comes up short again and again...
Who spends himself in a worthy cause;
Who, at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement;
And who at the worst, if he fails, at LEAST fails while daring greatly."

~Teddy Roosevelt

"If we weren't all crazy, we'd go insane."

~Jimmy Buffett

"They were a hard-driven, hardworking crowd inured to the hardest living, and they found their recreation in hard drinking and hard fighting."

~Allen Barra

"Out of every one hundred men you send me, ten of them shouldn't even be here!
Eighty are nothing more than targets!
Nine of them are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make.
Ah, but one...
One is a warrior!
And I must find him; for he will bring the others home!"

~Heraclitus, from Greece

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
for he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother."

~William Shakespeare

"We have a greater moral responsibility to act than those who live in ignorance. Once you become knowledgeable you have an obligation to do something about it."


"If the work I make with my dog is shit, I am a shitty handler. If the work is good, then it must be because of the dog."

~Unknown, sent from a friend in the Czech Republik

"The most striking feature of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage, fighting tenacity, and hardness."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"The day my dog doesn't have a problem on the track is the day my dog doesn't learn something."

~Juergen Ritzi

"Today your dog passes SchH2 like driving through a yellow light."

~an SV Judge to an unknown handler

"The only thing two dog trainers can agree on is what the third dog trainer is doing wrong."

~Anne Kent

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of being selfish, having ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway."

~Mother Teresa

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."

~Abraham Lincoln

"Agga-shigga-dra, bitches."

~Gabor Szilasi (with a slight twist on a Hungarian drinking toast)

"You know son, if at any point in a man's life he can say he has one true friend, then he is a lucky man."

~Harold "Bid" Harves

We Have A Secret

"We have a secret, you and I

that no one else shall know.

For who but I can see you lie,

each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand

before we go to bed,

and feel the living warmth of you

and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths

and see ahead of me,

your agile form racing with the wind

so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim

in every brook I pass,

and when I call, no one but I

can see the bending grass."

~Pet Loss Poem, Author Unknown

"I miss 100% of the shots I don't take."

~Wayne Gretzky

"He was my friend."

~Nate Harves, after the loss of the Grimm Dog.

"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are."

~Muhammad Ali

"Right now, you are just a tiny little puppy...but someday, men will tremble in your presence."

~Nate Harves

"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary."

~Lou Holtz

"I'm so optimistic I'd go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me. "

~Zig Ziglar

"We acquire the strength we have overcome."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye."

~Helen Keller

"Every setback is a setup for a comeback."

~Willie Jolley

"It is one of those extraordinary mornings that tells us fall is coming. The air is crisp; the trees now striped with reds and yellows in an otherwise summer colored world. On the thick grassy mat lies a dog, breathing calmly with eyes expectant. The handler picks up the old, worn leather line and speaks to the animal. It stands, stares and then lowers its dark muzzle to the cover, moving slowly, steadily along a line no human can know. It's warm breath turns to steam and spreads, for only an instant, across the forward path in bursts, like an engine. As it moves, the power increases so it is driven by only one desire, the fusion of scent and animal. When it reaches the first corner, it senses the change and shifts to another direction, confident of its skill and purpose. As the dog moves towards the distant hills, the trainer -only walking behind- has a solitary wonder of what voice from nature this child of the wolf is hearing."

~Gary Patterson, Tracking: From the Beginning

"Through the trevail of ages, amidst the pomp and toil of war,
have I fought, and strove, and perished...countless times upon a star.
As if through glass and dark clay, this age old strife I see.
Where I have fought of many guises, many names, but always me."

~General George S. Patton, on his belief in reincarnation

"Somewhere, someone is training harder than you are.
And when you meet them, they will beat you."


"The breeder can indeed lay the foundations of a good and serviceable dog but the trainer must see to it that he brings to their highest possible development, the physical and mental foundations already laid and thus his is the more grateful task."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"The man who rears a dog must complete what the breeder began."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man.
Those who have hunted armed men long enough, and liked it,
never care for anything else thereafter."

~Ernest Hemingway

"Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."

~Mike Diehl

"Train the way you fight and fight the way you train."


"I love a dog.
He does nothing for political reasons."

~Will Rogers

"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war."

~John F. Kennedy

"Train hard and fight easy."


"The more I see of men, the better I like my dog."

~Frederick the Great

"A trained dog is a part of the family."

~Caro Daniel

"Pain makes shit real."

~Nate Harves

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night
only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

~George Orwell

"I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend."

~Red, Shawshank Redemption

"Get busy living,
or get busy dying."

~Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

"Remember Red, hope is a good thing,
maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

~Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption

"Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear.
Such people become crazy, or they become legends."

~One Stab, Legends of the Fall

"It was a good death."

~One Stab, Legends of the Fall

"A gangster shows no discretion in regards to man, woman or child, a good and proper german shepherd knows the difference and acts accordingly."

~Mel Greba

"Tough times never last, but tough people do."


"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."

~Josh Billings

"I wanted so much to step over and pick them up. Several times I tried to move my feet, but they seemed to be nailed to the floor. I knew the pups were mine, all mine, yet I couldn't move. My heart started aching like a drunk grasshopper. I tried to swallow and couldn't. My Adam's apple wouldn't work. One pup started my way. I held my breath. On he came until I felt a scratchy little foot on mine. The other pup followed. A warm puppy tongue caressed my sore foot. I heard the stationmaster say, 'They already know you.' I knelt down and gathered them in my arms. I buried my face between their wiggling bodies and cried."

~Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

"No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy."

~Bern Williams

"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives."

~John Galsworthy

"If you are going to have a dog, first make it a good dog; second train it to be useful. It takes a little trouble to train a dog, maybe, but you will find that it more than pays in the end. It will give you a broader sympathy with the animal world, and that includes your fellowmen."

~Harry J. Mooney

Travis: "No mama!"
Mama: "There's no hope for him now. He's sufferin'. You know we gotta do it."
Travis: "I know Mama... But he was my dog... I'll do it..."

~Ol Yeller

"I knelt down and put my arms around them. I knew that if it hadn't been for their loyalty and unselfish courage I would have probably been killed by the slashing claws of the devil cat.
'I don't know how I'll ever pay you back for what you've done,' I said,
'but I'll never forget it."

~Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

"Utility is the true criterion of beauty."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"I have the simplest taste.

I am always satisfied with the best."

~Oscar Wilde

"All the wonderful qualities of character possessed by a good shepherd dog will therefore only be brought to light when he remains in the same hands for a very long time, preferably from puppyhood, where having obtained a footing in the house, he shares the joys and sorrows of the family...and our dog is completely ruined in mind and body wherever he is treated only as merchandise..."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"The breeding of Shepherd dogs must be the breeding of working dogs,
this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce working dogs."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"Whoever can find the answer to this question: "How can I say this to my dog" has already won the game."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"The journey is the reward."

~Chinese Proverb

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

~Walt Disney

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you;
that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."

~Mark Twain

"Take this trouble for me; Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog,
for I have struggled all my life long for that aim."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"We cannot tell from the exterior what value a dog has for breeding purposes, either from his expression, his body-build, or from his achievements."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"Dog-breeding must be the work of a dog lover, and cannot be a profession, as is the case with other animals, and a means of acquiring bread and butter. If it once becomes that, then it will be dog-dealing that has nothing more to do with serious dog breeding."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"When it comes to breeding for business - which is never effected by dealers, at least not by official dealers -, the dog is only a business commodity and nothing more, and is bred and treated as such. There again, we encounter another danger for the race. The dog is no longer bred from the point of view of his services to the race, but only because he has a certain market value. In other words, the direction of the breed is influenced no longer by the experts, but by the buyers. The buyer, however, is mostly an unsuspecting novice, or else one who knows or cares nothing for the weal or woe of the race as yet. He knows nothing of racial type, nothing of the value of aptitude for work, he often only has an eye for appearances and wishes his dog to be imposing and remarkable, and sometimes even a ruffling swashbuckler."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"Remarkable in his unswerving loyalty to his master, irrepressible in his high spirits, never idle, always in motion, good-natured but not a flatterer, a constant pleasure to the eye."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog -- completely exhausted after a hard day in the field -- limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend."

~Gene Hill

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden , where doing nothing was not boring -- it was peace."

~Milan Kundera

"When this dog finds himself under stress, as all dogs do at times, he reaches back to his ancestry to get help or relief from the stress. But, as you can see, when this dog reaches back for help from his ancestors...there is nobody there."

~Gunther Diegel

"The reminder here is that the origin of Schutzhund and the rules under which we "compete" were developed to "test" the dogs temperament (courage and hardness NOT "play prey" or "ball" drive) for breed suitability - not for a sport. We cannot lose sight of the fact that Schutzhund is a BREED SUITABILITY test or we do a dis-service to the German Shepherd Dog. Conscientious breeders should train and test their bloodlines...not simply be in the "puppy business."

~Gunther Diegel

"A hungry dog hunts best."


"If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either."


"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog."

~Mark Twain

"You gonna bark all day little doggy, or are you gonna bite?"

~Mr. Blonde

"The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
the first to welcome, foremost to defend."

~Lord Byron

"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane."

~Smiley Blanton

"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."


"If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around."

~Will Rogers

"The dog is the only animal that has seen his god."


"It is easier to build a puppy than repair a dog."

~Nate Harves

"Show me your dog and I'll tell you what manner of man you are."

~Captain Max von Stephanitz

"Let puppies act the way you want them to be, and soon they'll be the way they've acted."

~Nate Harves

"When you breed shit to your gold you don't get silver...you just get shit on your gold."

~Dean Calderon

"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth."

~Anne Tyler

"When the tailgate drops the bullshit stops."

~Tony Becherer

"Bullshit. It's all bullshit."

~Johannes Grewe

"Know what kind of dog you have at the end of your leash, and don't expect more if it's not genetically designed to be that way."

~Karmen Byrd

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