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Postby colliehouse » Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:46 pm

Whilst looking for someone else entirely I came across John Carlyle aged 40 occupation 'Dog Trainer' living in the Parish of St. David's Edinburgh. Having some interest in dog training myself this immediately grabbed my attention and imagination.

I would have assumed that any occupation using dogs would have come with an expectation of the employee training his own dogs, shepherds, game keepers, huntsmen and the like. I even thought of fighting dogs but also imagine that owners would train their own dogs to fight. Surely there wouldn't have been that many pet dogs needing training as there are today?

Anyone out there have any ideas what sort of dogs he might have been training and for whom?
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RE: dog trainer

Postby ksouthall » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:36 pm

Could he have been training performing dogs, for the stage or the circus?
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RE: dog trainer

Postby colliehouse » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:26 pm

That's certainly a thought. I must take time to do some further research on the subject.
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RE: dog trainer

Postby ksouthall » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:43 pm

For some reason, I can picture dogs with ruffs around their necks, possibly even performing in the streets, with buskers.
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RE: dog trainer

Postby lansdownplace » Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:10 am

One of the offshoots of my Family Tree includes Samuel Wilson and his son Hildebrand Wilson (born 1881). They are both listed as dog fanciers in 1901 and on Hildebrand's marriage certificate. I have found references to them in books on terriers and a couple of articles in the NY times for 1911.

They appear to have been dog breeders, but they acquired dogs such as Tickle-em-Jock from dog dealers. In the case of Tickle-em-jock they paid £2 for him in London, exhibited him at dog shows in Yorkshire where they were based and sold him to an American dog fancier (who had many prize exhibits) for $500. When the dog, who was a Scotts terrier, won the Westminster Kennel Club 1911 best in show it kicked off a real interest in the breeds, The owner was quoted ads saying he wouldn't part with the dog for $5000. They were in the states exhibiting dogs for their new owners, presumably for a fee.

I imagine money was made in buying and selling, prize money and breeding. They were Airedale specialists.

I can't find any reference to either of the two after 1911 unfortunately.
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