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How To Train Your Dog To Be A Professional Ghost Hunter

Rottweilers were originally bred to help butchers herd sheep and carry money.  Now they can be taught to hunt for real ghosts!

My dog hunts real ghosts! Does Yours?

Story and Photos ©2008 Cheryl Edmond

Edmond is a Ghost Hunter who likes to visit ghost towns across America with her Dog Stanley, Cats and snake named Bazal often coils away from cold spots and hides his head if a ghost is near. As for being a 7 foot super fat, fat red tailed boa constrictor, and yes he offers great protection too... if you happen upon a stranger in a haunted cemetery late at night but that's another story. All her pets who are highly trained to hunt for and capture and hold real ghosts in one spot.


Rottweilers were originally bred to help butchers herd sheep and carry money. Now they can be taught to hunt for real ghosts!

The Haunted Dog walks are free to the public so just come on down and bring your dog. 8 -11pm Saturdays and Sundays. June, July and August. group meets in front of Cocktails 2411 Mechanic St Galveston, Texas. The walks are free to the public.




I use my dog Stanley a Rottweiler, he is a large, robust and powerful dog breed originating from Germany. As professional natural born ghost hunter he is fantastic. In the hands of a responsible owner, a well-trained and socialized Rottweiler can be a reliable, alert dog and a loving paranormal investigating companion. They as you know use dogs to sniff out drugs, bombs, stowaways and escaped prisoners... why not ghost! Stanley may not be like Scooby Doo for he fears nothing ... not even the dead!

When people are alive they fear aggressive dogs. So in death many ghosts have not changed their opinion and still freeze in their tracks when a dog attacks them by barking or growling. That is why so many ghost hunters and paranormal investigators or bringing their pets along with them to haunted locations these days.

Do Dogs Have Souls


Besides going with me to haunted places, he is my constant protector in this very haunted world. His personal paranormal ESP instincts and awareness is more highly tuned and developed then my own. In speaking with many Paranormal investigators and other experts, (Pet psychics, Veterinarians and others who,) research the field. Most all agree that dogs or more aware of another world or haunted dimension that we do not see or realize is there.

I have trained over 100 dogs in the past two years to hunt for real ghosts. Since moving to Houston, Texas the demand for ghost hunting dogs has become so strong I am making a dvd on how to train your dog to hunt for real ghosts. In a few months I will also put together a dvd for cats, birds, snakes and ferrets on how to hunt for ghosts .

Sometimes People will call my Stanley . Hey Scooby Doo! When we walk in the haunted locations.


Lisa Lee Harp Waugh And Her Well Trained Ghost Hunter Dog Lucifersage.Lisa Lee Harp Waugh And her Trained Ghost Hunter Dog Lucifersage.

I have personally trained all three of Lisa Lee Harp Waugh's dogs to hunt ghost personally. Lucifersage is the leader of Waugh's pack and one of the best. This dog is capable of hunting down ghosts where others have failed. I am very glad that this dog is part of my team and Waugh will allow me to take her on several ghosts hunts and investigations just me and her dog.

Lucifersage is very keen in her perceptions, Waugh has her present in the room when the calls up ghosts. I think this is why she is one of the best in the business today.

I swear I think she bit the butt of a ghost once during an investigation in Dallas.

Right now Edmond and Necromancer Waugh are breeding a Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback Catahoula hound mix just to be a ghost hunting dog breed. At her home in Houston's famous 5th Ward home and Voodoo Hoodoo compound. Puppies should be trained and ready just in time for that special ghost hunter on your list this Christmas.

Pygmalion The Wonder Ghost Hunting Dog

I also trained Pygmalion a 2 yr old Dalmatian to hunt for ghosts. The only problem is she attacks the ghosts and I fear she might do them harm. Many people say the haunting's have stopped after her biting the ghosts at their home or business. Pygmalion does not bite people only ghosts.

Pygmalion is a Dalmatian and has found many ghosts.

Photo of Pygmalion biting a real ghost.

Pygmalion reacts to an unseen entity into the room of a haunted house!


Pygmalion often also finds ghosts that love to pet her. Sometimes she lays on the floor and you can watch her react to a real live ghost petting her belly.

Lisa Lee Harp Waugh the great American Necromancer has often questioned ghosts at her Necromantic rituals and many have told her they fear dogs. Only a few will tell her that they love to play with them because they know they the ghosts are really around.

Dog  see's a  real  ghost!

"My dog Brittany barks every time at the same time as if something is in the room moving towards her". "I decide to snap a photo the next time she did it and this is what I caught on film" says Linda Greuve of Ohio. More ghosts photos and for larger image visit here now.

Dogs love to protect their owners from the seen and unseen, This Dog named Coco Pup (in photo below) is a trained Ghost Hunting Dog. She see's a real ghost and holds point.

The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. The term encompasses both feral and pet varieties and is also sometimes used to describe wild canids of other subspecies or species. The domestic dog has been one of the most widely kept working and companion animals in human history, as well as being a food source in some cultures. There are estimated to be 400 million dogs in the world.

Wolves are mystical creatures as we all know. and in my book anything with Wolf blood in them knows the paranormal.

The Ghost Hunting Dog

A dog is mentioned in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit, faithfully accompanying Tobias, Tobit's son and the angel Raphael on their journeys to watch over them.

Statue of Saint Roch with his dog, in Prague, Czech Republic Jesus told the story of the poor man Lazarus, whose sores were licked by street dogs. This has traditionally been seen as showing Lazarus's wretched situation. However, some modern commentators have pointed out that the dogs' saliva, which contains lysozyme (an enzyme with antibacterial qualities), could have beneficial effects on the sores.


This Dog Lollipop is a dachshund and a well seasoned Ghost hunter. She has been hunting ghosts with her owner for over 5 years. Lollipop works with a small ghost hunter group called Ghost Finders from Scottsdale, AZ. She has chased ghosts as well as cornered them for the group to photographed and question them with EVP recorders and emf meters.


Ghost Hunting dogs can too often be strong-willed, however large or small they are, and should thus be trained in a firm, fair, and consistent manner. Rottweilers respond readily to a clear and benevolent leader. The Rottweiler is notably a steady dog with a self-assured nature that's why I suggest the dog for Ghost hunting more then any other. The Rottweiler's large size and incredible strength make this an important point to consider. Rottweilers were originally bred to help butchers herd sheep and carry money.

Early socialization and exposure to as many new people, animals, and situations as possible are crucial to producing a dog that is tolerant of new environments and a good ghost hunter. I do not recommend that everyone goes out and gets a rottweiler to hunt ghost with, in my opinion any breed will work. And I even taught a pug how to ghost hunt for a Paranormal investigator in New York. I just happened to own a rottweiler and taught him how to do it as did I teach my Siamese cat Spencer.

Like all dogs, the Rottweiler needs to be trained properly and controlled at all times, and should be prevented from making predatory attacks upon livestock and wildlife and people. Despite the media's fascination with rottweilers who run afoul of canine behavioral standards, people who have experience with properly raised individuals can attest to the Rottweiler's friendliness and often clownish nature. In fact, the FCI standard calls for a dog that is fond of children. Nevertheless, this breed is not for the inexperienced or uninvolved dog owner, or anyone who lacks the physical strength to handle the Rottweiler.

No one should own a Rottweiler unless they are absolutely sure they can control it, and are willing and able to devote time and effort to teaching the dog basic good manners.

The Rottweiler has a natural guarding instinct. Do not do anything (for instance, rough play) to enhance this guarding instinct. No Rottweiler should be left in the sole charge of a person, such as a child, who is not capable of controlling it. Any person who owns a dog should be aware that he will be devoted to and feel protective towards his household. This should be borne in mind when children are playing, people are arguing, or visitors are calling.

The breed is an ancient one, and its history stretches back to the Roman Empire. In those times, the legions traveled with their meat on the hoof -or having live cattle- and required the assistance of working dogs to herd the cattle. One route the army traveled was through Württemberg and on to the small market town of Rottweiler. The principal ancestor of the first Rottweilers during this time was supposed to be the Roman war dog, local sheepdog the army met on its travels, and dogs with molosser appearance coming from England and The Netherlands.

Third party insurance should be taken out on any Rottweiler or Ghost Hunting trained Dog that you own.

Everyone can teach his dog to hunt ghost by following these simple ghost hunting guidelines:

First of all find a real haunted location, Cemeteries work well as do hospital parking lots, the sides of major highways where tragic accidents occur,abandoned prison, Mental Hospitals, Ghost Towns, and always near funeral homes and jails or prisons. I often take my rottweiler Stanley to locations where murders have occurred or terrible recent accidents. I also tell all my friends what Stanley is capable of and have even brought him to a home where a friends mother had just died. The body was still in her bedroom on the floor. When we let him find her ghost and even snapped her ghosts' picture in the kitchen only an hour after she had died.



How To Train Your Dog To Spot Real Ghosts!

Taking a firm grip on the leash and collar teaches the dog nothing except that you can restrain him. Instead, give a simple command, such as find the ghost, reminding with the lead if needed, then loosen the lead so there is no tension at all. If the dog breaks position, don't reposition him, and loosen the lead more at this point take a picture and then give him a treat. Do this several times in the course of a day or night while ghost hunting.

Many believe that if the person who is a ghost now as intimidated by a dog in life so they are in death and will freeze on the spot. I went to a spot in 2006 where a two men had escaped from a local jail 60 years earlier and were chased by prison guard dogs. They said one died of a heart attack when the dogs rushed upon him. And the other was shot. Stanley picked up their ghostly sent and chased them to the exact spot where he had died and I snapped this picture.

At the top of the mist notice the two distinct clear ghosts cowering in fright.

View working with your ghost hunter dog as you would working with a EMF meter. Avoid creating a struggle by asking the dog to find ghost when there are none, or more ghost than he can do at the time might show up. For example, if your dog is really excited, he may be unable or unwilling to point out several ghost, but agreeable to just seeking out one on his own.

Most struggles between dog and owner are created when the the dog finds a real ghost. This is the time to start taking pictures EMF readings and EVP's. You might want to take along a friend to do this because you may need to hold on to your dog no matter what size he is.

Remember the dog does not know what ghost are as we do. They might see it as a real person. A dog who sees ghosts and simply does not know that it is possible to not see them as not being alive. It is the owner's responsibility to show the dog that he can identify a ghost by lunging, pulling or leaping around. Growling, barking, snapping and even cowling.


Move slowly and talk quietly ask aloud "see a ghost, find the ghosts". A dog who is highly excited is seeing a ghost at that moment. Move quickly, grabbing at the leash and collar, raising your voice and speaking in short, sharp tones, "Get The Ghost! ... Get The Ghost"! From the dog's point of view, he can now tell the difference between a ghost and a real live person! Instead of calming the dog, this reinforces his capabilities to identify a lost spirit a demon or a poltergeist even though we can't see it as they do. By not moving slowly and talking quietly, the owner sends a clear message to the dog that he seeing the ghost and is in control of the situation. I often bring my dog to funerals at cemeteries and let him see the burials and sniff around the mourners often he finds the ghost of the deceased standing among them. I always ask permission to take photos and offer to let the family members see the results. I have gotten many ghost photos this way but must warn you not everyone is willing to let you bring your dog to a funeral. Funeral homes often comply if a family member tells them that the dog was known to the deceased and they wanted the dog there the same goes for churches, weddings and elder care centers and mental hospitals.




Work on teaching self control in all situations. Begin by working in distraction free areas like graveyards or old abandoned family cemeteries, churches. Gradually move on to more exciting situations, like wakes, funerals and practice often. I suggest calling up their family members of people you know who have died and telling them that you are bringing your dog to the funeral home with you to hunt ghost many friends will let you do it if they know that your dog is trained to hunt ghost. Work at haunted hotels haunted houses, at friends' haunted homes, places where accidents have happened or murders and suicides.

Always reward your dog when he finds a real ghost, "Thanks - you have found a real ghost!" This can their favorite treat. I often give Stanley a piece of cooked liver, a chunk of sharp yellow cheese or a de boned chicken leg. I find them easy to keep in a plastic bag in my purse. As your dog's ghost hunting skill increases your photo and his credentials increase. Because my dog is a ghost hunter he gets into place other then just Pet Smart for just being a normal dog.



To be effective in ghost hunting, the intensity of the reward must match the action's degree of difficulty. A fearful dog who allows a ghost to pass un- noticed gets no reward. Your dog's inherent breed characteristics, structural build and functional physical abilities, temperament has nothing to do with stopping them from ghost hunting. Teaching ghost hunting to a Jack Russell, Scottish Terrier, Poodle, Chihuahua or a great Dane is all the same. But even a dog with physical problems, poor temperament, bad eyesight, deaf and less than ideal working drive might find ghost hunting a easy task to do also because of their animals psychic powers.


Pinkerton ghosts hunts specifically for shadow people that's how he was trained. This photo of Pinkerton and a real show person.



Rottweilers And Ghosts

In recent years, the breed has received some negative publicity, often due to a lack of understanding of the nature of the breed on the part of the owner. Unscrupulous breeders have produced dogs with highly aggressive tendencies and some owners have used the dogs as guard or protection dogs. Other owners may acquire a Rottweiler for a family pet, but neglect to properly socialize and train the animal, resulting in a dangerous, unpredictable dog who makes the rules. As a result of recent dog attacks involving the breed, some German Länder put the Rottweiler on an index of dangerous dogs.

In the hands of a responsible owner, a well trained and socialized Ghost Hunting Rottweiler can be a reliable, paranormal alert dog and a loving companion to protect you from poltergeist. However, any poorly trained Ghost hunting dog can become a danger in the wrong circumstances. Rottweilers that are well trained in paranormal encounters and cared for can be as well behaved as any other dog and in general they are fond of children, very devoted, quick to learn, and eager to please.

However, if they are not receiving the mental stimulation they need, they will find creative and sometimes destructive ways to elicit it. Such behavioral problems as chewing and barking for attention can be a result of lack of human interaction. The Rottweiler is a working dog that is also good for protection of children, as well as guard duties and the best for ghost hunting.

The Rottweiler is a steady dog with a self-assured nature, but early socialization and exposure to haunted houses, accident and murder scenes and paranormal situations as possible is very important in developing these qualities. The Rottweiler also has a natural tendency to ignore the supernatural if not properly trained.

The Rottweiler is not usually a barker. Male dogs are silent ghost watchers that notice everything about the ghosts and it's actions before they attack the ghosts. When the male attacks, he tends to go very still, there's no warning growl or movement and are often quite stoic.

Females that hunt spooks and ghosts of all kinds may become problem barkers in order to protect their master on a paranormal investigation. Usually resulting in the ghost fleeing. An attentive owner is usually able to recognize when a Rottweiler perceives a real ghost. Barking or low growl is usually a sign of a ghosts presence.


The portrayal of Rottweilers as evil paranormal haunted or possessed dogs in several fictional films and TV series, most notably in The Omen, has contributed to this negative publicity. Interestingly enough, Mace Neufeld (executive producer, The Omen) had trained Alsatians in the U.S. for this role, but they had to substitute Rottweilers at the British shoot location because of Britain's 6-month quarantine rule on animals.

Personally I believe Rotti's are more able to sense ghosts then any other dog. I think it is because of them being instinctively one of the oldest breeds around. Dogs can be just as keen sensitive as cats when it comes to sensing the unseen phenomena of the world of the dead.

Where I live now I have formed a group of nine other Rotti owners and am teaching them to all hunt ghosts as my dog does. So far the efforts we have done are proving to be very much proving that any dog can be trained and we intend to start training the pups in their 18th week to do so. I also plan to start selling Ghost hunting Rottweilers pups sired by my Stanley to the public just in time for Halloween. And also a book and DVD on How to train Your Dog to spot Ghost.




A Rottweiler is a large dog breed originating in Germany as herding dogs. The early Rottweilers also worked as beasts of burden, carrying wood and other products to market. In addition, they were used as draft animals to pull carts filled with various products for their owners. During the first and second World Wars, Rottweilers were put into service as war time guard dogs. Currently they are frequently used as guard and police dogs.

The breed is an ancient one, whose history stretches back to the Roman Empire. In those times, the legions traveled with their meat on the hoof and required the assistance of working dogs to herd the cattle. One route the army traveled was through Württemberg and on to the small market town of Rottweiler. The principal ancestors of the first Rottweilers during this time was supposed to be the Roman war dog, local sheepdogs the army met on its travels, and dogs with molosser appearance coming from England and The Netherlands.

This region eventually became an important cattle area, and the descendants of the Roman cattle dogs proved their worth in both driving and protecting the cattle from robbers and wild animals. However, by the end of the 19th Century, the breed had declined so much that in 1900 there was only one female to be found in the town of Rottweiler. The build up to World War I saw a great demand for police dogs, and that led to a revival of interest in the Rottweiler. In fact, in the mid 1990s, the popularity of the Rottweiler reached an all time high with it being the 2nd most registered dog by the AKC.

Ghost Hunting The breed is an ancient one, whose history stretches back to the Roman Empire. In those times, the legions traveled with their meat on the hoof and required the assistance of working dogs to herd the cattle. One route the army traveled was through Württemberg and on to the small market town of Rottweil. The principal ancestors of the first Rottweilers during this time was supposed to be the Roman war dog, local sheepdogs the army met on its travels, and dogs with molosser appearance coming from England and The Netherlands.

From that time the breed has become popular with dog owners, and in 1935 was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In 1936, Rottweilers were exhibited in Britain at Crufts. In 1966, a separate register was opened for the breed.

The first Rottweiler club in Germany, named DRK ("Deutscher Rottweiler-Klub" — German Rottweiler Club) was created the 13 January 1907, and followed by the creation of the SDRK ("Süddeutscher Rottweiler-Klub" — South German Rottweiler Club) on the 27 April 1907 and became the IRK (International Rottweiler Club). The DRK counted around 500 Rottweiler, the SDRK 3000 Rottweilers. The goals of the two clubs were different. The DRK wanted to produce working dogs and did not emphasize the morphology of the Rottweiler. The main stud dog of this club was Lord von der Teck. The IRK tried to produce a homogeneous morphology according to their standard. One of the main stud dogs of this club was Ralph von Neckar.

A popular misconception about the Rottweiler is that the breed was bred for dog fighting. Though not their origin, they have been used for dog fighting and tend to do very well; there are quite a few records of Rottweilers overpowering Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, English Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, Presa Canarios, and Argentine Dogos, which are some of the most popular and most powerful fighting breeds in the ring.

Another dog very apt for ghost hunting is the Catahoula Cur or Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, is named after Catahoula Parish in the state of Louisiana in the United States. Of remaining dog breeds, the Catahoula is believed to have occupied North America the longest, aside from the dogs descended from Native American-created breeds. I think the spirit world runs through these dogs blood lines equal if not more to the Rotti.

As a working dog, Catahoulas have been bred more for temperament and ability than for appearance. As a result, the physical characteristics of the Catahoula are somewhat varied. Though most dogs have webbing between the toes, Catahoula feet are webbed very similar to that of a duck with more prominent webbing which extends almost to the ends of the toes. This foot gives the Catahoula the ability to work marshy areas and gives them great swimming ability.

Catahoulas are highly intelligent, energetic, have a high pain tolerance and are very quick, yet they are also very loving and gentle with children they know or have adopted, and their family (pack). One gains a much better insight into their social structure by first understanding the social structure of the wolves. They are inquisitive and have a strong independent streak. The Catahoula temperament is not well suited for everyone; these dogs are very protective of their territory and family, especially the males, but are kind and gentle toward other dogs when on neutral ground. These traits, combined with their independent nature, their high energy levels, and physical strength, can make a Catahoula "too much dog" for inexperienced or meek owners, and can make having such a dog a problem in apartments and small spaces without a lot of exercise. Ideally, a Catahoula should have obedience training, and an outlet for its energy. The ideal place for this breed would be in a rural area where they can have plenty of space to expend their energy. A Catahoula must have a job to do or it may expend its energy in a destructive manner such as digging incredibly large holes, uprooting landscaping, chewing up the garden hose, redecorating the house etc. They are extremely versatile and have been used in search and rescue, hunting, herding and agility. And now in ghost hunting.

One theory as to the origins of the breed states that the Catahoula is thought to have descended from "war dogs" (Mastiffs and Greyhounds) brought to Louisiana by Hernando de Soto in the 16th century. Dogs left behind by the explorer's party were interbred by the local natives with their domestic dogs.

About Cheryl Edmond

Edmonds has trained Dogs to hunt for real Ghosts for Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, Founder of The American Ghost Hunters Society and the Sorcerers Guild of Greater Houston, Texas. Waugh's three dogs (Lucifersage, Malachi, Simmons), help her with her Necromantic pursuits. Each Dog has a certificate from Edmonds stating that they are full blooded Ghost Hunting Dogs!

Right now Edmond and The great Texas Necromancer Lisa Lee Harp Waugh are breeding a Rottweiler, Rhodesian Ridgeback Catahoula hound mix just to be a ghost hunting dog breed. At her home in Houston's famous 5th Ward compound. Puppies should be trained and ready just in time for that special ghost hunter on your list this Christmas.

Edmond now a resident of Houston, Texas plans to start a ghost Hunting Dog school, where owners of large and small dogs can come and she willl train them and the owners how to properly ghost hunt with a dog. She also plans to train her Dog ghost hunting paranormal groups in Galveston, Texas at night four times a month in July and August on weekends because it is the third most haunted City in America and what better way to expose so many dogs to so many ghosts in one day. She also plans a Halloween all night Ghost Dog Hunt all October and Halloween night on the Strand.

Directions to Galveston:
Take I-45 South. Galveston is about 45 miles south of Houston. League City will be about half way from Houston to Galveston. As you approach Galveston you will cross from the mainland to the island over a large bridge. After the bridge you will be in Galveston, and I-45 turns in to Broadway Street.

Directions to The Strand:
Broadway is the main road down Galveston and essentially cuts the island in half. Perpendicular to this street are numbered streets. Continue down Broadway until 23rd Street then take a left onto 23rd (there will be a sign on the stop light that says "The Strand"). 5 blocks down you will be in The National Historic Strand District. 8 blocks down you will see "The Strand" street.

Parking is available along the streets, and there are numerous paid parking lots throughout the District

Also see:

"Your One Stop Paranormal Resource Center"



Ghost hunting is nothing new, it just takes a deep interest in specters, spooks and shades to get the ball rolling. The search for ghosts to many die hard's is more of a proving ground for those that wish to see if there is more to life then just our daily existence. Others now a days seem to do it for the kick of just getting scared.


We at GhostBreakers try to use some new approaches as well as the old in Ghost and Spirit detection. We also will investigate anything we deem of the paranormal or the unknown in general. We investigate in a manner relating directly to the subject at hand. We believe every haunting or experience is unique and that is how we treat them. Each one is handled differently relating to it's unique circumstances. We use some but not all the modern electronic equipment you normally see people use on TV. We like to think and hope to be one of the organizations that helps bring credibility to Paranormal Investigation by employing our methods. Some of our methods are just like all the others and some are not. We also help show people that they themselves are very capable of  determining if there is a problem without help. But we can also do a preliminary check and do the determination for them.


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