Message from the
Western Region Director
We are very excited to hosting the NADKC Annual Meeting. This is an opportunity that comes about every four years for the Western Region to demonstrate to the entire membership who we are and what we can do. Please participate and do what you can to help the committee members. Three things you can do; first, attend the event; secondly, volunteer to help before or during the event; third, bring or send an auction or raffle item. Regarding the raffle items nothing is too big or too small. We can use it in the live auction, silent auction, or in a grouping for the raffle. If you have an item please contact one of the members of the “Raffle and Auction Committee”.
by Carlos Hernandez
My name is Carlos Hernandez and my passion for hunting started at the age of 5. I was born in El Centro, California and was raised in a hunting home. If you’re not familiar with El Centro, it’s a large farm town in Southern California. My father would take my brother Juan and I dove hunting every September 1st for the opener. At the age of 5 I didn’t do much shooting accept for the occasional Pepsi can gallery with a BB gun and was mainly the bird dog for my dad.
My dad didn’t force me to be the bird dog I would enthusiastically volunteer since it was a way to be involved. I remember him telling me, “Okay once I shoot a dove, whatever you do, don’t take your eyes off the bird or you will lose it.” I remember the excitement I felt once the bird was hit, I would run out into the field and pick up the bird and bring it back (I wonder if my dogs now have as much fun as I did when I was a kid?). I also remember my dad telling me to stay still and not move as the birds approached because I would scare them away. Needless to say, the excitement would take over as I spotted the birds and sure enough they would always change direction; I guess like many dogs I too had a steadiness problem..
DKV Invokes Sanctions on NADKC
by Frank O’Leary
DKV Director of Testing, Andreas Thomschke, has imposed sanctions against the NADKC. The sanctions are in place until further notice. The NADKC was notified via letter, transmitted electronically, to NADKC President Rob Engelking in German. Subsequently it was professionally translated and then verified by the DKV to insure accuracy.
In the letter Mr. Thomschke states in part, “The Extended DKV Board met on January 31st, 2016 in Surwold. During the meeting, several discrepancies that had occurred during tests and breed shows held by the NADKC were reported and discussed. You attended this meeting as President of the NADKC.” He added further, “In our brief face-to-face conversation in Surwold, I addressed the necessity that all tests must be conducted correctly and in compliance with the DK Verband regulations. It is not acceptable for test directors or judges to indulge in their own interpretations beyond the provisions established in the DK Verband regulations. That this does not occur is also the responsibility of the Club and its Chairman (see § 9 of the General Guidelines). It is incomprehensible e. g. that judges judged more than 8 dogs at a 2015 Derby held by your Club, especially since § 3 of the Regulations for Spring Breed Tests is very explicit on this issue.” ......
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Doing it Right:
Identifying training mistakes
by Randy Blanchard
I’ve always believed that great hunting dogs need good trainers who understand their makeup. Well-bred hunting dogs have one thing in common. That’s an unrelenting drive to find game. They do things not because of lessons they have been taught but simply because they want to. Poor training methods endanger the natural beauty of your dog. This article covers some of the most common training mistakes that damage that natural ability. Remember, anyone can make a mistake but it takes a compassionate owner/trainer to learn from their mistakes. The key to training is to do things that enhance your dog’s ability not hinder it.
Highlights of training mistakes: (Things to avoid)
1. Blaming the dog. You’ll never grow as a trainer as long as you blame the dog for any training mistakes. When something goes wrong in a training session you should be saying, “What am I doing wrong that is preventing the dog from doing his job?”
a. If there are problems simplify, or re explain what you want the dog to do.
b. Training is like being married. It’s better to convince rather than tell. If you don’t believe me try telling your wife to do something.
2. Not developing respect. Remember respect is a two way street and has to be earned. I’ve seen a number of owners give too much uncontrolled freedom to their dogs. The result is a dog that will hunt without you and basically does as it pleases. The dog also has no regard for any of the owner’s commands. The best way to avoid this is to base exercise around fun training sessions.
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