NADKC Western Region
June 2015
In this issue
  • Message from
    WR Director
  • Walla Walla, WA
    by Frank O'Leary
  • New Member Profile 
    by Vito Caramia
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress 
  • Continuation
    E-Collar, Uses
    and Abuses

    by Randy Blanchard  
Upcoming Events

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Joe Furia, Director
WR Board of Directors
Guido Dei, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jamie Adkins, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editors

Edie Stelkovics

Marianne O'Leary

Message from the
Western Regional Director
by Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Members,

The Western Region has completed its spring testing season with two very succeesful Derby/Zuchtschau.  The twelve dogs participating in Walla Walla coupled with the five that were tested in mid-April in Southern California means that seventeen dogs were tested in the WR Derbies/Zuchtschau’s in 2015.  That is a huge number for our Region.  To view the results visit or click here to be routed to the site It should also be pointed out that all of the dogs tested received a Prize 1 for their efforts. Congratulations to all the handlers that worked so hard to prepare their dogs.
The Derbies will continue on May 2nd and 3rd, in Walla Walla, WA. We have twelve dogs schedule to participate.  The Judging team consists of Herman-Josef Schomakers, Senior Judge, from Surwold, Germany; Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC, Canada; Joe Kelly from Boise, Idaho; and Roger Green from Brewster, ID.  Results from the WW test will be posted on at following the test.
News from the National Board/Annual Meeting:
1.     The Board has approved a semi-final draft of the bylaw changes that will be presented to the membership for approval later this year.  There are still two items that need additional research to be sure we are in compliance with Alabama state law.  The NADKC is an Alabama Non-Profit Corporation.  Some of the changes you will notice include:
  • Major language changes have been made to the Purpose and Permitted Activities sections to enhance the possibility of the NADKC being eligible to receive a 501 (c)(3) tax classification from the IRS.....
  • Annual elections of one or two of the Executive Committee and 1/3 of the Regional Directors........
  • Changes to the Membership and Election sections are being proposed......
  • Proposed changes to the meeting notices, both for the Board and General Membership....
  • The procedure for amendments to the bylaws has also been addressed.  
2.     Tattooing – Although encouraged, tattooing is no longer required by the NADKC.  This action was necessary to comply with the DKV rules and regulations.
3.     The Incident Review Committee held its first meeting on May 19th.  Sherry Cathey, from the Mid-South Region was selected by the committee as the Facilitator.....
 Walla Walla, WA
by Frank O'Leary
The weather in Walla Walla, WA was perfect on May 2nd and 3rd for the Western Region Derby and Zuchtschau.  Cool and damp in the morning for the field search and by 10:00 AM sunny and warm.  The weekend saw twelve dogs get tested in the Derby and the same twelve evaluated for their conformation rating.
Saturday morning, Senior Judge Herman-Josef Schomakers from Surwold, German; Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC, Canada; and Judge Joe Kelly from Boise, ID put seven dogs through their paces in the Derby.  The test was held on the Buckley Ranch in Lowden, WA and the large alfalfa fields provided the perfect area for the Derby search.  Each of the seven dogs performed extremely well and were rewarded with a Prize 1 for their efforts.  To view the results visit or click here to be routed to the site.  The Judging team complimented the handlers on the performance of their dogs and noted it was obvious that a great deal of effort had been put forth in preparing the dogs.

New Member Profile
by Vito Caramia
My name is Vito Caramia.  I came from Italy in the 70’s at a very young age, little did I know what Canada was like! Like a well bred hunting dog, the desire to hunt was sparked when I saw all the wildlife that Canada had to offer. I couldn’t wait to get out there and hunt! For my 18th birthday I bought myself a shotgun and started hunting waterfowl and grouse. I could not have a dog at the time because the place I was staying at did not allow pets, but as soon as I got my own house, getting a dog was on my priority list along with furnishing my new home!  Continue Reading . . .
 by Phil Kress, DVM

Last week I was called by Dr. Bret Smith, one of the veterinarians I sold my practice to.  He presented an interesting scenario involving one of our old, favorite clients.  They had purchased a lovable schnauzer pup 8 months ago that unfortunately barked often at the slightest provocation.  When its high-pitched bark echoed through the house it triggered a migraine headache, suffered at least a day by the husband.  He finally declared that the dog had to be either adopted out, put to sleep, or be de-barked.
Over the years it has become an ethical question as to whether a ventriculochordectomy, the removal of the vocal chords, is humane or safe.  Therefore, many veterinary teaching hospitals and private practices have stopped doing the procedure.  I’ve observed that I preserved more neighborly relations, saved more marriages, and importantly saved more dog’s lives by offering the service. 
Contnation E-Collar
Uses and Abuses:
By Randy Blanchard 

Last month’s article generated a lot of positive activity in the form of questions. A friend of mine came up with the idea that each article should start with a question and answer format regarding training. It’s one small way to continue to strengthen our club so we’ll start doing this right away. Please send me your training questions, problems you’ve encountered and experiences in the field. We’ll start each article with a question and answer section.
Continuing on with last month’s theme we want our dogs to be as natural as possible and not have to worry about receiving e-collar corrections while in the field. To be a good trainer it’s a must to have a sense of humor. If you train through a compassionate eye you will never damage your dog. Humor prevents anger which eliminates abuse. This is one reason why I train mostly by doing drills. If you are comfortable with what you are doing then you should be able to maintain a sense of humor and at the same time obtain maximum training results. Basically what you do is let the drill teach the dog.  Two must know drills using the e-collar are:
·        Force to the pile.
·        No, no drill.  
These drills are designed to assist in teaching the dog how to do blind retrieves on land and water. When doing blind retrieves unless you apply a little force there is nothing you can do when the dog decides not to go or goes out part way then returns to your side. These two scenarios can be eliminated by the above mentioned drills and the good thing is that they are taught in your yard not in the field. The dog won’t associate the field with anything of a negative nature. 

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