NADKC Western Region
December 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • Judging with the Germans
    by Jörg Kaltenegger
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress 
  • The Four Stages of Training
    by Randy Banchard
  • VGP 101
    by Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson
Upcoming Events

Testing Season is Completed in the Western Region

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Wayne Davis, 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,
Well, the holiday season has begun. Thanksgiving is over, the crazies are shopping on Black Friday, and we sane people are in the fields or duck blinds hunting.  Life is good.
This time of year is busy for the Western Region Board of Directors.  We have an election to hold and test dates to establish for next year.  Last week we had a conference call to address both.
The election to replace Wayne Davis on the Board of Directors will be held in December.  Nominations for Position #1 on the Board of Directors closed with one nominee.  Continue Reading . . .
Judging with the Germans
by Jörg Kaltenegger
I had the privilege to judge with several German judges (Wolf Schmidt-Körby, Hubertus Krieger, and Michael Hammerer) this year and I wanted to give you some feedback on what they thought.
They wondered why our test scores were consistently lower than the results in Germany. The three parts that create test results are dog quality, training quality and judging quality. The clear consensus was that our dogs and judges are high quality but our handlers need more help in preparing their dogs for the tests. This is very good news because training problems can be fixed; buying new dogs and making new judges is much harder. The dogs they observed needed more preparation in (1) OBEDIENCE and (2) MANNER OF RETRIEVE. I think most of us would agree that these weak areas have been with us since our club began. They also realized that Germans can drive one hour in any direction to find a test or training help. While most of us in the US drive 5 to 8 hours one way to test and training help is not that close. My small part to help, you have an open invitation to call me anytime or stay at my home if you want to do any training.  Continue Reading . . .
 by Phil Kress, DVM

Last month we were talking about the causes and treatment of ear problems in dogs.  Something I didn’t touch on was parasites.  Perhaps the most common are earmites, more often seen in cats, that cause chronic itching and eventually an exudative infection.  These are microscopic six-legged mites, just barely visible to the naked eye (think 20 or more crowded on the head of a pin).  When diagnosed,they are easily treated with thorough cleaning of the ears and  then topical drops applied , and /or  a systemic injection  of a parasiticide given to the dog.  If you also have a wiley cat at home you might also have it checked as the original carrier, especially if he or she sleeps with your dog!  The second parasite that we see less commonly, perhaps twice a year, is the spinous ear tick.  Most commonly we see them in stock dogs, hunting dogs, and cattle.  These little guys, the size of a wood tick, look right out of a horror movie with their translucent blue body and yellow legs.  Simply removing them, usually one or two, and topical treatment, solves the problem.  
Continue Reading . . . 
The Four Stages to Training:
By Randy Blanchard 

Training your dog should not be complicated or difficult and
each session above all should be fun as well as productive. Dogs like to keep things simple and the only way to get the most out of training is to understand this and follow a simple, methodical approach. Over the years I’ve learned that there are only four simple stages to successful training. The stages are:
1.     Explain.
2.     Force.
3.     Praise.
4.     Test.
These stages are not linear but very fluid. Depending on how the dog reacts to training will determine what stage you move to. The trainer has to be able to read the dog and without any hesitation move into the proper stage. The stages take the guess work out of training and it’s easy for the dog to understand what you expect from him.  The end result is a happy well trained hunting companion.

VGP 101
Part 5: The Forest Searches
by Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson 

“This series of VGP training articles was produced by VDD Group Canada and appeared in their newsletter “Drahthaar News” in 2010-2011. It is reprinted with their permission.” 
The open-field type of search of the VJP and HZP is repeated in the VGP. In addition, the VGP includes a heavy cover search – Buschieren – that evaluates how the dog works when hunting in the forest or other heavy cover for game birds such as grouse or woodcock. In these conditions the dog is expected to work closer, ideally not going out of sight of the handler.
The second type of forest search – the Stöbern –reflects the requirements of the drive hunts common in Germany. Our German/English dictionary translates stöbern as “to rummage”, which wrinkled our brows a bit until we learned that in hunting terms it is translated as “independent search”. During this search the dog is sent into a wooded area and expected to cover the area completely, driving out any game in the process. With this in mind, the idea of rummaging makes sense.
Our understanding is that in Germany the stöbern is used primarily during drives hunts for wild boar, deer and fox. Hunters will be stationed around the perimeter of a wooded area or along a road within the woods. Then the dog will be sent into the woods. The dog should search, locate game scent, follow the track and push the game to the line where the hunters have been placed. As soon as the game has passed the line of shooters the dog should turn back into the woods to continue its search; the dog should never continue past that line.  Continue Reading . . .

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