Message from the Western Regional Director
Western Regional Members,
As we welcome in 2015 the Western Region can be very proud of what we have accomplished in 2014. In the WR’s first Newsletter, published on January 1st, 2014, I wrote, “As we embark on 2014 the Western Regional Board of Directors has made a commitment to operate the Region for the betterment of the membership and to improve communication within the Region.”
The first step in that endeavor was to initiate the publication of the monthly Newsletter. Thanks to Marianne & Edie we disseminated 12 monthly issues of the Newsletter and six Special Editions. We will strive to continue the monthly editions and encourage each of you to submit articles of interest to share with the readers. The Newsletters are distributed to over 115 readers.
In that same issue I wrote, “Regarding testing we are hopeful we can make the tests in the Western Region the standard for the entire NADKC. We will make every effort to have the best testing sites possible, secure DKV Judges of the highest level possible, and set the dogs up to succeed. Although we cannot guarantee success for every dog and leader, at every test, it is our goal to provide the best opportunity to ensure success.” In an effort to carry through on that pledge the Western Region Board of Directors conducted two Derbies, four Solms/AZP/HZPs, and two VGPs. Continue Reading . . .
The Zuchtschau (Part 2)
by Jörg Kaltenegger
This article is dedicated to one of the great Formrichter (FR) story tellers; Günter Kornfeld (†), 30 Jan 1931 - 29 May 2013.
Plato’s quote that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” accurately describes many Zuchtschau results, it is subjective. Yes, there is a standard and we covered the axioms: form equals function, the sum of all the parts makes the dog and the first impression effect, but the FR (Formrichter) is judge and jury. That is one of the reasons why there is a new push to have two or more FR judges in the ring in order to get a more balanced result. The three judge panel in the field is a good example of a best outcome.
What is Type?
Ask 10 judges to define type and you will get 10 different answers. The correct answer, there is only “one” type in our DKs but we have several sub-types (yes, it was a trick question)
. Some sub-type examples are large-masculine (Kapitaler), elegant, athletic, absolute medium size/strength, old line, etc. A DK that is the “correct type” has all the features listed in the standard AND in the correct proportion
. A “V” excellent dog MUST have a noble and balanced appearance, display strength and endurance, have smooth outlines and have a far reaching, harmonious stride. Continue Reading . . .
by Phil Kress, DVM
Many of you own older female dogs (who often have been spayed) that develop signs of urinary incontinence, moisture around their “private parts”, or even wetness or leaking in their beds. This sometimes becomes very socially unacceptable! It often leads to chronic licking, irritation or local staph infections, or ascending bladder infections. Common diagnoses include cystitis, diabetes, cancer, or Cushings Disease. A urinalysis and specific blood tests help rule these in or out. Another very treatable condition is hypoestrogenism (lack of adequate estrogen levels). By spaying the female, we have removed the ovaries (and uterus), the main producers of estrogen in the body. Low levels of estrogen are still produced by the adrenal glands, but sometimes not quite enough. Continue Reading . . .
To be successful at training dogs you have to adopt a system that covers all aspects of your training program. Above all it has to fit your training needs and should be easy to work with. A chart like the one in this article meets those criteria. This chart is as versatile as the dogs we work with.
You can add or subtract subjects or you even put different headings on the top row to cover the months of the year. Then your training becomes seasonally oriented which works particularly well for hunters. You can add your own training techniques or drills. Example: (I start the new training season in February.) Continue Reading . . .
Part 6: Blood Tracking
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.”
As we go through this series on the VGP you should begin to get a picture of the relationship between the JGHV tests and hunting in Germany. Every German hunter MUST hunt with a fully trained dog, and that dog MUST have passed a test acceptable to the state where the hunter is licensed. Thus, there is a practical hunt-related reason for every element in the test.
The priority—for VDD in particular and German hunters in general—is ethical hunting. This includes making every effort to minimize the suffering of the game and to recover the game so that the meat, hide and horns/antlers can be used. The dog is there to ensure that happens. This ethical value is reflected in the JGHV tests with the particular emphasis on tracking and independent retrieving.
Due to proper management of habitat and predators, the numbers of game in Germany is considerably higher than in most North American regions. In the case of large game the Forester in each area tracks the amount of deer each year and tells the Revier owners exactly how many deer they must take to keep the ecological balance. The hunters must show proof of what they have harvested by presenting the antlers. At the end of the year if they have not harvested the proper number the Forester will hire someone to come in and complete the harvest, charging the expense to the Revier owner. Continue Reading . . .
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