NADKC Western Region
August 2015
In this issue
  • Message from
    WR Director
  • Member Profile 
    by Jerry Riewer 
  • Don't mess with perfection
    by Randy Blanchard   
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress 
  • 5 ways to Train Dogs Safely in the Summer
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,

It’s official - the 2016 NADKC Annual Meeting will be hosted by the Western Region.  The event will be held in Walla Walla, WA between April 21st and April 24th.  The WR Board selected Walla Walla as the site for the event during their conference call on July 8th.  It was concluded that Walla Walla offered the best overall option for our annual meeting:.......

The WR tests are filling up.  If you have indicated you will be participating in a fall test, please submit your entry ASAP.  If you have submitted your entry and realize you will be unable to participate please let the test coordinator know ASAP......  

News from the National Board: 
  1. The NADKC Board approved the final draft of the Bylaw changes at our July 20th meeting.  
  2. Breeding Regulations – At the DKV Breed Commission meeting held on July 18th the commission agreed to recommend some very impactful changes to the DKV breeding regulations. 
 Member Profile
by Jerry Riewer
Hello, my name is Jerry Riewer, from Conrad, Montana. Conrad is on the east side of the Rocky Mountains just an hour north of Great Falls on interstate 15.  I was born and raised in Conrad and have always enjoyed the outdoors.  I bought the Northgate Motel in Conrad about 15 years ago.  I learned quickly that pheasant season was going to be a busy time of year for the motel.  I look forward to it every year and am a little disappointed when it ends.  I have met a lot of friends thru the motel.  Everyone has something in common.
Forty years ago I had very little upland bird hunting experience.  The pheasant population was slim then. Hunting for them consisted of driving around the country hoping to see one, and then hoping to get a shot.  Of course I didn’t have a dog and don’t remember hunting with one.  I really missed out.  Continue Reading . . .
Don’t mess with perfection:
(Teaching the DK dog to
trail and track game)
By Randy Blanchard
Our D.K. dogs have the natural ability to trail and track various kinds of game. You don’t train natural ability. Rather, you enhance it.  This is done by teaching the dog to concentrate. That’s all you have to do. Now each dog is different so it’s important to fit your training program to the character of the dog. It’s your job to teach the dog to follow ground scent. It doesn’t matter if the dog runs with a high nose or if his nose is close to the ground. All that matters is that the dog is effective and comes up with the game.

To get started you’ll need some equipment and here’s what I suggest:
1.     A leather tracking collar.
2.     20 or 30 feet of a 3/8” rope.
3.     Several marking sticks or stakes.
4.     Thin pair of leather gloves.
5.     A number of dead ducks and rabbits.
Part of your job is to make sure you don’t interfere with the dog while he’s working. A leather tracking collar distributes stress and prevents chocking. The collar has a swivel ring that prevents the rope from tangling. It also allows for rapid detachment of the rope when the dog starts to move out on the trail. A rope is easier to work with and disengages from the collar quickly.  Stakes are important as you have to know exactly where the trail is. If the dog goes off the trail you have to bring him back to where he missed the trail and carefully put him back on course. Continue Reading . . . 

 by Phil Kress, DVM

As a mixed animal practitioner all my life I enjoyed so many interesting and funny animal related experiences.  I was on call duty one weekend when the phone rang and the desperate person on the line said “Doc, we’ve got a yearling colt in an upstairs bedroom and he’s tearing things apart.  We can’t get him out; can you come and help?!”  I told him I’d be there as soon as I could.

When I arrived the story unfolded.  That morning the kids had haltered the colt and led it up to the patio sliding glass doors so that Grandma, wheelchair bound, could pet him through the doorway.  Continue Reading . . . 

Today’s Breeder
5 ways to Train Dogs Safely in the Summer

Summer is the ideal time to rev up training to get ready for fall field trials and hunting. Road working, sprint racing and interval training can cause dehydration quickly, particularly in high temperatures and humidity. Proactive trainers look for signs of distress and are ready to spring to action to help a dog in trouble. Here are expert tips to help you safely train your dog.

1. Water Is Good .....
2. Dehydration Prevention
3. Event Hydration
4. Signs of Overheating
5. Know When Your Dog Needs Help  
Continue Reading . . . 

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Today’s Breeder, Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company 

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