Message from the Western Regional Director
Western Regional Members,
The Western Region Board of Directors has been busy finalizing the 2015 testing schedule. We will have the judges for the Spring tests posted by February 15th.
There are two things that you need to be aware of in 2015:
- If you are testing in the Walla Walla Derby get your rooms now! With the change of dates our event is now on the same date as Wine Weekend in the Walla Walla Valley. I cannot emphasize it enough; there will not be rooms available if you wait.
- In 2015 and going forward, we will not be allowed to use “Fill-in Judges” during a test to mediate a breeder/judge conflict. Therefore, please look at the judges list prior to entering a test. If there is a conflict we cannot test the dog. This decree is from German not the NADKC or WR.
During the last NADKC Board Meeting the Directors approved redoing the testing and breeding forms to make them fillable .pdf files in German and English. The goal is to make them easy to complete, user friendly, and understandable for those of us that read only English. I have been assigned this task and we are working on them now. In the meantime please use the WORD.doc we developed for the Western Region as your entry form.
It’s Been Quite an Adventure
by Marianne O'Leary
I must confess I inherited my love for hunting from my mother. Oh yes, my father hunted but mom loved it. They hunted everything from elk, deer, geese, pheasants, and ducks. In the 60’s and early 70’s, they hunted mostly pheasants on our ranch.
I can remember this scenario playing out many times when I was in elementary school. My mother would be sitting at the end of the lane in her car (she drove a Cadillac) with her .410 single-shot resting on the open window of the car door waiting for my sister and me to get off the school bus. As soon as we were off the bus she would shout, “Hurry girls there are birds in the field by the bridge and we don’t want them to get away!” Mind you, we were in our school uniforms and dress shoes. So we hurried into the car and we were off. Sometimes the pheasants were in the brush right close to the road but then there would be times they were out in the field. So out thru the field we would go in the Cadillac, in those days she considered it her SUV, in pursuit of the wildly pheasant.
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by Phil Kress, DVM
“Doc, my dog has been gaining weight steadily over the past 6 months, even though he doesn’t eat that much, and look at how poor his hair coat looks!”
This is a history I have heard many times over the years, and the cause has been hypothyroidism, or lack of sufficient thyroid hormone. The health and well- being of animals (including humans) is greatly influenced by the proper levels of thyroid hormone.
Most commonly seen clinically in the dog is a lack of hormone, often in middle age, leading to a cascade of problems. Signs will vary, but often we see lethargy, obesity, even with low food consumption (think low metabolism), a thinning or poor hair coat, chronic, smelly ear infections, or other dermatological disorders that don’t seem to respond to standard treatment protocols. Low thyroid hormone levels seem to influence the integrity of connective tissue as well. Continue Reading . . .
So you’ve got a Problem
One of the most misunderstood areas of dog training is how to solve problems. If not addressed quickly problems have a way of getting out of control and become a chronic headache. That’s why knowledgeable dog people try their best to avoid problems rather than try to solve them. Problem solving is actually quite complicated and you have to be careful on the approach you take because when fixing a problem there’s a good chance that you will damage something else. As a general rule it takes less than a minute to damage a dog and three months to correct that damage. You have to realize that most if not all problems are man-made due to a lack of knowledge and accidents. Remember a problem is never the dog’s fault. It’s always the handlers fault. Taking responsibility is the first step into getting the issue resolved. Second and equally important is to believe what you see. Don’t make excuses. If you see your dog chewing a bird then he has a mouthing problem.
Once you have identified a problem you move to address it. This next step is crucial as this determines success. The method you use should involve patience, consistency and repetition. Each dog is different so your plan will have to take the character of the dog into account. The plan has to fit the dog not the other way around. Take your time and if you have to back track to simple basics then that’s what you will have to do. Continue Reading . . .
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