NADKC Western Region
March 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • WEHM Raffle
  • Hunting with Ziggy
    Randall Cherry
  • Veterinary Corner
    Dr. Phil
  • Training Tips
    Randy Blanchard
Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting
April 24 - 26, 2014
Hosted by GL Region

WR Derby/Zuchtschau
May 16 & 17
Walla Walla, WA

WR Training Day
May 18
Walla Walla, WA
September 6 & 7
Walla Walla, WA
September 27 & 28
Brewster, WA

October 24, 25 & 26
Eastern Washingon 

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director

Guido Dei, Director
WR Board of Directors

Wayne Davis, Director
WR Board of Directors

Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
Newsletter Editors

Edie Stelkovics

Marianne O'Leary
Under Construction
Coming Soon

Message from the Western Regional Director
By Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Members,
 Hopeful Spring is around the corner and the fields and ponds will be useable for training.  The Board of Directors have been working on the testing schedule and securing judges.  The 2014 Western Regional Test Schedule is available by clicking the highlighted link.
One of the changes in the testing for 2014 will be noticeable at the Derby, May 16 & 17, in Walla Walla, WA.  We have secured Frenchtown Hall, located adjacent to the testing area, for Saturday, the 17th.  
       4th Annual Wilhelm H. Engelking
                Memorial Hunt Raffle
Lynda and Keith Krull, of Krull Lodge, in Harold, SD have graciously donated the Wilhelm H. Engelking Memorial Hunt (WEMH) to the Western Chapter of the NADKC again in 2014.  The 4th annual WEMH will be a “Gold Package Hunt” for four people, for three days, and four nights. All meals are included and there is a hosted open bar......  
The Western Region is very fortunate that we have this opportunity.  Rather than doing a number of fund raisers during the year we are able to support our testing and training activities with this one raffle.  
Hunting with Ziggy
by Randall Cherry
I am lucky to have discovered Deutsch Kurzhaars when I started the search for my first bird dog.  I was even luckier to get a male pup out of Quickstep vom Hege-Haus x Claudia KS vom Hege-Haus.  He was whelped April 18, 2010, and we named him Einzige vom Trocken Bach (“Ziggy”).  In the ensuing years, I have learned a tremendous amount about bird dogs, and the experience has been nothing less than wonderfully rewarding. 
I enjoy the testing aspect of owning a DK and I like doing my little bit to help better the breed by going through the testing process.  My nascent dog training skills have improved month-to-month since getting Ziggy, and I am indebted to the many generous people who have helped me make progress.  However, I still have a long way to go before I would consider myself anything more than a rookie dog trainer.  
Continue Reading . . .
By Phil Kress, DVM

“I don’t know,  doc, ‘Jack’ just started limping on his back leg one day last week while we were hunting, and it just hasn’t gotten better.  I’ve looked the leg all over and can’t find anything wrong.  He’s sure been a good dog these last 7 years.”  This is a typical quote from clients who have brought their middle-aged dogs into our practice. 
After watching the dog walk, and with a thorough exam, a diagnosis of a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is often made.  
Training Tips
By Randy Blanchard

A good marking program is something that is often overlooked in a versatile hunting dog’s training regime. The use of marking drills builds confidence, makes for a perfect delivery, enhances memory, establishes a perfect hunt, develops a love for the water, and assists in moving the dog to eventually doing blind water retrieves.  At the same time a marking program will show up any deficiencies in the overall training program such as sloppy deliveries, obedience issues and a lack of confidence.  A marking program builds a good, natural, fast running dog who comes up with the bird. 
If you have any stories or pictures to share
please contact Newsletter Editors Edie or Marianne