NADKC Western Region
July 2015
In this issue
  • Message from
    WR Director
  • New Member Profile 
  • by Cole Van Beusekom
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress 
  • Part 3, E-Collar Uses and Abuses:
    No, no drill explained:
    by Randy Blanchard  
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,

The Western Region will be hosting the 2016 NADKC Annual Meeting.  The WR Board is considering possible sites and itinerary at this time.  If you have suggestions please contact one of the WR BOD.   Sites need to be in close proximity to a Regional Airport; have a host hotel with an adequate amount of guest rooms and meeting room for the event; quality food service; access to creditable speakers; and a site for the Zuchtschau and Derby.  We will be looking for committee members for the event.  If you are interested please let me know.
As we move towards fall the Western Region has an ambitious Testing Schedule planned.  We will start with the Solms/AZP/HZP/VGP/BTR/Zuchtschau, in Billings, MT, on September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.  Judges for will be Manny Boutsikakis (Senior Judge) from Arlington Heights, IL; Todd Waite from Melrose, WI; and Tom Skinner from Pierre, SD.  Todd Waite will be the Formwertricher at the Zuchtschau.....  Continue Reading . . .
 New Member Profile
by Cole Van Beusekom
Hey everyone, my name Cole Van Beusekom.  I hail from Minnesota, but have been living in Alaska the past two years.  It is here that I work as a Park Ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Over the past few years I have been very impressed with the Deutsch Kurzhaar’s temperament and performances both in the house and in the field.  Although I have raised, trained, and tested German Shorthairs in both AKC and NAVHDA hunt tests, this is my first Deutsch Kurzhaar puppy.  
As I researched the origins of the German Shorthaired Pointer, I decided to purchase my very own Deutsch Kurzhaar - Blitz vom Nordstern - which I call “Smoke”.  Smoke is a black-ticked nine month old male.   Although his is still a very young, I get constant compliments on his style, temperament, drive and fast learning ability.  Let me tell you - nothing gets past this boy! 
 by Phil Kress, DVM

Over the last 40 years a subject that I have had to deal with and counsel animal owners about is euthanasia.  It has always been a sensitive issue that I have had to face with owners, peripheral staff, and students of veterinary medicine thousands of times.  In my mind it has been a privilege of veterinary medicine to be able to consider euthanasia as a last kindness to an animal.  For so many different and varied reasons the decision to perform this last act of kindness usually comes with a great feeling of relief for the owner.  Whether it is for pain and suffering, intractable or violent social behavior, or the medical failure and behavioral changes of an old geriatric pet, the gentle ending of its life is once again a privilege.  I know some people will still argue that point but I firmly believe it. 
The technical aspect of euthanasia, in the hands of most veterinarians or trained technicians, is simple and straight forward.  Some animals are pre-sedated for anxiety and then given an IV injection of concentrated sodium pentobarbital.  In my early days of practice we used the same drug for routine anesthesia, and in some cases even today use it for prolonged anesthesia over several days.  Any human who has experienced a general anesthetic can relate to the feeling an animal has as it drifts off into a permanent sleep.  
Part 3, E-Collar Uses and Abuses:
No, no drill explained:
By Randy Blanchard 

The fella that trained me to train dogs had a saying that left quite an imprint on me.  He was a character and you could tell when he was mad when a training session didn’t go as planned.  He would march up to you and say,” Training doesn’t make perfect! Only perfect training makes perfect.” Then he would calm down and we’d solve the problem. Time has taught me that perfection for a trainer is not to interfere with the natural ability of the hunting dog.  I split my training schedule into two areas. Natural ability and man-made training.  We don’t interfere with natural ability, rather we enhance it.  The other area is man-made training or obedience.  This training takes place in the yard and I use a series of drills to instill training concepts.  Drills are important as they isolate training to teach one topic at a time, you have total control and the dog learns through repetition. Dogs love drills and while you are teaching obedience you are also developing momentum.
Blind water retrieves are all about obedience and momentum.  If you don’t have a structured approach to teaching water blinds you’ll end up tossing rocks to get the dog into the water.  A poor way to train. 

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