NADKC Western Region
July 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • New Member Profile
    Rae Brown
  • New Direct Profile
    Jamie Adkins
  • Releasing your dog from a Trap
  • Veterinary Corner
    Dr. Phil Kress
  • Blind Water Retrieves  
    Start small, work big
    Randy Blanchard
Upcoming Events

September 6 & 7
Walla Walla, WA
September 27 & 28
Brewster, WA

October 24, 25 & 26
Walla Walla, Washingon 

Board of Directors

Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Wayne Davis, 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
Under Construction
Coming Soon

Message from the Western Regional Director
By Frank O'Leary
The Western Region Board of Directors has appointed Jamie Adkins from Worden, MT to fill the unexpired term of Position #3 on the Board.  Position #3 became vacant when Frank O’Leary was elected Western Regional Director and moved to Position #5, designated for the WR Director.  Jamie’s term will expire December 13, 2015.  The Board of Directors are pleased to have Jamie as a member and look forward to his participation and input.
As we move towards Fall the Western Region has an ambitious Testing Schedule planned.  We will start with the Solms/AZP/HZP, in Walla Walla, WA, on September 6th and 7th.    
New Director Profile
By Jamie Adkins
Jaime grew up in southern California hunting valley quail.  When he was 12 a neighbor gave him the runt of their GSP litter.  He and “Babe” were fast friends and Jaime discovered there were a lot more birds in the bag when hunting with babe.  Life soon beckoned another path and dogs did not seem to fit in for a few years.  He served an LDS mission in Germany (1977-79), was married to Kathy Secrist in 1981 and earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering (1985) from the University of Wyoming.  
New Member Profile
By Rae Brown
Both Steve and I were raised in the beautiful state of Montana in a small farming/ranching community located on the Rocky Mountain Front.  There was always ample opportunities for outdoor adventures for hunting, fishing, skiing, bicycling, swimming, sledding airport hill, horseback riding, floating from one end of town to the other on inner tubes, and back packing into the Bob Marshall Wilderness etc,.  A deep appreciation for the beautiful country was embedded at very young age.
Releasing yur dog from a Trap!!
By Idaho Fish & Game
Dog owners should be aware that traps may be present on the landscape. Dogs will be attracted to foothold trap sets due to the scent and bait, and they may also encounter snares and body grip traps. This is an instructional video explaining a variety of traps and how to release your dog from traps.
By Phil Kress, DVM

First of all as a reminder, are you starting to condition your early chucker season hunting dogs? It’s time!
Stella, my hunting companion, sat down on the porch next to me yesterday and reminded me of something we often see late spring and early summer.  On her neck was a large engorged tick. It amazes me that ticks have the same “scare” factor as spiders and snakes do to us humans.  Just remember, we are bigger than they are!  By and large we see the dermacentor species found dangling from the grasses, brush, and trees.  
Blind Water Retrieves
Start small, work big
By Randy Blanchard

Water training is like everything else, you have to crawl before you can walk, or in this case swim. The key is to start small and work big.  This is the golden thread that should run through all of your training.  It’s a simple but effective concept.  Start pattern water blind retrieves over a small stream and slowly increase the distance the dog has to cross over water.  A good end goal to have is to be able to send your dog over 200 yards of water.  You don’t get to that level overnight.  It takes time and a strong work ethic.  By starting small and working big you are avoiding problems as the dog shouldn’t move forward until the training sessions are progressing smoothly.  If you progress too quickly then you’ll run into problems.  All you have to do is go back a step or two to where the dog was last successful then build from there.  By starting small and working big you are training without damaging the dog. 
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