Message from the
Western Regional Director
Western Regional Members,
The first test of the 2015 season was held in Chico, CA on April 18th
. Test Coordinator Guido Dei reported that five dogs were tested, all receiving Prize 1. To view the results visit nadkc-wr.org or click here to be routed to the site
. The participants were evaluated by Julie Griswold, Senior Judge, from Manchester, MI; John Calandra from Lake Zurich, IL; and Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC, Canada.
The Derbies will continue on May 2nd and 3rd, in Walla Walla, WA. We have twelve dogs schedule to participate. The Judging team consists of Herman-Josef Schomakers, Senior Judge, from Surwold, Germany; Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC, Canada; Joe Kelly from Boise, Idaho; and Roger Green from Brewster, ID. Results from the WW test will be posted on at nadkc-wr.org following the test.
News from the National Board/Annual Meeting:
1. The Annual Meeting was held in Cobleskill, NY, on April 24th – 26th. The meetings were well attended, for the location, and the substance of the material was good.
2. One of the decisions that the WR BOD needs to be make is if we wish to host the Annual Meeting in 2016 or 2017......
3. President Rob Engelking updated the membership on the efforts of the Board in 2014 and the changes that have been made to advance the NADKC.....
4. The By-law Revisions were discussed at length during the General Meeting. The members present had the opportunity to express their ideas on needed changes and revisions to the governance of the NADKC.....
5. The Incident Review Committee (IRC) was unveiled to the membership and discussion followed regarding the process. It is the goal that this bi-level process will ensure both transparency and fairness.....
6. Listening to the reports for the other Regions I can state without reservation that the Western Region’s efforts to inform and include our members is unmatched at this time.... 7. President Rob Engelking updated those in attendance about the actions taken during the meetings in Germany. Although there had been much speculation there would be major changes in breeding regulations, action on those items was delayed...... Continue Reading . . .
My life with shorthairs began on a weekend in May of 1994. CDN. CH. Shotshell Bella Tjra FDJ, “Tjra”, joined our family in a whirlwind of energy and a feisty attitude. For a dog that was acquired to be a companion and hunting partner, she initiated us into a whole new world of dog shows, field tests, and breeding. She was the foundation for “FeatherQuest” GSP’s, where she left behind a legacy and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
The growth of our FeatherQuest family resulted in many changes in lifestyle for my wife Sandra and I. Upland bird hunting with a pointing dog was new venture for me and big game hunting no longer occupied the hunting season. I was captivated by the abilities that my dogs exhibited during our pursuit of various upland game birds.
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by Phil Kress, DVM
As we enjoy spring and approaching early summer it’s time to consider applying a good topical medication to your dogs that repels ticks. I think the best products repel /kill the tick, versus systemic products that require the tick to bite the animal before it can be affected. Topical products that repel ticks and fleas trans-locates across the skin over about 24 hours, is absorbed by the oil producing sebaceous glands, and then slowly is excreted for approximately 30 days as the oil surfaces up around the hair follicles. New applications should be therefore applied every 3-4 weeks throughout the tick season, usually April-July. Of course those of you in chronic flea infested areas are already doing this on a monthly basis. Continue Reading . . .
The E-Collar, Uses and Abuses:
This article is dedicated to our wonderful D.K. dogs and directed to the owners on how to use the e-collar. The e-collar has been around for a number of years and many trainers use it exclusively to train their dogs. Using the e-collar is not a problem; the concern is the lack of understanding as to how it works. There are three main concepts you have to fully understand before you even think of using the e-collar. They are:
1. This may come as a bit of a shock – pun intended - but the e-collar has nothing to do with teaching. It is only used to enforce known commands that the dog ignores. It should be thought of only as a training aid. There are exceptions but that’s for a later discussion.
2. With the e-collar timing is everything. If your timing isn’t perfect you will damage your dog. The correct timing is, “Command, 1 second delay, Correction.”
3. There are two kinds of pressure direct and indirect. When working with game you should only use indirect pressure.
One more element that should be part of the discussion on the use of the e-collar is intelligence. The DK breeding program has developed dogs with a high level of intelligence. Intelligent dogs are sensitive dogs and they are too smart to take inappropriate force from the e-collar. That’s why you have to take time to introduce the dog to the e-collar, be careful with corrections and your timing must be perfect. You should not use the e-collar for all of your training. It’s better and more effective for specific training areas. Training is all about developing a stylish natural hunting dog that is obedient. The e-collar if used exclusively hinders style and chips away at the natural ability of the dog. However, if used sparingly and for specific purposes the e-collar will enhance the ability of the dog.
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