NADKC Western Region
June 2019
In this issue
  • Message from the Director
    by Frank O'Leary
  • WR 2019 Fall Test 
  • NADKC Appointed Positions
  • VGP 101
    by Ken Dinn & Gary Hodson
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Board of Directors
Frank O'Leary, NADKC Western Regional Director
Randall Cherry, Director
WR Board of Directors
Jeff Martin, Director
WR Board of Directors
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Marianne O'Leary
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Message from the Director
by Frank O’Leary  
Western Regional Members,
The Western Region has completed its spring testing season with a very successful Derby and Zuchtschau, in Walla Walla, WA.  To view the results visit or click here to be routed to the site.  Congratulations to all the handlers that worked so hard to prepare their dogs.
The WR has a fall test scheduled in Conrad, MT.   On September 19th & 20th, we will be holding a a VGP.  September 21st and 22nd we will be holding a Solms/AZP.  There will be a Zuchtschau  on Saturday, September 21st.  Jerry Riewer is the test coordinator and can be reached at 406-450-1214 or at  
If you have indicated you will be participating in a fall test, please submit your entry ASAP.  The Fall Test is filling up and you need to enter ASAP.  If you have submitted your entry and realize you will be unable to participate please let the test coordinator know ASAP.
Leading up to the fall tests we will be having training opportunities in Walla Walla, WA.  If you would like to participate in the training sessions, please contact Frank O’Leary at 509-520-7483.
Have a good summer and good of luck with your training.
Best Regards,
Frank O’Leary
Western Regional Director
Western Region Fall Test
in Conrad, MT
Sept. 19 - 22, 2019
For the first time the Western Region of the NADKC will be holding a test in the Big Sky country of Conrad, Montana. 
On September 19th – 22nd.  The 19th and 20th we will have a VGP.  The Judging Team will be Jörg Kaltenegger (Test Director), Jeff Martin (Senior Judge), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl.  At this time there is one spot available in the VGP. 
On September 21st – 22nd we will hold a Solms/AZP/Zuchtschau.  The Judging Team will be Jeff Martin (Test Diredtor, Jörg Kaltenegger (Senior Judge), Mark Peasley, and James Seidl on Saturday the 21st.  On Sunday the 22nd Jeff Martin (Test Director), Jörg Kaltenegger (Senior Judge) and Mark Peasley.  As of this writing there is one spot available in the Solms/AZP.  For additional information please contact Jerry Riewer, Test Coordinator, at 406-450-1214 or at
We anticipate that this will be a great event in a wonderful location.  The testing field, water, and forest areas are all great and should provide an excellent opportunity for the dogs and leaders to be successful. 
Jerry Riewer is the Owner/Operator of the Northgate Motel in Conrad, MT.  The Northgate Motel will be the Headquarters for the event.  IF you are interested in attending the event you are encouraged to contact the Northgate Motel at 406-278-3516.
NADKC Appointed Positions
The NADKC has openings for three appointed positions.  Appointed positions are nominated by the NADKC President, Rob Engelking, and approved by the NADKC Board of Directors.  Appointed Positions are not members of the Board of Directors.
The positions of Director of Promotions, Membership Coordinator, and Editor for the NADKC Newsletter are open at this time. 
If you have interest in filling one of the aforementioned positions please contact Rob Engelking at 847-833-3281.
VGP 101
Part 1: An Overview
By Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson
“This series of VGP training articles was produced by VDD Group Canada and appeared in their newsletter “Drahthaar News” in 2010-2011. It is reprinted with their permission.”
Verbandsgebrauchsprüfung – now that’s a mouthful! In English it would be the Association Utility Test, but in both Germany and North America we commonly refer to it as the VGP. This is the JGHV test that follows the two Breed Tests (VJP and HZP).
Over the next few issues of Drahthaar News we plan to present you with a series of articles about the VGP in an effort to demystify this test and generate more interest in people training for it. This first article will give an overview of the test. Later articles will address making a training plan and the actual training of the more unique aspects of the test.
As a utility test, the goal of the VGP is to produce a fully trained versatile hunting dog ready to work in the field, forest or water on all types of wild game. The test reflects the style of hunting in Germany where they use their dogs for hunting upland game, ducks and geese, hare, wild boar, and deer, and for eliminating predators. Stand shooting and drive hunting are often employed. Hunting is frequently done in groups, so the dogs get a strong dose of obedience training so that hunting will be a safe, controlled experience.
A dog that passes the VGP with a Prize I, II or III is entered in the German Versatile Hunting Dog Registry (Deutsches-Gebrauchshundestammbuch – DGStB) and assigned a DGStB number. The prizes indicate that the dog achieved at least the minimal level of performance assigned to that prize designation for each subject of the test. Earning any of the VGP prizes is a prestigious result.
Unlike the scoring system for the breed tests (0-12 points), VGP dogs are rated on a 0 to 4 point scale: 0 = insufficient; 1 = poor; 2 = sufficient; 3 = good; and 4 = very good. For exceptional work a 4h can be awarded. This would require that the dog performed in an extraordinary manner under very demanding conditions. The reason for using a different, more restricted scale is that at the utility level the dogs are expected to perform to perfection. The breed tests involve immature dogs and the broader rating scale gives the judges more room to rate their evolving level of performance. A utility dog is judged to either have done the task or not.
The VGP is a two-day test, in part due to the number of subjects included. However, even if there are only a couple of entries and the subjects could be completed in one day, the test must be run over a two-day period. The maximum number of dogs that one judging team can evaluate in a VGP is four.
You are already familiar with many aspects of the VGP from running the HZP; the dog is simply expected to perform them at a higher level. Other subjects, particularly in the forest and obedience work, will be entirely new to you.
Best quote of the month:
“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.”
by Bobby Jones
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