NADKC Western Region
August 2014
In this issue
  • Message from
    NADKC WR Director
  • Western Region Web Page - August Launch
  • Member Profile
    by Bill Colyar
  • VGP 101
    by Ken Dinn and Gary Hodson 
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress
  • Drop and Shake
    (Thinking outside the box) 
    by Randy Blanchard  
Upcoming Events

September 6 & 7
Walla Walla, WA
WR VGP/Solms/
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

Message from the Western Regional Director
The Präsident is Coming
by Frank O’Leary
In October, the Western Region will have the honor of hosting Michael and Christine Hammerer during our Solms/AZP/HZP/ VGP/Zuchtschau on October 24th, 25th, and 26th.  Michael was elected President of the DKV in March.  Previously, Michael served the DKV as the stud book officer and test director for many years.   Additionally, Michael has served as the Prüfungsleitung, Formwertricher, and Richter at many Kleemanns and IKPs.  Christine, whose title I am not sure of, usually runs the office at the major tests and processes the paper work in the office such as litter registrations and test results.  There is one thing that I can assure you of, Christine is the lady that will have the correct answer to any question regarding the DKV. 
Western Region Web Page
By Frank O'Leary
The Western Region web page will launch on August 1st.  We are hopefully the web page will be a resource for our members.  We will endeavor to keep it up to date and provide information regarding upcoming events as well as results from our concluded events. 
Please keep in mind the web page is not completely finished and will continue to be improve.  If you have suggestion to improve the site please do not hesitate to offer suggestions.  To go to the site please click on the following link:
Member Profile
By Bill Colyar
My name is Bill Colyar and I have been a member N.A.D.K.C. for about three years.  I have had hunting dogs all my adult life, but this is my first DK dog and I could not be more pleased.
I actually got my dog by accident; I was training with one of our members Mark Fisher.  This was the first time I saw what these dogs could do & how versatile they are.  My wife and I were ready for a young dog Mark told us about a litter Scott Sorenson would be having soon and suggested we give him a call.
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.
Continue Reading . .  .
Drop and Shake
(Thinking outside the box)
By Randy Blanchard 
In the last year or two I’ve received a number of calls from hunters telling me that their dogs have a bad habit of dropping the bird when they get out of the water, they shake, and then pick the bird up.  They find it frustrating because they don’t understand how to change this behaviour. In view of the numbers and the level of frustration I thought this would make a perfect training article. The topic is how to train your dog not to drop bumpers or birds at the water’s edge and have a perfect delivery to hand.
The normal fix is to revisit your force training program and that is a good way to go. There is, however, another way that’s effective, easy for the dog to understand and actually fun. 
By Phil Kress, DVM

Doctor Phil is on vaction this month and will be returning in time for the September Newsletter.
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