NADKC Western Region
April 2015
In this issue
  • Message from
    WR Director
  • The Importance of the Solms for
    DK Breeding
    by Albrecht Keil
  • New Member Profile
    by Tyler Smith 
  • Veterinary Corner
    by Dr. Phil Kress 
  • Training for
    the Solms

    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,

Testing season in the Western Region gets under way April 18th with the Derby, hosted by Guido Dei, in Chino, California.  At this time Guido has five dogs slated to participate.  The Judge team will be 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 eleven dogs schedule to participate.  The Judging team consists of Herman-Josef Schomakers, Senior Judge, from Surwold, Germany; Jeff Martin from Penticton, BC, Canada; and Joe Kelly from Boise, Idaho....
News from the National Board:
The By-law Revision Committee made its first report to their NADKC BOD during the conference call on February 23rd.  The Committee, consisting of Joe Furia, WR Director, John Calandra, NADKC Treasurer, and myself, presented a comprehensive revision of the By-laws for consideration...

The Incident Review Committee (IRC) has been approved by the NADKC Board of Directors.  This committee will be comprised of one representative from each Region, appointed by that Regional Director or in the WR case the Regional Board of Directors, and an appointee made by the NADKC President....
NADKC Rob Engelking has just returned from the DK Union meetings in Fulda, Germany.  Rob has shared some of the happenings with me during our conversations but will give his official report during our BOD Conference Call on April 16th....   Continue Reading . . .
The Importance of the
Solms for DK breeding
By Albrecht Keil, Dipperz Germany
If you go back 10 years, it was allowed under the valid breeding rules of this time to breed with dogs which had, except the other necessary presuppositions, only a Derby test. Today, in old pedigrees, you’ll still find breeding dogs with nothing other than a Derby Proof. I’m sure, that under these dogs were a lot which couldn’t go to Solms because they had no chance to gain a prize. The reasons were gun sensitivity, especially in the water, shyness of the water and game, and no will to follow the living duck. Often these slightly sensitive dogs did good fieldwork and if they had good form too, they were used for breeding. Most hunters had no occasion for duck hunting, but if they did, they used a dog which was good in bird hunting. Therefore, a Derby was enough. Since the early 1980’s the relations in hunting have changed in Germany. Opportunities for bird hunting have diminished and dogs are used more for water work, drive hunting, and blood tracking. 

The breeding with dogs which had no water proof, but had different kinds of mistakes, brought a lot of other dogs, which were not able to do a satisfactory water work and were therefore not useful at a duck hunt. The leadership of the DKV recognised on time the importance of the water test for breeding, and changed the rules in the mid- 1980’s.
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New Member Profile
by Tyler Smith
I am a Utah native, born and raised.  Since I was a young kid I would walk the fields and marshes with my father and grandpa hunting.  I hunt everything from mule deer, elk and moose to pheasant and ducks.  When I was a kid my uncle and grandpa introduced me to bird dogs.  They had AKC/ NAVHDA bred German Shorthairs.  I helped them train and get ready for hunt test.  
I got my first dog Copper when I was 15 years old.  He changed my whole life.  I became obsessed with them.  I spent every waking moment with the dog.  I would rush home from rugby and football practice to squeeze in training before the sun would set.  I would even get caught skipping school to come grab my dog and head out to the duck blind.  My father Dan and my brother Brandon joined me on my crusade to pursue wild game across North America.  The loved Copper and had grown fond of his skill set.  We, as a group of guys, would travel to North and South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho 2-3 times a year to pursue pheasants, ducks, whitetail, geese, sharp tail grouse and more. 
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 by Phil Kress, DVM

Over the years I have treated a surprisingly large number of dogs, usually middle aged, for diabetes mellitus, the most commonly seen form of diabetes in animals.  Insulin producing cells located in the pancreas, which also produces digestive enzymes, regress or become nonfunctional, leading to a lack of insulin for blood sugar regulation. Typically an owner will present their dog with signs of increased thirst, frequent urination, wetting of the bedding, or urinary tract infection. A good history and the results from a urinalysis will reveal high urine glucose levels and sometimes ketones.  Blood work will also show high glucose levels and, in advanced forms of the disease, high ketone levels, indicating the breakdown of protein (i.e. muscle) as the body goes “looking for” more glucose.  Continue Reading . . . 
Training for the SOLMS:
By Randy Blanchard 

Training for the Solms can be intimidating as well as challenging. The trick is to make it easy. The best quote I’ve ever come across covering training was written by Delmar Smith in the book “Best Way To Train Your Gun Dog.” When training you would be wise to remember this:
“You can’t train like a pro, till you think like a dog. If you think like a man, you’ll train like an amateur.”
Dogs like to keep things simple and the way to train is by having short, simple sessions that build on each other. If you want to teach a dog something break it down to the lowest common denominator then work up from there and don’t progress until each lesson is learned.  
From my point of view the D.K. testing system is unique and the best thing that has ever happened to the hunting dog world. It’s all about genetics and only well-bred dogs will pass with flying colors. It’s beneficial to break training for the Solms down into two categories.  Natural ability and Man-made training.  You don’t train natural ability, you enhance it.  You do this by repetition and association.  The man-made stuff is done the same way but you emphasise teaching. You have to show the dog what you want him to do.  
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