Message from the Western Regional Director
Western Regional Members,
With spring fast approaching training and testing are on everyone’s mind. In Walla Walla things are starting to dry out enough to make getting back in the field enjoyable. At least we can go back and forth to the kennel without walking through standing water.
The Western Region Board of Directors has been busy finalizing the judging teams for the 2015 testing schedule. The Judges for the spring tests and most of the fall tests are posted and can be viewed:
As noted in the February Newsletter if you are participating in a test this year there are two things that you need to be aware of:
- If you are testing in the Walla Walla Derby get your rooms now! With the change of dates our event is now on the same date as Wine Weekend in the Walla Walla Valley. I cannot emphasize it enough; there will not be rooms available if you wait. We are doing the best we can to make the WW Derby similar to the event we put forth last year. Unfortunately, the date change also means that we lost the use of Frenchtown Hall to another event and the caterer. We are focused on having the best field test and Zuchtschau we can. The social events will be more of a challenge. Sorry, this won’t happen again.
- In 2015 and going forward, we will not be allowed to use “Fill-in Judges” during a test to mediate a breeder/judge conflict. Therefore, please look at the judges list prior to entering a test. If there is a conflict we cannot test the dog. This decree is from German not the NADKC or WR.
As I informed you in the last newsletter the NADKC BOD is in the process of redoing the entry, test result, and breeding forms to make them user friendly. I have been assigned the task of completing this project. The first form to be completed is the “entry form” for DKV tests. It is attached as a fillable .pdf form your convenience. This fillable form will work in you Internet Explorer or Chrome browser, it will not work in Fire Fox.
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Growing up in central California I always cherished time spent on the water, in the woods, grasslands and scrub primarily between the San Francisco Peninsula through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and across the Sierra Nevada. Some of my fondest memories of childhood stem from experiences linked to hunting, fishing or collecting with my grandparents or hearing the stories told of their experiences in those places. One such place was my grandfather’s duck blind along the shore of San Francisco Bay, where my dad would hunt before school. Now the runways of San Francisco International Airport sit nearby. Things have changed a lot in the landscape and even in regulations from my grandparent’s days to now. In my family, tradition is important and it is steeped in respect and the love of nature. To me hunting provides me an opportunity to connect with the world around me, and also to the traditions of my ancestors. I don’t see hunting as sport so much as a subsistence activity, and in that way I give respect to what I take. Continue Reading . . .
by Phil Kress, DVM
Last week I returned from the annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. It offered over 1000 continuing education (CE) hours from which to choose and 500 vendors demonstrating the newest products in medicine, surgical equipment, computer driven diagnostic hardware and software, as well as a myriad of other things. There were over 10,000 veterinarians in attendance.
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THE BIG SECRET IN TEACHING
BLIND WATER RETRIEVES
You know you are getting old when your hunting partners invite you to their favorite hunting spots. That’s because they know you won’t remember the spot the next day so you are considered a safe bet. On that line of thought, I decided to review my previous articles so as to prevent any embarrassing duplication. The past articles included three writings covering blind water retrieves and after a review I realized I neglected an important component of teaching blind water retrieves. That’s the land. You don’t teach blind water retrieves on the water. Rather, you teach them on the land.
Blind retrieves are difficult at best. You are asking the dog to find a bird that he didn’t see fall and there’s no scent to follow. He’s also expected to travel through water and other obstacles. To get a dog to do this takes time and effort. Two of the most important parts of the training are repetition and procedure. Procedure tells the dog what you want him to do. Proper procedure eliminates confusion and builds confidence. Repetition is taught through the use of pattern or rehearsed blinds. Basically the dog repeats a series of blinds. This will get him to the point where he’ll readily do cold blind retrieves. For best results you need a series of 45 pattern blinds set up in as many places as possible. Each pattern blind consists of three blinds of about 100 yards. Place each of the three blinds 90 degrees to each other. Run each blind twice. Once to get the dog there and once to build confidence. Each pattern blind of three blinds each has to be run three times. By the time you have run all of the patterns the dog has run 405 blind retrieves. Now you’re ready to transition into cold blinds. Continue Reading . . .
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