Message from the
Western Regional Director
Western Regional Members,
The Western Region held its first test in Montana on September 5th. Hosted by Jaime Adkins, the Solms was held in Worden, MT, just east of Billings. Four dogs participated with two receiving Prize 1. We would like to congratulate Mike Kennedy and Randy Blanchard who are the owner/leader of Qutella von Kings Crossing and Dale Schindel the owner and leader of Henna von der Donua Wirbeln. According to all feedback from the judges and participants Jaime ran an excellent test. I am confident that the participation in Montana will grow and we will be holding additional tests in the Big Sky Country.
Guido Dei will be hosting a Solms in Southern California on October 10th
. At this time there are five dogs schedule to participate. On October 16, 17, & 18 there will be a Solms/AZP/VGP/Zuchtschau in Walla Walla, WA. Currently there are three VGP dogs and six Solms/AZP dogs scheduled for the test. Continue Reading . . .
Effective problem solving:
Last month I ran the Solms in Billings Montana. It was a lot of fun with good people and excellent test grounds. I went down there five days before the event to get the dog climatized and do some light training. On the first day we started with a duck drag and to my surprise the dog went on a full field search instead of following the drag. What a time to come off the rails. Normally, as a trainer, I would see this as a training opportunity but when test day is looming on the horizon all I wanted to do was panic. I felt like Snoopy being shot down by the Red Baron. In the end it turned out good and I thought it would be beneficial to make this real experience the subject of this months’ article.
Problems if not taken care of immediately and effectively have a nasty way of becoming chronic. Then they are difficult if not impossible to tackle. Effective problem solving is governed by a series of principles:
· Believe what you see. In this case the dog searched the field instead of following the drag. Early identification is the key to correcting any problem. It can be difficult as many problems manifest over time. This is why you have to become a keen observer.
· It’s never the dogs fault. The owner/trainer must take full responsibility. This allows you to focus and move more quickly towards a solution.
· Don’t delay. Address the issue immediately. Delay only leads to more problems that are more difficult to solve.
· Stay on topic. Solve one problem at a time.
· Simplify. This assists the dog to understand what you want him to do.
· Teach, don’t break
. Train by repetition, association and don’t move to the next step until the dog understands the lesson. Continue Reading . . .
by Phil Kress, DVM
“ Doc, I’ll bet my dog has urinated 15 times a day over the last several days, and it looks like there’s a little blood in the urine too”, exclaimed my client across the exam table. This is a typical story I have heard over the years. It usually describes the signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Irritation of the bladder wall causes the “urge to go” and sometimes straining, as well as capillary rupture and bleeding. Generally a urinalysis will identify what the cause of the signs might be, and if an infection is suspected, a culture and sensitivity that helps identify the bacteria and what antibiotics might be most effective. Other causes can be 1) bladder or kidney stones that are identified by microscopic crystals in the urine or palpable through the abdomen (sometimes as big as baseballs!), or seen on x-rays. These need to be surgically removed. 2) Cancer in the urinary tract or on the bladder wall. These are identified by contrast x-ray studies or endoscopic techniques. 3) Diabetes, whereby glucose is being spilled into the urine and passively takes with it large volumes of water. 4) Prostate enlargement in the male dog caused by cancer, hormonal influences, or infection. 5) Obstruction of the urethra by a stone or the trapdoor effect of a bladder growth. 6) Ascending infection or foreign bodies (i.e. foxtails) in the vagina of female dogs. Continue Reading . . .
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