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Are You and Your Dog SAR Candidates?

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It is a Team The first question to ask is, “are you in shape or capable of getting into shape to handle rough terrain for 8-12 hours of walking?” Most people focus on their dog and don’t think about the person that goes into the field with them. SAR dogs live with and are owned […]

Orex Earns BH

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Begleitenhund(BH) Temperament Test Passed On November 22, 2013 Orex von Tajgetosz  passed the Begleitenhund (BH) temperament test at the Bur Oak Hundersport Club Trial in Long Grove, IL. Orex and Sherri were required to be at the trial by 9:30 AM but did not go onto the field until 2 PM. The temperature was 34 […]

Beware of Weight Control Dogfood

August 13, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

I have many blessings when it comes to my dogs including the desire to scarf down their dogfood but a primary one is working with a good breeder. They must be sick to death of my phone calls and questions but there are always supportive and answer or return my calls immediately. Preventing Bloat Due to Dogfood […]

Gryphon Goes the Distance

June 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Gryphon and Susan head out to the AD  The Ausdauerprufung or AD The AD is a test of the dog’s endurance, conditioning, and physical structure. Endurance and physical structure are created by careful breeding. The conditioning is done by the handler. During the test, the dog trots next to the handler for a total of twelve […]

Shane and Rosie and Bill and Koda Go Operational

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Wilderness Testing On November 19th the testing started. Originally the evaluations were to be in September but getting outside evaluators turned into a serious problem and delayed testing for two months. The original test was to be to Search and Rescue Dogs US (SARDUS) standards, however, when it became clear evaluators were not going to […]

Gryphon Racks Up Titles

December 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan and No Nonsense Gryphon had a busy year racking up his Begleitenhund title, his IRO Rubble A title, and his NIMS  Type 1 USAR certification through IPWDA. First the Begleitenhund Gryphon, handled by a nervous Susan earned his Begleitenhund title on June 17, 2011 at the mid-Ohio Schutzhund Club. Weather conditions were not ideal […]

House Breaking a Puppy Before It Breaks Your House

March 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This post is about how to house break a puppy and goes into prevention of accidents, the use of a dog crate in training how to house break a puppy, how to encourage a puppy to go outside, the timing necessary on the part of the handler to help the puppy with house breaking, how watering and feeding the puppy impacts house breaking, use of a schedule to help in house breaking your puppy, and looking for subtle signs and clues as to when your puppy needs to go outside to encourage the house breaking process.

Vello Goes Schutzhund 2 with 277 Points

January 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Vello turned in an impressive 97 in tracking, 86 in obedience and a 94 in protection.

Ruff ‘n It 2010

November 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On September 19th Susan, Mike, Jim and Sherri along with canines Gryphon, Lektor,  Belle and Rosie participated in the DuPage County Forest Preserve Ruff n’ It day. The event was held in the Greene Valley Forest Preserve. The team demonstrated techniques and obedience used on searches and answered questions from the crowd. This is the fourth […]

Tic Toc the Canine Swallowed the Clock

November 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

                My alarm clock drools and has bad breath. I’m not sure how they do it but my dogs always know when it is 10 minutes before the alarm is to go off. The first sign of this is what sounds like a vacuum against my ear followed by a warm blast of salmon scented […]

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