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1  CH OTCH Summerstorm Higher Ground UDX TDX PT
CH OTCH Summerstorm Higher Ground UDX TDX PT Diane & Dutch Schultz

OTCH Ariels Escape Through Time VCD2 UDX2 AX MXJ
OTCH Ariel's Escape Through Time VCD2 UDX2 AX MXJ Melinda Wichmann


3 CH OTCH Justnimpresion Toujoursjeune VCD2 UDX AX AXJ
CH OTCH Justnimpresion Toujoursjeune VCD2 UDX AX AXJ Patricia Biggins

CH Chateau Blanc's Epice Rouge UDX2 Anna Guglielmo

OTCH Starbright Paybacks Are Hell UDX2 Cheryl Lynn Smith


CH Starbright Ride The Wind UDX Ruth Rosbach-Chandler & Maureen F Foley

CH OTCH MACH Gallerys Cool Water Safari UD MX MXJ
CH OTCH MACH Gallery's Cool Water Safari UD MX MXJ Rebecca Allen & Paul Mack

CH OTCH MACH Chateau D'Vie's Hors De Pair UDX2 HT
CH OTCH MACH Chateau D'Vie's Hors De Pair UDX2 HT  Julie Symons

 CH OTCH Jamaica The Lone Ranger VCD1 UDX12 HT OA
CH OTCH Jamaica The Lone Ranger VCD1 UDX12 HT OA Susan Harris

  Snowflower Jon T. Hatrick UD MX AXJ Linda J Shea    37        
 Epris Rock My World UDX4  Epris Rock My World UDX4 Bunny Noble   35
12   CH Pathfinder Starbright Gibbs UDT AX OAJ CH Pathfinder Starbright Gibbs UDT AX OAJ Maureen Foley   27        
13   CH Klaar Ondina Du Tourbillon VCD3 UDX Anita O Aborn   22        
14   CH Zerimars Amazing Grace UDX OA OAJ CH Zerimar's Amazing Grace UDX OA OAJ Jeanne Durbian    20        
15   CH Zerimar's Bound And Determined UD NA Jeanne Durbian Ramirez/Vincent T Ramirez   15        
16   Rockinheart On The Town UD Melanie Seepol   11        
17  CH Tokeen Hitime Makeit Mo Ice VCD3, TDX, UD, AX, AXJ CH Tokeen Hitime Makeit Mo' Ice VCD3 TDX, UD, AX, AXJ Paula Patton/Janice George D.V.M./Lisa Baldwin
18   CH Summerstorm Honor Bound Xena VCD3 MX MXJ Jennifer Flemming   7        
  CH Toplines Souvenir Display UD Linda G Lemmer   5

CH Winjammers No Speed Limit UD Margaret Leither

20   CH Starbright Kilowatt UDX AX AXJ Sue Young/George I Young  
22    Aftershock Charge The Wind UD Merle Banta & Lillian J Banta   2        
23   Jamaica Me Crazy UDT AX AXJ Jamaica Me Crazy UDT AX AXJ Barb VanEseltine   1
23  CH Jamaica The Painted Parrot VCD2 UD HSAs AX AXJ CH Jamaica The Painted Parrot VCD2 UD HSAs AX AXJ Helen Hittesdorf   1
23   CH Sky Acres Wildrose Of Tuebor UD TD PT Carla A Wolter   1
23   CH Camarades Geometric Zele UD CH Camarade's Geometric Zele UD Debby Boehm/Norm Freeman   1

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Obedience Balance the Beast

  • Random Thoughts
  • Words, Words, Words
  • STAY as Sweet as You Are
  • What to Wear, What to Wear
  • What's Sauce for the goose...
  • Say NO to "NO"
This is an excerpt from Melinda Wichmann's last BALANCE THE BEASTcolumn in the December 2008 issue of the TNT.  Melinda writes: I'd like to leave you with some random thoughts about obedience training, many of which I learned from Jamie (OTCH U-UD Ariel's Escape Through Time UDX3 VCD2 TD MX MXJ MXP MJP RE NF) who is a wonderful patient teacher. Think positively and surround yourself with friends who think positively. Communicate clearly with your dog.  Show him exactly what you want and help him achieve it.  Gray areas lead to confusion, doubt and inconsistent performances. Give your dog the benefit of the doubt. Be patient.  Training certain skills will take as long as it takes.  (You can speed up the process by being a clear, consistent communicator.) When at all possible, make training look like showing. Check your look in the mirror every now and then.  Is your dog's heel position correct?  How about your posture?  Do you like the reflection you see? How can you make it better? Build a strong foundation.  Do not hesitate to back up and strengthen it if needed. Training happens any time you are interacting with your dog, not only when he is wearing Read More
I had a request from a newcomer to provide some clarification of terms used commonly in obedience, so here goes. AKC OBEDIENCE TITLES What are the titles a dog can earn, and how do you know if a particular dog has a particular title?` Here is a list of obedience titles, which are placed after the dog’s name, except that championship titles and UKC titles (see below) are placed in front of the dog’s name. Companion Dog or CD Companion Dog Excellent or CDX Utility Dog or UD Utility Dog Excellent or UDX Obedience Trial Champion or OTCh Tracking Dog or TD (if a dog has both a UD and a TD, the abbreviation becomes UDT) Tracking Dog Excellent or TDX (if a dog has both a UD and a TDX, the abbreviation becomes UDTX) Variable Surface Tracker or VST Champion Tracker or CT Versatile Companion Dog or VCD 1 through 4 Versatile Companion Champion or VCCH National Obedience Champion or NOC, which can only be earned once a year, by winning the AKC National Obedience Invitational There is a whole series of breed-specific titles for performance events like herding, hunting, lure coursing, etc., as well as a lengthy list Read More
Teaching a reliable stay is the bedrock of most training programs, including obedience, agility, herding, hunting and more.  It's one of the first things most folks teach their dogs. It's not a particularly difficult or complex behavior. So why do so many dogs have so much trouble keeping their little fannies where they were left? I think it's because handlers are in way too big a hurry to get far away from Rover, so they skip all the little steps that produce secure stays. I also think this exercise is more difficult for dogs who lack confidence. If you have such a dog, you'd best plan on doubling or tripling the time it takes to teach the stay, or you'll battle this exercise forever. I'm not going to differentiate between sit, down and stand stays here. The principle is the same. I'm going to start by reminding you about one of the most critical factors in all competition obedience training: dogs do not automatically generalize learning. That means you mustn't assume that a dog that can stay reliably in your living room can repeat this behavior in your back yard, much less at a dog show. Stay must be taught Read More
Collars for the Ring The most recent revision of the Obedience Regulations completely liberalized our choice of collars, with a few exceptions. The collars specifically prohibited are pinch collars, electronic collars and, through a later communication from the AKC, head halters. This means that you can choose a buckle collar, a cloth collar with a plastic snap or a choke collar of any color or material. The restrictions still imposed are that the collar be "properly fitted" and that there be nothing hanging from it. The Regulations also state that "No visible means of identification...may be worn or displayed by anyone..." The reason for this restriction is that the whole process of judging is supposed to be objective, so the judge is not supposed to know the identity of any dog or handler. This is laughable, as anyone who shows long enough to meet the requirements to become a judge is going to know the top handlers and dogs in their area, but I guess the concept of objectivity is worthwhile. My point in mentioning this is to tell you that it's not a good idea to use a collar with your dog's name either printed on it or displayed Read More
As I watched one of my students vigorously stroking and patting her big Gordon Setter, it was clear to me that only one of them was enjoying this activity. The dog had his ears plastered back, his jaw set and was trying to pull his head away from her massaging fingers. I asked the woman if her dog usually came up to her and solicited petting at home. She thought for a moment and then said that it was rare. "So, " I asked, "why are you petting him right now?" She replied, "To let him know I'm pleased with him and that I love him." "Do you think he's enjoying it?" I asked. She looked down at the big guy, who was still trying to avoid her hands. "I never thought about it before," she said. I pointed out the things I had observed. She was flabbergasted and said, "I never noticed those things. Now what do I do?" That was a tough question. She was trying to motivate her dog, but all she was really doing was annoying him. It had not occurred to her to observe her dog's response to stroking and handling, and to see that while Read More
I've said it here before: specific words don't really matter in dog training because dogs don't speak English (or French, or Swahili or any other human language).  Dogs learn to associate certain sounds with certain actions for which they've been rewarded or punished. For example, after a number of repetitions, Rover figures out that when his human makes the sound "sit", he (Rover) has better get his fanny on the floor. How many repetitions it will take depends on a number of factors, including the way the connection of the sound and the behavior is made by the two-legged member of the team, how innately rewarding the behavior is to the dog, how bright and how willing the individual dog is, how persistent the human is, and more. This is pretty common sense stuff, but many people still persist in believing that there is some kind of magic in finding just the right word that will make Rover perform. And if that magic word doesn't work, these folks think, it's because they didn't say it loud enough. Or often enough. Which nonsense brings me to this topic, the judicious use of words. I'm not a clicker trainer, but I certainly Read More
  • Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores;
  • How is it that some dogs carry themselves with more confidence, and perform with more enthusiasm than others? Is it
  • Dogs can be divided into two groups: folders and crumplers. The folders like everything ritualized and regular and repetitive. It's
  • The first Terv to earn the OTCH, MACH and CH The following was written by Julie Symons, proud owner-handler of