Last Sunday Ginger (Hummel x Gavin) passed her Tracking Dog Test. The judges were Marilyn Johnson and Betsy Baird. Colleen was the track layer. Thanks to Companion Dog Training Club of Flint for putting on the test. When Ginger found that glove, what a rush!!! I used to only train in AKC obedience. In the last year I have started Agility, Tracking and Nose Work with Blake (Pala x Dux) and Ginger. We are having a blast. So hopefully more titles to come.
When it comes to GSDs – two heads are better than none
I am so excited to report that Ziva, aka Z-Evil One, my NOVICE A dog, has attained the requirements for the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Performance Award of Merit (PAM). The GSDCA presents this award in recognition of those dogs that are competing in multiple performance venues, demonstrating the incredible versatility and intelligence of the German Shepherd Dog. To be eligible for this award a dog must have completed titles in three (3) different performance areas; Obedience or Rally, Herding, Agility, Tracking, or GSDCA-WDA Working Dog events. One of these titles must be from the most advanced level of training. All PAM award recipients are recognized annually in October in the GSDCA Review as well as being eligible to be presented in the parade of greats at the nationals. The GSDCA also provides a plaque for PAM recipients listing all titles earned to the date of the application
Ziva earned her Tracking Dog Excellent title (TDX) and Companion Dog title (CD) in 2015 and her Agility Course Title (ACT) in 2016. Additionally Ziva also has her Rally Excellent title (RE), Beginner Novice title (BN), passed the Herding Instinct Test (HIT) and has 1 Herding Tested Sheep (HT) leg. She is also a Canine Good Citizen (CGC). Ziva is enthusiastically preparing for her Variable Surface Tracking (VST) test, with hopes of earning her Champion Tracker Title (CT), by having passed all 3 tracking test levels (TD, TDX & VST). Her work ethic, devotion and desire to do whatever I ask of her inspires me to do more and makes me honored to be her partner.
Alta-Tollhaus Ziva CD BN RE TDX ACT1 HIT CGC – -My Bestie !!!
We’re packing up to leave Florida and head back to Massachusetts for the summer. Dutch gets so excited when he sees boxes and suitcases, so we decided to just let him chill out for a couple of days at Pet Paradise. Can’t wait to get back to the Berkshires! Once we get him into the loaded car, he’ll be fine – he’s such a great road tripper! We hardly know he’s in the car.