Long-Dangerous Tails

German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
February 19th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden earns his Masters Agility Excellent Title

Today was Aiden’s second day at the Eastern English Springer Spaniel Agility Club Trial.

The first class was Premier Standard. Premier classes have a lot of very difficult parts including back side jumps. Aiden did the first back side jump fine. After coming out of the second tunnel Aiden did not take the back side of the jump and therefore did not qualify.

Aiden’s second class was Masters Standard Agility. There were 15 dogs in the 24” class and 9 qualified. Aiden had a super run and qualified with 3rd place and earned 26 MACH points. 1 MACH point is awarded for each full second under Standard Course Time. This was Aiden’s 10th leg for his Masters Agility Excellent Title (MX).

Aiden’s last class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. He had a good run but unfortunately knocked one bar and therefore did not qualify or earn a Double Q.

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February 18th, 2017 by Lynda

EESSC Agility trial

Today Aiden was entered in the Eastern English Springer Spaniel Club Agility Trial in Amherst, NH.

Jack and I took a vacation day on Friday and drove up to Manchester.

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Aiden’s first class today was Time to Beat. He had a great, noisy run and qualified earning 8 more T2B points.

Next up was Masters Standard Agility. Aiden was having a good run when he lost his balance on the seesaw and fell off. He did not get hurt and continued on as if nothing had happened, but obviously did not qualify. I was very pleased with the whole run.

The third class of the day was Premier Jumpers. This was a very difficult and tricky course with lots of backside jumps, threadles and a wicked hard weave pole entry. I was not expecting much but Aiden and I continue to improve as a team, even though this run is a bit “herky jerky” Aiden followed my lead and we had a clean run. There were 9 dogs in the 24″ class. Aiden was one of only two dogs to qualify. He got 2nd place.

Aiden’s last class of the day was Masters Jumpers with Weaves. There were 16 dogs in the 24″ class and 4 dogs qualified. Aiden qualified with 3rd place and earned 11 more MACH points.

New Hampshire has had a lot of snow recently but today was a beautiful, sunny day and the temperature reached 50 degrees. On one of the many times my “kennel help” walked “my dog” I went along too and took a few pictures.

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Happy, happy Aiden just loves the snow!

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When leaving the trial Aiden found a GSD that was stuck in a snow bank!IMG_8955

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February 18th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Dog Training Club of Rochester Annual Awards Banquet

Our training club annual awards banquet was held tonight recognizing each dog and handler team for titles or community recognition earned during the year.   We had a nice dinner and afterward the award presentations.   Our database manager also put together a lovely video showcasing  photos and video clips of our club members pursuing their individual passions with their canine companions.

For 2016 Ziva earned the following titles;

PAM – Performance Award of Merit from the GSDCA, given in recognition and appreciation of animals who display the versatility of the breed by performing in a variety of different performance events..

VCD 1- Versatile Companion Dog 1, ACT 1 – Agility Course Tested Level 1, NAP- Novice Agility Preferred ,  NJP – Novice Jumpers Preferred,  DN – Dock Novice (DN).

Not to be forgotten, Libby also earned a few titles;

RE – Rally Excellent

TDIA – Therapy Dog from Therapy Dog International

There was also an award that I did not remember from past years banquets.  The club awards a perpetual trophy to the dog and handler team that has earned the most titles with their Novice A dog and this year to our surprise, it was passed down to Ziva and I!  Only then did I find out that the last time this trophy changed hands was in 1998! That is why I didn’t remember it. Ironically the last recipient was very longtime member Charlie and his first German Shepherd  Zevah!    He asked to personally present the award to us and announced “German Shepherds Rule!”  Charlie’s last GSD passed away several years ago and at club functions he is usually close by giving my girls attention. Somehow they know he is a German Shepherd guy and they are always thrilled to see him.  It was fun visiting with friends and reflecting back on last year and looking forward to our adventures to come.



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February 14th, 2017 by Katy and Alan

Happy Valentine’s Day

Blake and Ginger showing some puppy love

February 14th, 2017 by Julie K.

Will you be mine?

Steve wants to wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day – may your day be filled with lots of love.

– “Steve” Alta-Tollhaus Ulfr is two years old. From Hunter x Juno’s U-Litter.




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