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April 16th, 2018 by Lynda

Aiden and O’Connor’s weekend

This past weekend Aiden was entered in the Yankee Weimaraner Club Agility Trial in Westborough, MA. We left the Cape on Friday afternoon to meet Mario for Connor’s IPO training. It’s hard to believe it is mid April as our weather continues to be cold and rainy. Despite the weather Connor seems to enjoy the training. (On Sunday we drove home from the agility trial in a snow storm!)

We spent the night at the Red Roof Inn. This was Connor’s second time in a motel and he was very good.

On Saturday the first class of the day was Masters FAST preferred. Aiden was having a good run but did not get the bonus. It was a tough bonus where the dog went through a tunnel, out to a jump and then had to turn back to the A-Frame at a good distance, with a jump on the handler’s line, therefore the handler had to stay behind the jump. A lot of dogs came over the incorrect jump to the handler. Aiden stayed out and tried to understand what I was telling him. He spun in front of the A-Frame and then did it correctly but the judge called him for the refusal.

The next class was Masters JWW pref. Aiden had a couple of refusals and a back jump  and did not qualify.

The last class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred.  Aiden had a good run but going from the seesaw to the poles he had to take the panel jump at an angle and he knocked the top bar down.

In-between runs we took Aiden and Connor for little walks and brought Connor into the building for short periods of time. Connor got to see many different types of dogs and meet a lot of new people.

Connor making himself at home in Aiden’s crate!

…and making himself comfortable to watch the trial!

Checking out the measuring table….”Am I big enough to do agility?'”     “No, not for a long while yet Connor!”

Visiting with friends

On Sunday the first class of the day was Time to Beat. Unfortunately, Aiden knocked the very first bar but continued on with a good run but of-course did not qualify.

Next up was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had a great run. He qualified with 1st place and earned 16 PACH points.

Finally, it was Masters Standard Preferred. Coming off the dog walk there was a severe turn to the tunnel under the dog walk. Aiden did not wait for me and jumped off before he touched the yellow contact zone. There were a lot of tricky spots on the course that resulted in some yelling but Aiden was clean the rest of the course. Unfortunately no Double Q.

Aiden only qualified in 1 out of 6 runs this weekend but we had a good time and Aiden ALWAYS enjoys himself.

Father (Alta-Tollhaus Aiden) and son (Alta-Tollhaus O’Connor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 7th, 2018 by Lynda

O’Connor starts IPO Training

Last week was typical Spring time weather on Cape Cod. We had snow, rain, hail and even a thunder storm. On Thursday it was quite cold and windy but the sun was shining. After work Jack and I took all three dogs for a short walk and romp on a soccer field.

Just before Connor came to live with us we found out that Mario, the IPO Instructor Aiden and I trained with, moved to Indiana. We were devastated. Fortunately for us and Connor, and many other handlers and dogs, Mario has decided to return to Massachusetts weekly for training.

This morning we met Mario to start Connor’s IPO Training.

Phase 1 – Puppy tracking

Phase 2 – Puppy Obedience

Phase 3 – Puppy Protection

On the way to meet Mario on the field Connor stopped to check out the “big boy” sleeve.

This is Aiden in August 2012 at 4 months old at his first day of IPO training.

This is his son, Connor, at 11 weeks old at his first day of IPO training.

We had a great time reconnecting with Mario and many friends. Connor took right to it and had a lot of fun.

Aiden even got some bite work in but Jack did not have the camera with him then. I need to get better “Kennel Help”

 

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May 4th, 2017 by Carole

Alta-Tollhaus Rocks CGC, CGCA, CGCU and AKC Tricks!

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Three Alta-Tollhaus German Shepherd Dogs and one who thinks he is: one CGC; three CGCA and four CGCU! And while we were at it: four AKC Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced Trick Dog Titles. Congratulations to Alta-Tollhaus Prada, Mersey’s Maniac Mitch, Alta-Tollhaus Icon and Alta-Tollhaus Emoji. Great handlers and awesome dogs!

Here are a few pix of Fred & Jody’s FL training trip.
Fred with Viktor:

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Jody with Tori:
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Alta-Tollhaus Icon, aka Viktor (Schumann x Bailey)
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Alta-Tollhaus Emoji, aka Tori (Hunter x Hedi)
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October 15th, 2016 by Lynda

Aiden’s big day at the GSDCA National

On November 21, 2015 when Aiden earned his Agility Excellent Title (AX) he met the requirements for the GSDCA Performance Award of Merit (PAM) making him the first Alta-Tollhaus dog to achieve this prestigious award. This award is given in recognition to those dogs who are competing in multiple performance events, showing the incredible versatility and intelligence of the German Shepherd Dog.

Each year at the GSDCA National there is a “Parade of Greats” where individual dogs are recognized for high achievements in either conformation, performance, search and rescue, or service dogs.

Tonight Aiden was recognized as a 2016 Performance Award of Merit recipient.

Each dog is announced individually along with their achievements. This video is of Aiden and me being introduced and receiving Aiden’s PAM ribbon. I don’t know who was more excited me or this crazy, happy dog you see galloping into the ring!

At the end of the individual presentations all of the recipients did a victory lap!

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Close up view of the ribbon and plaqueimg_0658-4

This is a picture of Aiden’s page in the GSDCA National Catalogue. Special thanks to Carole for putting the beautiful collage together for Aiden.

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V, U-CH, PAM Alta-Tollhaus Aiden

IPO-2, CDX, BN, RE, AX, AXJ, XF, OAP, OJP, NFP, TD, CA, DN, HIC, TC, TDI, CGC

(BSZS V10 Ypsilon vom Lärchenhain SchH3 x V Maikali vom Kirschental SchH2)

Jack and I are so very proud of this wonderful dog.

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July 25th, 2016 by Julie

Juno now IPO1 and KKL1

I just realized that I never bragged about Juno completing her IPO 1 title and getting her breed survey earlier this year. She was trained and titled by Klaus Meyer.  Here is a video of Klaus and Juno of them during a practice session late 2015:

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