Training, Trialing and Terrific news

Aiden was entered in an agility trial Friday thru Sunday in New Hampshire. We drove off Cape on Thursday and met Mario to do some IPO training with Aiden and O’Connor. Both “boys” did very well in all three phases. Connor is progressing nicely in protection and he had his first (short) Long Bite!






After training we drove up to Manchester, NH.

When we arrived at the agility trial site on Friday morning a woman who owns two GSDs asked me if I was going to the GSDCA Nationals in October in Missouri. I told her that Aiden had not been invited to the Agility “Top 20”. She told me that Aiden WAS on the list and he is ranked #10 of the Top 20 Preferred Agility Dogs!!


This is the 2018 GSD Top 20 Preferred List (with AKC titles only):

Preferred 1  PACH5 Bird’s Sky Raider UD BN RE FDC MXP12 MXPC MJP12 MJPB2 PAX5 T2BP3 Cheryl Birdwell/Larry Birdwell

Preferred 2  MACH15 PACH Iako Vom Windy Ridge VCD2 RAE MXB7 PDS MJC6 MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX FTC1 MFC TQX NFP T2B5 TKA Konstance McCaffree

Preferred 3  MACH2 PACH2 Braehead’s Destined To Shine MXG MJG MXP8 MXPG MJP8 MJPG PAX2 CGCA Susan Ewart

Preferred 4  PACH Lyloak’s Theodore UD BN RA AX AXJ MXP10 MXPC MJP9 MJPG PAX4 SIN Joyce TenHaagen/Chris TenHaagen

Preferred 5  MACH PACH2 Sadie’s Penny Lane Vom Doppel-Dehaus RN MXS MJS MXP6 MXPS MJP7 MJPG PAX2 XF XFP Mr. Dennis Pisarski

Preferred 6  PACH Brozio Timberline Vom Konigsdorf CD BN RAE2 HT MXP5 MXPS MJP4 MJPB PAX MFPS T2BP RATM CGCA TKA Michael Macleod/Sylvia Brownlee

Preferred 7  CH King’s Da Bomb CD MX MXS MXJ MJB MXP2 MJP2 CA CGCA TKA Marcy J Wright/Angela King

Preferred 8  PACH2 Geyer’s U R Sharrdan’s Dark Vader CD BN RE AX AXJ MXP14 MXPB2 MJP14 MJPB2 PAX5 NF MFP TQXP T2BP CGCA Sharon Sheridan/Joe Sheridan

Preferred 9  PACH Tristan Truly Genuine RAE MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX OFP T2BP TKN Cindy Jurkicwicz

Preferred 10  Alta-Tollhaus Aiden VCD2 BN RE FDC MX MXJ MXP MJP MXF NFP CA SCN SIN SEN DN CGC TKI John Burns/Lynda Brogden-Burns

Preferred 11  Jay-Z Jones Whirling Thunder OA OAJ MXP MJP3 MJPB NF XFP Susan R Jones

Preferred 12  PACH Daegan Von Majicforest MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX XFP T2BP2 SCN SEN SBN CGC TKN Maureen Clancy

Preferred 13  PACH Lyloak’s Freestyle CDX BN RN AX AXJ MXP10 MXPC MJP9 MJPG PAX3 SCN Joyce Tenhaagen

Preferred 14  PACH Qola Vom Sitz Von Der Hose MX MXJ MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX Lynn Fichman

Preferred 15  Luna MXP MJP2 XFP Shigeko Turner/Steve Turner

Preferred 16  MACH2 Ali Von Haus Dreisprung MXC MJG MXP MJP MFB TQX CGC Gordon Simmons-Moake

Preferred 17  CT Alta-Tollhaus Ziva VCD1 BN RE FDC MXP MJP2 MJPB NFP ACT1 SCN SIN DN CGC TKP Lisa Ellen Roberts

Preferred 18  CH Caisson’s Spring Fling At Da-Jo CD RN HSCs FDC MXP2 MJP2 MJPB CGCA CGCU TKI Deborah Stern/Julie Degen/Logan Nordahl

Preferred 19  PACH Majestic’s Conjure The Moon V Dellhaven BN RN MX MXB MXJ MJB MXP5 MXPS MJP4 MJPB PAX OF XFP T2BP Lisa Fortschneider/Diane Roberts

Preferred 20  PACH Kris-T’s Chicago Mobster BN RN PT MXP4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX XFP T2BP2 CGCA Chris Primmer/Jim Primmer


We have never received a notification letter from the GSDCA, and no one told me that Aiden’s name was on the list until that morning. I immediately contacted the GSDCA and they confirmed that Aiden is indeed invited to participate in the Fourth Annual Invitational Agility Top 20 Preferred. This is wonderful and exciting news.

Aiden’s first class of the day was Premier Jumpers with Weaves Preferred. It was a challenging course with several “backside” jumps. Aiden had a clear round and qualified in 1st place.

His second class of the day was Masters JWW Preferred. Aiden had another clear round and qualified in 1st place and earned 22 PACH points.

The third class was Premier Standard Agility. This was a very tough course and no dogs in Aiden’s class qualified. Aiden made it the furthest and got through the whole course but knocked the very LAST bar!

The final class of the day was Masters Standard Preferred. Aiden had another good run and qualified in 1st place earning 28 more PACH points and a Double Q !

Saturday at the trial was not Aiden’s day! He had a good run in Masters JWW Preferred but knocked a jump. He also knocked a bar in Standard.

Connor was a good boy at the trial. He socialized, made new friends and as usual took everything in stride.

After the trial we took the dogs to the Piscataquog River Park and had a nice walk along the river. Aiden and Connor splashed and played in the river and had a great time.

On the way back to the car Connor insisted on stopping to watch a baseball game. He is always interested in everything going on around him.

On Sunday we were back at the agility trial. Aiden started the day with a knocked bar in JWW dashing our hopes for a Double Q but the rest of the day went well.

He qualified in Time to Beat Preferred in 1st place.

In Masters Standard Preferred he qualified in 2nd place and earned 25 PACH points.

Aiden and Connor enjoying the summer on Cape Cod


Alta-Tollhaus German Shepherd Dogs represent the true versatility of the breed.


2 thoughts on “Training, Trialing and Terrific news

  • August 30, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Congratulations!! What you have achieved with Aiden is so inspiring! I love following his adventures and now seeing little Connors training 🙂

  • August 30, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks Julie!

    ……Had to laugh at the “little Connor’s training” !! He’s getting so big already and growing up much too fast!!

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