Now that the Blog has worked out some of it’s bugs, I can publish some of these older posts.
Ziva has been such a hard, honest worker over the years in various dog sports. She has always loved using her nose and she is not ready to retire so it seemed natural to try our hand at some of the newer scenting venues. On May 17 we tried our hand at a Barn Hunt trial. We had taken several lessons and it seemed like a perfect match. She gets to hunt for vermin AND stay at a hotel, 2 of her favorite things 🙂
At the different levels, dogs must go through a tunnel, climb on bales of straw and find the rat all in a set amount of time. The time and number of rats varies based on the level. At Novice we had to find 1 rat in 2 minutes. There were 2 trials the first day and 2 trials the 2nd. You need 3 legs at a level in order to title and move up to the next level. Ziva qualified in Novice both days, placing 2nd and 3rd with times of 51 seconds and 1 minute 6 seconds. She had 2 minutes to complete all of the elements. On day 2 in her 1st run, she completed all of the elements in 12 seconds, placing 1st, earning her RATN title and was also High in Class!
The new RATN! Ha Ha, look at the little rat at the bottom of the photo
I am over the moon to announce the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s newest Multi- Performance Champion – – Alta-Tollhaus Ziva!!!! Ziva is the 11th German Shepherd Dog to have been awarded this title from the parent club. This award is given for dogs achieving a Championship in two or more Performance Venues. Ziva is a Champion Tracker and most recently earned her agility championship. Ziva’s full name and her various titles: PACH CT VP MPCH PAM Alta-Tollhaus Ziva, VCD1, CD, TD, TDX, VST, BN, RN, RA, RE, FDC , MXP, MXP2, MXP3,MXPB, MJP, MJP2, MJP3, MJP4,MJPB, PAX, NFP, ACT1, SCN, SIN, TDN, TKI, TKA,TKP DN, CGC, HIT, TC, TDI, AKC ACHIEVER DOG
Alta-Tollhaus Gavin x Alta-Tollhaus Bailey
Ziva is my Novice A dog so we were trying our hands for the first time in all of these sports. What a ride this girl has taken me on!
Earning her Multi-Performance Championship and PACH in 2019 was a ray of sunshine for me after a really rough 2018. We stated to run again at the end of 2018 after a 6 month break. She really stepped up, getting the last 7 double Q’s in 10 trials.
In 2018 in spite of only showing for 5 months of the annual qualifying period, she was one of the top 20 preferred German Shepherd agility dogs and we were invited to compete at the nationals in October. Unfortunately, I may have pushed myself too much and on the way down, ended up in the hospital for a week in Ohio. Luckily my nephew lived close by and he was able to take Ziva until we were able to get her home.
In 2018 Ziva also qualified for the AKC 2018 National Tracking Invitational. We entered, but sadly we were drawn 24th for the 12 available slots. Tracking is the sport that really holds her heart. We started tracking in June of 2013 & she certified and passed her TD several months later on the first try in October. In 2014 she passed her TDX on the 2nd try – her first TDX 2 weeks prior was the first time she ever crittered while tracking-what a surprise that was! In 2017 she passed her VST and became a tracking champion on the 2nd try. Since her CT, Ziva is enjoying another nose sport. She loves AKC scent work and in the spring of 2018 earned her SIN and SCN titles in a weekend trial..
In 2016 she was a German Shepherd Dog Club of America Performance Award of Merit recipient. This award, is given, by the GSDCA in recognition of dogs displaying the incredible versatility and intelligence of the breed by completing titles (one at the most advanced level of training) in three different performance areas; Obedience, Herding, Agility, Tracking, or Working Dog events.
Our real story is not about blue ribbons and new titles. We (well me anyway) may not be flashy and fast, but Ziva & I are a solid, united team on and off the competition field. Years ago I told Julie on my application for a puppy that I just wanted a nice, healthy pet. I got that and so much more! I got the best dog in the world! You may know her as Ziva, but she also answers to Z, Zivy Weavy and Twerple Derple. Ziva is very special in her work ethic, devotion and willingness to try anything as long as we play the game together. She was my rock during 2018 when I was diagnosed with cancer in March. Ziva had been telling me it was there for several months, but I did not understand what she was saying. During 2 months of radiation and the surgery that followed she was my devoted nurse. Her head always found its way to my lap when I needed it during this very rough patch in my life. Throughout my illness, she was always close by my side for support during radiation treatments, surgery and rehabilitation as I slowly regained my strength and use of my arm. She took over as my chief nurse, making it clear to all that her current assignment was not playing ball, chasing squirrels or going on walks. She would not go out with fur sister Libby and my husband to play in the back yard. She was now always there, watching me. Friends that know her well commented on how serious she had become & this made me sad because she is normally such a happy, playful girl. On my second week home after surgery, she brought me her favorite well worn ball and put it on my chest. She was telling me it was time to start getting back to normal & I believed her because she is always right.
Ziva reminds me that no matter what we do it’s just a game I’m privileged to play with my best friend. Laugh when you don’t Q and cry when you do and you’ll be playing it for the right reasons. Thank you Ziva!
Now that Ziva & I are getting back to the game after 5 months off for my illness, I entered her in the Flat Coat Retriever Agility Trial. What a great return to the game! Double Q’s and placements on Saturday and Sunday, an Open FAST leg and a Masters Standard Bronze title! What a good girl!
Saturdays JWW course-if only I could learn to keep my arm down when I run. It really slows her down :(
Ziva was entered in the Dog Obedience Training Club of Rochester Agility Trial in Webster, NY. the weekend of May 19th. This is our club trial so it was nice and close to home 🙂 It is getting more difficult for me to run, so I don’t know how many more trials we will be able to enter.
Ziva’s first class on Saturday was Novice Fast. I had forgotten she had 2 legs from last year, so at this trial we got to try our luck for that last leg! She Q’d with 1st place for her title! No video, but got her title in the mail 🙂
Ziva next class was Master JWW. She had a nice jumpers run and Q’d with 3 rd place. I was able to get a video of her run below.
Her next class was Master Standard, but I was not able to get a video of her run. In spite of my handling errors, she managed to Q for a double Q for the day!
On Sunday 5/20 her first class was Masters Standard. I accidentally pulled her out of the last weave pole and lost the Q 🙁
We also had to have a small discussion at at start about holding her start line stay before I released her.
Our second class of the day was Masters JWW. Ziva had a nice run and we Q’d with 3rd place. The course had several lines that looked straightforward, but were tricky and caught many dogs. There was a less than 25% Q rate on this course so I was very pleased we were able to negotiate it successfully.
She is such a good girl, accommodating me getting slower.