Both Singer ( Xbox x Funny) and Aria (Hunter x Judy) are owned and trained by Rich and Jan Godfrey.
Jan is working Singer (Alta-Tollhaus Just a Singer), she had Singer move the sheep through a chute that was only wide enough for one sheep to go through at a time:
Rich doing morning training with Aria (Alta-Tollhaus Yes Just a Singer 2). He is directing Aria and doing the video at the same time. Rich teaches his dogs while herding the sit command means stop.
Here Aria is doing flank drills. These sheep want to escape. She should move in the direction given and keep the sheep from escaping. Toward the end she got something in her ear. You can see her holding one ear down. No problem, just a shake of the head and back to work.
Carin and Bello decided to compete at the South Michigan Police and Schutzhund Club Trial at the last minute when the club had some cancellations. The trial was one of the first cooler days we have had after stifling heat, and Bello was loving the temps and was his normal powerhouse self with a little bit extra.
The judge complimented them multiple times for his power, enthusiasm, and the top team-work between Carin and Bello. This is a team that is always a pleasure to watch!
Carin and Bello listening to the judge’s critique:
Dumbbell retrieve on the flat:
Retrieve over the wall:
Blind search – bark and hold:
Bello during the critique, yeah he knows he is awesome:
My boy Steve just returned home. Since March he has been training with Leithawald team overseas. While he was there he earned his BH, IPO1 and IPO2 titles. I am so thankful to have this opportunity and I am so proud of Steve!! And I am so happy to have him home. There was a noticeably empty place in our home without Steve there. He is a very special, once in a lifetime dog!
I have a trip to Boise planned to meet some awesome trainers to help get him ready for his show and breed survey in October. Exciting times ahead, I can still hardly believe all this is happening. I am so thankful to Julie for making this possible for us. I should say also how impressed I am with Steve’s breeding. His temperament is truly ideal. I brought him home after him being gone for six months and it was like he had never been gone and we just picked right back up where we left off. He is still the same lovable Steve. The following are all pictures from his first few days back home. And if you ever want to see more pictures of him I have his entire life on an Instagram account @stevetopdog
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!!
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.