Ziva at the Western Lakes Training Club Agility Trial

After picking up 3 trick dog titles the day before,  Ziva was was entered June 9th and 10th at the Western Lakes Training Club agility trial in Buffalo, NY.

On Friday she finished 2 titles in one day!  She qualified on Friday in Excellent standard , but no one was available to video the run 🙁

Her second class of the day was Jumpers and she qualified with a first place.  The video of that run is posted below.

On Saturday, she was moved up to Masters.  In standard she had an excellent run, but I got her in a bad spot coming off the A-Frame and she knocked a bar, so no Q.

In Jumpers she qualified with a 3rd place and her 1st PACH points!

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Trickster Ziva

We always knew that Z-Evil one has many tricks up her sleeve, but now there is proof 🙂

On June 8,  Libby and I were asked to help with a Canine Good Citizen Test for our club as the meet and greet dog, so Ziva also tagged along.   At the end of the CGC testing they were doing testing for the new AKC Trick Dog title, so I signed up Ziva along with Libby.

Ziva has her CGC, so she needed to do 5 tricks from the novice tricks list.  Each trick needs to be done twice.  We chose; get in the box, walk on a balance beam, get your dish, Hand signals only for down, sit or come-She did sit, and hold for 3 seconds.  Ziva performed all 5 tricks for her Trick Dog Novice title (TKN)

Some of Ziva’s novice Tricks;

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The next level is Trick Dog Intermediate.  They need to perform 10 tricks from the intermediate tricks checklist.  As in novice, they need to perform each trick 2 times.  We chose;   carry a basket, catch,  fetch and give. Interactive canine treat game,  Find it, Go to place, Hand signals only-3 in a row ( Sit, down and stand), Leg weave, Paws up and pray and Pushed a button to turn on a light.  Ziva performed all 10 tricks to complete her Trick Dog Intermediate title (TKI)!

Some of Ziva’s intermediate Tricks;

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We were on a roll and all of the silly tricks and games I have played with Ziva over the years were paying off, so we decided to try the advanced test.

For Trick Dog Advanced they need to perform 5 tricks from the advanced tricks checklist.  These tricks only need to be performed once.  We chose the following; spin right and left, Place chin on the ground, Down on command from a distance, Pick up and take toys to the toy box and agility weave poles.

Once again, Ziva did all the tricks and passed for her Trick Dog Advanced title (TKA)!


One of Ziva’s advanced tricks-chin on ground;












“Z-Evil Trickster” with her new title ribbons.

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Trick Dog Libby

On June 8,  we were asked to help with a Canine Good Citizen Test for our club as the meet and greet dogs and am happy to report that all of the CGC dogs tested passed!  At the end of the CGC testing the evaluator was also doing the new AKC Trick Dog testing and asked if I wanted to try the test.  I had heard about it, but was not really sure what was involved.   I was assured they already knew enough that they would be able to do novice, so why not!

Libby has a CGC, so she needed to do 5 tricks from the novice tricks list.  Each trick needs to be done twice.  We chose;

  1. Getting in a box
  2. Walking on a balance beam
  3. Getting on a platform with all 4 feet
  4. Hand signals only for down, sit or come-we did down.
  5. Hold (an object in their mouth for 3 seconds)

Libby passed her Trick Dog Novice (TKN) class with flying colors and was ready for more so we looked at the tricks for the next level and decided to go for it!  Below are Some of her novice tricks.






For the Trick Dog Intermediate (TKI) test, they need to perform 10 tricks from the intermediate tricks checklist.  Again, they need to perform each trick 2 times.  Libby selected the following tricks;

  1. Catch
  2. Game (the dog needs to figure out an interactive canine treat game)
  3. Go find (I hid and she found me)
  4. Hand signals (stand, sit, come, down, must do any 3 in a row)
  5. Push button-Libby activated an “easy button.”
  6. Shell game (found a treat under 1 of 3 cups)
  7. Sit pretty
  8. Wave good-bye
  9. 6 Weave poles
  10. Go to your place (her place mat from 10 feet away)

Some of her Intermediate tricks.






Libby successfully completed all 10 tricks to pass her Trick Dog Intermediate (TKI) test!

Alta-Tollhaus Sweet Liberty CD,BN,RA,FDC,THD,HIC,CGC, TKI















Libby and Ziva Temperament Test

On May 12th the Iroquois German Shepherd Dog Club of Syracuse NY held a temperament certification during their show.  The testing measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat.

Libby and Ziva all passed with flying colors, earning their GSDCA Temperament Certificate (TC).  The evaluator was impressed by both dogs ability to recover and stay clear headed.

Below are the elements of the testing.

Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows:

  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Panic without recovery
  • Strong avoidance

Elements of the test include reactions to;

  • Neutral Stranger:
  • Friendly Stranger
  • Hidden Noise
  • Gun Shots
  • Umbrella Test
  • Footing Test:
  • Self-protective/Aggressive Reaction – 3 parts

Subtest Part 1: Non-Threatening – The purpose of this subtest is to test the dog’s alertness to an unusual situation.

Subtest Part 2: Threatening – The purpose of this subtest is to evaluate the dog’s ability to recognize when an unusual situation turns into a provocation.

Subtest Part 3: Aggression – The purpose of this subtest is to evaluate the dog’s protective instincts.

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Farm Dog Libby


On May 29th , Libby was entered in the new AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC)Test hosted by the  Susque-Nango Kennel Club in Windsor, NY.  The Farm Dog Certified test provides for a series of twelve exercises that represent situations a farm dog would encounter in a typical farm environment. The basic test requirements are designed to emphasize a dog’s ability of self-control, confidence and trust necessary to succeed in any canine/human partnership. These traits and foundational training are vital to a working farm dog. The FDC program provides an opportunity for all dogs to apply their basic training in a novel environment, demonstrating their natural capability and trainability to work in partnership with their human companions.  The dog must pass 2 tests under 2 different judges in order to be certified and earn their title.  There was one test scheduled in the morning and the second in the afternoon.  As luck would have it, it was pouring out for both our tests, so we only have some inside shots of her test.  Libby passed both tests for her title with flying colors!

Alta-Tollhaus Sweet Liberty CD, BN,RA,FDC,TKA,THD,HIC,CGC

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Libby being examined for any debris or objects she may have collected while “working” on the farm.   This is one element of the test showing the dog will accept examination by the handler.

























Libby demonstating she can approach livestock and has the self-control to not lunge, be on a tight lead or be aggressive to the stock.   When asked she willingly returned attention back to me to exit the fenced area.