SMDTC hosted Show-n-Go

SPRINGFIELD MO DOG TRAINING CLUB SHOW N GO

Date:  MARCH 19, 2017

PRE ENTRIES For Obedience  $7.00, Second Entry $4.00
PRE ENTRIES For Rally $5.00, Second Entry $3.00  PreEntries close March 15
DAY OF SHOW – Obedience $10.00, Second Entry $5.00       Rally $8.00, Second Entry $5.00

 

Show N Go starts at 9:00am
Classes offered – Beginner Novice, Novice, Grad Novice, Open, Utility   All 3 levels of Rally

Show N Go Date:___3/19/2017____________

Name:___________________________________

Address:____________________________________  City________________     State____       Zip_______

Phone:_________________  Email:_______________________________________________

Dog’s Name:__________________________________  Breed____________________   Sex________

Dog’s Height____________   High Jump Height___________        Broad Jump ____________   Rally_______

Class Entered March 19, 2017 1st Entry March 19, 2017 2nd Entry

Subtotal $

Beg Novice      
Novice      
Grad Novice      
Open      
Utility      
Rally Novice      
Rally Advance      
Rally Excellent      
   

 Total Fees $

 
 Signature:  

Kathy McHugh
RR 6 Box 6728
Ava, MO 65608
417-543-2797
kthymchughyahoo.com

FAQ’s of the Training Director   by Jane Collins

As Training Director at SMDTC, I am asked a lot of questions and I have learned that for every person who asks a question, there are others needing the same information, but for various reasons don’t ask.  So, I have decided to post some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on a regular basis.  If you have a question you would like to ask, or more input on an answer, feel free to send me an email at collinswjad@msn.com.

 

Q:  My almost 10 month old male German Shepherd is a really great dog overall.  During the summer and fall we enjoyed playing Frisbee most days.  But on days that I can’t go out and play Frisbee with him because I am busy or it is too cold, he is a mess with WAY too much energy.  I put him out in the backyard to play on his own and he just paws aggressively at the door to come in.  We still have a lot of winter to go!  What can I do to get him to behave better on these days he is acting ‘crazy’?

Lots of energy is part of being an older puppy of many breeds, and when the dog is approaching its adult size as a larger breed, things can definitely get out of control.  I commend you for having found a way to channel his energy on most days; unfortunately that energy never takes a day off!  Imho, I think that lack of adequate exercise and brain stimulation is one of the main roots of behavior issues for many pet dogs today.  You have also chosen a breed that REALLY likes to be with their people and may not spontaneously handle separation or change in routine well.  We have two issues here – how to get more activity/stimulation when you can’t go outside and the dog being outside on its own sometimes without damaging your door!  Because each topic requires a lengthy answer, I will answer the exercise question here and focus on the behavior at the door in a future answer.

The good news is that there are lots of things you can do indoors with your dog to take the edge off that energy.  Let’s start with a more active idea.  I love a tennis ball on a 10 – 15 foot length of parachute cord.  Make a hole with something sharp in each side of the ball, run the cord through it and tie it off.  Of course, you could also use another favorite toy. This way, you control the ball/toy and where the dog can take it as long as you hold the end of the cord.  If you have any open space in your house at all (sometimes a hallway works great) 10 minutes of chase the ball can make all the difference.  Dog won’t give up the ball?  Try trading it for a treat or another toy then bring focus back to the one on the cord.  If your dog is too big, or your space too small for this much activity, put your own twist on the game! Try Come games, having members of your family call the dog from different rooms in the house.  When Fido finds a family member its party and treats time!

Also, don’t forget to work obedience or other training into your everyday routine.  When your dog has to engage his brain it can burn as much energy as physical exercise. Just 5-10 minutes of work in a few sessions throughout the day will result in a much calmer pooch.  Tired of the same ole routine?  Jazz it up with a few tricks, or some simple nosework games by playing hide and seek with a favorite toy, a treat, or an old sock.  Reward with a treat when the object is located (or finding a treat is self-rewarding) and your dog will be eager to find it again and again.  There are also many commercial toys you can purchase that require problem solving by your canine.  A search of Canine Brain Games returned 674,000 results!

Ready to take it to the next level? Enroll in Tricks, Nosework, Agility or one of our many other classes (please check prerequisites).  You will have homework to keep both of you thinking, and coming to class is guaranteed to make even an adolescent German Shepard dog-tired the next day.

SMDTC Kids’s Club

Members Kelly Sisco and Jenica Belsha have volunteered to give kids that come to the membership meetings with their parents an opportunity for a kid friendly, dog related activities that will take place in the other room during the membership meetings. Dogs must stay with the parents. See the attached flyer for more information.

At the January meeting the membership voted to try this new idea and re-evaluate after three months. If you are interested in this opportunity please participate and support it!

SMDTC Annual TD/TDX Tests A Success!

We had wonderful weather for the SMDTC annual TD/TDX tests. It was our 41st TD and 43rd TDX test. (Yes. We started with TDX.) The day started sunny and chilly for tracklayers but by 8am it was cloudy and by 8:30am it was completely overcast with a light mist — perfect tracking weather!

Sharon Rosenkoetter passed two tracking tests with two of her Golden Retrievers to earn two new TD titles (and Sharon has earned a new nickname)!  One dog took 11 minutes, the other only 7 min.

Charlene Dunn passed a TDX track with her Basset/Border Collie (it took 50 minutes) and because she had all the other tracking titles (TD, TDU, VST) this completed the requirements for her CT – “Champion Tracker” title!! In addition, Charlene believes that this is AKC’s 1st CT ‘All American’.

Congratulations to the passing teams and thank you to all the Exhibitors for supporting our tests. Im confident you will earn your titles another day.

SMDTC is blessed to have access to some beautiful tracking fields provided by club member Pam Tynes and her neighbors. Pam hosts a tracking judge or two at her home and allows us to set up tracking headquarters in her kitchen. Thank you Pam for your generosity.

Thank you to our other judges, Linda Baschnagel – long time SMDTC supporter, and Steven Seiviking – first time here but is willing to return. Both did a great job of plotting tracks and helping with the general dynamics of a tracking test.

Thank you to Chief Tracklayer Norm Knowlton and his team of TD tracklayers: MaryNan Knowlton, Jim Freeman, and new-to-tracking tracklayers Becky Frakes & Larry Huntzenger; TDX tracklayers: Robert Kraft, Carla Simmons and Sandy Watson. There is No tracking test without all of you.

Praise for new-to-tracking member Misty Kincaid. She walked all 8 tracks carrying a mallot and pounded in every flag as we plotted on saturday. Every flag. As if that weren’t enough, she was 1/2 of a team that walked every set of cross tracks on sunday. Thanks to Tom Watson who carried all the flags for the TDX tracks on Saturday.

We are greatful and so appreciative of all the planning and cooking that Cindy & Liz Medley do to keep us fed. The lasagna was great but that Butterfinger Cake is going to be a new favorite. Don’t lose that recipe!

Thank you Mike Krause for driving the judges and tracklayers and spectators to and fro. We were never forced to wear our blindfolds!

Thank you to my husband Tom for serving as Tracking Test Chairman and Secretary. Again.

I had a great time plotting and judging the TDX tracks. That is directly related to the great crew of volunteers who made it a fun weekend. Thank you all so much. And one more – Thank you to the crew on the aborted TDX track #2. You know who you are. You turned a potential frightening situation for me, into a big laugh…..and a good memory.

Cathy Hawkins

Glad to rejoin the club

I just rejoined the club recently after a few years retirement, Skeeder my agility buddy has passed on and i will always miss him and his faithful loyalty to me in his expert runs through the agility courses, which he could have done mostly without me. My lovely wife Lynnette has retired after 52 years of Physical Therapy work in the area and has gotten interested in dog training. Lynn is a newbie but will bring an interest and desire to learn the basics and work her way up as she can. I will support Lynnette with her Schnauzer puppy Teddy Bear, as well as my new Schnauzer pup Black Max. We will try to do our part to be a part of this fine club to the best of our ability. Hello to all my old friends and i hope you’re all doing really well. See ya at the meetings.  Frank Weaver, Lynnette Weaver