Obichaff Proud Member Club of the AKC Since 1938 The Monthly Newsletter of the Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, D.C., Inc. June 2014 Volume 70 • Issue 6 CDTC Seminar— Top Dog Obedience At Capital —by Carrie Solomon C apital hosted Betsy Scapicchio and Linda Brennan from Top Dog Obedience School for a two-day workshop on May 17-18, “Are We Having Fun Yet.” Twenty-four dog/handler teams comprised of members and non-members plus a half-dozen auditors participated. As background, Betsy has earned more than 60 AKC obedience titles including seven OTCH titles plus twenty-two perfect 200 scores among her many training achievements. Linda has trained with Betsy since 1986 and has also earned numerous Rally, Obedience and Agility titles with her dogs. Betsy and Linda have trained many top dog/handler teams including Petra Ford and her black Lab,Tyler, who won two National Obedience Championships and were the only American team to ever win the Obedience Championship at the UK’s Crufts Dog Show. Betsy and Linda have put a lot of thought and time into their training regimen.Their philosophy is that if you are In This Issue Top Dog Obedience Seminar ..........1 From the Editor ................................2 From the President ..........................3 CDTC Obedience Show N’ Go’s .....3 Delegates Corner.............................4 AKC Sportsmanship Award .............4 Rally Training Group ........................5 Announcements ...............................5 going to be training your dog over many years to earn the higher level obedience titles, you have to incorporate fun and games into your training or your dog will shut down and performance will suffer.They strive to make themselves and the trial ring the most fun place that their dogs want to be.They accomplish this by breaking everything down into little steps and incorporate play into the exercise, not just before and after an exercise. For example, many games are incorporated into dumbbell training, i.e., drive is built up before sending the dog to the dumbbell so he can’t wait to get the dumbbell and then running away from the dog as he returns with it so he runs after you.We found that this particular exercise helped our dogs in two ways: the dog did not look around after he retrieved because he was immediately looking for his owner so he stayed focus and his return with the dumbbell was fast. CDTC Trial Brags..........................6-7 AKC Disaster Relief Trailer ..............8 It’s Tick Season!..................................8 CGC Test A Big Success! ................9 Obedience–Volunteer & Participate..9 Build A Team, Build A Community...10 Our Relationship With Animals.11-12 continued on page 19 Summer Fun—Lure Coursing! .13-15 In Memoriam: Vicki Lambert..........16 In Mesoarium: Sally Kirschenman..17 Meet Our New Members ..........18-19 Greg Strong Handling Seminar .....21 Class Schedules.......................22-23 Events .............................Back Cover 2014 Board of Directors From the Editor President Carrie Solomon [email protected] Vice President Eileen Freedman [email protected] Secretary Brad Smith [email protected] Treasurer Nan Marks [email protected] — by Pam Coblyn, Editor, Obichaff Director Suzanne Miller [email protected] Assistant Training Director Abigail Carter [email protected] Training Secretary Shannon Hall [email protected] Trial Chair Burton Goldstein [email protected] Trophy Chair Sue Faber [email protected] AKC Delegate Joyce Dandridge [email protected] Obichaff Editor Pam Coblyn [email protected] Members at Large Lisa Barry [email protected] Charma Le Edmonds [email protected] Kathy Sheehan [email protected] New Membership Information Charma Le Edmonds [email protected] Lisa Daniel Coordinator for Capital Points Lois Kieter Sunshine Person [email protected] 2 Hold Your Head High, Set Goals and Dream Big “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” —Walt Disney H ave you ever been at a show, in the ring or even in class and wanted to disappear out of shear embarrassment? Consider this— while you wanted to skulk away into a dark corner, your dog most likely was having the time of his life.A poor performance—whether it be from not really being ready to show or simply having “one of those days”— should never be a reason to feel embarrassed or want to quit. Embarrassment is a condition that is entirely self-induced. In other words, it’s your “Inner Voice of Self Doubt” that you allow to take center stage and dictate how you process a situation. No situation or person can embarrass us without our active participation in the condition. My dog taught me that—Fenway has YET to be embarrassed by his actions during a performance and has a smile on his face no matter what is happening! I am sure we have all witnessed a happy dog merrily zooming about an agility ring...or staring at us when we give a Recall signal as if we were a total stranger. It takes character, fortitude and downright love for your dog to smile, shake your head, laugh and enjoy that moment. Because, as we all know, dogs will be dogs! If you can, try and figure out what went right or what went wrong.Then, come up with a plan to work on what needs work! And remember—progress, NOT absolute and unerring perfection, is the most reasonable goal. As long as you are moving forward, you are headed in the right direction. But remember to DREAM BIG because big dreams have magic to inspire you! I am convinced that sooner or later, every dog has its day. Website: www.cdtc.org Follow us on Facebook: Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, DC Follow us on Twitter: @CapDTC Obichaff is published monthly, except in January, for the benefit of members of Capital Dog Training Club. Members are encouraged to submit articles that would be of interest to other members. All submissions to Obichaff must have the author’s name. Previously published material must include permission from the publisher to use the material in Obichaff. The Editor has the right to edit for space, content and tone. If significant changes are made (i.e., more than just for clarity, punctuation, spelling, etc.), the author will be given an opportunity to review the edited article. Material published in Obichaff does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editor or of CDTC. Newsletters of other clubs may quote any part of this publication, provided proper credit is given and a copy sent to Capital Dog Training Club. June 2014 From the President, June, 2014 W e hosted a very successful two-day seminar in May, “Are We Having Fun Yet,” presented by Top Dog Obedience. We hope to continue offering programs like this that are interesting and inspirational to our members. We will be presenting some of the exercises learned at the seminar at future General Membership meetings. Next up is a two-day seminar on June 7-8, “Only 15 Points To Go,” presented by Greg Strong, one of the top AKC professional handlers in conformation. If you have always wanted to learn how to present your dog in conformation, this is the seminar for you! Working and audit spots are still available. We also have our annual Instructor Appreciation and Awards Night coming up on July 8 at the clubhouse when we honor and celebrate our instructors and achievements for the past year. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend this dinner and awards night celebration. Details are in this issue of Obichaff. Finally, it is that time of year when we renew our membership. Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30th. Renewal forms are on our website and in this issue of Obichaff. Please make sure to renew before the June 30th deadline! So get involved, stay active in club happenings! Hope to see you soon! Summer CDTC Show N’ Go’s— Volunteers and Participants Wanted! Don’t miss the CDTC Obedience Run-Thrus on Sundays: June 1, July 6 and August 3! Please see the poster at the clubhouse and sign up to volunteer for the Obedience Show and Go’s. We will begin around 8:30 am with Utility and Open running concurrently in two separate rings. Novice and Beginning Novice will begin as soon as a ring becomes available, typically after 10:30 am, depending on the number of Open/Utility runs. Mary Rice will host the June event but we need volunteer hosts for July and August. If need be we can do TWO volunteers each month— one for Open/Utility and another for Novice/Beginning Novice. We also need workers! Remember this is your club! Please step up! Go Green—Obichaff Print Edition Opt-Out Don’t want to receive a copy of Obichaff in the mail? No problem. Just email Pam Coblyn at [email protected] and ask to have your name removed from the Obichaff mailing list. All club members subscribed to the CDTC listserv will receive notification when the PDF of Obichaff is posted to the web site. May 2014 3 Delegates Corner —by Joyce Dandridge, CDTC AKC Delegate AKC Expands Therapy Dog Titling Program In an effort to honor the thousands of therapy dog teams that make a difference in the lives of others daily, the American Kennel Club ® (AKC®) has added four new titles to the popular AKC Therapy Dog TM program. In addition to the AKC Therapy Dog (ThD) title (awarded after 50 visits), the AKC now offers: AKC Therapy Dog Novice (ThDN):Awarded after 10 visits.AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (ThDA):Awarded after 100 visits. AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (ThDX): Awarded after 200 visits.AKC Distinguished Therapy Dog (ThDD):Awarded after 400 visits. “The AKC heard from many dog owners whose dogs had already earned the ThD title and who wanted additional formal recognition of their ongoing commitment to volunteering to help others.We’re pleased to expand the AKC Therapy Dog program as a result of these requests,” said Doug Ljungren,Vice President of AKC Sports and Events. “We’ve also added a way to acknowledge beginning therapy dogs, hoping that this will encourage even more dogs and owners to participate in therapy dog work.” Dogs who are registered and approved by recognized therapy dog organizations may apply to earn the AKC Therapy Dog titles as long as the dog is AKC-registered, listed with the AKC Canine Partners or enrolled in the Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program.AKC does not train or certify therapy dogs. Applications for the new titles will be accepted beginning June 1 with titles awarded beginning July 1, 2014. To apply for a title or learn more about the AKC Therapy Dog Program, visit www.akc.org/dogowner/therapy/indes.cfm. CDTC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award 2013 Nominee: Burton Goldstein • Submitted by : Lois Kietur Since Burton Goldstein joined Capital over L3 years ago, he has volunteered to serve the club in several capacities. He has served on the board of directors as assistant training director, as vice-president from 2003-2005, and since 2009 has been the club’s Trial Chair. As trial chair, Burton organizes both the annual obedience, rally and agility trials. Each trial involves tons of work, including finding the best judges, drafting the premium and getting it approved on time, and enlisting volunteers for the numerous jobs required to run the trials, to name just a few of the many required tasks. Not only does Burton organize each trial, but he also works hard at coming up with new ideas to make each year’s trial fun and exciting, such as special tie dye T-shirt day and pet therapy dog recognition day at the agility trials. Burton serves as the club’s main cheerleader, encouraging everyone to volunteer at the club’s trials. Burton has taught upper level agility classes, several puppy and pet classes, and conceived and taught an “obedience for agility folks” class. For the past several years, he has held a weekly obedience training group, which has brought in around 52,000 each year in fees from training members for the day. He has also overseen the club's demo team at the county fair for the past several years. ln addition to all his work for the club, Burton and his wife, fellow club member Shellie Goldstein, do pet therapy work with their four Shih Tzus, and he is the public relations director for National Capital Therapy Dogs. Shellie and Burton lead their temple’s Mitzvah Day program, where temple members bring their dogs to visit elderly residents at the Hebrew Home.Their two older dogs, M.G. and Goldie, are certified as crisis response dogs, and were deployed for Hurricane Sandy emergency relief work. M.G. is the most decorated Shih Tzu, and competes in obedience, rally and agility.When Burton and Shellie got married in 2007, Goldie walked down the aisle as the flower girl, and M.G. was the ring bearer, bringing Burton Shellie's ring on one of Burton’s utility gloves. Now Burton and Shellie have two young Shih Tzu’s in training. For his many years of service, and his unbounded enthusiasm for the club and its activities, I nominate Burton Goldstein for CDTC’s 2013 Outstanding Sportsmanship award. 4 June 2014 The Rally Training Group—Keys to Success! Set up for the Rally Training Group (RTG) is 1:00-1:25 pm. Walk-thrus are from 1:25-1:40. Run-thrus start at 1:40 and go until 2:45. IF you need walk-thru (which is highly recommended) please come early enough to do so. IF you come late, you will miss your opportunity to do a walk-thru but you can look at the posted map and watch others. We can get quite BUSY this time of year, and we want everyone to get a chance to participate. If your schedule permits, please come early to help set up, or stay late to help take down! Also, if you have adequate knowledge of all rally signs, please offer to assist in judging.Thank you all! Your help is always greatly appreciated! — Josie McAuliffe Save the Date to Celebrate! Please plan to attend our Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 8th starting at 6:30 pm! Capital Dog Training Club invites all members, family and friends to attend the Annual Awards and Instructor Appreciation Dinner. Every member is invited to attend— you do not need to have completed a title. This annual event is to celebrate the many successes our members and our instructors achieved in 2013. Club members will be recognized for new titles earned. CDTC Class instructors will be acknowledged for the significant time, effort and knowledge that they have shared in support of club training and classes. All members are welcome and invited to attend.The social gathering is from 6:30-7 pm, and dinner starts at 7 p.The presentation of awards and instructor gifts will begin at 8 pm.The event is free to CDTC members and a guest. So please mark your calendar for this special event! This is a “humans only” event. The deadline for submitting your Awards Form is May 1st.The form is for titles earned in 2013. Scores and titles will be verified with the AKC.The Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the CDTC Clubhouse on July 8, 2014. Please RSVP Sue Faber by July 1!!! ([email protected]) for the form. Our club needs volunteers to help make the Awards Dinner a success! Please contact Sue Faber if you can help set up, decorate or clean up. Obedience Trial Trophies & Donations Needed! Our club’s Trophy Chair, Sue Faber is collecting trophies and donations for the October 2014 Obedience Trial. Cash prizes should be in the form of a check made payable to CDTC. Checks should be submitted to the CDTC Treasurer, Nan Marks. The deadline for trophy/pledges for the October Trial is July 1. June 2014 5 Brags—CDTC Members & Dogs Take To the Ring! Labs Rule—Two Champs in the Ring! Josie McAuliffe reports that her labs, Atlas and Xena, were very lucky and each placed 1st in their class! Atlas even beat a rally judge at her own game, Rally Novice! Xena placed 1st, earning her first leg in pre-Open (Open exercises with out the stays!) at the Greater Washington Bouvier des Flandres Club Annual Virginia Derby. Atlas placed 1st (with a 98%) in Rally Novice at the same trial. Josie says, “It was a very lucky day...like seeing a shooting star!” Josie thanks everyone for your help and support! Little Black Dog Has Her Day! Double the Fun in Rally & Obedience Rings! Sandi Atkinson and Figaro competed at Catoctin Kennel Club’s obedience trial on Monday, the last day of the Cherry Blossom Cluster in Timonium. Fig earned 85 points in Rally Novice B. Sandi reports, “We had to repeat two stations, which was not so hot, but then he got 193.5 points & 3rd Place in Beginner Novice B. He only lost 1/2 pt. on the Figure 8 which was his best score on that exercise (unlike regular Novice obedience, in BN the Figure 8 is scored separately from the heeling pattern!” These were both 4th legs as Figaro has already earned his RN & BN. Congratulations on all those Q’s, Fig! April de Bremond’s Elle (Enchanted Lady Liberty, CGC), our 3 yr old “little black dog” worked very hard to obtain her CGC on Sunday at CDTC. April wants to send an enormous “Thank you!” to all the fantastic member coordinators—Shannon Hall & Diane Harab and Judge Carrie Solomon— who stayed a little later for them cause they were a tiny bit late. Elle now has AKC letters after her name! Lovely Q! Mimi Burton’s Miles earned his second Q with a 1st Place in Jumpers With Weaves (JWW) at the AKC Shetland Sheep Dog trial on April 26, 2014. See everyone, Miles can keep the bars up when he wants to. Bravo to Shannon Hall for her handling and to Miles for keeping those bars up! New Agility Title! Laurie Warren’s Paint (Fox Spring Paint The Town Gold) earned his Excellent FAST title at the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Baltimore! Go paint the town red, Paint! New Agility Title! Vanessa Andrews’s Norwich Terrier ACE earned his T2B (Time To Beat) title on April 27! Flying Ace is a sight to behold! 6 June 2014 USDAA Mid-Atlantic Performance Grand Prix Champion! At the USDAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase, Kathy and Lucky Dawg Sheehan came in 1st Place in the finals of Performance Grand Prix! Lucky earned a bye to the Semi-finals at the USDAA Nationals and became the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Performance Grand Prix Champion! He also came in 2nd Place in the local qualifier of Performance Speed Jumping. Meanwhile, Lucky’s brother Dodger was busy helping his team “Rat on Border Patrol” earn their second Q as a team in DAM (Dog Agility Masters Three-Dog Team Championships).The team was made up of two Border Collies (Dodger and Tricia Dranchak’s Surge) and a Rat Terrier (Jill Bond’s Bozo the Dog). DAM consists of four individual events (Standard, Jumpers, Snooker and Gamblers) plus a three dog relay! Dodger’s best run was the three dog relay—the most important event in terms of points. His favorite event was Gamblers—which ended with going back and forth in the same tunnel seven times! Way to go, Sheehans! You are now notoriously nationally famous! Shente’s Bear Goldstein Finishes His Novice Career! Last year, Burton and Shellie Goldstein, along with their local breed club, hosted their annual Shih Tzu National Specialty in Annapolis. Not only was it the first time in the ring for The Bear and Emma, the four Goldstein Shih Tzu’s combined for twenty-two entries.The Bear went twelve for twelve and earned his first two CD legs with two High-in-Trials. Burton and Shellie spent this past year working with Jerusha and learned to replace Shih Tzu “attitude” with “happy attentiveness”. This year, everyone piled into a rental mini-van and drove to St. Louis.The Bear finished his Novice Obedience title along with two agility titles.Again,The Bear earned High-in-Trial each day with scores of 196.5 and 197. Emma earned her first CD leg, with every judge announcing that if only cuteness counted ... From the audience seats, M.G. (and Goldie) could be heard repeating: “been there ... done that!” Border Collie Rounds Up Rosettes Pam Coblyn and her indefatigable Fenway earned more satin ribbons on three consecutive weekends.At the NADAC In the Zone trial on May 2, Fenway ran away with 1st Places on both Elite Standard Runs. At the USDAA In the Zone trial on May 10, Fennie earned his Starters Pairs title and a 1st Place Q in Starters Snooker. At the USDAA Hog Dog Trial on May 24-25, Fennie finished both his Starters Snooker and Jumpers titles with 1st Places along with a 1st Place Gamblers Q. Do you ever get tired, Fenway? Correction: The May 2014 issue of Obichaff left out a very important credit. The tribute to her beloved corgi, Andy, was written by Amy Cook. June 2014 7 CDTC’s Fund Drive—AKC Disaster Relief Trailer Helps Pets During Emergencies W ith the ever-increasing number of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires,AKC Reunite is helping communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers. Our CDTC is teaming up with other area AKC clubs to raise funds to help supply a stocked mobile AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer for Cecil County. (please note that Montgomery County already has a trailer) The trailer will deliver essential, nonperishable necessities for sheltering pets when and where needed to local emergency management.These trailers provide animal care services during the first critical hours following a disaster before FEMA support and services can be deployed and delivered. Approved organizations that raise a minimum of $1,000 will have their logo featured on the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer—but we want to set the bar high and try to reach $5,000 in donations from our club. Please contact Joyce Dandridge at: [email protected] for more information about making a donation to this very worthy cause. Beware—Be Vigilant! It’s Tick Season! —by Megan Hemmer Ten days ago, I went hiking with my dogs.They still managed to pick up a lot of ticks, even on Frontline, so they also got Advantix. Last Saturday, my 1.5 year old border collie Lilly was completely paralyzed. Blood work and x-rays were normal. But because I pulled off lots more ticks, Lilly was started on doxycycline because Lyme Disease was strongly suspected to be the cause. Lilly was a little better Sunday but still could not really walk or stand. On Monday, I made an emergency appointment with a neurologist who diagnosed tick paralysis! It is not very common around this region, but a paralyzed but non-painful neck, no change in mental status and improvement after tick removal is signature. People can also be affected and it can be fatal because it can progress to paralyze the respiratory muscles. Lilly will stay on doxy to stop other tick-bourne diseases like Ehrlichia or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. By Tuesday night Lilly was jumping on the bed and walking normally! There is no prevention, other than stay away from heavily invested tick areas! 8 June 2014 Volunteers Make CGC Test a Resounding Success! —by Jodie Jeweler I recently had the joy and honor of teaching CDTC’s spring CGC (Canine Good Citizen) prep class.We had about 12 students in class this session. Most are taking or have taken Basic or Advanced Basic classes at Capital.They call came into my class with a good foundation, which made my job so much easier. Speaking of which, my assistants,Arlene Spilker & Jeff Harab made things SO much easier—I want to thank them publicly! I was surprised at some of the things that the students didn’t know, which I feel necessary for happy and successful dog ownership.Things like what the inherent traits in certain breeds are—like Herding breeds staring, barking, & well, herding.What “loose lead” means—not just walking away and expecting the dog to come along. In some cases, even what type of brush is best for their dog’s coat was discussed! While these things aren’t “obedience” issues, I do feel they might be at least be mentioned in other classes, as foundation information to help make successful partners. I did find that all the teams excelled at learning! They all wanted to be successful and were willing to try something new to make an exercise successful. It was quite joyous to see their eyes light up—both human and dog—when the process clicked and the dog understood what was being asked of him! I’ve taught most of the recent CGC prep classes, and it’s something I REALLY enjoy doing. Jeff, Carrie, Shannon and I worked together to come up with some ideas to revamp Capital’s program, to make it more successful and more lucrative.We’re planning to offer the CGC class much more frequently—hopefully at the conclusion of every Advanced Basic or Basic 8-week session.We’re looking into advertising the classes more through social media, news media and other venues. We’re looking at which format: four, 1-hour sessions or 2 two-hour sessions—and will decide what will work best for the club, the class and the instructors. Finally, I want to mention a few points about the CGC.AKC has recently made it so you can get a CGC title. Most of the exercises are simple, but you’d be surprised at how tricky some of them can be for a trained dog to master! If you haven’t learned about the test, I urge you to go to http://images.akc.org/pdf/cgc/GK9GC2.pdf and read all about it! Some building complexes and communities will only allow dogs to live on their property with a CGC. Some insurance companies will reduce your rates if your dog has a CGC! And if you like alphabet soup after your dog’s name, it’s an easy title to add! And now you can also add the advanced CGC- the Community Canine. I hope to see many new faces, and lots of familiar ones, at our upcoming CGC classes! We held our most recent CGC on Sunday May 4, with evaluators Carrie Solomon and Dianne Harab. Michael Harab and Reese were our neutral dog team. Robin Seigal, Sue Faber and I did the unskilled labor of milling about and holding dog leashes and my daughter Naomi along with one of the test taker’s children acted the part of “the TDI kids”. All dogs passed! Thanks to Jodie Jeweler for teaching a nice CGC Prep class and all the volunteers. Cheers, Shannon Get Ready, Get Set & Proof Your Team’s Obedience Ring Skills! It’s that time of year again! Summer Obedience RunThrus will begin at Capital starting June 1! What a better way to get ready for your summer-fall show season.We need everyone to participate AND help spread the word. Mary Rice is our official organizer. This round of Run-Thrus will be held the first Sunday of the month on June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd. Utility, Open, Novice and Beginner Novice will be offered. Please see the announcement on page 2. We need JUDGES, STEWARDS, and REGISTRATION TABLE volunteers for morning (8am-11am) and afternoon (11am-about 1 to 2pm) shifts. June 2014 If you can only give an hour or so, that’s great! Sign up at the club house and indicate the time you can help. It goes without saying that we need participation and help spreading the word to come to the CDTC Run-Thru’s! No matter if you do a Run-Thru or volunteer—or both—you will have a wonderful time, help our club, and learn a lot! In fact, I’ve learned as much by watching as by actually doing the run thru with my dog. Thank you in advance! See you all there! Amy Huprich Cook MA, Member & Training Asst. 9 From the Training Director — by Suzanne Miller Build A Team, Build A Community I ’ve been thinking a lot lately about team-building and when that magic spark of synergy takes off and we have the ineffable, that melding of team and group and support.When five teams from Capital went to the Rally Nationals, we all saw it—they coached each other, supported each other, and were truly there for each other. How did that grow and come about? Was it by accident, or is there something in our Rally program that builds that sense of team? Capital’s Agility teams seem to work in the same fashion—all for one and so forth. But that may be a function of Agility in general—there’s such a lot of support and cheer in the sport. But over the last two years I’ve been stumped by our Obedience teams. We have excellent instructors but we are definitely siloed by class. Monday people don’t know Thursday people, and they rarely know Tuesday people.We don’t interact, except for those of us who have known each other for years.We talk at shows, but not to the level that I see Agility and Rally people interacting. This affects how we support one another to move forward from level to level.A CD is a great accomplishment and should be the stepping stone to higher competition.Yet our club’s average of progression from CD 10 to CDX is only 28%, as opposed to the AKC’s 50%. And the same drop off is seen from Open to Utility—Capital has a progression rate of 27% as opposed to the AKC’s total of 51%. I’ve been trying to address this by creating a logical and seamless progression from Novice through Open to Utility—but that’s only addressing one aspect of the supportive transition. How do we build community? How do we become inclusive, supportive and grow with one another in our skills and training abilities? How do we grow as a team—not only with our canine partners, but with those we train with and learn with and learn from? What are the responsibilities of all of us who are training to one another? Without figuring this out, new people will not move forward and will not feel welcome and supported.Without developing such an environment, we will not grow instructors and keep our programs vital and fluid and organic and responsive to those who are training.Without it, we will continue to fall behind the national average in Obedience. So how do we become the Club that sends five teams to the Obedience Nationals next year along with our five Rally and five Agility teams? What do you think? What are your ideas? June 2014 Examining Our Relationship With Animals — by Donna Cleverdon The New York Times recently published an article in the Sunday Magazine about a lawyer, Steven Wise, who brought a suit of habeas corpus in New York State court on behalf of Tommy, a chimp who is confined in a dungeon by his owner. If you want to learn how and why, read the article.1 Various organizations are working in the legal field, to obtain the release of Tommy and other animals like Tommy by re-drawing the lines of where rights may be bestowed upon non-human animals. Exemplified most famously by the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), this movement purports to advocate on behalf of non-human animals for humane treatment. However, anyone who has studied the PETA’s writings will shortly discover that the scope and degree of this advocacy to which it aspires are truly revolutionary.The most radical rhetoric of so-called animal rights activists would have humans give up all association with domesticated animals— stop eating meat, using leather and even living with pets. Because I want to continue living with pets, I am asking the question: “Where do we draw the line as to what kinds of animals are ‘pets’?” The scope of this discussion can quickly become unwieldy, so please forgive any appearance of glossing over in my article. Most of us set some sort of boundaries for our warm and fuzzy feelings for animals. Some of us love dogs, yet can’t stand cats. Others of us don’t eat meat or use leather. Some of us keep snakes in our houses or have fish in aquariums. Some people have ferrets, chickens or goats, or pigs and regard them as “pets”. I am trying to define for myself what is a DOMESTIC ANIMAL, what is NOT a domestic animal, and what is a PET. Here is where my current thinking leads me: • Domestic animal: species which have traditionally been kept living in close proximity to human settlement for cultural and/or economic purposes, without deleterious effect upon the species. Individuals and groups can be managed by humans without undue danger to the humans, and behavior modification can be accomplished without extraordinary means. Behavior of the animals can be predicted with reasonable certainty. • Non-domestic animal: species have not been traditionally kept living in close proximity to human settlement.To do so would have a degrading effect upon the health June 2014 and internal group structure of the animals; they cannot be kept without danger to the humans, and behavior modification can be accomplished only by the expert. Behavior is not predictable with reasonable certainty. • Pet animals: species which can live in intimate surroundings with humans to mutual benefit. Behavior can be easily modified without harming the animals or contradicting its natural tendencies; there is little risk to humans or the animals in such arrangements; it appears to be a true symbiotic relationship. There seems to be no distinct line between my categories as some animals could belong to two of my categories, or perhaps to none. I think there would be individuals of any species, that, while its species may fit into one of my categories, the individual would not. So I will allow for a lot of flux—at least for now, while I refine my thinking. I have kept a pet dog or several dogs for 45 years. I think dogs derive great benefit from their close association with humans.They live in a relatively safe environment as is evidenced by life spans in excess of 10 or 11 years—or more.They get medical care and protection from disease and parasites.They get all the food they can use, and then some.They get lots of mental stimulation and interesting things to do. I know I don’t have to talk to you about what benefits we get from them! Here is where I diverge from PETA and their ilk. It is well documented that certain of the animal rights advocates believe that no human can humanely keep any animal for any purpose. But I think they are just plain wrong.There IS a qualitative difference between feedlots for cattle and swine or caging animals in “road-side attractions” and teaching my dog to be house trained and to walk on a leash.Any adverse consequences of walking on leash are far outweighed by the benefits of the arrangement. I think history and science prove my point. Three books which support my view are: Covenant of the Wild: Why animals choose domestication, by Stephen Budiansky; Adam’s Task, by Vickie Hearn; and The Horse, the Wheel, and Language, by David W. Anthony. Another book, which I reviewed in an earlier Obichaff, Animals in Translation, byTemple Grandin, addresses the topic of humane treatment of market animals. In his book, Budiansky admittedly goes about the job of specifically refuting the notion that humans imposed domestication on animals. He argues that domestication (continued on next page 11 Our Animal Relationships, continued from page11 is a natural product of evolution rather than a human invention and that animals living in close proximity to human settlement have received many benefits as species, even if some individuals become food, beasts of burden, or other types of minions. Vickie Hearn, admittedly one of my favorite writers, had a lot to say about our relationships with animals. Unfortunately, she died early and so her dialog on the subject was cut off. As a dog and horse trainer she had many cogent insights into the nature of our relationships with domesticated animals, pets, and non-domesticated animals. David Anthony’s book is a serious scholarly work which examines in detail human pre-history and the development of language and civilization—he seeks to explain why roughly half of the world’s population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European.This book reveals how the domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization. I am only familiar with it second-hand. My husband, whose attention span is far greater than my own, read it. I am, as a result, only slightly acquainted with the material within. Mr.Anthony writes that, according to the archeological record, these speakers of Proto- Indo-European lived in the steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas, and that prior to about 5200-5000 BC, they possessed no domesticated animals at all. Horses were hunted for food. If we could ask the horses which they would prefer: being eaten or being use as riding and draft animals, I feel certain the answer would be the later! I am personally in favor of a legal prohibition on keeping primates in confinement for the purposes of “entertainment”.There are good reasons for keeping primates in confinement: zoological gardens being one. There are probably many researchers who keep primates in captivity to study and I hope they are providing a rich and comfortable environment for them.These studies are leading us to know and appreciate these animals better, and by extension, to try to preserve them IN THE WILD.A few individuals may pay a price for the preservation of the species. But just as most of us are repulsed by the idea of exposing animals like rabbits or dogs to irritants in order to test cosmetics or for other frivolous purposes, I think we would generally agree that our closest cousins in the animal world should not be isolated from others of their species and confined for sheer monetary gain. Most of the laws governing treatment of animals 12 were enacted for the preservation of public health and safety—not for the welfare of the animals. However, I am in favor of our culture and civilization recognizing the moral duty to treat our domestic animals with respect and kindness, so I am in favor of our legal code to spell this out.There have been spotty attempts to do this, but as we know, it is very difficult to enforce. Philosophical views about the distinction between humans and animals are as old as history.Aristotle tackled the issue, deciding that man is justified in his subjection of animals because animals “lack reason”. Rene Descartes decided animals were more or less automatons that lacked souls.The great ethicist, Immanuel Kant, thought that humans were obligated to treat animals with kindness so as not to damage humans, a view I share, but not as a sufficient reason not to be cruel.The real crux was reached with Jeremy Bentham, a 19th century British philosopher. He declared that it was not the lack or reason that behooves us to be kind to animals, but that animals can suffer. Somehow this does not resonate with me. I think a fly can suffer, but I doubt even Ingrid Newkirk2 hesitates to swat a fly that is annoying her. I tend to side with Professor Kant in the debate—at least for now—while my thoughts evolve.We need to exercise respect for other living creatures.To me this means that animals going to market will be kept as calm and comfortable as possible until the moment they are dispatched. It means that we cannot confine animals in tiny cages for months on end, as in so-called factory farming. It means that we have to be careful not to cause avoidable needless distress. Perhaps it is a religious view—be it Christian, or Buddhist, or Hindu or Jain. I don’t believe that animals are soulless automatons, but I think if humans behaved as though they were, that is what WE will become. I choose not to behave as a soulless automaton.And in the case of the dog I keep as a PET, I believe that canis familiaris exists because of its parallel and intertwined evolution with homo sapiens. That is to say, dogs and humans were always together—became what we are together. 3There is no “Run free, little puppy, run free!” There is no such thing as Dog without Human. 1: New York Times Magazine, April 23: “Should a Chimp be Able to Sue its Owner?” by Charles Siebert 2: Ingrid Newkirk is President of PETA 3: I haven’t read it yet, but Mark Derr’s latest book “How the Dog Became The Dog, From Wolves to our Best Friends,” sounds interesting. I have read several of Mr. Derr’s pieces over the years and found them very thought provoking. June 2014 Summer Fun With Your Best Friend! A CAT for All Dogs: Why Lure Coursing Isn’t Just for Sight Hounds Anymore —by Amy H. Cook, CDTC Assistant Instructor, MA I t was a sight to behold:A dozen or so corgis excitedly lined up at 9 a.m. along a sparkling green field ready to take their CAT. CAT?! We are definitely not talking about wildly hounding after our fine feline friends here. Rather, this is one the AKC’s newest canine sporting events, the Coursing Ability Test (CAT), which allows non-sighthound breeds to partake of the action that was once only the domain of dogs specifically bred and raised for the chase. My own breed club, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac, offered its very first CAT on this sun soaked May morning in northern Maryland to the absolute thrill of all that participated and observed from the sidelines. Many of the corgis, including my own nine-month old puppy, lunged and barked with enthusiasm at their chance to chase after the white flag lure strung along a modified 300 yard course. Once individually released, each corgi ran full throttle with “bunny butts” flying and stumpy legs churning full speed after the June 2014 elusive lure. Only a few dogs ambled off track to investigate a stray scent, say hello to a friend, or take a quick potty break.We laughed until our stomachs ached and cheered like crazed fans as most dogs that day passed the CAT with flying colors. Having never actually seen lure coursing myself in person, I was decidedly hooked. What is the AKC Coursing Ability Test? The AKC created the Coursing Ability Test (CAT) in order to open up the excitement of coursing to all dogs in a non-competitive, pass/fail, single dog venue. Participating dogs must be registered with the AKC.They can be registered with the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS), individually through a domestic or foreign registry organization acceptable to the AKC, through the AKC’s Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) or Canine Partners program, or with an AKC Unlimited, Limited or Conditional Registration. An breed appropriate course is set up in various 13 patterns over a level outdoor field that run at least 600 yards for most dogs. However, for certain small dogs that are shorter than 12 inches at the withers and/or are brachycephalic, a clearly marked course of 300 yards is the standard. How it works is by attaching white flag lures to a line that is strung along a motorized system of pulley placed on the ground according to a pre-determined course map (each CAT event having its own course designed by the judge). No sharp abrupt angles over 90 degree are allowed for safety considerations in order to prevent over stressing or injuring the dog.The 600 yard course must be run in less than 2 minutes, and the 300 yard course in less than 1.5 minutes. So although the dogs running the CAT are not racing against each other, they still must run consistently according to the AKC regulations, “with enthusiasm and without interruption” along the course and in good time in order to earn their pass for each attempted test. No dogs under the age of 12 months may take the test (to the complete and utter disappointment of my corgi puppy—she was fixated like a lioness stalking a gazelle as the lure spun around the course). Dogs found to be lame by the judge may not run, and no females in season are permitted to take the test. Multiple AKC titles can be earned with the repeat performance of a “passing” grade of the CAT. A “Coursing Ability” title (AB) is awarded after three passing CAT runs under two different judges. Next, the “Coursing Ability Advanced” title (CAA) is given after a total of ten successful CAT runs (the three CA runs plus seven additional passing runs).The “Coursing Ability Excellent” title (CAX) is granted after a total of twenty-five passing CAT runs Then, if you’re really insane about the sport (and I might well be counted as one of them), you can earn the “Coursing Ability Excellent 2” title (CAX2) with a total of fifty passing CAT runs. Unbelievably, a higher numbered title will be granted for every set of twenty-five passes, so a CAX3 is not out of question. Quite literally, the sky’s the limit! How to Get Involved As outlined, any pure-bred or mixed breed dog registered with the American Kennel Club can take the CAT, enjoy the thrill of the chase, and earn multiple titles. But here’s the only obstacle at present: Finding the CAT and practice runs in our area can be a little tricky. However, are ways to get involved and up to date on upcoming CATS.The most obvious is to log onto the AKC CAT website (www.akc.org/events/coursing_ability_test/) and search under the “Events & Results” link at the bottom of the page. But note that the AKC only requires clubs follow a 90-day application process for CAT events. 14 This means that many planned CAT events aren’t in the system until very close to their actual date. Frequently checking the AKC events page and Info.dog (under CABT) for CATs is wise.There is a group Facebook page for non-sighthound lure coursing (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sighthoundfakers/) where upcoming events are chatted up and coursing stories are related. Another possible resource is your local own local breed club and local sight hound breed clubs.Ask if/when CATs and practice runs might be available. If your breed club is not yet on board with the CAT, “hound” them to add it to their event list and become a local organizer. My own Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac for instance, will be offering the CAT (open to Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis only) at its May Fun Fair and then hopefully at its Rescue Picnic in August. I’m certainly going to be helping with future coursing events. Other breed clubs that do offer the CAT include the Irish Wolfhound Association of the Garden State (IWAGS) and the Greater Valley Forge Rhodesian Ridgeback Club. On June 21st and 22nd, the Upper Chesapeake Bay Saluki Club is offering the CAT in at the Hanover Shoe Farm in Littlestown, PA (go to the Hanover Lure Coursing Clubs website at www.hanoverlurecoursingclubs.com for more information). At time of this article’s publication, Bonnie Louden of the Chesapeake Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club informed me that this test date is full, but there is a waiting list. Bonnie suggests that, “since the CAT is so popular now, many all breed clubs and specialty clubs are getting approved by (the) AKC as lure coursing clubs and offering their own June 2014 events.” Two dog sport clubs in our immediate area, Barkby Plungers in York, PA and Hog Dog Productions in Millersville, MD, do offer coursing events (for fun runs). Practice runs are usually found during two-day events, and are held after the first day of the event and only if weather, volunteers and equipment are still available. As with any dog sport you are first plunging into, observing the event can be extremely beneficial even if your dog doesn’t run. However, with the practice run generally being held after the regular event, a chance to try out coursing without shelling out for a regular CAT may well be worth the wait. Practicing coursing at home is a great way practice and see if your dog enjoys coursing and chasing after the ever elusive white rag “bunny” before plunking down the $20-$30 for a test run. I’ve taken a wiffle-ball and secured a long string to it, then used that to “lure” my puppy around the back yard. Kinsey loves this game. Too, it has clued me into the fact that she will probably take to coursing once she’s old enough to try. You can also use a white plastic or cloth rag tied to a string and attach it to the end of a long dowel or fishing pole. Easy and fun! Most dogs will enjoy this game, but of course (no pun intended) safety is of primary concern, so don’t let your pup chew too long on the white lure or leave him/her unattended. Whether as a fun and enjoyable way to spend time with your dog or earn CAT titles, coursing is not just for sighthounds anymore. I know that coursing will be in my dogs future, and hopefully this article has given you a good introduction and leads on where to find coursing events and the AKC CAT in our area. Good luck and tally ho! Lure Coursing Clubs, Specialty Clubs, and CAT Resources: ■ The Hanover Lure Coursing Clubs: Mason Dixon Ibizan Hound Club;Tortoise & Hare Lure Coursers; and, the Upper Chesapeake Bay Saluki Club. Go to hanoverlurecoursingclubs.com for links to all three. ■ Sight Hound Organization of Tidewater (SHOT):shotlurecoursing.org June 2014 Coursing Hounds Association of the Mid Potomac (CHAMP): champlurecoursing2.org ■ Jersey Rag Racers Whippet Association (JRRWA): jrrwa.org ■ Irish Wolfhound Association of the Garden State (IWAGS): iwags.org ■ Greater Valley Forge Rhodesian Ridgeback Club (GVFRRC): gvfrrc.org ■ Barkby Plungers: barkbyplungers.com ■ Hog Dog Productions: hogdogproductions.com ■ CAT (Coursing Ability Test) At-A-Glance: ■ Open to any individually AKC registered dog (purebred, PAL, FSS and Canine Partners included) that is at least 12 months of age. ■ Each dog runs individually on a non-competitive pass/fail basis, unlike the coursing trials for sight hounds. ■ No bitches in season or lame dogs allowed as determined by the officiating inspection committee. ■ Any club licensed by the AKC to hold Lure Coursing events may hold a CAT as well. Clubs licensed to hold conformation, agility or obedience events may apply to hold CAT events by contacting the Performance Events Department at [email protected] ■ Dogs may wear any collar during the CAT except a “choker collar, prong collar, or an electronic training collar. ■ Runs will either be 300 or 600 yards, depending on the breed of dog being run. Suffix titles include: ■ Three passes = Coursing Ability (CA) ■ Ten complete passes = Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) ■ Twenty-five total passes = Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) ■ Fifty total passes = CAX2 (with higher numbered titles available with each additional twenty-five passes). Ribbons or rosettes are offered to each dog who successfully passes the CAT with a qualifying run. Since the test is pass/fail, there are no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. placements. 15 In Memorium Vicki Lambert Our dear friend Vicki Lambert passed away April 5, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer.Vicki was a part of our club and our community and we loved her.We are honored to have this opportunity to share a few of our memories. You may remember Vicki and her dog tiny gray dog Baa (pictured on left next to the judge).Vicki had just won 1st Place in Rally, Novice with a score of 98. “My mom and Baa loved working together at CDTC and talked about their adventures and the people and dogs they knew with real enthusiasm and affection.” —Vicki’s daughter, Nickie Lambert Josie McAuliffe writes, “Vicki was a much loved CDTC and part of the beginnings of the Rally Training Group. She had an encyclopedic memory and and a quick wit. She helped so many of us with her Rally knowledge and expertise. I miss her very much! I am comforted by remembering her funny quips. I think the last time I saw Vicki Xena had just been acting crazy in the ring.Vicki said that “Xena was full of beans today” and indeed she was! I want to thank Nicki for remembering Vicki’s dog training friends.When Vicki adopted Baa, she took her to CDTC for training.They very much enjoyed their first two classes, after which Vicki sent me an email that said, “I want to continue and I haven’t asked Baa, but I think she’s game.Vicki and Baa went on to Rally class, then the Rally Training Group, then competition.They found great success as a team.” Vicki was generous with more than just her time. Our friend Bob tells a story about Vicki’s kindness and trust towards Bob and his wife Karen, when they found themselves stranded in Point of Rocks on a Sunday, with three large dogs and nowhere to go, having lost their car keys.As Bob says, “When I told Vicki about our situation, she graciously offered the loan of her car to Karen.Vicki saved the day for us.” Our friend Luann reminisces,“I enjoyed Vicki’s dry wit and her easy smile and laugh. She took training seriously, but not herself.While she was certainly competitive enough to work for and achieve that perfect score, it was her relationship with Baa that was paramount and that is what I admired most. It wasn’t about ego; it was about teamwork. Her actions were always directed to that end, with love, patience and gentle encouragement—the same talents that she brought to her human interactions as well.” Our friend Brad Smith summed it up at Vicki’s memorial service when he said: “She is and will continue to be missed dearly.” Shannon gave a moving tribute at the memorial service. She says, “I don’t really remember what I said except that I told a story Josie told me about Vicki. She had no tolerance for pretension and was overheard talking to someone at a trial who claimed that she and her dog had never failed.Vicki’s response to that was ‘Well then, we have nothing to talk about!’ This clearly sounded just like Vicki and got a good laugh, which I think was in keeping with her family’s intent.Vicki’s family knew by the presence of many CDTC members at the memorial that we cared about her and miss her,—and that's all friends can do.” 16 June 2014 In Memorium Tribute to Sally Kirschenman Our fellow CDTC member Sally Kirschenman, of Arlington,Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 1, 2014 after a very short, but courageous battle while being treated for a recently diagnosed aggressive throat cancer. She was 76. As generous in death as she was in life, Sally donated her remains to science. No services were held. She is survived by her loving husband Fred Kirschenman, and two grown sons, Jerry and Jay, of whom she was very proud. Sally also leaves behind her two beloved sheepdogs, Annie and Lily. Sally was a passionate and highly accomplished dog trainer, creative canine freestyle choreographer, and beloved instructor with an astute eye for giving constructive feedback that brought out the best in her students. She had been an obedience competitor since her teenage years during which time she worked with Cocker Spaniels, a Wire-Haired Terrier, an Aussie, and four Old English Sheepdogs. She had also shown the Old English in the Breed ring. Sally was a long term member of the Capital Dog Training Club. She was active in the Wednesday noon time Obedience/Freestyle Working Group and was a co-instructor, along with Wendy Ely, for the Friday, Freestyle class which is known as the first and longest continuously running Canine Freestyle class in the country. She was also a contributor to the club’s newsletter. Sally was also very active in the Canine Freestyle Federation (CFF), where she most recently served as Recording Secretary and also served as a judge for all levels of CFF competition. She was an active CFF competitor herself having achieved the highest level with her past working sheepdogs, Luvie and Annie, and was working on moving up the competition ladder again with her current working dog, Lily. Sally also represented both CDTC and CFF at various community programs and dog-related events around the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan areas to showcase the joy of working with dogs in the freestyle sport. She also travelled across the country to participate in competitions herself. Outside of the dog training world, Sally was an ice skating coach and worked with children and adults for more than 30 years before retiring several years ago. To those who knew her, Sally leaves behind a wonderful legacy of the love of dog training for the sheer joy of it and a huge void in our hearts. She was an inspiration to us all. Donations in Sally’s memory can be made to the Cancer Research Institute. June 2014 17 Meet the Newest CDTC Members! Kate Renner and Baker, (Ingomar Di Mancini Torsione Pane CAX2, CGC,TT) W e are really excited to be one of the newest members of CDTC. Baker and I have been playing in Coursing,Agility, and Rally in the past year. He was the sixth AKC Canine Partner to achieve the CAX title and the second to achieve the CAX2 title.We have 2 legs towards our Rally Novice Title and hope to finish the RN title this summer. I have been training and handling dogs since I was 10. I entered my first agility trial at age 14. I’ve done a lot of dog stuff over the years— Agility, Flyball, Obedience, Coursing, Herding, Barn Hunt, Live Performances, Educational talks, Carting, Nosework, and Therapy work. I look forward to meeting more members and having a great time training, showing and learning! Blues and Q’s! Louis “Jake” and Jeanne Jurgens and Dante, Nikki and Max M y wife and I were adopted by our first Vizsla in the early 70’s, our first “Dante.” Back then we only had experience with German Shepherds (including a breeding/whelping experience!) so the highly-energetic, field-bred, “velcro dog” breed was new to us.We had a neighbor who raised prize chickens in his yard and Dante delighted in occasional visits there to retrieve them for us (no harm done to chickens), much to our neighbor’s horror! Hmmm, I thought, great hunting instincts here. In the 90’s we were fortunate to have 2 wonderful Vizsla—Treff & Tizsa— and we began taking them to hunt tests and enjoying field-oriented activities. We joined clubs and worked on obedience and a bit of agility, too.We lost them both within 2 weeks in April 2009—a terribly sad month for us—and took a year kayaking local rivers and lakes. It was wonderful being outdoors, but we missed the dogs. Early 2010 found us with a new puppy, Nikki, brought all the way from Memphis.The following year we brought little Dante home from New Jersey, and one year later we picked up Max, our big boy (65 pounds) from the breeder at a field trial event in Georgia.What a wonderful mix of Vizsla children we have! Last year while Jeanne worked with Nikki & Max, I began working with Dante at Capitol, first in obedience—many thanks to Joan & Brooke—and then in Rally. We are fortunate to have so many great members at CDTC who are willing to help and offer advice and encouragement. Dante was recently awarded his Novice Rally title in consecutive tests and we're now working on Advanced/ Excellent. Could an RAE be in our future? I hope my non-dog work will allow me more time with Dante; he so enjoys it! FYI, my day job is with a security company that builds network security software and devices that help protect our networks from malicious intruders, many of whom are state-sponsored adversaries. Other interests in our household are sailing, Formula One auto racing, and (Jake only) “ham” radio. But working with the dogs is always Number One! Thanks so much for everything CDTC membership has done for us! 18 June 2014 C.J. Foster and Sadie W hen I was offered a position in the Washington, DC area in my field, I moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in June of 2012. I got my Miniature Poodle, Sadie, a year later and we started her off at CDTC in a Basic class and then in Novice Rally and Obedience classes. I didn’t do any driving during the winter if at all possible but we did a lot of walks and met new people and other dogs and enjoyed our down time. She is my beautiful little girl. Sadie and I work real well in the house and we train every day now to see if I can get her to work that well in public! Top Dog Obedience Seminar, continued from page 1 Another aspect that Betsy and Linda focused on was the marker system that uses specific commands or markers to provide clarity and information to the dog.They use three markers: yes, good and no. Yes is a positive marker that means you’re right—now you get a reward and a release.This marker is specifically used to mark something your dog just did that was the specific thing you wanted and reward immediately. It is also a release and ends the exer- June 2014 cise. Good is also a positive marker but the meaning is slightly different, i.e., good, keep doing it, I like it. Unlike Yes, it does not release or end the exercise by immediately rewarding. This marker is used to communicate that I want you to keep doing what you’re doing because it’s the right thing to do.They also use silence in the same way so that silence comes to mean that it’s good and keep on doing the behavior.The last marker is No and it is a negative marker that tells the dog that he is wrong, not correct, not what I want and no reward. Per Betsy and Linda, used consistently, these markers provide great clarity to your dog and make training more positive because it removes a lot of stress and confusion for the dog. They also like to get their dogs to play with them— without toys—at the beginning of a training session and take play breaks during training where you are the toy. In other words, it’s just you and your dog which is something that you can actually use in the trial ring between exercises to keep your dog’s attention and motivation high. Some other training philosophies from Betsy and Linda: ■ Use yourself and food to reward. Mix it up! 19 Top Dog Obedience Seminar, continued from page 19 ■ After play, when it stops, the dog should stay with you and not go away, until you release. Games should be interactive for the same reason. ■ You can teach your dog anything but you can’t teach your dog anything without attention. ■ Food is used as a lure, focal point and reward but it should not be used as a distraction when dog is stressed. ■ Do not do complete run-thrus in training and don’t work on all the exercises at once. ■ Make sure a dog really knows an exercise and what you want him to do before giving a correction. ■ As your dog matures and really knows the exercises, your job is to maintain them by reinventing them and making them fun and interesting. We covered a lot of territory and Betsy and Linda were truly inspiring.They now have some videos available and we purchased two of them for Capital’s library. We will also be demoing some of the exercises we learned during future General Membership meetings. It was great to have Betsy and Linda back at Capital and we hope to offer more seminars like this in the future. 20 June 2014 CDTC Spring Conformation Seminar Presents Spring 2014 Handling Seminar 25 Working Spots / June Unlimited Saturday and Sunday 7thAuditing and 8th, 2014 CDTC Club House 2758 Garfield Avenue, Silver Spring, MD Greg i Only 25 Working Spots / Unlimited Auditing G CDTC is excited to present a Handling Conformation seminar featuring Greg Strong. Greg is recognized as one of the top handlers in the country, and is an active member in the In addition to He Professional hebreeding, owns a Boarding, AKC Registered Handling Program. has been handling, involved in raising and training show dogs all of his life. Annually he attends an average of 140 to 160 dog shows. As an all breed handler he is successful exhibiting in all 7 groups with many Best in Show Register and attend this winners in all 7 groups. In addition to Professional handling, he owns a Boarding, Grooming, and Training facility in Easton Maryland. i This seminar is excellent for both the new and experienced dog show exhibitor. Register and attend this information packed seminar covering all aspects of showing a dog. This is a working seminar but includes periods of lengthy lecture and discussion. There are both working and auditing spots available. The Duration: 2 Days, from 9am to 4pm (doors open for setup 8am), with a one hour lunch provided by CDTC each day. The Focus: T ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ DHILQLQJWKHWHUP´+DQGOLQJµ Starting your first Show Dog The makings of a great show dog Techniques for competing with the professionals Building confidence for you and your dog Psychology and in training philosophy your dog Building a winning partnership with your dog Overall presentation of a show dog $´%HVW+DQGOHULQ6KRZµZLOOEHDZDUGHGZLWKDVLPSOHIXQWURSK\VXSSOLHGE\&'7&$OO participants that opt for the competition will be divided into mixed groups. A first place will be DZDUGHGLQHDFKJURXSDQGWKHZLOODGYDQFHWR´%HVW,Q6KRZµ Registration deadline May 23 Conformation for attendance will be emailed within 7 days of receipt of registration. www.cdtc.org June 2014 21 CLASS SCHEDULES Day Date Time Instructor PUPPY KINDERGARTEN Tue 6/3-7/22 6:00-6:50 pm Thur 5/24-6/12 5:00-5:50 pm Hathaway Gurvin BASIC Sun 4/27-6/15 Mon 3/10-5/19 Tue 5/6-6/10 Thur 6/26-7/31 Sat 4/26-6/28 Hall Hall Reinhardt Reinhardt Daniel 3:00-3:50 8:00-8:50 pm 6:00-6:50 pm 5:00-5:50 pm 4:00-4:50 pm ADVANCED BASIC Sat 3/15-5/3 9:00-10:00 am Mon 6/2-7/8 6:00-6:50 am Thur 5/1-6/19 7:00-7:50 Solomon Freedman Harringer BEGINNER & SUB-NOVICE Mon C 7:15-8:05 pm Sat 5/31-6/28 3:00-3:50 pm Adler/Dwyer Faber NOVICE Mon C Tue C Thurs C Thurs C 7:30-8:20 pm 7:00-7:50 pm 9:30-10:20 am 6:00-6:50 pm OPEN Mon Tue Thur Thurs 6:00-7:15 pm LaDieu 7:00-7:50 pm McMunn/Cleverdon 7:00-7:50 pm S. Miller (Intro) 8:00-9:00 pm Harry (Int.) C C (Beg.) 3/6-4/24 C UTILITY Mon C Thurs C Thurs C 8:15-9:05 pm 6:00-7:00 pm 7:00-8:00 pm Daniel Merchant Holt Gurvin Adler Harry/Prep Harry RALLY Thurs Rally Class Set Up: 11-11:30 am Thurs C 11:30-12:20 pm Daniel/Comp. Sat 10:00-10:55 am D. Harab Novice Sat Rally TG 1:30-3:00 McAuliffe, et. al. * No classes will be held on June 7-8 because of the Greg Strong Conformation Seminar! 22 Time Class Instructor CONFORMATION Sat 10:00-10:55 am J. Harab/Beginner Tue 8:00-8:50 pm Kopp/Advanced 5/13 (no class during general & board meetings) TRICKS Mon Sat 12:00-1:30 pm 7:30-8:45 am Rosen Melchior AGILITY Wed Wed Sun Sun Sun Sun Sun 6:00-7:15 pm 7:15-8:45 pm 11:00-12:30 pm 4:00-5:15 pm 5:30-6:45 pm 6:30-7:45 pm 7:45-9:00 pm Coblyn Briefel deBremond Hall deBremond Keiter Carter FREESTYLE Mon C Sat 10:00-12:00 pm Ely 11:00-12:30 pm Guzman FLYBALL Sat C 6:30-9:30 pm Lindberg/Dwyer TRAINING GROUPS Mon C 10:00-12:00 pm Ely (Freestyle) Tue C Cleverdon Wed C 9:30-10:20 am McCown Wed C 11:30-12:00 pm Spodak (Obedience TG) Wed C 12:00-1:00 pm Spodak (Open Discussion) Wed C 1:00 pm Spodak (Freestyle TG) Wed C 4:30-5:30 pm Cleverdon Thurs C 10:30-11:30 am Holt Thurs C 12:30-2:20 pm Goldstein Sat C 10:00-10:55 am J. Harab Sat C 12:00-1:00 pm Larkin Sat C 1:00-3:00 pm McAuliffe/Harab/Smith Sun C 9:00-11:00 am Bob Reinhardt BUILDING CLEANING Tues C Before 8 am and 1-4 pm Montgomery Cleaning Co. June 2014 CLASS SCHEDULES Time Class MONDAY 10-12 am 12-1:30 pm 6:00-6:50 6:00-7:15 7:15-8:05 7:30-8:20 8:15-9:05 Freestyle TG Ely 1-2-3 Tricks Rosen 1-2 Adv. Basic, 6/2-7/8 Freedman 1 Open LaDieu 2-3 Sub-Novice Adler/Dwyer 1 Novice Daniel 2-3 Utility Adler 1-2 TUESDAY 1-3:30 pm 6-6:50 6-6:30 6-6:50 7-7:50 7-7:50 8-8:50 8-10:00 Instructor Ring Building Cleaning Basic Reinhardt 5/6-6/10 1 Open/Utility TG Cleverdon 2 Puppy K 6/3-7/22 Hathaway 3 Novice Merchant 1 Beg. Open McMunn/Cleverdon 2-3 Adv. Conformation Kopp 1-2 6/3,17, 7/1,29 (no class on Mtg. nights) CDTC Meetings Bldg. General: 6/10, Board: 6/24 WEDNESDAY 9:30-10:20 am Novice TG McCown 1-2 11:30-2:20 pm TG: Obed. Handling Spodak 1-2 Discussion & Freestyle 6:00-7:15 Agility: Handling Coblyn 1-2-3 5/7-6/25 7:15-9:00 Agility: Competition Briefel 1-2-3 5/7-6/25 THURSDAY 9:30-10:20 am Sub-Novice Adler 9:30-10:20 Novice Holt 11:00-11:30 Rally Set-up 11:30-12:20pm Competition Rally Daniel 12:30-2:30 Open/Utility TG Goldstein 5:00-5:50 Puppy K, 5/24-6/12 Gurvin 5:00-5:50 Basic, 6/26-7/31 Reinhardt 6:00-6:50 Novice Gurvin 6:00-7:00 Utility Prep Harry 7:00-7:50 Adv. Basic Harringer 5/1-6/19 7:00-8:00 pm Utility Harry 8:00-9:00 Open Intermediate Harry June 2014 1 2-3 1-2-3 2-3 2-3 1 2-3 1-2 3 1 2-3 1-2 Time Class Instructor Ring FRIDAY 10:00-12:00 Freestyle Ely SATURDAY 7:30-8:45 am Tricks 1-2-3 Melchior 2-3 4/5-5/31 9:00-10:00 Advanced Basic Solomon 2 3/15-5/3 10-10:55 Conformation Handling J. Harab 1 4/12-6/28 10-10:55 Rally Novice, 4/12-6/21 D. Harab 2-3 11:00-12:30pm Freestyle Guzman 3 12:00-1:00 pm Heeling TG Larkin 1:00-3:00 Rally Training Grp. McAuliffe/ 1-2-3 Smith/Harab 10-10:55 Rally Novice, 4/12-6/21 D. Harab 2-3 3:00-3:50 Beginner Novice, 5/31-6/28 Faber 1 3:00-5:00 CGC Prep, 5/3, Harab/Solomon 1 6:30-7:30 Beg.Flyball Thompson 1-2-3 7:30-8:30 Intermediate Flyball Dwyer 1-2-3 8:30-9:30 Competition Flyball Dwyer 1-2-3 SUNDAY 9-11:00 am Open TG Reinhardt 11-12:30 pm Agility: Intro deBremond 5/4-6/29 3:00-3:50 Basic: 4/27-6/15 Hall 4:00-5:15 Agility: Handling A Hall 5/4-6/29 5:30-6:45 Agility: Intro deBremond 5/11-6/29 6:30-7:45 Agility: Foundation Work Kietur 4 Week Class: 5/4-6/8 7:45-9:00 Agility: Handing B Carter 5/4-6/29 1-2 1-2-3 1 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3 More Doings At the Club! • TDI Test, Sunday 6/22, 8/17 1-3 pm, Hall • No Classes Sat-Sun, May 17-18 for Seminar • General Meeting: 6/10, 8 pm • Board Meeting: 6/24, 8 pm TG = Training Group C = Continuing Class * No classes will be held on June 7-8 because of the Greg Strong Conformation Seminar! 23 June Rally Training Group Schedule Set up at 1pm. Walk-thrus at 1:25. Runs start at 1:35, end by 3pm. The June training dates will be: 6/14 and 6/28 There will be no rally on 6/7 because of the Conformation Seminar. Obedience Show n’ Go June 1, July 6 and August 3 Clubhouse/Information Phone: 301-587-5959 (K9K9) Yahoo! Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/cdtc Website: www.cdtc.org Obichaff email: [email protected] Classes: www.cdtc.org/classes/classes.html Events: www.cdtc.org/events/events.html Facebook: Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, DC Twitter: @CapDTC eCommerce Site: www.CapitalDTC.blogspot.com Obichaff The Monthly Newsletter of Capital Dog Training Club of Washington, DC, Inc. Pam Coblyn, Editor 2758 Garfield Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910-1823 Originators of AKC’s Brace and Graduate Novice classes Important Dates at CDTC General Membership Meeting Tuesday, June 10 at 8 pm CDTC Spring Seminar Features Top Presenter! CONFORMATION HANDLING SEMINAR WITH Greg Strong June 7-8 YOU’VE SEEN HIM AT WESTMINSTER, NOW SEE HIM IN PERSON!
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