A Rottweiler Judges Report from Europe

National Specialty Show June 22, 2013 By Steve Wolfson On June 20, 2013, I traveled to Norway to conduct my seminar on the Rottweiler and judge for the Norsk RottweilerKlubb. Dirk Vandercasteele of Belgium was also invited to judge; he adjudicated bitches and I dogs. It was a small show of 55 entries, yet big on enthusiasm and energy. This assignment would be my first time in Norway and meet Dirk Vandercasteele who was accompanied by his wife Kathleen Vos. The date of the show was special since it was the summer solstice. At that time in Norway, the sun sets at 11PM and rises at 3:45AM! I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Rita Rosberg – the driving force of the show – and her husband Thomas for their hospitality and efforts concerning my seminar and arrangements while in Norway. My appreciation and thanks is also extended to Espen Pedersen and Lisa Iversen for their hospitality and time shuttling me to and from the airport. And a “thank you” to all exhibitors and show secretaries – the unsung heroes of all shows – for supporting and working the event. The Norsk Rottweilerklubb hosts a well-organized and efficiently managed specialty. I conducted my seminar – “The Rottweiler In Type: Discussions on Breed Type, Structure and their Correlation to Locomotion”, the day prior to the show. It was attended by 15 enthusiasts. The seminar is a Power Point presentation that attempts to simplify the parts of the standard facilitating a more thorough understanding. It is a valuable teaching tool. When the seminar concluded, we progressed to a...

Common Obedience Commands used at Canine College

CANINE COLLEGE Holbrook, MA 781-767-3908 caninecollege.net BASIC OBEDIENCE COMMANDS   HEEL            A position on the left side of handler while moving or stationary.                         Basic heel position:  dog sits at left side of handler facing forward, dogs’ right shoulder aligned with left leg SIT                Sit in place. RIGHT HAND palm up STAY            Stay in position. LEFT HAND palm facing dog WAIT           Used to keep Dog from Passing in front of  handler or wait before exiting DOWN         Means to lie down in place.  RIGHT HAND palm facing floor COME         Stop and come to you and sit in front (or heel) STAND        Dog stands in stationary position PLACE        Directing Dog to go to Bed, Matt or Special place to relax & Lay down NO SNIFF   To prevent dog from sniffing another dog, person or object NO JUMP     To prevent jumping on furniture, people or counters QUIET        To stop barking, whining or howling, etc. OFF            To command dog to get off of furniture, people or counters etc. NO BITE   No mouthing of hands, feet, leash or clothing LEAVE IT    Do not pick up or go near object or person, sniff, or look at another dog DROP IT     Whatever dog has in mouth, must release or drop KENNEL UP (or) CRATE     Go into crate or kennel HURRY (or) GO QUICKLY  When out exercising to eliminate NO PULL  Walking on loose lead without pulling or dragging EASY      A behavioral command to calm down or relax OK          Releases your dog from a command, allows him to sniff or walk out of heel. This is not permission to pull!   2015 ...

Ear Infections? Been There.

Tried and True. Your dog has minor ear infection? Simple solution. Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Clean ears with cotton balls using Apple Cider Vinegar use for 7 days. If it has not started clearing up then you might want to check with vet and get antibiotics. Clean and check ears weekly as prevention using the Organic Vinegar. It works most of the time. Tip of the Day Search for: Recent Posts Boston Dog Training Options New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained! New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog Categories Canine Good Citizen Dog Training Tips Dogs Looking For a Home Events Health Care Housebreaking K9 Info Blog Proper Diet Training Stories...

The Story of a Dogs Second Chance

The Near Death of a Golden-The Power of Positive Reinforcement This is a true story of a very lucky Golden Retriever puppy whose future was hanging by a thread. Thai was a 9 month old Golden puppy living with his family since he was 7and ½ weeks old. The problems started at 8 weeks of age when his visit to the vet sent up red flags. He was growling at the vet, probably because he was scared, but this is where it all began….. Thai became food aggressive so the owners were told to hand feed him by dropping food into his bowl a few at a time, unfortunately it wasn’t working. The owners gave up and stayed clear of him while he ate so the problem got worse. They took him to a local pet store for training and he excelled and took to the clicker very well, but his problems at home got worse. Thai became toy aggressive, food, bone, space and hand aggressive and took up the sport of terrorizing the 13 year old child. His body would stiffen up, mouth would close, tail would slowly start to rise and stop wagging. He would stare into the eyes of the scared owners and growl a deep and ominous rumble while quivering his lip up to show his teeth. They said he would do this behavior for no reason sometimes. At times it was predictable and other times it was not. He would come up from behind them while in a chair or over to the couch while the owners were watching TV and start his bizarre...

What’s the best way to house train my dog?

CANINE COLLEGE 1 White Rock Spring Rd Holbrook, MA 02343 781-767-3908 Caninecollege.net CRATE TRAINING & HOUSEBREAKING -1- Probably THE MOST IMPORTANT piece of equipment you will ever buy is a dog crate. The dog crate has long been accepted, trusted, and taken for granted by dog show exhibitors, obedience & field competitors, trainers, breeders, groomers, veterinarians and anyone else who handles dogs regularly. Individual pet owners however, often reject the idea of a “cage” for their pet, because they feel that enforced confinement is “cruel” or a punishment. That is NOT the way that the dog feels when the crate is properly utilized. The dog is a den animal ( like a wolf or a fox) and the safe enclosed shelter of the dog crate is a “security blanket” for the pup in the often bewildering world of humans. The dog is much happier and more secure having its life controlled by a human “pack leader”, and benefits by being prevented from causing trouble, rather than being punished. The dog crate is a rectangular enclosure with a top, a bottom, and a door made in a variety of sized proportioned to fit any type of dog. Some are constructed of wire, aluminum or molded plastic. Its purpose is to provide guaranteed confinement for reasons of security, safety, and housebreaking, protection of household articles, travel, illness or just general control. A good quality crate will last almost indefinitely. It is escape-proof, non-chewable, easy to clean and well ventilated. WHY USE A CRATE??? A dog crate, correctly and humanely used, can have many advantages for both you and your dog. WITH...
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