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 â€“ 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...
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...
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