~”Woof!” (Sniff, Sniff, too!)
I have this Paw-Awesome report.
Mom and I have been so busy with the smell game. At times it can be confusing because sometimes my mom calls it Nosework and other times its called Scent Work. Got me what the differences are. I just nose’s its all about the bacon. (HA-did you catch my humor?) I love bacon…shhh do not tell mom that I told you this. But ever so often, I see mom eat my dog treats. LOL! She must like bacon too.
Last time, I updated you on our first title with United States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS). Since then we have gained our second title with USCSS called Detection Dog Intermediate. This trial was at a school campground where we found 8 hides and overcame a very tough search in a bunkhouse. The judge told my mom, “Great job in being patient!” I have no idea why the judge would say that –Weim-Zoomies are a normal every day occurrence. Right?
We recently went for the NW2 with the National Association Canine Scent Work (NACSW). We missed 1 hide because we were about two feet from source. So did not gain our title. We learned a lot about that, “No, I am sorry that is not correct!”
Scent Work or Nose Work whatever it may be called is not just about finding the smell, the alert or the bacon. NERD ALERT: It is about a team that works through the problem analyzing the environment and how the conditions of terrain, climate, vegetation and weather play into how the scent molecules are traveling.
REALITY CHECK: Now try and remember all of that when the birds or the bunnies are queued– seriously NOT FAIR, Right? No worries, we just shake it off and learn and grow.
We have since earned our first title in UKC in three of the elements (Containers, Exterior and Vehicles Searches). This last UKC trial we were in shock when we learned we earned a High-In Trial.
This last weekend we tried our luck at our first AKC Trial. The nice thing about AKC and UKC is your YES’s are accumulative and you must pass each element three times to gain a title in that specific element. We learned another trial opens this coming week, so maybe by the end of July we will gain our first titles in AKC elements.
To be continued…now I lay me down to sleep!
Asher Von Owyheestar,
NW1, DDI, AKC TKN, UKC NC, UKC NV, UKC NE
Everyone at OwyheeStar is very impressed, Asher. Thank you for the report and all the hard work. Tomorrow, I will write a bit more about this topic and list what these titles earn mean. I am positive that several readers would like to know more.
The Blue’s Sisters
~ Part One
Skye & Haze will be 5 years old this year! Time has flown by with them,.. it seems like yesterday we were doing the puppy thing. They are spending most of their winter days lounging around the house… on the furniture of course! We take them out for a good run every day, even if they have to plow through the snow…. they look forward to their outdoor play time, and can’t wait for spring!
Competing and Winning Ribbons
Skye loves to compete in AKC Rally competitions and also AKC Nosework competitions. Haze competes in Rally as well and also is working on completing her Excellent title (like Skye) by this summer. Watch for more on Skye and Haze–coming soon to the blog.
We keep the girls in weekly classes at our dog training club to keep them socialized, and to give them something for their minds to work on. We are delighted with our pups and can’t imagine life without them! Blessings to you! ~ Jean & Nancy
Cliff and I are so very proud of all you two (or maybe we should say four) have achieved. It is no small thing. We know what a huge challenge this breed can bring. As you once explained to me Jean–AKC Rally is like Agility on Steriods. What more do we need to say?
Please watch for the two segments — one featuring Skye and the other Haze. Although they are rarely out of each other’s shadow, for a brief moment they will be a star on our blog. We think you will be interested to learn more about them.
I hope you are enjoying the great weather!
Bella is Happy, Busy, and Much-Loved
Bella has started her AKC star puppy class and is doing very well. She can do 3 commands at once. When AKC star puppy class is finished we’ll start teen wolf class. In July we will start our puppy agility class. I have a home agility set so I’ve been introducing her to the tunnel and some of the other obstacles.
She is such a joy. She has brought so much happiness into my home. She is absolutely stunning! She gets so much attention everywhere we go. ~ Kim
Hello Cliff and Shela…
We want to write to say hello, and to say we hope is going well with you. Gracie is doing well; however, some things just take time…even dog training! We are working with Gracie (11 weeks old today) and she loves to do a perfect sit as long as the dog food “treat” is coming her way. Working on following Cliff’s advice on not giving to many treats. She is also learning “place” – her Minky lined dog bed.
We just received our AKC Reunite tag for Gracie and now her micro-chip is tagged to our personal information and phone number. She is a darling girl and is especially sweet and loving.
Best to you, Nancy and Tony
Breeder’s Note: We recently changed our microchip system. We now use the AKC Reunite Microchip (from the American Kennel Club). If you brought home a spring 2014 OwyheeStar Weimaraner, they will have the new microchip. This must be registered with AKC. Recording it at your veterinary’s office is not enough. Inside the puppy packet (in the front flap’s slit) you will find the information, along with the health record. Should your puppy ever come up missing (God forbid), or should you need to prove the pup belonged to you, the best proof is the microchip. Please register your microchip with AKC–its important!
Thank you Tony and Nancy for getting Gracie’s microchip recorded with the American Kennel Club (AKC).