Surprise Surprise!

We received a very nice surprise in the mail the other day.

A few weeks ago I had finally got around to sending in Titan’s paperwork to get his Trick Dog title, you know you have to make it all official, you can read about Titan’s Trick Dog here. Well when it arrived in the mail a second envelope also came. Much to my surprise Titan also received the Achiever Dog Certificate.

Misty Shores Titan Trick Dog Title

Misty Shores Titan AKC Achiever Dog

The Achiever Dog program is a way to recognize and encourage dog owners to participate in several venues with their dog. To be eligible for this program your dog must be AKC registered, or listed with AKC Partners program or, AKC Purebred Alternative Listing or, recorded as Foundation Stock Service

Your dog does not have to be a purebred to register with AKC, you can register them through the AKC Partners program. This program is for mixed breeds and other dogs that aren’t eligible for AKC registration.

If you have a purebred dog but they aren’t registered with AKC because perhaps the litter was not registered or the parents were not registered, or maybe your dog is a rescue and you don’t have registration papers;  you can enroll your unregistered registrable breed in the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program. This allows you to compete with your dog in many Performance or Companion Events.

If you have a rare breed you can enroll in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program. This is for purebred dogs that are not currently eligible to be registered with AKC.

So if you like to do things with your dog and would like to expand into performance events, earn titles and recognition you can see which events are eligible for the Achiever Dog program here.

Tina & the Brown Dogs

 

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Do You Have A Trick Dog??

Last year at our annual fun weekend we had a new event, AKC Trick Dog. This is a new event from AKC. There are four levels, Novice Trick Dog (TKN), Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI), Advanced Trick Dog (TKA), and Trick Dog Performer (TKP). Of course each level gets a bit harder and more involved.

Dave is an AKC CGC, CGCA and Trick Dog evaluator. If you pass these tests you can send in your paperwork along with your fee and get a title on your dog.

If your dog doesn’t have a CGC the dog must complete ten tricks from a list supplied by the evaluator. If your dog does have a CGC they only need to complete five more tricks.

Titan already has his CGC, so we only needed to do five tricks to complete our TKN  title. You can find more information here.

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This really was a lot of fun and laughs! At this level it is all relatively easy stuff to do. Titan did, kennel up, sit on a platform, fetch it & give, hold and  go through a tunnel. We did one extra because I wanted to see if I could get him to jump over a jump, and he did.

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A few photos of dogs doing their tricks…

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The test allows for two handler’s choice tricks. These next two photos were handlers choice.

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We all had such a great time, a lot of encouragement and camaraderie. I encourage everyone to give this a try, it is a great way to bond with your dog while having some fun!

Tina & the Brown Dogs

2017 MSDA Judges Seminar

What a great weekend my niece, Hailee, and I had at the Michigan Sporting Dog Association’s Judges Seminar!

This is the 9th year that my friend Michelle Keehn, her husband and I have participated in this very important event. Through this event the future AKC Judges of the Sporting Dog’s are taught how to judge each perspective breed.

The Judges are given a presentation first. Michelle does this portion for the Chesapeake’s along with at least one other person who has been in the breed for a number of years. Our presentation consists of covering the things in our breed standard in more detail. The Judges can ask questions at any time. They are also given a booklet that has our breed standard, information about our breed, bio’s of the presenter’s, and several articles written by long time Chesapeake breeders. The Judges are also given a CD with the whole presentation in PDF so they have something they can refer back to.MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (9)

After the presentation the Judges get a hands on demonstration. This is really the highlight of the session, the opportunity to actually go over the dogs in a similar setting as a conformation ring. The dogs are supplied by other Chesapeake owners, if not for their dedication to the breed this really wouldn’t be possible for the Judges to have this opportunity.

Each Judge gets to go over every dog and take the time to really get their hands on them and ask questions. We move the dogs around the ring just as if it was the real deal. They critique the dogs, so as I say “don’t bring your dog if you don’t want to hear the bad with the good”.MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (295)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (298)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (283)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (72)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (80)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (184)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (225)

Halfway through the day there is a land and water demonstration show casing the dogs doing what they were bred to do.MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (145)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (175)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (181)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (191)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (528)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (532)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (580)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (583)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (809)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (827)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (955)MSDA Judges Seminar 2017 Day 1 (986)

The whole seminar was well received by the Judges and they commented on what a great job we did and the nice quality dogs we brought for them.

A great deal of hard work goes into putting this together not only by the MSDA but each individual breed. The weekend is long for everyone, including the dogs, but in the end it is all worth it to make sure the future Judges have this wonderful opportunity to be educated on each breed.

Some random photos from the weekend…

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Splish Splash…Dogs Having Fun!

My friend Michelle and I are Michigan Regional Directors (RD) for the American Chesapeake Club (ACC), this is our national dog club. As such we coordinate different events and activities in our state for Chessie’s and their owners.

A couple of months ago my friend Deb invited me to go with  her and try dock diving with Titan. She talked with me about putting together a dock diving fun day. We worked out the details with Heather, the trainer and gal who runs the facility.

So Michelle, Deb and myself coordinated our first Dock Diving Fun Day at the TNT Dog Center. Heather was great to work with and the facility is fantastic!

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We made fliers, sent out emails to all the Michigan ACC members, and posted on our Facebook group.

This past Saturday was the day of our event. It is always fun meeting new Chessie enthusiasts. The dogs had so much fun. Deb’s dog Grace has her Dock Senior (DS) title, but the rest of us are newbies to the sport. Michelle’s dog Ronnie took right to jumping, she was a natural. Titan had done it one other time but had a minor injury from that first time so he was hesitant about jumping from the dock but has the ramp mastered. Our new friends Emerald Isle and her parents, Pattie and Jeremy, drove over two hours to join the fun. Emmy was unsure of the ramp at first but she caught on quick.

We had a potluck lunch that was fabulous, so after eating and sharing stories we let the dogs have some more fun in the pool.

This is such a fun sport, so if you are looking for something fun to do with your dog you might want to see if you have a dock diving facility in your area and give it a whirl. If you are in Michigan I highly recommend TNT Dog Center.

Some photos of our fun…

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So what did you do for fun this past weekend?

Tina and the Brown Dogs

Michigan Sporting Dog Association’s Judges Education

Well it has been a very busy couple of months for us, my niece came up from Alabama to spend several weeks, our Fun Weekend at the beginning of June and we participated in the Judge’s Education Seminar on Sunday June 26th.

For those who have never heard of this I will try to give you a brief explanation; for the past eight years the Michigan Sporting Dog Association (MSDA) has held a Sporting Dog Judge’s Education Seminar here in Michigan. This is a unique opportunity for future judge’s to have the chance to get hands on experience judging various sporting breeds while being able to ask questions of people who actually own, breed, show and hunt with each of the breeds represented. This is required by the AKC for them to earn their judging license for each sporting breed they will be judging.

The event was held at the Ortonville Recreation Area, Ortonville, MI which is a beautiful park and worked very well for the dogs. There were 28 sporting breeds represented. This is a two day event starting at 8am and ending around 4:30pm. It is broken down into four sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. There is also a live demonstration of the dogs doing the job they were bred for on land and water.

First the presenter does an oral presentation that lasts just about thirty minutes. They go over their breed standard, history of their breed and answer questions. After the presentation the judges are shown the dogs in a show ring setting so they can look at them move and get their hands on them to feel coat textures, bone and the over all conformation of the dogs. They are able to take their time and ask questions not only of the presenter but the owners of the dogs as well. After the morning session is over they have a field and water demonstration.

Each year this is made possible by the MSDA, and people volunteering their time and dogs. I personally feel this is an honor to be asked to participate with my dogs. The Chesapeake people have always been able to present to the future judge’s of the breed every color and many types from various kennel’s, males, females, and all ages. The feedback from the judges’ is very positive. As I sat taking photos of the water demonstration I over heard several of the judges remarking how wonderful this was to watch.

So now some photos of the event, I never get as many as I would like since I am one of the participants but I think you will enjoy the ones I did. Let’s start with some AWE puppy cuteness!

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If you would like to see more photos you can view them on MSDA’s Facebook page here

Tina and the Brown Dogs