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…

Emerald Isle (3)Emerald Isle’s first time in the pool.Emerald Isle (6)Emerald Isle (7)Emerald Isle (14)Emerald Isle (15)I think they are negotiating with her Winking smile

Gemma (3)This is Gemma, she came to watch her mom Grace do her thing!Grace (3)This is Deb and Grace. They are experienced at this. Deb puts Grace in a sit stay at one end of the dock and then when she is ready she says her name…Grace (7)as Grace nears the end of the dock Deb releases the bumper.Grace (8)Grace (2)Grace (6)

Ronnie (2)This is Michelle and Ronnie!Ronnie (5)She can walk on water Winking smileRonnie (13)Ronnie (15)Ronnie (16)

Titan & Hailee (11)My niece, Hailee with Titan.Titan & Hailee (12)Titan & Hailee (26)Titan & Hailee (6)Titan & Hailee (8)Titan & Hailee (17)Titan & Hailee (33).Titan trying to walk on water Winking smileTitan & Hailee (36)

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

ACC Michigan Fun Weekend

It has been a very busy month here. On Saturday June 4th we had a Chessie Fun Day and on Sunday June 5th we did a Working Dog Stake. These were organized and offered by myself and my good friend Michelle, we are both the ACC Regional Directors for Michigan.

The Fun Day was a huge success, we had 27 people in attendance. We offered field training that was organized and run by Michelle’s husband Dave who is also our trainer. The dogs had a blast! When I looked around everyone was talking and laughing, I am sure sharing stories of their dogs.

We also had agility equipment set up for everyone to play with. I noticed that even the kids had a great time jumping through hoops and running through the tunnels.

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The weather was fantastic! We had several businesses donate items for our door prizes. I want to take a moment to recognize them here. First a big thank you to Kappen Tree Service for allowing us the use of their land for our Working Dog Stake. A big shout out to JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes for donating a hand made slip lead, lanyard and collar tab set and several sets of her Norman Kisses. Gun Dog Supply and Doctors Foster and Smith donated gift certificates. Chewy.com donated Kong Zoom Grooms. Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets donated a Super Absorbent Microfiber Towel. Bird Dog and Retriever News donated issues of their magazine.

Sunday the weather was not as cooperative as Saturday as half way through the day it poured but the dogs didn’t mind. But all in all everyone had a good time running their dogs in the test. Our judges set up a nice challenging test for all the dogs and it was great watching the handlers and their dogs working as a team. We had 10 entrants, 2 had to scratch so 8 dogs ran. We had two dogs pass their WD and one dog pass the WDQ.

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Titan was the test dog for the WD and I was so proud of him he smashed the test on land and water! Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of him and didn’t think to ask someone to take some for me. The test dog is a dog that does the test so the handlers can watch and see how it will be done. The dogs entered can not watch this and that is why we also use blinds for the dogs as they make their way up to the line…no cheating Winking smile

Even though we were rained on everyone had a good day. I want to give a shout out to all the great helpers we had for putting the test on. It takes people to throw birds, gunners, set up each test and tear down, a marshal to keep everyone moving in turn and any other thing that might need to be done. Without their help this would not have been possible. They worked hard and all their efforts were greatly appreciated!!

By the end of the weekend we were all tired including the dogs but I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Tina and the Brown Dogs

Summer Fun

I am going back a couple years for this post.

In June of 2014 we participated/attended a fun weekend sponsored by the American Chesapeake Club (ACC). Some of these can be a lot of work but well worth it. It is a great way to socialize dogs, practice disciplines you may be interested in and socialize with other people in your breed as well as  other breeds.

It was a beautiful sunny weekend! We had an agility obstacle course set up, rally, we would have obedience and conformation time, field time and we would be offering the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.

The attendance was fantastic. Jennifer Marenich was our instructor, she did a great job. We ended up having 20 dogs pass their CGC test; Maia and Titan were two of those. I worked with them the day before with several other people and overall they seemed ready but was I?!? You know when you get nervous the dogs feel that so I was trying not to be anxious,  just relax and have fun. That paid off! They passed and earned their CGC title.

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Titan takes it literally about having fun!

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan CGC

The sit/stay. The dog is required to stay where you place them, then the owner walks to the end of a 20 f00t line turns and walks back. As you can see Titan did very well with this.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Maia CGC

Your dog must walk on a leash without pulling, Maia did great with this.

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Here the dog has to sit with someone while the owner goes out of sight for 3 minutes. To pass they have to be calm, they can look for you but they can’t act out. Titan waited for me patiently.

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The whole group that passed their CGC

This is a great way to proof your dog socially. With that being said it doesn’t mean you stop socializing once you gain your title in particular with Chesapeake’s. But I will save that for another post.

Most everyone practiced on the agility equipment. This was so much fun, I had always wanted to try some stuff out with the dogs.

Maia and I tried the jumps, she actually liked doing it. This was the low jump.

This jump was quite a bit higher but she cleared it.

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Uhh I’m not too sure about this…

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Titan really enjoyed doing this, we did it several times and even did it off leash once.

Titan

Wait…you want me to what…

Several people checked out the rally, conformation and obedience. Quite a few dogs practiced in the field. We were able to get some water work in also.

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A little land work.

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And some water work.

I know there were some tired dogs at the end of the day. So what do you do for fun with your dogs?