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.

2016 ACC WD-X-Q Stake (44)The Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) was also offered and we had a few dogs do the test and pass.

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2016 ACC Fun Weekend (261)2016 ACC Fun Weekend (270)2016 ACC Fun Weekend (320)2016 ACC Fun Weekend (324)2016 ACC Fun Weekend (346)And some of the dogs enjoyed the pool Winking smile

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.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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.


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.

Maia (44)

Uhh I’m not too sure about this…

Chesapeakes Bay Retriever (4)

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


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.

Chesapeakes Bay Retriever (3)

A little land work.

Titan (1)

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?

Cheyenne’s WD

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~Cheyenne WD

New Working Dog

Ro-Lyns Cheyenne Mtn Dreams WD

Loved by Tina Cox & Robin Zerbst

CH Tealwaters Timberdoodle Song X CH Ro-Lyns Mtn Dreams Echoing

This certification means a lot to me as this was a title that required a great deal of determination not only by me but Cheyenne as well. We started participating in field work three years ago when Cheyenne was six years old and it was a very rocky beginning since both of us had no clue what we were doing. However, with the dedication and guidance of our good friends David and Michelle Keehn of Dusty Rose Chessie’s who worked diligently with us for many weeks we finally figured it out, and now Cheyenne lives to retrieve her birds! So a big thank you to Dave and Michelle, without you we would never have achieved this.


This is the photo and text I submitted to the ACC, my national breed club for the next bulletin, I figured since this title is kind of a big deal for me and Cheyenne she also deserved a blog post all her own.

Chessie Weekend

What a wonderfully exhausting weekend Smile

Saturday was our *B/OB, this is an event my dog club does to work towards becoming licensed by the AKC so we can hold our own shows. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone had a great time, I was not able to get very many pictures since I was so busy with dogs. I am so proud of Maia, she received first in her class and yes we had competition! She stood pretty good for exam and moved beautifully around the ring. It was a great opportunity to practice with her in a relaxed show setting.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~ 10 months old~Maia (14)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~ 10 months old~Maia (1)

The nice thing about pictures is you can see things that you otherwise would not know is going on; like in this picture I see I have let the collar slip down a bit.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~ 10 months old~Maia (6)Chesapeake Bay Retriever~ 10 months old~Maia (15)



Then Sunday was the day I have been waiting for with great apprehension and excitement…WD day! Cheyenne and I have been working for this for the last three years; she ran in a WD two years ago but we missed our title by one bird. This time we nailed it, she was awesome and she is now a WD titled dog Smile

Chesapeake Bay Retriever~Cheyenne WD


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I am still flying high from the weekend and I could not be more proud of my girl’s. I will not pursue any more tests with Cheyenne but we will still go to training to have a good time until she tells me she is done! Maia and I will continue moving forward with her conformation training and entering a show here and there for the exposure and practice until I think she is more mature, then we start trying for her Championship (CH) title.

This was a great weekend of people coming together for the benefit of the dogs. We had a wonderful time working with our dogs, socializing and eating. I can’t wait for the next event!!


*Sanctioned Matches Defined.

A sanctioned match is an informal event at which neither
Championship points nor credit toward an Agility, Rally,
Obedience, or Tracking title are awarded. They are
events at which dog clubs, judges, stewards, and
exhibitors and their dogs gain experience needed for
licensed events.