Since you are doing OFA Hips, I would highly recommend
getting the elbows done also. While at the vets, get the vet
to do a practitioner patella test on the knees.
CERF should be done with a non breeding dog every 2yrs or so,
yearly for a dog that you are considering to use for breeding.
The Sheltland Sheepdog has an Optigen DNA test for PRA - I will include
the link here so you can research it. It gives you the
chances of your dog carrying , affected or normal for certain
types of PRA. http://www.optigen.com/opt9_test_cea_ch.html to
do this cheaper, you can talk to some folk in the breed club,
because I know the Crested club often has satellite clinics, and
it's cheaper, and no you don't have to be a member of the parent
I suggest the above because this is what I tell folk looking for
a puppy. If the dog doesn't have the following - walk away...
OFA - hips, elbows thyroid - Practitioner's opinion on knees and
CERF - yearly - or two yearly
OPTIGEN - Extremely important in the herding and toy breeds
Hope this helps.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Instead of 'judge shopping' work on trying to get your dog to relax. I
have a dog who is shorter than my other, but put your hands on her
and she just wants to stand on her tippy toes. She is a late
developer, and her chest is finally dropping, but from experience,
a gentle judge who can relax the dog will always do better with
a borderline dog than a judge who is in a hurry and rips and
tears their way through the measuring list.
You always have an option of a Challenge Measurement down the road. My
breed, CC's are known to drop up to 10% of their height between the
age of 12mths and 3yrs - their chests drop and they 'settle' into
their shoulder angles, yes it's a pain to jump that extra height
for a little while should you choose, but definately remember you
have that challenge measurement up your sleeve.
If you are going to training, or shows in the next week or
so, have people touch your dog, while he stands still and treat
him, and have them treat him.
Dog People, Helping Dog People
Friday, July 27, 2007
I have just found out about this wonderful organization called:
For those who donate to dog related causes, this is one to really
consider. I have had personal experience with them and they could not
have been more caring, supportive or helpful. Kudos to all who do support
them, and please let me tell you they do GREAT work.
For years I have given to the Komen Foundation and American Cancer
Foundation, and when I finally needed some assistance, none was forthcoming,
even with the support of my physician and oncologist.
Take the lead not only got back to me quickly, but were able
to assist me in a prescription delima I was trying to work through (vital drugs
for my ongoing comfort while dealing with cancer).
This is my personal experience, but I have to tell you, that
when my friends now ask me what they can do for me, I ask them to donate to
this wonderful cause. Dog people helping dog people, what could
thanks for reading and considering
From their home page:
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the sport of purebred dogs who suffer the devastation of life-threatening
or terminal illness.
We welcome your support. Take The Lead relies upon membership, donations
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In 2006, Take The Lead announced a $1.3 million Endowment Campaign aimed at
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Sunburn in Dog's Eye Area
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 1:37:13 PM
Does anyone have experience with how to treat sunburn in the dog's eye area.
I have a split faced dog with no pigment on the lower part of her right eye
and she often gets sunburn there. Even just 5-10 minutes out in
the sun for agility training and she will burn. I was wondering
if anyone had some
ideas for that.
What I use to do with my horses was to color below the eye, I guess with a
dog (I have a pink and white Chinese Crested, so know your pain), she
had a partial bottom 'eye lined' in black, but the really small part that isn't,
we had her tattooed when she was spayed, it helped the problem a lot.
Then there is always a hat or googles *g* (Don't laugh before Diva got tattooed
for that area, she had doggles when we were at the beach LOL).
The Little Dog Who Could
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Miracles do happen, dreams do come true.
The weekend of 18-20 May, the American Chinese Crested Club had their first
ever National Agility Specialty. What fun it was to see so many Cresteds
strut their stuff on Friday. With an early morning (7.30am) start 99%
of the CC's showed their clown sides, multiple tunnels, zoomies and happy faces
shooting around the standard course.
In jumpers, many of them decided focus was a good thing (was it the steak
from mom's dinner the night before?) and several had nice clean courses. Judith
Flagel was our judge for the weekend, and provided some beautiful courses,
with technical areas, but also areas that allow this unique breed to stretch
out and show their stuff.
The FAST class was a blast, the experience of those who do USDAA did show
through, but it motivated many teams, and the expression of joy on the faces
(the famous Crestie smile) was apparent on all dogs.
Saturday and Sunday was for toy breeds only, and there was a nice turnout,
once again Judith's courses offered some technical moves, but the flow of the
courses were beautiful and once again we were blessed to see the Chinese Crested
in flowing action, a combination of speed and talent.
I went away from the weekend feeling very pleased in knowing that the performance
side of our breed is being displayed for the public. People seem amazed
that the hairless variety behaves beautifully on the table (sits and downs),
and all I saw all weekend were running contacts with only 3 missed contacts
witnessed by myself. Thumbs up and great job to you all who are working
with this fun, happy and unique breed.
Onto the Miracle:
As many of you know I have suffered through Diva's problems of being attacked,
being terrified of everything outside the ring and having the teeter give her
butt a good scratch up. In November, straight after USDAA Nationals
Diva went into surgery on her knee, it was a mess. Well if anyone else
is looking into this, it was the best thing I ever did for this young dog,
she has come back better and stronger and so much happier, (something I was
told NOT to expect and in fact was told it would be a huge failure by a surgeon
I interviewed initially – didn't go with that one!.
Diva took HIT on Friday for the CC National Agility HIT winner, on Saturday
it was Snowbird (owned by Alicia Ward, handled by myself) too ACCC HIT and
once again on Sunday, Diva showed just the little miracle she is by taking
the ACCC HIT once again.
Watching Diva's runs on video brought tears to my eyes. We have gone
through so much together (and continue to do so), she attends my chemo sessions
weekly, she is stretched and massaged throughout the day to ensure everything
is in order, we still have a fear of venues with low ceilings and that are
very noisy but that is ok with me, these days it just means we stay at home
and deal with ‘real life' (household chores, friends family) issues.
Once again, what my dogs have shown me is this:
Never Quit, always believe and do what feels right within your heart. Most
of all, smile, have fun and REALLY share your feelings with your dogs. I
credit my dogs (past and present) for me still being here today fighting the
fight of cancer, I have learnt that acceptance is NOT resignation, I have learnt
that I wont get struck down with lightening if I need to just chill and rest. It's
ok to have a bad day, accept it and move on.
The world doesn't revolve around me, and just like marbles in a jar, even
when I am no longer here, the rest of the world will just snuggle in a little
tighter and the only thing left will be memories. My pled to you all,
make those memories positive, happy and truly joyful.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I've tried to be quiet on this situation (lol, those that know me will know
how hard this is for me), but can't any longer.
Barking in Class: NO - not only have you paid money for your class,
but so have others, out of respect for them so they can hear the instructor
you dog needs to learn to be quiet in the crate. I will NOT raise my
voice to a yell so I can be heard over barking dogs, nor will students
have to suffer because you can't keep your dog quiet. Training IS the
time to start working to have your dog quiet, even when stimulated.
Barking at Trials: For goodness sake if your dog is a barker, DO NOT
stick them at the end of a row where many people pass with their dogs
throughout the day. If your dog is a barker, do everyone a favor
and cover the dog and move the dog AWAY from the action. Having a small
dog who had a soft crate land on her when a large dog lunged and barked at
her is NO fun, there was no other way for us to get out of the building.
BARKING at trials: Don't put your dog in an x-pen, it has been
my experience that dogs in x-pens bark and lunge more than dogs in crates.
Have a sign on your crate: "Hi my name is Fido", I am learning
to be quiet in my crate, on top of my crate are some cookies, if you go pass and
I am quiet, please talk to me and feed me one. If I am barking up
a storm please (your choice here) (a) go get my handler (b) tell
me to be quiet (c) shake the can (d) pat the side of my crate gently
and tell me hush (e) My mum is probably running my house sister/brother and I
will stop yapping as soon as she has finished. (you get the picture).
because we are so busy competing so many do NOT take into account those wonderful
SO's who do not compete but often spend a lot of time in the crating area,
these folk really suffer through the constant barking of your dogs,
it is no fun for the person (having been injured and dealt with this in the
past) I could not believe the amount of ill-behaved dogs yapping up a storm!.
Just be RESPECTFUL, I personally hate going to certain trials because
I know the setup means nothing but yapping darn dogs all day, it's tiring and
stressful for humans too. I absolutely encourage clubs to set a 10 foot
(or even FIVE foot) no crate zone by rings, that allows for spectators to watch
without the constant yapping of dogs that have never been taught to be quiet
even when stimulated.
It is interesting to me that it varies from organization to organization. Perhaps
that is an indication of respect for others within different organizations? I don't
know the reason, but can only guess.
For those who are complaining about their dogs being corrected by others,
may I suggest you go for the sign method. After 7hrs of listening
to a dog constantly bark, even though I train positive methods, and with several
Aleve pills later to aleve the headache caused, even I have to pull myself
back from yelling at your dog to shut the hell up.
Yes, dogs are dogs, they sniff (we don't allow that on the field), they
pee on things (we don't allow them to walk through the crating area and pee),
so why is it so hard to train them to be quiet in their crates while at shows??
Who has a dog who will growl when dogs walk up to her crate, hence why I set
her back form the aisles, cover her and often put her sister in with her to
Let's Dream on Venues
Friday, April 13, 2007
What no-one has a spare 2million to build such an event center - LOL!
If clubs were not restricted to how many trials they could hold a year, and
hence a really good club could do lots of trials a year, and raise enough money
to build such a facility.
Imagine a five ringed, indoor, astroturfed facility that cathered to dogs
primarily. It would need to be on a minimal of ten acres that could have
RV parking for over 150 RV's, a couple of fenced areas where dogs could be
offleash to play, a big pond etc. Parking for over 500 cars.
Think of what such an area could be used for: - Conformation, Agility, Flyball,
Rally, Obedience and Seminars. The area would need to have several
instructors associated with it, and could run classes as often as they had
If the owners were smart enough, they would include a daycare area, a vet's
office and a retail space.
The actual ring area (min: 50,000 feet), but if it had several 'dividers'
and separate AC zones, you would only have to heat/cool the areas being used. If
there was an area large enough for five outdoor rings, this would allow clubs
to rent just the outdoor rings (less expensive than in indoor rings). The
outdoor area would need to have a large enclosed building that is climate controlled,
so toilets and crating could be optional.
At least a 30 foot high roof, with fans, and fully insulated against sound.
OK, I need to turn over and go back to REM sleep LOL
Turkey/Chicken Loaf for Dogs
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Here it is: Turkey/Chicken Loaf for Dogs LKristof
2 pounds ground turkey (I used Chicken as well, dogs liked
1/2 cup cooked mixed vegetables (I used 1/2 can drained green
1 T. garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup barley (parboil)
1 cup quick cooking oats (I used normal, and it was fine)
1/2 cup canned low-fat gravy
Grease a 9" loaf pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground
turkey, vegetables, garlic powder, egg, barley and oats. Mix the ingredients
together well and place the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Press the mixture
to flatten and level, then use a table knife to cut a few shallow slits on
top. Pour the gravy over the loaf and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for
1 to 1-1/4 hours or until nicely browned on top. Cool, then cut the loaf into
about six slices. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and store in the refrigerator.
To feed - Break the slices into bite-size pieces.
Diva Made a Difference
Monday, March 19, 2007
Today, Diva made a difference.
Each week I go into the infusion room, accompanied by my Certified Service
Animal, Diva, a pink and white hairless Chinese Crested. In November 2006 Diva
had a knee replacement, during her recovery and rehab; she only missed two
of my chemo sessions.
While we were in the waiting room she was introduced to a lovely elderly woman,
who wanted to pat Diva (who is also a Certified Therapy Dog, and knows that
she has a dual task when we are at infusion). Diva sat in her lap, enjoying
the petting while the lady told me about a little mutt she had when she was
a young girl, she smiled at the memory and told Diva she was a little angel
placed on this earth to help me through my fight with cancer and that she was
lucky to have a human mom like me, who sews for her and cares for her..
Today this same women who was doing infusion next to me, crashed and passed
away, this is not the first time I have been present when such sadness has
occurred while I have been doing chemo (I have been doing this weekly for seven
years now), but this is the first time Diva has been with me.
Being Spring Break, there were many younger children in infusion today, and
I was so proud of Diva, who while 3 crash teams worked on my neighbor, along
with all the nurses, she was held and cuddled, by many patients and their visitors,
many of whom were very distressed by the events (it was about 45mins from time
of the crash, until they had the area vacated). Diva's calming presence transferred
to all that held her, or were around her. The daughter of the deceased hugged
and cried while we offered support, and held Diva as her grief overwhelmed
her with the loss of her precious mother. My heart goes out to the family as
I once again curse this bloody disease called cancer.
Diva may not be an agility dog like many of the wonderful mini dogs I see
out there, she dislikes running in low roofed arenas and hates the cold, but
today Diva's demeanor and personality meant more to me than any Q, any Grand
Prix coupon, or even a semi-final spot, today Diva touched people in a way
that other humans presence were unable.
Today Diva (all 6lbs of her) made a difference to an entire ward. Doctors,
Nurses, Patients & Visitors, they all felt the power and strength of my
four legged angel who took it all in her stride. Today Diva was my hero, doing
what she does best – sharing love and spreading peace and calm.
Tonight give your kids an extra pat, and tell those close to you that you
Dallas , TX
Training a Puppy
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I have never had to think about a choke collar on any CC I have worked with. Opening
up their minds to the fun of new beahaviors is what is so important.
I do a lot of conditioning when I first get my dogs, whether it is a rescue
or a puppy. I love them watch working it all out. Most CC's are
food hounds - even Diva who is fussy will work really hard for grilled chicken!!
CC's do so well with positive training methods (actually nearly every dog
I have worked with does great with this method). I have trained Rottweilers,
BC's, Fox Terriers, and CC's personally, and have nearly every other breed
go through my training classes in the past, and they all do well with this
My young CC has just been learning about different contact obstacles (no higher
than 2 feet) in the past few weeks, and is just crazy about them, especially
the teeter and table - I spent a lot of time around this mini equipment because
of a problem my BC had with the table, and my older CC has with the teeter,
well I may have created another problem, this one just adores all of the equipment
and thinks the uprights (no bars to make them jumps at this point), are boring
(my fault), so we are really working hard on making going through the uprights
a wonderful experience this week and going forward.
I have been maintaining a training journal for my little one, and hopefully
will have time to put it from the journal into the computer in the upcoming
months. It has proved to be invaluable to me. It helps me to set
goals, and then set a fun schedule for her, so far so good.
I said 8yrs ago that the CC in my opinion was the most under-rated breed for
performance events that I had seen, and given the successful and trainability
I have found with my dogs, and for the couple I have trained and handle for
others, I still stand by this today.
Yes, they do have their quirks, but so does every breed. The fun is
discovering ways to train through these quirks and end up with dogs that work
their way through various problems and have success in the end, all the while
offering great work ethics and happy faces at the end.
I have found all the CC's I have taken through obedience have really caught
on, even my very timid girl, who is terrified being around other dogs (she
will now walk with friends dogs side by side on our walks, we are working to
have her do the same with strange dogs in the next year, slowly but surely,
and letting her think it's her idea, and isn't something that is being forced
on her is the way to go with her).
I don't know what part of the country you are in, but have trained with some
wonderful people all around the country, and are prepared to give you some
names of people who are wonderful at teaching you to play with your dogs, and
getting them to play with you.
As I said, all mine are both toy crazy, food hounds, and are happy to lure,
they weren't born that way (well two of them weren't), but with positive training,
they are now that way.
I agree with Cheryl, that Rally is a perfect first step for a timid dog, as
you can chat away to the dog, and really make them feel comfortable in early
training. I would highly recommend you not rush this little dog, it seems
for a CC that is one of the worst things you can do. The pup I have here
now was pretty much allowed to be a dog with just fun stuff to do, I did two
obedience classes (12 weeks) with her, but never came down hard on her at all,
then she is getting a break, and then I will see if she is ready to deal with
a little pressure of spreading the rewards out, and still giving me high performance
with attitude. If she isn't we will back off and do other fun things
for a while.
Not every dog is the same - just like people they each have their own learning
pace as to what they are comfortable with - learning that pace as a handler
is what makes dog training so wonderful, once we know thatabout the dog, everything
else just falls into place.
Here is a link about Conditioning that gives an overview of what it's about.
You think you already know these things, but this book is a great reminder
when you haven't had a young dog for a while, or when you are training several
dogs at one time, it serves as a good reminder that they are babies, and they
don't come pre-programmed. Also it is always a good idea to train with
others, because it is too easy to do something that you perceive as correct,
over and over again, and in reality you are just training a behavior that you
really don't want to see when all said and done.
Yes, I do work with my dogs at home, but I also make sure I work with them
with other trainers, just to ensure I am not lasping at all in my own methods. Plus
you always learn something, even when you think you have seen almost everything! Often
it is just worded a different way and all of a sudden what person A has said
to you several times, makes perfect sense when person B tells you the same
thing, but in a different way.
Good luck with your pup. Remember, it's not about the destination,
it's about the journey getting there :)
What was YOUR best moment in agility in 2006?
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Oh this has been so much fun to read - thanks all so much.
Many have asked me privately what my best moment/s were.
Well, with Diva it was two weeks after her knee replacement surgery,
and she was giving me her grin again, something I hadn't seen for 4mths. I
knew then my little girl was going to do ok with this serious surgery. Her
rehab continues but she is doing so well that it brings tears to my eyes
when I watch her run full out these days.
Well, I have to admit it is also her therapy work she does when she comes
with me to chemo. We go 3 weeks out of every four. Diva is a reserved
dog, but seems to know who needs her special calming ways. The look on
people's facing who are facing chemo for the first time (remember, I've
been doing this for 7yrs this April), as they talk to me, at the same
time stroking Diva. She snuggles up on their laps. If they
are crying she wraps puts herself over their heart with her feet just on their
shoulders, and snuggles into them. She comforts without demanding, she
soothes without knowing, and she loves without boundaries. I am proud
of her agility accomplishments, but I am more proud of her calming qualities. Oh,
plus I have to watch her at my Dr's because she has threatened to steal
her multiple times for herself and the clinic. :)
With Kiss, it was when she discovered lure coursing, and her excitement
and love of it, but then will call off a bunny rabbit in the yard. My little
pup has a fun steak, but also brains and I am so proud of that.
I also have to say I am so proud of Terry Dyck who owns my BC that I
had put a MACH on, Terry and Wicket achieved their ADCH this year (Gamblers
was the sticky point there). Terry worked so hard and Wicket responded
beautifully. So that brought tears to my eyes as well. Thinking
back to this little rescue pup who fell and stumpled her first 12 weeks
into my Rottie's food bowl, stole food out of his mouth, and became a beloved
family member, settle so well into Terry's household to finish their ADCH and
are now working to their MACH 2.
Start Line Stays
Monday, November 13, 2006
Without a criteria you cannot get understanding, without understanding you
cannot get consistency and without consistency you can't get constant
Stay means stay, whether it is in the middle of a home depot, street, obedience
ring, rally ring, agility ring or lure course - STAY means STAY.
My 'stay' criteria from scratch is no movement in the legs (not a pickup
or put down, or replacing of a paw), I will allow for head movement,
but a 'leg stay' means you better have your head on your leg (ie: head
down). Stay also means get yourself balanced correctly because at any
time I may say stay, you will have to stay for a while.
Wait means, be still but be ready another command is coming really soon (it
may be a down, sit, stand or jump - so no anticipating).
Reward correct behavior, ignore incorrect - and the criteria soon becomes
VERY clear to the dog.
Now, if we could just get students to understand that because they are inconsistent
on contacts, is why their dogs are inconsistent.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I can tell that you taught channel weaves right from the start, and didn't
do other methods. Yes, channels are great for speed, but they do not
help a longer dog learn to 'check stride' before that first weave pole.
Can you have your back to the dog, and tell her to weave, and she gets it? If
not, you don't have a fully independent weave entry. Personally I would
put wires on the first two, and have her run in straight lines to the weaves,
then work from the sides, then add a tunnel, then a chute, then put the weaves
about 10 feet from the dog walk.
Wires really really do help with this problem, as it forces a check in stride. I
use the bird wiring, and for your guys make it around 3 feet tall, so it forces
them into the weaves (they will jump over it if it's only 10" high if they
are going into them that fast). I also reinforce entries with a clicker
or a marker (yes!, good! etc).
I'm going to use WAM (Weave A Matics) for Kiss, I want her to get the idea
about stepping and bending from the start - but I will also use channels to
promote speed. Toy dogs learn better on a shorter spacing between the
poles (15") and they get the idea then to actually bend, I learnt from my mistakes
with Diva on this.
Hope this helps - Oh, and you can buy the black plastic bird type wiring from
Home Depot or Lowes - it bends easier.
Bad Skin - Long response of a personal experience
Friday, October 27, 2006
After dealing with Diva for the past three years with terrible skin and several
visits with the dermatologist ($200 min per visit!!) and all the crap I have
tried on her skin, I feel I'm able to comment on this. So far for skin
care alone, trying to get a handle on it for the past 2.5yrs has run me over
$3,500. Many vets just don't know where to start.
Instead of a skin scaping, he did a very 'deep' scraping, the results surprised
even him. She had three different types of bacteria, and one was known
NOT to respond to the antibotic that the others kindof responded to. The
one that is resistent he said he normally only sees in young pups and it is
often past onto the dogs from an adult. He showed me the different types
of bacteria under the electron microscope on the screen, and the shapes and
clusters were quite different from the other two. She has never tested
postitive for mites or mange of any type.
So we are on our final few days after SIX WEEKS of being on 120mg Primor,
then will have a week off, and will go onto 120mg of clavamox for four weeks. Along
with this she is on 5,000iu of vitamin A Rentol supplements. I also have
her on acidopholus (sp) (I brought the pills, and put them in the blender and
turned it into powder and just spoon it on her food). She is also being
shampoo'ed with MicroPeals Advantage - Benzoyl-Plus (Moisturizing
Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo - around $20 per bottle) and what I do with this
is wash her every two days, and I soak her down then apply, then wrap a very
warm damp towel over her, then a plastic bag, then another towel and her blanket
and she soaks for 30mins - then I do 'as warm/hot water as she can stand, and
just do 3-5mins of water therapy, then lightly towel her off.
Her skin has really improved with the Primor and shampoo (I use to do the
soaks, but not with this shampoo). Diva's got so bad that it was like
septic acne but worse, with eruptions happening on their own - it was horrible,
I would just cry because I had done everything I had been told to do for her
and I knew between this and her knee she was miserable (she is having a knee
replacement on November 13th - but I had to improve this skin condition first).
I also use Humatic spray on her to keep her skin moist. The dermatologist
told me NO lotions, not even the 'purest' forms of them. I did use goats
milk a few times, something the dermatologist suggested to try and if I could
tolerate it - to go for it - but I just couldn't tolerate the smell!!
If you want to email me to ask any other questions please feel free, I feel
like I am dealing with the $6 millon dollar dog with Diva, I joke that I could
have had a 2nd car with her medical bills (well after the surgery, you can
make that a small cheap SUV!!) but she is worth every cent.
Hope this gives you some ideas to help your pup - and stuff to tell your vet. Since I've
been fighting this for so long, hence why the expense, if they had done this
deep scraping (for which they put her into 'twilight zone' to do) first
up, it would have saved her and I a lot of headaches.
Also going to a raw diet, and giving baby carrots only as treats or boiled
chicken helps the digestive system cope with the long term use of antibotics. For
her own comfort we do the acidopholus (1teaspoon a day - 2x 0.5teaspoon) to
help her little digestive system. She is eating well and is starting
to look a lot better all around now that her system isn't trying to fight the
bacteria on it's own and has the antibotics to help the process.
Good luck, my heart is with you and your dog because I know what it's like
to feel so helpless with the ones we love.