TREBORWOLF DOGS in VERSATILE TESTING

 

In America, there has been an increased interest in testing the attributes of the versatile hunting dogs.Two organizations 

that we endorse are, the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and the National Shoot To Retrieve

(NSTRA). These groups conduct trials which simulate actual hunting situations and each dog is graded against a standard. 

NSTRA is a competition trial and has classes in regards to amatuer and professional handlers. The NAVHDA dogs are judged 

in the category Natural Ability (NA) and must be under 16 months of age. They are evaluated on nose, search, waterlove,

pointing, tracking, hunting desire, and co-operation. A "perfect score" is 112 points. A dog which receives a prize is usually a 

worthwhile hunting partner. I personally, do not use field trials or testing results as a component for  dog breeding selection.

There are too many variables that can severely influence the results of these testings on any given day. I regard these Trials 

as a sport by which one can improve  a dog's hunting capacity. I recommend that a  puppy should enjoy it's freedom for the 

first 6 months of his life. I call this method  "hunting wild", which highly improves the pup's enthusiasm and drive. At 6 months 

of age, the pup should be enrolled in a local obedience course, where the pup and the handler learn about control. I support 

both these the field testing organizations, and regard participation, as a method to educate the amateur trainer and and

opportunity to improve his dog's hunting potential. 

Here is a list of our customers dogs which have been tested in NAVHDA trials. Of the 27 dogs evaluated, 37 prize classifications

were awardedAn astounding 9 perfect scores; the oldest being 12 months and the youngest being 4 months. This might be the 

youngest dog of any breed to receive a perfect score (112 pts). A total of 13 Prize I, 18 Prize II, and 7 Prize III. This is a 

remarkable feat, when you realize that these dogs have been compared to thousands of older dogs, many which have been 

handled by either professional trainers and breeders; of which some evenfailed to score a prize classification.

Fewer of our customers have participated in NSTRA events; but two customers won a Regional championship and another placed

4th. 

In addition, another customer won a Regional Championship in the Open-All-Age event of the American Field. There are 18 regions; 

His dog competed against some of the best English Pointers. He remained undefeated in 3 years of competition. His owner was

amazed by his natural broke to wing and shot performances. I believe this dog may be the only Drahthaar to ever win such a

prestigeous event!

              

 

 

NATIONAL SHOOT TO RETRIEVE 

 

DOG OWNER DOG NAME AGE PRIZE
DEAN ANDERSEN DRAT 15 MONTHS 1ST REGIONAL
MARK HELSEL LUTA 14 MONTHS 1ST
BILL DARBY HEBRA 12 MONTHS IST
JEFF KOSKI REMBRO 2 YRS 1ST
ROGER SILVON AZURA 18 MONTHS 2ND
TODD SYNOGRADE CERG 15 MONTHS 1ST
       

 

 

 AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB HUNTING FIELD EVENTS

 

DOG OWNER DOG NAME AGE TEST PLACEMENT
RICHARD CHAPPELL MAX 16 MONTHS FIELD 3RD
  LAKOV 10 MONTHS DERBY 1ST
  LAKOV 12 MONTHS HUNTER JUNIOR
DAN CONNOR WYRA 2 YEARS HUNTER MASTER
BOB PARKER KAISER 18 MONTHS HUNTER JUNIOR
ROGER SILVON MISCHA 2YRS HUNTER SENIOR
  AZURA 2YRS HUNTER MASTER

 

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB OBEDIENCE, TRACKING  & AGILITY

 
NAME OF OWNER DOG'S NAME AKC EVENT TITLE
DEBBIE CUTTER TORA COMPANION DOG CD
  TORA COMPANION DOG EXCELLENT CDX
  TORA TRACKING DOG TD
  TORA TRACKING DOG EXCELLENT TDX
  TORA AGILITY DOG AGL

 

   AMERICAN FIELD RESULTS

 

NAME OF OWNER DOG'S NAME AGE EVENT PRIZE
STEVE BAKER KAIMI 1 YR SHOOTING DOG 1ST
  KAIMI 2 YR OPEN ALL AGE 1ST
  KAIMI 3 YR REGIONAL WINNER OPEN ALL AGE 1ST

 

 

 

 

NAVHDA RESULTS OF OUR CUSTOMERS

OWNER DOG AGE  TEST SCORE PRIZE
DOYLE ANDREWS PADOR 6 MONTHS NA 112 I
GESLAIN BELANGER STOICEK 4 MONTHS NA 112 I
  STOICEK 5 MONTHS NA 112 I
DAVID BORONDO WEESA 10 MONTHS NA 63 III
DAVID BRANDO GADIVA 10 MONTHS NA 112 I
  GADIVA 4 YEARS UT 199  
KEVIN COAKLEY ZACHARIAH 9 MONTHS NA 110 I
  ZACHARIAH 10 MONTHS NA 112 I
RICH CHAPPELL MAX 12 MONTHS NA 95 II
  LAKOV 10 MONTHS NA 108 II
DAN CONNOR  TITAN 14 MONTHS NA 103 II
  WYRA 13 MONTHS NA 106 II
JON CREAGER AERTAE 7 MONTHS NA 101 II
  AERTAE 12 MONTHS NA 101 II
DEBBIE CUTTER PANZER 11 MOTHS NA 103 II
SYLVAIN GOSSELIN IBN 10 MONTHS NA 88 II
JACK HICKS TEKKA 10 MONTHS NA 89 III
KEN HARDMAN HOLSUM 6 MONTHS NA 110 I
BILL JEANEY OLPHA 6 MONTHS NA 91 II
DON JONES JACA 10 MONTHS NA 94 III
RON KERSHNER LUDWIG 13 MONTHS NA 85 II
ROBERT KING KAZMAR 15 MONTHS NA 104 III
VERN NEWBERGER PANZER 13 MONTHS NA 103 II
JAMES LORENZ MEHGAN 9 MONTHS NA 101 II
  INKA 12 MONTHS NA 94 III
MIKE PATTON LIKA 14 MONTHS NA 103 II
BRET RODDERICK ZINN 7 MONTHS NA 101 II
LEWIS RUDDICK JESTER 9 MONTHS NA 93 II
GARY STEVENS KILDER 10 MONTHS NA 94 III
RICHARD THOMPSOM BIRKO  6 MONTHA NA 112 I
JAMES BLACK ALIJAH 12 MONTHS NA 112 I
JOE KOSINA CHUBNAR 12 MONTHS NA 93 III
DOYLE ANDREWS PADOR 10 MONTHS   NA 112 I
CHRIS CONNOR TITAN  10 MONTHS  NA  103 II
DAVE LARIDEAN  RADANAE  12 MONTHS   NA  95 III 
DELANEY KALEA 2 YEARS UT 204 I
DICKERSON GUSTAV 11 MONTHS UT 163 II
           

 

COMMENTS on NAVHDA

 

The majority of our customers are devoted hunters and use their dogs exclusively for bird hunting. A few individuals have become involved in field trials. Most of my clients have never handled a dog in any type of competition or evaluation. In other words, our  dogs are being worked by amateurs. The dogs which have been tested  have been  evaluated  by a variety of different judges. This gives creedence to the value of the dogs we produce.  Lastly, the dogs which have been evaluated were the offspring of different bitches, which substantiates the strength of our strain.

 

One weak point of the NAVHDA organization is that  it has become a breeders organization. Many of the judges are dog breeders. Some judges use this organization to promote their own kennels; and  some have favored their "Breed" ; friends; and other Judges dogs.These so called "non-bias" jUDGES can easily affect the outcome of an evaluation of dogs which are bred by their competitors.This devious behavior, leaves doubt as to how objective they can be when making an evaluation. Another weak point of the evaluation is that the judges must confer with each other and make a consensus of opinion as determined by the head judge. It would be far better that each of the three judges submit the results of their independent evaluation and tally the scores by a non - partial scorekeeper. Nevertheless, our dogs have done very well in these trials, which substantiates the credibility and strength of our strain. Some changes that I would like to see are:

 

  1. Judges and Breeders not be allowed to handle any of their own pups, nor may they be handled by another professional in Natural Ability Phase.
  2. Participants not be allowed to "prepare" or "practice" , or "train" their pups on the premises of the area chosen to hold the event, prior to the testing.
  3. Limit the age to a maximum age of six months for the NATURAL ABILITY PHASE. Afterall, this is supposed to be a reflection of what the pup has inherited from it's parents; not what it has learned from experience to trained to perform.
  4. Prior to exam, do not disclose the name of the breeder or kennel from which the pup was bred
  5. Judges should not be allowed to judge a breed that they own or breed.
  6. Limit the number of times that a pup is given to perform a task.