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A busy month for GSDs!


Mick Tustain


October is a busy month for both Schutzhund and Working Trials Enthusiasts. On October 8 – 11, the WUSV (World Union of German Shepherd Dog Associations) is holding the World Schutzhund Championships at Grotenburg Stadium, Krefeld in Germany. This is one of the international highlights of the Schutzhund and GSD calendar; with teams from all member clubs entitled to participate, writes Allyson Tohme

The stadium can hold 30,000 people and, because the German National Championships (which are being held a week earlier on October 2 -4, in Donaueschingen), attract a lot of international interest, the number of spectators are expected to be higher than usual.

The British team consists of: Henriette Bohnstedt and Beckenberry Jaeger, Richard James and Tyguard Banjo of Richline, Stuart Nye and Carlsbro Ozzie, Dave Wooles and Woolshan Gundel and Eric Roberts and Callanway Zara

To be eligible for entry into the British team, handlers had to enter a number of qualifying trials during 2009 and meet certain pre-determined criteria. If you cannot be there to watch then you can follow the team’s progress in all the phases via the official website http://www.wusv2009.com/english/

The GSDL (German Shepherd Dog League of Great Britain) Working Dog Group Nationals are being staged at Victoria Park, Warrington on the weekend of October 24/25. Herr Uwe Stolpe will be wielding the pen over the entry which consists of the top 20 dogs in the UK; ie those who had the highest scores from two different trials during the year at least one of which had to be an “away” match (that is from a trial not conducted on the handler’s home club training ground).
Tracking will take place on the Saturday with Obedience and Protection on the Sunday. For further details please contact the Events Co-ordinator, Richard James; details on the GSDL WDG website http://gsdleague-workingbranch.com/contacts.html spectators are more than welcome.

Sandwiched in between these two events is the KCCs (Kennel Club Championships) where those who have won WTC (Working Trial Certificates) between September 2008 and September 2009 in either/or the PD (Patrol Dog)/TD (Tracking Dog) stakes will be competing for first place.

This year the occasion will be hosted by Essex Working Trials Society at Danbury Park Farm, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex on October 15 – 17th, Tracking will take place on Thursday and Friday followed by the Control and Agility and Patrol sections on Saturday. Further details are available here http://www.workingtrials.co.uk/kennel_club.htm

GSDs are conspicuous by their absence this year but amongst the WSDs and BCs there is a Labrador and a BSD (Malinois). So if you want to watch something a little different this year, why not take a peek at two disciplines you may not be familiar with!

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