🔹We have to date, racked up 65 performance titles including many first place wins as well as other placements in good sized fields of competitors from several different titling bodies.
The titling bodies are:
Canadian Disc Dog Association
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club of America
Canadian Association of Rally-Obedience
Do More With Your Dog Association
🔹Written numerous articles on dogs, dog training, and other subjects that have appeared in the South Mountain Press, the Manitoba Cooperator, and The Aussie Times, an international publication.
🔹 Former Editor of Kuvasz Club of Canada Newsletter Echoes 2015-2019
We started doing shows for the public in 2002 and have done many performances from then until 2014, including several Western Days shows in Sandy Lake, MB, The Brandon Summer Fair, Westman Dreams for Kids, participated in a half time canine disc performance at a Winnipeg Blue Bombers game in Winnipeg with River City Disc Dogs, Erickson Kiddy Kollege, and numerous other small town shows, nursing homes, and events.
We also joined Superdogs for one afternoon show in March of 2004 at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon but due to an injury McCoy was unable to participate in the big evening show.
TV Appearances/Newspaper Articles
I appeared on A-channel Winnipeg morning show with Finn as part of Westman Disc Dogs to promote the sport of disc dog in 2003. I also appeared on the “Noon Show” in Brandon on CKX as part of Westman Disc Dogs to promote the sport before the station closed. We have been featured in numerous local newspaper articles.
McCoy and I were one of the teams featured and interviewed on a Canine Disc episode of “Top Dogs”
About Performance Titles
We believe that titles and competition placements indicate predominantly the skill of the trainer/handler and NOT the dog. If you put enough time into it you can train almost any dog to do quite well in most dog sports. The idea of titles is to prove that you have reached a minimum of training in a certain venue. However, not everyone can, or is willing to train or put in the time or the money to get their dog to a high level of competition.
It is often thought that a dog who is trained to do competition obedience is most often NOT well trained at home. I have found this to NOT be the case.
Training a dog for the ring, actually gets a dog learning things he needs to live in the home. Sit, Down, Stay, Walk nice etc. If you can get your dog to sit and stay around difficult distractions you have accomplished some good training.
The best dog is one who can be your best friend at home and can have fun with you no matter what you are doing and the actual competition is just icing on the cake, BUT we think it is important for training instructors to be putting titles on their dogs to document that they can and have reached at least this level of training.