Riggs’s First Pheasants And Ducks

This hunting season Riggs is having a lot of firsts. As you know we got Riggs in December of last year after hunting season was already over. Riggs didn’t do any hunting until he came back to us. We started out training him for hunt tests, entered him in hunt tests where he received his AKC Junior Hunter and UKC Started Retriever title this past summer. Now that we are done training for hunt tests we are off hunting. Riggs has gone waterfowl hunting a few times and pheasant hunting a few more times. Here are pictures of his first birds.

Riggs pheasants.

Riggs ducks.

He really enjoys getting out and hunting and is doing a really great job at it. The hunting season is still going on so there is time for him to get more birds.

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American Temperament Test Society

American Temperament Test Society

“A sound mind in a sound body”

About Canine Temperament

Because of breed-specific dog legislation and negative publicity associated with many breeds of dogs, temperament testing has assumed an important role for today’s dog fancier. The ATTS Temperament Test provides breeders a means for evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog’s behavior. It can have an impact on breeding programs and in educating owners about their dog’s behavioral strengths and weaknesses as well as providing a positive influence on dog legislation.

What is temperament?

W. Handel, German Police Dog Trainer, in his article, “The Psychological Basis of Temperament Testing,” defines temperament as:

“the sum total of all inborn and acquired physical and mental traits and talents which determines, forms and regulates behavior in the environment”

The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed’s inherent tendencies.

The test simulates a casual walk through the park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog’s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions. *ATTS website

To start the test your dog needs to be on a 6 foot leash with a flat collar, no training devices can be used. You walk to each station without talking or correcting your dog. You complete a station and you are asked by the chief tester to continue on to the next station.

You are asked to come onto the field to start the test, before you start the chief tester and the testers have a brief meeting to discuss the application you filled out, on the application it asked what events your dogs had done and if any titles and your dogs disposition and health. Each breed is tested differently so they go over that breeds criteria.

Once they are done with their discussion then you are asked to start the test.

Station #1 – Neutral Station: I was at this station so I didn’t get any pictures. I’m a pretty neutral person, eh? I was actually chosen to be at this first station because of my work and experience with dogs. I was to get a feel for the dog first off so that if I picked up on anything or got mixed signals from the dog I could alert the next person in line to be careful with the dog. Luckily all the dogs were great and showed me no signs of being wary of them. The neutral stranger walked up to the person ignoring the dog, shook hands had a brief conversation and then sat back down.

Station #2 – Friendly Stranger:

The friendly stranger came up and approached the dog and started petting it and talking to it.

Station #3 – Hidden noise: A person behind a blind shakes a bucket with rocks in it as the dog is approaching and then sets the bucket on the outside of the blind so the dog could look into it.

Station #4- Gunshots: The handler stops at the station with their back to it and waits for the gunshots.

Station #5 – Umbrella: You walk up to this station and a person opens an umbrella and you keep on walking and the dog should go and check out the umbrella.

Station #6 – Plastic footing: You have your dog walk across a strip of plastic.

Station #7 – Wire footing: Your dog walks across a wire fence (ex-pen) that is laying flat on the ground.

Station #8 – Non threatening: A weird stranger comes out from behind a blind mumbling softly.

Station #9 – Threatening: The weird stranger walks closer to you talking loudly.

Station #10 – Aggression: The weird stranger gets really aggressive with his words, tone of voice and has a whip stick that he is snapping.

At the end of the test the handler will receive a critique of the test and will be told if they passed or failed. If they passed a certificate will be mailed out to them.

This was Roxann and her dog Lobo that took the test while I took pictures of them at each station. Lobo did great and passed. Thank you Roxann for being my blog post test subject.

Guilty and Riggs were the Sand Spring dogs that I took. They both scored evenly right down the middle of the score sheet meaning they have an even temperament which is a good thing. They passed the test.


Riggs made the testers laugh, when he was at the gunshot station he started squatting to take a pee, he was peeing when the gunshot went off and he continued to pee until he was done then he turned around to see what he should be fetching up.


Guilty’s highlight of the test was when she came upon the umbrella she was like yea whatever my mom used to open these things when I was a little puppy and she sat down in front of it and stared off into space waiting for some birds to fly on by.

I enjoyed working this test because I got to watch how each dog completed the test. Thanks to Canine Solutions LLC for hosting this event and to the club members that volunteered their time to help make this a successful day I thank you all.




Riggs New Camera Subject

Finally I got myself a new camera after my old one decided it didn’t want to work anymore. I didn’t want to buy a new camera but wanted a bigger better camera so I bit the bullet and got one just in time for my annual trip to Saskatchewan. I of course had to try out the camera and Riggs was my first new camera subject. I got a Nikon D5300 with a new 18-200mm lens. The camera has different settings on it than my old Nikon and has higher iso settings so hopefully I can take some early morning pictures when hunting. Riggs was eager to have his photo taken, he is a pro.

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Junior Handlers Sophia And Willow

When we were at the Central Wisconsin Kennel Club UKC conformation show held September 9-10, 2017 in Amherst, WI Tom and Irene signed their two girls Sophia and Willow up to be junior handlers for each show which happened to be two shows each day.

When we go to competitions you can bet some props will be pulled out and some fun being had.

Saturday’s fun:

Captain Poopie Pants.

The poop hat was brought out for some laughs. The girls are such good sports and go along with anything that they encounter (adults being crazy).

Willow and Glory.

This club’s order of showing was different than other clubs we have been at, usually the junior handlers compete first followed by puppies and then the regular group classes. Puppies were first then it was the junior handlers. There wasn’t a ring steward or line up list so it was a bit confusing to know when you were suppose to be in the ring. The judge called the numbers out for the ones that were suppose to be showing in the ring. Willow who was showing Glory was in Novice Junior Handler (8-13 yrs) so she entered the ring first along with a gal that was showing a Aussie. After they showed it was now Sophia’s turn with Guilty in Novice Senior Junior Handler (13-18 yrs) class. The judge called one girl into the ring and started watching her handle her dog while Sophia stood by the entrance to the ring awaiting her turn. We were wondering why Sophia wasn’t called into the ring but there was no ring steward to ask. After the judge was done judging the other girl and when she came back to the table Tom asked her when Sophia was going into the ring. The judge looked in her book and said she wasn’t entered, when in fact she was entered. After searching it was found out that her name and number was listed in small print above a line which was hard to see. Since the judge already judged the class she couldn’t judge Sophia. The look on Sophia’s face was heartbreaking to her parents and to Sophia herself. This was her first dog show and she was super excited to do something new. Usually when we are at dog shows the adults show and the kids hang out and be our pit crew so this time it was their time to have some fun and have us be the pit crew. The judge was very apologetic and felt bad that the error occurred but  it was out of her hands. It was now up to us to make sure she wasn’t missed for the second show.

Sophia and Guilty.

The second show was a new judge and again no ring steward. The one gal got called into the ring with her St. Bernard then it was time for Sophia to get called in and we waited and waited and nothing happened so Tom spoke up and the judge finally saw her name and called her in. She got to take Guilty around the ring and she did a great job!

The girls and their ribbons.

Sophia received a  second place in the second show. Willow received a first, second and a reserve winner in one of the shows. They were happy, I was so proud to see the girls handling my girls in the ring. They did an excellent job with only one day of practice with my dogs.

Just hanging.

Sunday’s fun:

The baby head made an appearance.

For Sunday’s show the baby head made an appearance, there were some American Flags, hats and craw-fish hats that came along too. The best hat was the Mexican cheese hat that Irene got at a gas station along the way.

Group photo.

Don’t we look like a fun group of people to be around? One thing that happened at this show which I couldn’t believe happened was that when Willow was wearing her crab hat she got told by an adult that she shouldn’t be wearing that as it could scare the dogs! Willow was crush as she had no idea nor did we that she would get told that. She was about having fun and her fun got shot down. The dogs at the dog shows should be taught proper socialization but I guess there are some show dogs that the owners don’t ever let them leave their crates in fear that their fur will get damaged or messed up so those dogs aren’t used to the surrounding things. That’s those peoples problem not ours and it shouldn’t infringe on our fun.This world would be a better place if people would just relax and have fun.

Willow and Glory.

Sophia and Riggs.

The second day of showing wasn’t any more organized then the first day. There was a list telling the order of the show but there was still no ring steward and a different junior handler got missed this day. Willow showed Glory again they are in-sync with each other now and Sophia showed Riggs. Riggs was a handful and had a bee in his bonnet this day, thinking it was because the hurry up and wait on getting into the ring and he was just plain bored and of course a young dog so he wanted to do something instead of just wait.

When you are a junior handler the judge asks you questions about the breed of dog you are showing so Willow and Sophia had to be up on the traits of the Chesapeake. They also were asked where different body parts were on the dogs. The girls were also asked this weekend to show other breeds in the regular classes. They showed Toy Fox Terriers and American Bulldog. They got different handling of dog techniques this weekend.

The judge asked Willow where the Chesapeake originated, she answered America, the judge said “your wrong it originated in Canada”. Will gave her a strange look and said “I don’t think so” and then the judge said “oh yea your right, I’m getting my dogs confused”. It was a laugh for the day!


Sophia received a first and second for showing Riggs while Willow received a first and a reserve again for showing Glory.

Despite the disorganized show and ring disappointment it turned out to be a great weekend. You have to look past the small stuff and focus on the big picture, we all learned something during this show and hanging out with friends was the best part.

Just wear a Mexican cheese hat and keep calm.


Sand Springs Newest UKC Champion

Let me introduce you to our newest UKC Champion: SHR U-CH Sand Spring Lethal Weapon JH CGC “Riggs” finished his championship yesterday at the Central Wisconsin Kennel Club, he also placed 4th in the Gun Dog group with 7 dogs. Handler was Tom Pawlisch owners Roger Glasgow and JoAnn Stancer

A huge thanks to Tom for handling Riggs for each of his Best Of Breed wins to complete his UKC Show Championship.

Riggs is out of our Glory and 2browndawgs Thunder 2015 litter.

Peace and love to the families of 9/11.

7 Titles In One Night For The SS Gang

Tuesday evening Canine Solutions LLC in Beaver Dam, WI was hosting AKC Canine Good Citizen tests in every level which are Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine (previously known as Canine Good Citizen Advance) and Canine Good Citizen Urban.

Testing, I didn’t even study said Gman!

Tom took Josey as she needed her Community Canine and her Canine Good Citizen Urban, I of course loaded up all my dogs because each of them needed one or two levels. In order to do the higher levels you first need to complete the Canine Good Citizen, once you have that you can do or skip the Community Canine and move on to the Urban. Guilty needed Community Canine and Urban, Glory and Gambler needed Urban and Riggs didn’t have any so he needed to do the Canine Good Citizen.

It was a circus act as Guilty was in heat so that made things interesting and a great distraction to see if the boys could still be good citizens when a girl was calling their name. First Josey and Gambler went in. Gambler was a good boy hanging with Josey in class before everything got going. He is such a happy boy and really is good on the end of a leash. While doing the test I realized I miss doing events with him and should really attend more classes and enter him in Rally O or other events. Josey and Gambler did great and earned their titles needed.

Next was Glory and Guilty since they each had their CGC and Glory’s Community Canine. This was kinda hairy as I was the only one there so Tom had to hold one of my dogs while I completed the test with the other one. Since my dogs all know Josey and hang out with her they were kinda bonkers in the beginning as they thought it was play time. Josey was a good girl and just laid there while my girls were all wiggly and trying to get her to play. After all the wiggles it was get down to business time. Guilty passed both of the levels she needed. Glory passed her Canine Good Citizen Urban.

Finally up was Riggs, he is new to the game of events and hanging out with other dogs. He has shown he has lost his mind now that Guilty is in heat, even know he doesn’t live with me but across the field he knows Guilty is in heat and he isn’t eating, he is sniffing the air he is constantly smelling me and John to smell Guilty on us. So this was going to be interesting. While I was filling out the paperwork he did some wining but he stayed sitting. When it was our turn to test he actually did very well with only one opps during the test. He came across the spot where Guilty sat during her test and he sniffed the area and then pee’d on the spot before I even knew what he was doing. How embarrassing! The instructor was  nice and had us move to a different spot and repeat the test. One of the tests he needed to do was to be left alone with the instructor while I left the room. I didn’t know how he would do and actually he did great! He didn’t wine at all, so it must be me! He passed his test as well.

By the end of the night we had 7 titles (Josey’s title ribbons were not here at the time I took this photo). All the dogs did excellent and proved they could be good citizens in different environments.

A huge shout out to the instructors Polly (owner of Canine Solutions llc) and Roxann for all her help, thank you both very much and thanks to the members of the class that let my gang attend and test.


Smelling Love In The Air

The canine nose is amazing, when a certain smell is in the air the boy dogs can smell it from afar. Guilty has been in season for over a week now and is ready to go into standing heat where she will accept male dogs. Riggs as you know lives across my pasture in a little woods from me. The other night he was just a smelling the air as their was a east wind and sending Guilty’s love smell his way. He was crying all night, wouldn’t eat and was driving Roger nuts. Hang in there Roger we got just a few weeks left.


Have a great weekend!

The Results Are In

On July 24, 2017 I took Riggs to Harmony Pet Clinic where I work and had his OFA Hips and Elbows radiographed, I also had a PennHip evaluation done. If you missed the blog post you can read about it here. I sent in the radiographs to OFA and PennHip on Monday afternoon on the 24th. On July 27th I received the PennHip report. Once they get the submission form and the radiographs their turn around time is within 72 hours. OFA results were back 17 days later.

Here is Riggs PennHip report:

This test showed that Riggs left hip was a little lax than his right. He still scored in the 90% for the Chesapeakes, he was also a smige above average. The doctor who did the PennHip evaluation said from what she saw on the radiographs that were taken for submission she thought Riggs would get a good rating with OFA.

And the results of OFA:

OFA said that Riggs has Normal Elbows – no signs of dysplasia.

OFA said that Riggs has Good hips, so Dr. O’Brien was spot on.

I am happy with these results. Riggs OFA hip and elbows results can be accessed on the OFA website in their database, you can view them by clicking here. Soon his PennHip results will be available online.

Paw Print Genetics ~ Riggs DNA Tests

Paw Print Genetics Logo

My experience with Paw Print Genetics. When you breed and you know the genetic clearances of the parents used for the breeding which are clear you know that the puppies will also be clear for those genetic tests. The genetic tests that you can do this with are DM (Degenerative Myelopathy), EIC (Exercise Induce Collapse), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Longcoat and Ectodermal Dysplasia. You can then say that the puppy from two clear dogs being bred together will turn out CBP (Clear By Parentage). You can get away with this so to speak with one generation but after that you should test the puppies to make sure things haven’t changed or by some odd reason the test was inaccurate. I knew that Riggs would be CBP for PRA, I also had his DM test done when he was a puppy but didn’t have the clearances for the other tests done on one or both parents so I decided to use Paw Print Genetics to have the genetic tests done on him.

On July 12, I went onto Paw Print Genetics website, registered as a new owner, picked out the genetic tests I wanted to run on Riggs, checked out and waited for the test kit to come in the mail. Paw Print Genetics offers sales on their tests so when the 50% off sale came around I took advantage of it. I ordered 4 tests that would of cost me normally $250.00 for $125.00. A week later I received my test kit.

The test kit came with instructions, submission form, pen and paper for me.

The submission form that had all my information on it that I needed to sign.

The instructions.

Helpful tips.

The time has come to collect the samples from Riggs.

Collect samples??? Is this going to hurt???

Riggs is not dead, he is just playing dead.

Riggs really isn’t playing dead, he must of thought this was going to be painful so he laid down when I was collecting the samples. There were three swabs that I needed to insert into his mouth against his cheek cavity and twirl around for 30 seconds.

Put sample swabs into the hazard bag.

After the sample was collected you put it back into the package to dry then into the hazard bag that came with the kit.

Put hazard bag into the pre paid mailer.

Once you put the swabs into the hazard bag you can then put it into the pre paid mailer.

Off it goes into the mail box.

I sent the samples off on July 21, 2017, I then got a email that Paw Print Genetics received the samples on July 24th.

You can go on their site and track your order.

You can go onto Paw Print Genetics website to track your order and to view your results. I got a email on August 4, 2017 that my order was complete and gave me a link to view Riggs results.

My account to check on the tests being run.

Riggs result page.

The report page.

On your account you can add a breeder profile so people can look your breed up and see your results.

Create a breeder profile.

You can add a description on your kennel and add a profile picture.

Sand Spring Chesapeakes breeder profile.

You can also add a my pedigree on your dog.

Adding information on Riggs and a photo of him.

Riggs pedigree of tests.

The test results when printed off.

About Paw Print Genetics: ~website~

Highest Industry Standards and Accuracy

Our laboratory is staffed with expertly trained geneticists, veterinarians, and technicians. We are equipped with the latest testing technology and analyze each mutation with two independent methods to provide you the highest accuracy in the industry.

  • All mutations offered are based on the published, medical literature
  • Board-certified geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics on staff
  • Each mutation is tested twice, with two independent methods
  • All results are reviewed and reported by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian
  • Majority of test results accepted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
  • Diagnostic-grade DNA extracted from a variety of accepted sample types

Paw Print Genetics is an approved genetic laboratory with OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals) so the tests results can be entered into OFA’s genetic database for a fee, then anyone can look up your dogs clearances and see them as well as the parents and siblings information if submitted.

I was very please with my experience with Paw Print Genetics, I will definitely be using them in the future.

~I was not asked to share my experience with Paw Print Genetics, I was happy with my experience so wanted to share with others, I was not compensated on sharing my experience~


Sibling Love

Josey and Riggs giving a congrats smooch after their passes at the hunt test this past weekend.

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