The meeting of our D and L tollers was planned on 03. 07. 2016, but was due to really bad weather postponed to the next day, 04. 07. 2016.
However, all our tollers went to the location of meeting also on 03. 07. 2016, where we met Lola and well behaved German pointer Beni from Croatia. Lola is still bigger from Lira (and will probably always be), the only thing that changed from the last time they were together is that now they both have the same red colour (Lira lost all the puppy coat). All dogs were swimming, jumping into the pond, retrieving happy dummies and had fun.
On the next day afternoon father and half-brother of the L-litter came with their "sibling" Jack, so the number of dogs went from 9 to 11. We had a short walk followed by swimming and dock-jumping training with help of happy dummies and social learning from parents, older half-brother and cousins.
We did basic behaviour test that can be done once per year (results for both litters are below), tested behaviour at shot (all tollers are gun-calm) and trained things that make problems to new owners before we went for a lunch.
It was really nice to meet you all and looking forward to see you next year.
More amazing photos of the 2nd day by Yulia Titovets you can find in the fb album.
We proudly present the father of the L-litter: J. Ch Russia, Ch Russia, Slovenia Delongstar Diamond Dream aka. Dingo, the 1st toller that finished Ch. Slovenia. He lives in UK, competes all over the Europe in conformation, agility and hunting-retriever tests. Till now he had 1 lovely litter in Netherlands in 2014.
Dingo's owner about Dingo
Dingo is a gorgeous compact versatile dark red Toller, with amazing temperament which allows us to participate in a huge variety of activities including confirmation shows, obedience, agility, heelwork to music, and gundog trials too. Dingo has been successfully shown around Europe, gained his Russian and Slovenian champion titles by the age of 3 years old, opened International (C.I.E. and C.I.B.), French, Croatian and Austrian champion titles, shown at Crufts for 3 consecutive years and is now qualified for Crufts for life. Dingo is the first and only Toller to gain the Slovenian champion title currently. He is a very easy going dog, ready to work any minute but also has an 'off' switch for quiet time at home. Dingo gained his working certificate on the cold game in Russia in Summer 2014 and is really enjoying his gundog work.
More Dingo's photos.
22. 09. 2013 DŠPS organised 9th Slovene doghiking/dogtrekking event. Everything was organised super good, a lot of ideas will have to be adopted from this doghiking for the future. Franci Habjan (thank you) prepared 2 trails, shorter 10 km long and longer 20 km long. All competitors were successful on trails, nobody got lost.
The "atmosphere" was perfect as always, also the weather was very good for the dogs (and for the people), the food was delicious, the trail was nice, the description of the trail was perfect, so that we used the map only to estimate the distance and time between check points. For the 1st time in Slovenia there were 2 “live” check points, 2nd was "hidden", the 1st was announced.
Kala could once again put on her smaller harness due to finally loosing some weight. But the harness will have to be upgraded with 2 bands on her fore-chest to stabilise it on her body. But she will have to loose some more weight, because she could not pull the whole distance, because her body could not cool down fast enough. After cooling in the stream near the finish line, she started to pull again. The problem was that she put all her atoms into the work at the beginning, where she dragged Stane behind her until they caught Heidi and Barbara. After this point the dragging became pulling. But if she would have few kg less, she would not have any problems. But she is on a good way of getting perfect, healthy body.
We did not get lost even for an inch. We always read just 1 sentence more and were focused just on the next thing, just like co-competitors (Vesna Hrovat with Rina and Elizabeta Zupanič with Alfa) said. The idea works very well.
Kala competed with Stane, Heidi with Barbara, Pretty went along to cheer up. We all walked the longer trail. Stane and Kala were 8th among men, 2nd among men walkers and got 10 points in the cup, Barbara and Heidi were 2nd among women, 1st among women walkers and got 17 points in the cup.
More photos: here, here, here, here, here and here.
On the 06. 04. 2013 in the afternoon we had retriever (Gea, Pretty and Šejk) and tracking (Drobižek) training.
Gea and Pretty worked together (one was an honouring dog, the other had to retrieve, and then they switched roles). 1st exercise was single mark with the dummy launcher (and the 1st launching of the PVC dummy ended very awful - see picture on the left), for each girl 2 times. All following exercises were with rabbit dummies, one like a standard dummy, one with very light and small dummy inside the huge rabbit sock. The 2nd exercise was 90o double mark, 3rd exercise 180o double mark. They did everything perfect or at least there was the progress (delivery to the hand (Gea was perfect, Pretty close to perfect - for their current level), run there and back again, nice straight line and search; just Gea did "a sound" in the beginning, but then she was silent again).
The only thing I have to do is to replace small light dummy inside the rabbit sock with a standard dummy, because they do not shake the big one, but the small one is being constantly killed.
Šejk was the last among retrievers. Because he makes "fun" from his handler here and there, he had to earn the working time with his handler (i.e. he had to watch from the car other two retrievers working with the dummy launcher... - he did not understand why he had to wait and was probably afraid that he will not be able to have fun). He (and Drobižek) were barking and having not a very nice time in the car, but after a while they "relaxed" and got quiet. When he got out from the car, he finally got his chance. 1st exercise was obedience i.e. walking on the loose leash. The FT retriever leash was replaced for a textile collar and a normal leash. He started to work much better (because he did not get the modelling from the leash, but he had to think and cooperate with the handler from whom he got also the rewards for the nice heel work). The 2nd exercise was the recall in a completely new way for him (he likes to be chased, so we had to put this to end and turn his way of having fun upside down). He was held when his handler was running away from him (he did not know this territory), calling him until she was hidden. Šejk was immediately sent to find her. In a way it was very difficult for him, because he used just the ears (his handler had to recall him here and there with the whistle recall, because he did not know where to go from the certain points on - he did not use the nose). When he finally found his handler, he was Rewarded with a big R. We repeated this exercise for 4 times, when he got the point of the exercise and was really happy. Every time was the starting point the last finding point. The new finding point was always a new one. The recall worked perfectly (whistle) and he was always fast. Then he was let to relax, run around us, when we were walking towards the working place, where Gea and Pretty worked. He had to visit all the orange flags (we used for our easier sending), smell them - he did not pee on them (it could happen, you never know what goes on in boys' heads). When we got to the working ground, he came to the hander immediately to start working. The sending point was near the forest, that the handler could hide when the recall started. His 1st exercise was single mark, where he run to pick up the dummy and he also retrieved it nicely (not with handler chasing him, but with him chasing the handler). The exercise was such a big success, that his next exercise was 45o double mark, where the 1st mark was further away and guarded by the "bird boy", the 2nd mark was on the left and it was the 1st to be picked up (the handler could send onto this mark with blocking the 1st mark already in the line). He picked up the mark very nicely, wanted to go shopping for the memory, but started to chase the handler, when he realised that the handler is going to hide again in the forest somewhere. The retrieve was perfect (and also the handler did not take the dummy from him too soon, but has shared it with him for a shorter time). The 2nd retrieve was also very nice, just because the handler was at a certain point running in the pasture, Šejk was not enough "scared", so he took time to pie a little bit and then to come. In general, he has also shown a huge success in all aspects. And we know now in which direction to work.
After Šejk it was Drobižek's turn. Barbara bought preboiled tripe for him (she could not get any other), let them in the fridge for more than a weak. They were smelling so bad...
Justina had the only one proper shoes for tracking, so she had to make 3 trails for Drobižek of different lengths. Tripe were being lost from the pieces on the rope, and at the end, it was just a small piece.
When Drobižek came to the track, he peed on the 1st piece of the tripe, the next piece he just smelled... but his nose-work was absolutely perfect.
Barbara did not want to do with him the 2nd and the 3rd trail, because Drobižek peed on the smelly tripe. But after he started to lick the bowl where the tripe were, she took him to finish the 2nd and 3rd track. He worked nicely, was completely concentrated on the smell on the ground, but at the end of the 3d track, he ate just few pieces of the tripe, not the whole pile. They really smelled, and they must have been disgusting, because even Drobižek did not ate them.
All dogs went with this training level up i.e. they did not perform the mistakes they were usually doing.
23. 03. 2013 we went to a workshop for working test to Sokoliči. The instructors were Riccardo Raccanelli (labrador) and Raffaele Navone (flatcoated retriever). This was 1st working test workshop for Pretty, Duffy, Kala and Heidi. Heidi participated the whole time, Duffy and Pretty for a bit shorter time, Kala was just watching. But in the break she practised alone with Barbara (also Pretty and Heidi did).
This was a very good workshop, where we learned a lot of new things. The best was of course the trick with the tennis ball to teach the whistle command stop when the dog is running away from the handler. A brilliant trick!
24. 03. 2013 we participated for the 1st time in working test, which was also the 1st working test in Slovenia that counts for Zlata raca, the 1st with international participation, the 1st with proper judges. We participated with 3 girls: with Kala in out of competition class (0, 0, 4, 0; she did not pass the WT, but she won the class that does not count for Zlata raca trophy), Pretty in beginners class (5/30, 10/30, 4/20, 0; she almost passed the WT) and Heidi in open class (9/20, 17/30, 13/20, 6/20; she passed the WT).
Kala had lots of fun, met her "boyfriend" flatcoat Šejk, did the exercises in Kala's way constantly wagging with her "toller-tail", usually running full speed (just on the memory, which she did not see or which she forgot, she went so slow and in zig-zag, that Barbara just recalled her). She barked, pied, pooped and had a nice time.
Heidi performed better than expected i.e. she worked as she was told too even if there were people around. That was a huge success. She even understands the directions she should go. At the end, she was 5th.
But she went off course with the curly speed i.e. rather slow than fast. One problem appeared, that was not seen for ages i.e. Barbara did not get the dummy into her hand all the times. Till now we thought that Heidi had very good "hold".
Pretty was also nice, but she needs even more training than Heidi and Kala. But Pretty marks better than other two girls, can run much faster i.e. she is perspective young girl.
Results of the 1st WT for Zlata raca, results for Zlata raca after 1st WT, photos of the winners, photos from the workshop, photos from the WT (step 1 and 2), photos and more photos.
On the 09. 03. 2013 there were for the 1st time 2 trails of different lengths: 10 km and 20 km.
Stane participated with Heidi and Kala on 20 km long trail, Barbara participated with Gea and Pretty on 10 km. They represent the 2nd retriever breed (nova scotia duck tolling retriever) in Slovenia, after curly coated retriever, that competed in doghiking.
Curly Heidi and toller Gea are also the 1st Slovene retrievers that competed in doghiking abroad (in Austria, near Vienna).
This time it looked that the orientation on 20 km long trail was not so easy, so many very fast, very good and very perspective competitors got lost. Stane ended on the 2nd place among men, 2nd among men walkers and got 17 points. This result from Doghiking Lisec 2013 was among such good rivals just pure luck that can happen just once per lifetime.
Heidi and Kala were working for the whole length perfectly. For the 1st time they did not pull so much downhill (they listened the command). Heidi was not tired (she never is), Kala was (but she had one week of very difficult trainings in lots of snow). So she got the time off to regenerate.
Orientation on the shorter trail looked much easier i.e. all participants were successful. Gea and Pretty were for the 1st time working without a "rabbit" in front of them. Gea was in the beginning working very nice, could be better, but was a huge step up for her. Pretty did also a step up, but smaller comparing to Gea. However, Barbara was pleased with what they showed even if they did not perform on the highest level they can for the whole time. After few trainings it will be better.
Maybe Pretty's performance was not so OK due to the fact, that she really had to huge harness and Barbara had to safe her from the ropes for lots of times - we have to buy her a new one, the same as Gea has.
Barbara expected that they will be last, but they were 1st. She still does not know how did she catch up the rivals (which are all very good). It sure happened after the phone call of Stane, when he told that all runners got lost. She started to walk faster because she thought that the search action will have to take place. She already new which dogs to take along (Saki and Drobižek, who were the only one rested) and whom not (May is too old, Gea, Pretty, Kala and Heidi might be tired, puppies are still just puppies). Luckily everybody that got lost, got lost in the best possible way i.e. or they have just shortened the trail and missed one of the check points, or they finished on the road near villages where they could be picked up by the car.
This was also the 1st time that Barbara did not fall even once (maybe this was the also the last time).
On this event (that took place from and to our home) we realised, that Daisy really needs extra socialisation with strange people.
More photos are on fb.
This was our 2nd Slovene doghiking competition. Barbara went with Kala and started as the last competitor, Stane went with Heidi and started 3 minutes before Barbara and Kala.
Barbara decided that she will run to catch Stane and Heidi, that Heidi will start working properly. When Barbara and Kala caught them, Heidi was really happy, worked very nice until the slope and narrow path through snow started. Then she wanted to go near Kala, as they are usually in the sled together. So she made many problems to Stane up and down the peak Kum. But when this slope finished, and when Stane and Barbara could walk beside each other i.e. Heidi could walk beside Kala, Heidi started to work perfectly.
The next trail will be circular, so no dogs will meet and also the path will not be so narrow i.e. Stane will probably go the longer trail (20 km) with Kala and Heidi (this might be the only way, Heidi will work), Barbara the shorter trail (10 km) with both toller girls (Gea and Pretty).
Previous doghiking (to St. Peter) and this doghiking (to Kum), Gea was very sad that she could not join. She actually run in the paths' direction both times, but returned when she realised, that we were already "far gone". So she really has to participate.
This time Kala had on a different harness, while all others are or to small or not a correct type. She has a very wide chest i.e. she has to have at least 2 wide bands on her chest, otherwise that one too narrow band for her moves to one of her chest's halves and hurts (she has crust on one side of her chest due to the harness). This harness, she had for doghiking Kum, was OK, but still it will not be good when the temperatures will rise. So we have to go with Kala to the harness-maker to create one harness just for her untypical shape of the sled dog body.
The results: Heidi and Stane were 5th among men and 2nd among men walkers with 13 points in the cup, Babara and Kala were 3rd among women and 2nd among women walkers with 15 points in the cup.
More photos on fb.
This year competitive doghikings started in Slovenia. For now they are far from proper doghiking distances known from abroad, but it is the beginning. And we just had to be there and compete.
Although the distance was just a bit more than 8 km, the difficulties for us did not stop with the snow and the slope up and down.
The major problem was that Stane, who competed with Heidi, and Barbara, who competed with Kala, started more than 10 minutes in between, so the girls, Kala and Heidi, did not go together as they are used to from all the trainings. Even more, on the trainings Barbara is always with Heidi, Stane on the other hand with Kala. Kala however works with everybody, Heidi usually just with Barbara. So we created a mess for the dogs. Heidi did not work almost for the whole time as she knows how to, also Kala stopped here and there, throw herself into the snow, but because the trail was two-way-ed, they met. And after they met, it was really hard to make them to go into opposite directions. Kala pulled Barbara 1-2 m down the hill on her bottom in the Heidi's direction, cried (she never cried before), Heidi also tried to pull back Stane, but up the hill. However, Heidi and Stane managed to go downhill normally, while for Barbara and Kala there was still the heaviest slope waiting and with Kala not cooperating, it was a disaster. Barbara decided rather to stop when Kala stopped, because in that way she had more control and would not be dragged down the slope. When finally reaching the peak, they had to turn back and go downhill in the direction that Stane and Heidi went. So Kala was most motivated dog in the world to go in that direction. Barbara did not count how many times she was not on her feet. She claimed that she was never so exhausted before. We also noticed, that Kala was for the 1st time not even for a bit tired.
The results: Heidi and Stane were 3rd among "men walkers", 6th among "men" and got 12 points in the 2013 cup of doghikings in Slovenia, Kala and Barbara were also 3rd among "women walkers", 5th among "women" and have now 13 points in the Slovene "doghiking" cup. It sounds pretty OK, however we decided:
D-litter puppies were waiting near the finish line with mother Gea and aunt Pretty: video. They had time of their life.
aunt Pretty and nephew Dylan
There are just 4 toller puppies from the D-litter (Gea x Orion) living with us at the moment, some of them still looking for an active owner/coowner (for more info you can contact us on +386 51 359 348).
Today, at the vet, they met one black cute lab-mix puppy, about 3 months old, with a new owner. It was very sad to see, that the puppy did not get the proper "mental development" and training from the "breeder". We heard it screaming from one of the rooms when veterinarians, which are very good, tried to make puppy to lie on the back, to be able to check it. There will be so much work for the owner... There will be even much work for the owner, if she will not start socializing, raising, teaching and training the puppy immediately. We do not envy owners that kind of dogs and we do not envy any dogs that kind of "breeders". Poor dog and poor owner!
This will not happen with our puppies, because we had them in our hands, on the lap... on the back and every other position from the beginning on. You can see that on the video after 1:40 where they were checked from the stranger, the tester at their 1st test, the puppy test, performed by Katja Poljšak. They are used to touch and know that it is very nice. Even more, puppies many times search for our attention, for the touch, by themselves. Very cute.
We are still working on with socializing them. Today we noticed that it is high time to take them to the dog school or to the place, where there are other dogs, which our puppies do not know; one by one. At the vet they were behaving like a courageous and powerful pack, barked at the poor lab-mix they heard screaming and made our puppies confused, nervous... They never heard any other dog to cry in that way.
We absolutely adore that they are not afraid of the people, but we would also like, that they will either ignore other dogs completely, or that they will see in other dogs a possibility to play, but only after our approval.
One of the wishes is that they would behave to other animals in need like our adult dogs do: they want to check what was going on with that animal like they would feel compassion. We like that. We do not mind if they are just "nosy parkers", this behaviour just help us to determine quicker who is in need and if anybody is in need. With that kind of behaviour from Heidi, we noticed that the puppy that got injured was Daisy (see the "2012 news"). Thank you Heidi!
It is really high time to take time for them individually! We noticed the problem, we know the goal, now we just have to make the plan and stick on it.