Magic is an imported Golden Retriever, from Scotland that has been Randy’s go-to dog for years. When Randy began training versatile hunting dogs and Magic observed them pointing; he decided to become a pointer as well as a fantastic retriever. When training young pups, Magic shows the way and always makes it look easy and fun. These pictures are from a recent late season pheasant hunt in Southern Alberta where Magic did himself proud again. Keep going Magic!
Payton made us proud on achieving a Prize 1 award at the NADKC Mid West VGP test held September 3/4 2016. He did his famous launch to begin each of the three water tests. You will also see this picture on the inside cover of the September issue of Gun Dog magazine. Payton now has entered 3 tests – the Derby, the Solms, and the VGP and received Prize 1 on each test.
Payton excels even beyond test scores when hunting in the field. His field search, point, and water work is the dream of every bird hunter. His field capability is matched with his V ( excellent ) rating for conformation. Weighing 85 pounds and standing 27 inches at the shoulder he is a most impressive looking male DK.
Payton is now standing at stud for approved females. Females must be registered and qualified DK’s. Qualified means having passed the Solms test and having positive hip x-rays.
Randy also handled Qutella von Kings Crossing in the same test and Qutella also achieved Prize 1.
Qutella on the left and Payton on the right taking in the Little Bow river, south of Calgary.
Mike Kennedy, owner of Qutella von Kings Crossing says this:
” Randy is the master at taking dogs from basic pointing and fetching into an allstar bird dog. He has now handled several dogs through the VGP with excellent results. ”
At Blackfoot Kennels we currently have quite an assortment of breeds all designed for the same purpose – versatile hunting. That means we are working on pointing and retrieving with all of them and some of them destined for the Deutsch Kurzhaar tests will also be trained for advanced blood tracking.
It is amazing to see them progress and perform as expected. Here are some of them – pointing birds:
Griffon – a young male Pudelpointer points with great style well back from the bird.
Chester – a 3 year old Wire Haired Pointing Griffon – slams into a point and holds like a rock.
Zeke is a highly experienced Brittany Spaniel – and he locked on point so hard, he would not move.
Tori – a 5 month old DK points a planted bird for the first time.
All pointing dogs do point – they just need the opportunity. Some point sooner than others depending on breeding and opportunities. So if you have a young dog, introduce it to birds early and build the staunchness early on. If you need to find out more about this – call us and we are happy to assist.
Randy and Linda Blanchard are sponsors of Pheasants Forever. We want to include our clients and friends in supporting this worthy cause. Please keep in mind the annual fund raising dinner and note that we contribute annually on your behalf to maintain and improve wildlife habitat.
In the Deutsch Kurzhaar Club, the most revered test to demonstrate the hunting capability of an adult dog is the VGP. It is comprised of 19 separate test components which challenge the trainer/leader. There are multiple drags ( fox, rabbit, duck ) multiple blind water retrieves and searches, field search, pointing demonstration, obedience in the field, retrieve of a fox over a 1 meter barrier and more. It is comparable to the NAVDHA test, but more challenging and longer. Training a dog which has already passed the Solms test will take a minimum of 3 months. The complexity of the test requires the trainer to follow a calender and be continuously assessing progress. Randy Blanchard has successfully lead several dogs through the VGP and is available to provide advice and tips to the first time leader. You can download Randy’s training outline here.
Spring has finally arrived and many D.K. owners are gearing up for the spring derby. The excitement of running the derby can be intoxicating for a young dog. Look at it from the dog’s point of view. He’s still a puppy and he’s running on new grounds, there are new and different smells, he’s surrounded by other dogs, people and vehicles. If anything can go wrong, it will occur on test day. The question is how to you plan for success with a young dog so that the owner and the dog can run the derby in comfort, show off the abilities of the dog and maintain some degree of control. read morePayton points and Lucy honours.
Jurek vom Kings Crossing and Qutella vom Kings Crossing will breed in November 2016. These Deutsch Kurzaars are the best of the best and the pups will be natural pointers, retrievers ( land and water ), and trackers. Jurek and Qutella have proved themselves on numerous hunting excursions for all types of game. They specialize in pointing and retrieving upland birds and waterfowl. They naturally honor each other’s points. They both love the water and cold water does not deter them.
For detailed information on how to reserve one of these pups call Mike Kennedy in Montana 406 342 5616. To find out detailed information about these outstanding dogs visit:
On behalf of our team at Blackfoot Kennels we wish you the best of the season. Keep those best friends safe and warm so we can start spring training with everyone healthy.
Belle and Cody score big in the pheasant hunting fields. Belle was one of the finest dogs I’ve trained and Cody was my assistant for a while. He turned into a pretty good dog handler as well as an excellent shot. Now he has moved on to train herding dogs. The best thing about training is the end result.