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What's New in the Year 1998

This page contains the list of new articles and features added to Working Dogs Cyberzine this year.

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

You may also visit our Main Articles Archive, the master index that includes the best of the articles featured on Working Dogs Cyberzine since 1996.


  • With the support of many members of Congress, Joe White heads the foundation seeking to build a K-9 corps memorial in Washington DC. In Ebony and White, he tells the story of the K-9 Corps beginning in World War I and continues to the Viet Nam War and his own personal experiences with his K-9 Ebony. From the Police/K-9 section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • Treasure State Working Dog Association in Bozeman, Montana proudly hosts a Schutzhund seminar with well-known animal behaviorist and Schutzhund and Ring trainer and handler Ivan Balabanov on Memorial Day Weekend. Register early to ensure your participation in this seminar taught by one of the most respected trainers in dog sports today.

  • The Absaroka Search Dogs team was called out to assist in the search for a young man lost on the Yellowstone River. Without a flotation device, he had little chance after he was swept into the main current of the flood-swollen river and beneath a log jam. Reporter Chris Dover shares the drama and the intensity of the team's cadaver search on the dangerous river in his photo-essay Searching Big Water.

  • Herding devotee Ann Garner takes us along with her baby German Shepherd puppy Kili on her first experiences tending sheep. Garner explains the progressive development of Kili's instinctual sheep tending skills in A Herding Pup Takes Its First Steps on the Herdingdogs web site.

  • Herding instructor Candy Kennedy shares an informative review of what the herding novice can expect from their first instructive sheep herding class experiences in her article on the American Border Collie Network, Class Action.

  • Lactation in Dogs and Cats by W.L. Hurley, DVM reviews the basics of mammary gland anatomy and canine lactation. Included in his review are the composition of milk, suggestions for optimal nutrition during lactation, pseudopregnancy, and eclampsia.

  • In Haven's Quest, Cheree Heppe relates the story of her guide dog's eventful rise from abandonment at a local shelter to working status as the author's competent and committed guide dog.

  • Certified Animal Health Instructor and and Animal Nutritionist Kymythy Schultze presents a seminar on February 28 in Escondido, California on Natural Nutrition for Dogs. Learn how to prepare a healthful, nutritionally balanced diet for your dog.

  • Teaching a dog to guide someone, then teaching that someone to trust and work with the dog can be a very rewarding career. Jenine Stanley's Have You Got What It Takes? details the recommendations and requirements for those interested in becoming a guide dog trainer.

  • Military dog handler Tony Montoya relates on the Viet Nam Dog Handlers Association web site the wrenching story of how the US Army selected which war dogs were to return safely home after their heroic tour of duty in Viet Nam, leaving so many behind to an unknown fate, in Some Dogs Brought Back.

  • Seizure alert dog Blitzen, a German shepherd, goes everywhere with her master Phyllis Parent and gives her the security she needs to once again live life to its fullest. Writer Molly Walsh tells about Phyllis and Blitzen's remarkable relationship in her article Serving Its Master.

  • German Shepherd dog breeder Janice L. Bartmess reviews the history of DDR (East German) lines and the economic and political pressures that generated the divergence of the characteristic DDR lines from the remainder of the GSD genetic pool in Europe; and how that contributed to the importance of these bloodlines for the viability of the breed today.

  • Catherine O'Driscoll, author of Who Killed the Darling Buds of May? What Vets Don't Tell You About Vaccines asks the question, "Do we need to vaccinate our dogs every year?" and provides some revealing answers.

  • Susan Gayle Wynn, DVM discusses the current debate about vaccination schedules for our pets, discusses alternatives to yearly vaccinations, and ultimately recommends testing for antibodies in Vaccination Decisions.

  • Now this one I couldn't resist! As most anyone with working breeds knows, those piles of shed dog hair can take on a life of their own. Now we all know what to do about The Dust Bunnies That Took Manhattan. Knitting With Dog Hair: Better a Sweater from a Dog You Know and Love Than from a Sheep You'll Never Meet features step-by-step instructions for spinning and knitting with dog hair -- you might be amazed at how truly beautiful and utilitarian garments spun from dog hair can be! For all of you who didn't get that sable fur coat for Christmas.... From the General Fiction/Non-Fiction section of the Working Dogs Book Store.

  • InterMountain Therapy Animals offers an Animal Evaluator Certification Course in Utah on January 24, 1998.

  • A lawsuit has been brought against the state of Hawaii by various plaintiffs who believe Hawaii's quarantine for dog guides violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Author Cheree Heppe discusses the recent changes in Hawaiian quarantine and the upcoming recommendations for further revisions of the state law in her investigative report, Is Hawaii Dogging Access for Blind's Guides?


  • Teri Rosgaard's vom Haus Shoal German Shepherd Dogs web site features a fascinating collection of historic German Shepherd Dog post cards. This new web site features the DDR (East German) bloodlines of the German Shepherd Dog and Teri's reliance on those lines to successfully breed dogs for active service in police K9 units throughout the Pacific Northwest.

  • There is no time to lose if your dog has been poisoned! Dr. Susan Thorpe-Vargas and John Cargill have exhaustively researched the many chemicals and substances that can poison and kill your dog. They've developed an extensive and indispensable guide to common poisonings of the dog, with information about administering treatment that is absolutely critical to the survival of a poisoned dog.

  • The Purina web site features a comprehensive guide to kennel construction and management. This series of articles provides helpful information for kennel planning and design, sanitation management, parasite control, successful management, and more. A must-read for anyone planning to build a new kennel and for existing kennel owners who would like to optimize their facilities. (NOTE: Links on the Purina Kennel page were inoperable as of 3/23/98.)

  • German Shepherd Dog devotee and Schutzhund handler Christine Kemper headed north to New Jersey this fall to attend the first HGH trial (herding) held in the United States. Her report of the teams and the event shows a practiced eye for training and performance and a love of the wide range of work and sport at which this versatile breed excels.

  • Mark Weston has compiled over 5,000 German dog names to help you with that all-important job of naming your new puppy or dog. From Aaron to Zyrus -- you're bound to find the name that's juuuust right in this extensive database on the SCHÄFERHAFEN web site.

  • Dr. Clemmons' Neuro Chat Room provides and opportunity for German Shepherd Dog and other breed owners and enthusiasts to find out about the newest research and treatments for Degenerative Myelopathy. The DM Newsletter summarizes the weekly discussions and provides helpful information about available treatments for this devastating neurological disease.

  • National Tracking & Cadaver Recovery, Inc. presents a 40-hour working K-9 seminar in beautiful Palm Harbor, Florida. Teams will be instructed and can obtain certification in Canine Tracking with Article Recovery, Visual Tracking/Night Canine Tracking, Cadaver Recovery/Land & Water, Proper Organization of Search Teams, and more.


  • Photographer Jeff Uhrlaub has put together a lovely web site, thoughtfully designed with easy-to-browse thumbnails, featuring some of his best shots of working dogs in training and competition and hard at work on the streets. Don't miss his Dog Shots Gallery featuring Schutzhund, K9, Dutch Shepherd, hunting dogs, and more!

  • Award-winning author D. Caroline Coile, neuroscientist and behaviorist, has written many books and articles about dogs. Her special interests in canine sensory systems, genetics and behavior are reflected in her article about how selection can act on sensory systems in Bringing Dog Vision Into Focus, on the Cascade Working Dog Association web site.


  • Schutzhund and K9 trainer and GSD breeder Julia Priest helps the novice handler build the foundation for a successful Schutzhund 1 track in the first article in her training series, Track du Jour.

  • The vom Haus Shoal German Shepherd Dogs web site features an historical review of the Dutch Shepherd and the current standards for the breed. Photographs of the modern Dutch Shepherd and the original German Shepherd Dog suggest a significant influence on today's German Shepherd Dog breed.

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia is essentially a genetic disorder and can only be finally dealt with by carefully selecting non-affected breeding partners. In his article Why Look Into PennHIP?, author and German Shepherd Dog judge Fred Lanting discusses PennHIP wedge radiography as a definitive protocol for determining hip joint laxity to diagnose hip dysplasia.

  • Author and SV Judge Fred Lanting provides a fascinating look at the German Sieger Show and other SV-style shows and compares this type of German Shepherd Dog show and survey to AKC-type dog shows. Learn all about the rich traditions and the history of the Sieger Show and its importance to selecting some of the best representatives of the German Shepherd breed.


  • In their six-part series, authors Susan Thorpe-Vargas, John Cargill and Caroline Coile discuss how a single breeder's actions may have consequences that are far-reaching. Selective breeding practices may have created a genetic nightmare for many of our breeds today. In the first installment of that series, The Genetic Cul-de-Sac, the genetics task force addresses the origin of the domestic dog with an emphasis on the fundamentals of DNA and gene mutations, and their relationship to vigorous genetic diversity.

  • In the second installment of her Track du Jour training series for the Pacific Northwest's Schutzhund newsletter, Schutzhund and K9 trainer and GSD breeder Julia Priest helps the beginning tracker understand basic canine scent discrimination and how it plays a role in training for the track in Canine Scenting Ability Makes Teaching Tracking a Treat.

  • The Washington Defense Dog Club proudly announces their 12th Annual French Ring Sport Seminar and NARA Authorized Trials in Washington State July 14-18, 1998, with Judging and Training Seminars by French Ring Champion Serge Ocard.

  • By popular demand, here's the recipe for those awesome Moc's Liver Treats for dogs. They're easy to make, economical, with no additives or preservatives. Say goodbye to greasy, non-nutritious hot dogs, and watch your dogs go ga ga over this super obedience treat and tracking bait!

  • Check out the Dog Zone's score page for final scores for this exciting national Schutzhund competition held in Bangor, Maine..

  • Veterinarian M. Christine Zink has long been interested in dogs and dog sports. Repeatedly asked at canine sporting events and agility trials about structural and medical problems that affect canine performance, Dr. Zink saw an information gap and decided to write Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete. This book about our canine athletes was first published in 1992, and the completely revised second edition is enjoying significant popularity among competitive sport and working dog audiences everywhere. Find this title in the Training section of the Working Dogs Book Store.


  • Ehrlichiosis: A Silent and Deadly Killer by Jan Hendricks and Bob Wilson comprehensively details this deadly killer that mimics a host of other diseases and claims the lives of dogs in all 50 states, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Learn all about Ehrlichiosis -- its transmission, detection and diagnosis, its progressive stages, and the appropriate treatments available at qualified laboratories. Many veterinarians are not familiar with Ehrlichiosis or the emerging understanding that it is no longer a rare disease of the tropics.

  • British breed geneticist Malcolm B. Willis is author of several breed and genetics classics, including The German Shepherd Dog: A Genetic History and Genetics of the Dog. In his article, So You Want to Buy a German Shepherd Dog?, Dr. Willis provides indispensable advice to the potential GSD puppy buyer. Drawing on his own kennel policies and procedures in England, he details the fundamental obligations that should be expected of responsible breeders anywhere.

  • Boarding kennel manager Diane Richardson shares some helpful tips and hints for minimizing the stress of kenneling your dog in her informative checklist, Tips for Inspecting a Boarding Kennel on the Frontier Rottweilers web site.

  • Training the high-drive Malinois or other breed to think and learn properly is the challenge undertaken by trainer Deborah Palman in her article The Subject is Focus. Teaching focus is an essential part of positive training, and Palman reveals the beauty of positive training to achieve that focus.

  • The Dogs in Canada web site features Siberian Husky breeder Jeffrey Bragg's commentary on the upsurge of genetic problems and his call for action in The Genetic Tide: Will It Leave Us High and Dry? We are seeing a steady increase in genetic defects. Bragg suggests that the answer lies in the well-proven science of population genetics.

  • Author Norma Bennett Woolf reveals many of the pros and cons of having and training a mixed-breed dog. In her article The Heinz 57 is the Dog for Me, Woolf discusses the ups and downs of type and temperament depending on the breeds thrown into the mix, and provides helpful resources for mixed breed owners who want to train and title their animals.

  • The Pacific Northwest Giant Fun Club hosts a two-day working dog seminar with well-known sport and working dog trainer Armin Winkler. Reserve your spot now for this 4th of July weekend training opportunity in Auburn, Washington.

  • Results from the 1998 USA Sieger Show in Washington State. 1998 Sieger Lasso vom Neuen Berg SchH3; 1998 Siegerin Lussi von Wilhendorf SchH3.

  • Is there a difference between dog aggression exhibited toward dogs, and aggression exhibited toward humans? Author Barbara Nibling refers to current research and literature on this subject as she examines the behavioral aspects of canine aggression, reviews the different characteristics of aggressive behavior, and suggests some causes in her article A Behavioral View on Dog Aggression.

  • Check out Doug Loving's gripping action photography of America's top sport dogs at the 1998 North American Schutzhund 3 Nationals on Tommy P. Jensen's web site.

  • USA Judge Floyd Wilson explains the protection test that is required of all dogs and bitches in the Working Classes at a USA Sieger Show, helping handlers know what to expect and how to prepare for it. Find this on the official Sieger Show '98 web site, your online source for comprehensive information about this exciting event in Marysville, Washington on June 12-14.

  • Major Terry Gosch, DVM discusses the threat of foxtails and the systemic disease Actinomycosis that these barbed messengers can transport into a dog's body. Major Gosch lost his own beloved hunting dog to Actinomycosis; his informative report may help others to avoid a similar tragedy.

  • The Canine Diversity web site features Genetic Testing: A Guide for Breeders by Mary Whiteley, PhD. Dr. Whiteley believes that we will soon have a test for most of the genetic diseases of dogs. In her article, she discusses genes, DNA, the genetic testing that is available to breeders today, and what the test results mean.

  • Does your dog have bad breath? Discover what may be causing the malador, how to treat it, and how to prevent it in the future in What's Behind the Doggie Breath on the United States Police Canine Association web site.


  • German Shepherd breeder and Schutzhund and K9 trainer Julia Priest provides valuable information for anyone thinking about sending their dog to a professional trainer for foundation work or finishing. In her article When You Send Your Dog Away for Training, Priest explains what to expect and demand from a professional trainer, and what the professional trainer will in turn expect and demand from you.

  • German Shepherd herding enthusiast and sheep herder Ann Garner reviews the basics of the typical herding instinct test in What to Expect From the Herding Instinct Test. Garner compares the basic herding instinct test with the much more rigorous competency demanded by advanced HGH titles as envisioned by the founder of the breed, Max von Stephanitz, carried forward to today's HGH requirements under the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde.

  • Author C.A. Sharp details the exhaustive work on behalf of the Australian Shepherd breed to track Collie Eye Anomaly and eradicate it from the gene pool. Several years of careful genetic study, carrier identification, test breedings, and ongoing breeder education dramatically reduced this significantly debilitating genetic disease of Aussies and other breeds. Author Sharp reminds us why, and how, these efforts must continue.


  • Miranda L. Greer provides some stimulating discussion in her essay AKC Recognition and the Catahoula: How AKC Registration Can Potentially Devastate a Breed. While breeders of rare working breeds fight to prevent recognition of their breed by America's largest breed registry business, the AKC-FSS nonetheless continues to make inroads toward registering many rare breeds.

  • Schutzhund and K9 trainer Harold Colpitts shares an action shot of bitework, Canadian style. There are show lines, and there are working lines, and now there are.... well, you'll have to take a look and make up your own mind.

  • Vicki J. Adams, BSc(Agr), DVM discusses stifle (knee) joint disorders including ligament ruptures and tears and their treatment in her detailed report Stifle Joint Disorders. A brief photographic review of a typical stifle joint surgery and the patient's successful recovery prefaces her article on the same page.

  • Dr. Mike Plonsky updates his fascinating page of Common Dog Commands in Several Languages. Thirty commands in eight different languages are featured, including Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, and more. Download the associated WAV files to hear an accurate pronunciation of each command in the native language. You never know.... if your dog isn't responding to your commands, maybe you're just speaking the wrong language.

  • Former herding judge and active sheep herder Ann Garner translates an excerpt from Karl Hermann Finger's definitive book on the modern German Shepherd Dog, with detailed information about training and practices in Germany, from the novice dog to training for herding performance. Her translation is beautifully illustrated with pictures of GSDs herding sheep in the Central Valley of California.

  • The American Kennel Club has indicated a willingness to approve a dog show that will be limited to conformation champions that also possess field titles, the first of its type to ever be approved by the AKC. Granite City Kennel Club's Field of Champions Invitational Dog Show may be the first of many such AKC events that demand form and function.


  • German Shepherd Dog breeder, trainer, and handler Jan Mountjoy relates the absolutely engaging account of her fascinating adventures during her TRAVELS IN GERMANY and other European destinations with her two GSDs. Her travels led her to an ever-widening circle of new friends and fellow GSD lovers, Schutzhund trainers, and handlers, with an exciting stop at the German Sieger Show. She shares wonderful memories of her love affair with the homeland of her beloved breed.

  • Emory University's Dr. Edward Baker, VMD discusses the various types of inherited and acquired canine cardiac diseases in his two-part series THE HEART OF THE MATTER.

  • Heritability is a statistic used to evaluate dogs and selectively breed them for a quantitative trait. Cornell geneticist John Pollack explains how HERITABILITY MEASURES THE VARIABILITY OF GENES that can control physical characteristics.

  • German Shepherd enthusiast Dori Painter helps the first-time puppy buyer INTERPRET THE ADS and knowledgeably read between the lines to find the right breeder and a quality puppy.

  • Central Florida Animal Control is prepared for the worst. Learn where planned EMERGENCY ANIMAL SHELTERS will be located, and who to contact.

  • There are a variety of methods available today that may help us to test for and diagnose the presence or probability of CHD and degenerative joint disease. Two articles review PennHIP and OFA radiologic protocols for evaluating and predicting CHD. Fred Lanting, canine consultant and author, provides his commentary promoting the PennHIP extraction method, and recommends its use over OFA protocol to screen for CHD. Drs. Keller and Corley, Diplomates of A.V.C.R. and principal radiologists of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), detail the research studies and scientific literature that support their position that PennHIP stress radiography remains to date an inconclusive method for reliable testing and evaluation.


  • 1998 WUSV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Boston USA -- Scores courtesy of Mark Weston.


  • Hellmuth Wachtel presents his SEVEN THESES OF CANINE DIVERSITY, written to encourage informed breeding, the retention of diversity in canine breed pools, and meeting the challenges of convincing breeders of the long-term benefits of incorporating diversity into their breeding programs.

  • Dog owners and breeders are increasingly turning to alternative veterinary medicine as a complement to traditional western medicine in their search for optimal care and health of their canine companions. Lori Mikajlo reviews a newly published compendium of alternative and complementary veterinary medicine, COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE by Allen M. Schoen and Susan G. Wynn.

  • The United States Border Collie Club (USBCC) promotes the Border Collie as a performance dog, not a show dog. The USBCC has historically supported independent Border Collie registries, and opposed recognition of the breed by the AKC, setting an appearance standard for the breed, or granting championships based solely on looks. Read why the USBCC advocates resistance to AKC recognition and why it believes AKC registration is contrary to the best interests of the Border Collie in AKC VS. THE BORDER COLLIE.

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is mandated by law to enforce regulations pertaining to large scale commercial dog breeding facilities. A shortage of inspectors responsible for overseeing these facilities has contributed to the agency's reputation for failing to meet its mandate. Rachel A. Lamb writes about her visits to puppy mills in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the tragedies that play out there every day in her article, PRISONERS FOR PROFITS: THE SHAME OF PUPPY MILLS.

  • Congratulations to PAM HANRAHAN & ENDY V SVENSHOME, Schutzhund 3 Champions with a score of 292 at the 1998 USA National Schutzhund 3 and Police Dog Championships in Denver, Colorado. CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES are available on the Dog Zone.

  • Veterinarian T.J. Dunn, Jr. shares a compassionate and educational review of what you can expect should you need to make that most difficult decision -- the humane euthenasia of a beloved pet. In his article on the Pet Center web site, EUTHANASIA: WHAT TO EXPECT, Dr. Dunn provides helpful insight and gentle guidance for dealing with the uncertainty and grief when the time comes to say good-bye to a beloved companion.


  • Tami Stephenson announces a new PROTECTION SPORTS COMMITTEE for the United Belgian Shepherd Dog Association. Belgian enthusiasts can learn how they can help promote the working aspects of the Belgian Shepherd.

  • Working GSD enthusiast and historian Susanne Stramm brings the BUNDESSIEGERPRUEFUNG, the German national Schutzhund championship, to life with an impressive archive of pictures, pedigrees, and koer reports. Enjoy her remarkably comprehensive coverage of the celebrated champions of this exciting competition.

  • Fumi Cummins spotlights former USA Breed Advisory Committee Chair Ricardo Carbajal's study of the importance of structure in the working dog in his article, NOT JUST A BEAUTY CONTEST: THE ADVANTAGE OF PROPER STRUCTURE FOR THE WORKING DOG.

  • Marty Schwartz and his K9 Yofee are on another adventure -- this time, it's teaching kids how to be safe around dogs and prevent bites. Check out the free, online interactive coloring book DOES HE BITE? that comes complete with fun games and activities. Parents and teachers everywhere should take this opportunity to educate every child about appropriate behavior around dogs of all shapes and sizes.

  • Fred Forrest designed a screen saver of impressive visual and auditory quality for his fellow East German (DDR) German Shepherd Dog enthusiasts on the DDRGSD email list that he co-administers. In the spirit of holiday good cheer and the New Year, Fred shares this absolutely stunning screen saver with Working Dog friends around the world. Get your GSD fix early in 1999, and download your copy of the DDRGSD-L SCREEN SAVER today!


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