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The Life of a

Standard Wire-Haired Dachshund and a German Shepherd Dog

and other puppy related stories ....

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Christiane Benoit 2009-2014

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Willi passes his Canine Good Neighbour Test

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

On November 2, 2013 we drove to Red Deer to have Willi's eyes checked by a certified veterinarian.

The results came back as normal and we are very happy about this!

His Dam and sister also have certified normal eyes.

I also did a Canine Good Neighbour Test will Willi and he passed.

You can see he was one proud Dachshund after the test.

Gila passes her IPO1 trial

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

On October 26, 2013 Gila passes her IPO 1 trial at the German Shepherd Club of Edmonton.

Photo by Cathy Holowaychuk and Exposed Paws Photography

Willi Earthdog and Tracking Training

Posted on October 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Earthdog Training

Willi saying HI! to the gerbil at the quarry bars. The gerbil is trying to understand dog language.

Willi found his dummy mallard after a nice duck scent track

Willi passes Senior Earthdog twice

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On September 7 and 8, 2013 we visited the PEAA Earthdog tests in Okotoks again.

Willi passed 2 Senior Earthdog tests. He didn't qualify for the title yet, but we will hopefully achieve that with the first trial in 2013. As you can see he is very proud showing of his rosettes.

Canine Good Neighbour Test coming up!

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Canine Good Neighbour Test

This is a test you and your dog need to pass before you start your career in pet dog therapy.

It is also a great test for urban dogs and any dog owner with anxious neighbours.

The Canadian Kennel Club will provide each successful participant with a certificate.

A rare opportunity in the Edmonton area!

Where: The German Shepherd Dog Club of Edmonton


When: September 14 and 15, 2013

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Registration required.

Are you interested?

For more info or registration please email me under Contact!

See you there

Willi achieves his Junior Earthdog Title!

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Willi achieves his Junior Earthdog Title

On July 7, 2013 we drove down to Okotoks to the Performance and Earthdog Association of Alberta to take part in the Earthdog Tests. Willi passed 2 legs in Junior Earthdog and won his Junior Earthdog title!

We are very proud to have such a smart and talented dog! Thanks to the PEAA, our trainers Marge and Chris and to the judges Greg Perry and Kathy McAra!

Thanks to Willi's breeder and Earthdog judge Brigitte Walkey for very helpful advice and training tips.

This photo was kindly provided by Dian Stafford-Gilmour.

We will try for Senior Earthdog in September.

Willi's First Birthday

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Willi's 1. Birthday

Today is Willi's first birthday! What a year it has been. Lots of training, showing and fun with our first Dachshund. We couldn't have asked for a better dog. He is very well mannered, good with all other dogs and people, but not overly enthusiastic about getting petted by strangers. And very funny! Dachshund's are not couch potatoes. I don't think there were many hours during the day that Willi wasn't up to something. We hope we have many healthy and happy years with Willi to come. Watch my blog for updates on shows, trials and training. My weekly blog will end now. If you are interested in a dog like Willi - look for a reputable working-dog breeder, with breeding dogs with working titles, like Earthdog, tracking or field trial titles. Thanks to Willi's breeder Brigitte Walkey and her Springwood kennel in British Columbia and thanks to Jolanta Jeanneney from Born-To-Track and owner of Willi's Sire for all the help and tips!

Willi Week 51

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Earthdog practice

Today was Willi's second Earthdog practice. He did a great job; he went into the tunnels twice and started working the quarry. On the photos you can see him at his second introduction to the (safely enclosed gerbils, which by the way weren't intimidated even a little bit; they kept on munching on their food). His sister already has her Junior Earthdog title and we will go to our first trial next month. Obviously his hunting instinct awoke and he is ready to go! We are really lucky to have him! To read more about Earthdog, please go to:


Willi Week 50

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A fit and fun working dog

Thinking about the Dachshund as a German working dog breed, the working Dachshund should be lean and athletic, have a maximum of fitness and endurance. The wire coat of the Wire-haired Dachshund should be short and thick, with short undercoat, which makes the dog resistant to weather and water. This is Willi, almost a year old, after a 2 hour hike and (leashed) mouse hunt in the bush. Does he look tired to you? I don't think so! His daily food portion is exactly the same as our German Shepherd's portion. They get an equal amount of daily exercise. For all dogs, but especially for all dogs with long vertebrae (back), it is very important not be overweight. Both of our dogs are very athletic and train regularily in dog sports with a maximum endurance level.

On the training side - we are still improving tracking in all weather conditions. Today was very windy and tracking was more difficult. We have to track in heavy wind more often.

Willi Week 49

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Different tracking methods

This is Willi starting on a blood-track scent pad. I used previously frozen blood from raw dog food processing - thanks to Steve and Susanne from Susie's Raw Dog Food! - on an 100 paces long track across a community park along a busy road. The breeze was minimal but it had rained on and off throughout the day. The track was 10 minutes old. Willi started concentrated, but got distracted by mosquitos and decided to have a quick pee off track after which he started again and found the end of the track. There, he stopped and waited for food. Throughout the track he was trailing and running while circleing at the corners.

The second track at a different area in the same park was layed out with kibble, approx. every 2 to 5 steps. The length and age of the track was the same. At first Willi was extremely distracted by mosquitos but found concentration back on the track on kibble. He ate just a few of them but nicely followed the track to the end. This time calmer and slower.

I will start placing an article at the end of the track soon.