It’s been quite some time since I was excited to write anything on our website; 2021 was an extremely trying year.
That said, apparently the products of that year are beginning to come into their own.
Of course, I’m referencing puppies.
At a mere 16 months old, the first of our O-litter puppies achieved her BH. First born female, Purple Girl at birth, registered Onyx von der Leidenschaft, call name Xena, with handler (owned and trained by) Tom Zinn competed at the Saugeen Schutzhund Club of Ontario on September 18th, 2022.
Tom knew before he even got Xena, not only his goals, but where he would be training her. Working K9 in Ontario offers police and military training with obedience at the core of their program. Tom took the applications he learned there and tempered them towards his goals of competing in the sport of IGP.
GSSCC Judge, Jim Crisp told Tom they lost a few points for Xena’s bouncing during heeling but commented on her being such a happy puppy. If you’re going to lose points, happy is the best way!
Fall trial season is underway, and we hope to announce more titles in the coming weeks.
Onyx von der Leidenschaft is out of Khira von der Leidenschaft, sired by Zeus vom Goldbergsee. The pedigree includes many prominent dogs in the sport and in civil working applications around the world.
We’re proud of our lines, and the amazing owners we trust our puppies to. Thanks Tom and Jessica Zinn for being part of our “family.”
No rest for the wicked! The Prince Edward Island Schutzhund Club trial was almost TWO weeks ago, and I’m just now getting to website updates! *sigh
Regardless, GIANT congratulations to Lisa Gaudet and her Leidenschaft kids, Khaos and Lunatik,earning their BH/VT titles with the GSSCC (German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada) in PEI on November 7th and 8th, 2020. Khaos already achieved his BH with the DVG in 2019, but in order to compete further with Lisa’s home club in PEI, he had to redo the title.
A little background; Khaos was purchased at the age of four months as a companion dog, and possibly a therapy dog to enhance Lisa’s work as a nurse practitioner specializing in senior care. When Lisa realized he had a little too much drive for that, she got involved in the sport. Once in, she was hooked, and less than a year later, she was back for another puppy.
Lisa participates in the sport both in her home province of PEI with the PEISC (GSSCC) and regularly with our club in NB, The Sirius Working Dog Association. Lisa is currently apprenticing as Training Director with The SWDA as well. She’s an enthusiastic trainer who loves to share her knowledge and experience to new members. Thanks Lisa for representing our breeding program, and this sport so well!
Our small club The Sirius Working Dog Association held our two-day trial on October 5 & 6, 2019. With DVG Judge Ann Dolan, we tried 5 BH titles and one IGP 1 title on the first day. Successful teams: Lisa Gaudet with Khaos von der Leidenschaft, BH Stephen Lanyi with Khira von der Leidenschaft, BH Ron Murray with Zeus vom Goldbergsee, BH Ron Murray with Rogue vom Klingsgarten, IGP1
On day two, we had two successful tracking teams: Stephen Lanyi with Khira von der Leidenschaft, IGP-V Track Ron Murray with Rogue vom Klingsgarten, IFH-V Track
Congratulations to everyone and looking forward to a few more weeks of training before the S-word arrives! 😉
These three pups are fully vaccinated, microchipped, registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, are fully crate trained, and house socialized. They are started in tracking, obstacle training, dumbbell work, and prey bite work. Their teething process is almost done so more bite training will commence in the coming days.
They all have great personalities, and high levels of confidence and environmental soundness. No weak nerves here!
This litter, along with their older K-litter siblings, are CLEAR of DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) by parentage as confirmed by DNA tests through the OFA.
15 week old Lazer, aka Purple Boy, is a happy, outgoing puppy with excellent confidence and prey drive! He is happy to play tug with plush toys, jute sacks, and old cuffs. Or, he’ll take you by the leg or arm if that’s all that’s available! 😉 His crate training is well underway and he is happy to eat his meals in it, and settle down quickly for the night. Lazer is a good sized pup with plenty of coat and a nice ear set. He’s very responsive and will suit a sport/competition home or an active family. Video is readily available on Instagram @leidenschaftkennels or on our Facebook page!
Lazer also has two sisters (Lexi is SOLD) to approved homes. These pups have had kennel cough and will have their 3rd boosters and their rabies vaccinations next week. They are beginning crate training and house socialization as well as daily adventures outdoors. They are ready to go.
Congratulations to our 15 month old puppy, Kwest von der Leidenschaft BH, FH-V!! So grateful to her humans, Ted and Lani Cooper for the amazing effort they’ve put forth in her training. Lani and Kwest have only been training together for 9 months! What a great team!
For those not familiar with our sport, IGP (formerly known as IPO or Schutzhund) 15 months is the minimum age a dog can enter competition. Kwest was JUST 15 months at the end of February. The BH title is the gateway to the sport of IGP, no dog can compete in anything further without first achieving the BH. The actual title is “Begliethundeprufung” and it translates to “Companion examination”. It is an examination of the dog’s stability of nerve and temperament, basic on and off leash obedience, and a traffic test which includes exposure to vehicles, bicycles, joggers, crowds, and many other distractions. Lani and Kwest achieved this title at a trial in El Paso, Texas on March 22, 2019.
The next day they attempted and achieved the FH-V title, a tracking title, in very tough conditions! Not just dirt, but dirt freshly spread with manure! Of the five stand alone Tracking titles only Kwest and one other were successful! The FH-V track is the same length as an IGP 3 track! It is 600 paces long, and aged at least ninety minutes. There is no cross track at this level, but there are 5 legs, with the last turn being an acute angle. This track is laid by the handler and uses the handlers own articles. By the time Kwest and Lani got to their track, it was 2 hours old under a hot sun!
14 week old Lexi, aka Blue Girl, has some serious drives and a little a$$titude, and yet, she is a dream to work with. The siblings have made a game out of removing her collar, it’s happened twice, so we’ve gone with a different style collar now. Each time we need to put it on, she sits so calmly. She’s very responsive and will be reserved for a sport/competition home. Sorry to post so many photos, but she’s just THAT good! 😉 Video is readily available on Instagram @leidenschaftkennels or on our Facebook page!
Lexi also has two sisters and a brother available to approved homes. These pups have had 2nd vaccinations and kennel cough. They are beginning crate training and house socialization as well as daily adventures outdoors. They are ready to go.