Activities

Hobbies make life fun! Enjoying an activity with your Entlebucher elevates the relationship to a whole new level and you'll both benefit! Each activity provides opportunities to meet new people/dogs, learn new things, travel to new places and experience a wide range of life lessons.

 
Jaylah running in the snow at 10 wks old

Current News

In our debut weekend back at agility after my knee surgery, Jaylah earned her AKC Agility Excellent Standard (AX) title. She really loves it & is coming along nicely! So proud of how far she has come at only 2 years old. She has been such an incredible addition to our family & we could not imagine life without her!

Kai racing thru tunnel

Recent Events

Team Kai placed 8th overall in the nation at the AKC Agility Invitationals in Orlando FL on December 16, 2018. Way to go Patrick & Birdie! They put together 5 clean, fast rounds (including their T2B warm-up) to accomplish being 8 out of 139 of the top agility dogs in the 16" height division! We are so proud!

Kai also has a cameo, pictured on page 120 of the new book: Entlebucher Mountain Dogs - What I Wish I Knew by Linda Liebrand. We are honored to have a photo we took of Kai shown in this important, accurate book. Highly recommend as a Must Read!

Data top entle

What's New

Data earned his Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title at the Timber Ridge Obedience Club of Central Wisconsin trial on February 3, 2019 under judge Richard Wood. We are so proud of Data finishing up his CDX with a 3rd place as a bonus. His open obedience title also earned him the AKC's Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2) for meeting all the next level requirements in agility, tracking and obedience! Data is the first & only Entlebucher with this distinction. Data really is an amazing dog!

Activities

There are so many activities you can enjoy with your Entlebucher. The internet is a great tool to research information and resources on various canine sports and new adventures! It doesn't matter how young or old you or your dog are... there is an activity for anyone and any dog! We'll share experiences with some of the canine sports we enjoy.

A good place to start is with your dog's historic breed function and pre-wired natural aptitudes. All dogs are broken into groups by a common function, like herding or guarding stock, hunting vermin, even the sole purpose of being a pure companions. If you have an "All American" (mixed breed), guess at the mix of breeds in their background to guide you. Then look to your own individual dog's unique talents, abilities and your interests. Keep in mind your dog's body type and personality to make sure that you're being safe and fair in choosing an activity to pursue.

Joyce, Data and Kai at Flagler Beach Florida 2015When you participate in canine activities, you will meet some of the nicest people! Most 'Dog people' wish to be more like the dogs they admire- loyal and compassionate, plus unconditional in love and friendship. Being more "dog-like" of their best virtues is definitely a goal worth working toward!

Dog training & sports offer many more benefits to discover: exercise, relaxation, laughter, learning new things, humility, sportmanship, better communication skills, goal setting and accomplishment, plus enjoying simple moments... and travel!

We travel with our dogs a lot. Each new adventure brings pet friendly stores and places to stay, parks and neighborhoods to explore, mountains and trails to hike, dog and human friends to get together with... for more stories, laughter, and memories.

Entlebuchers and Activities

Data earned a Herding Group  3 placement May 21st 2017Entlebuchers are smart, versatile and have the ability to excel in many areas. Dog sports can provide a meaningful ‘job’ for your Entle. Many Entles require a job, not as a luxury but as a necessity to stay sane and happy living with them. Entlebuchers need mental exercise as well as physical for optimal health.

I was drawn to the Entlebucher Cattle Dog breed for their great looks, medium size, low maintenance grooming but above all... versatility! I wanted a dog that could do it all! My goal with our Entlebuchers is to showcase what is possible for/with this breed. They have so much potential and are capable of achieving the highest levels in many activities. Physically, they were bred and built to be athletes. Another winning trait is their "can-do-desire-to-please" attitude. Entles give their all in everything they do and are happiest doing anything with their owner.

* Herding Group 3 with Data May 21, 2017

Being a rare, newer U.S. breed, one of my biggest concerns is that they will be "supersized" (in bone) to the point that their physical body can no longer hold up to their mental energy and work ethic. That would not be true to their original function or purpose as herding and working farm dogs! I'm also not suggesting they be bred 'for' certain sports or racey and light boned. My point is that there are limits to how much can be packed into a compact frame before the body breaks down and pays the price. An Entle with the mental energy, stamina and need to work but without the physical capablility to do the job will be frustrated, miserable and impossible to live with.

BALANCE is an important characteristic for the Entlebucher breed to thrive. My expressed concern and these types of debates are very common in the world of purebred dogs. Only time will tell. It is human nature to take notice of exaggerations and appreciate spectacular extremes. Over time that can change perspective. The following article is written about German Shepherds and angulation, but the message can be applied to... any "panacea" trait of any purebred dog. Please take a moment to read this thought provoking article:  Herding Dogs and the Golden Middle.

I am suggesting that bone is our breed's potential "Achilles' heel" trait. Too little can cause weakness, frailty or structural instability. Too much hinders movement, agility and endurance. Our standard clearly defines the Entlebucher breed as a medium (moderate) size dog, which is key to their original purpose and function. Both the Berner and Greater Swiss are larger/heavier boned, carrying a higher weight to height ratio.


What is a Title, Really?

Not just a brag, or a stepping stone to a higher Title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores.

A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it- a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog doesn't know or care that their achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in this world of humans, where such things count.

A Title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that please you, no matter how crazy they may have sometimes seemed. A Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved spending time with them; that you believed in him/her and each other enough to take yet another chance when you failed and in the end your faith was justified.

A Title says that your dog inspired you to have that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend~ cherished time and volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after their name.

A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently!
Author: Sandy Mowry

Data and Kai in each end of our agility tunnel

 

 

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