Specialty Events

page last updated on 8/17/12

Health Testing | Herding | Working Dog | Performance Conditioning
Carting | Nosework | Hip Radiology | Canine Cancer | Judges Education
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Top Twenty

Please join us at this year’s Specialty to celebrate and recognize in elegant style our ABdFC Top Twenty Conformation and Performance Bouviers! Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ Sawmill Creek Resort Doors open @ 6:30 PM and the Event will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Reserved ringside tables and seating are limited so reserve your seating NOW!

Ringside tables for eight are $550. Ringside individual seating including the Dessert Bar is $25.

For reservations contact: Susan Upcraft @ twobouvs@sbcglobal.net or Christa Townsend, Top Twenty Chairman, catownsend29@aol.com

Semi-formal or evening attire is required for all attendees - Judges, Handlers, and Spectators.

For more information for Top Twenty Participants see General Information for Top Twenty Finalists and Participants

Health Testing

Heart Testing

Cardiac Clinic - by Dr. Kirstin Boddy DVM, MS, DACVIM. Auscultation & echocardiogram exams are by appointment and pre-registration.  Walk-ins permitted ONLY as time and space permit on day of exams. Starts at 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM in the Coyote Room (Cost $35.00 for Auscultation, $150 for echocardiogram) 
**We do need a minimum of ten (10) echocardiograms for the clinic so sign up early.**


Eye Clinic - CERF exam. The eye clinic is being done by Dr. Margaret Foss, DVM, DACVO Starting at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Elk Room (Cost $35.00)



Nancy Ward - starts at 2:00 PM in the Granary (Cost $5.00 members/ $10.00 non-members)

Working Dog

By Karen Trimble & Carol Walker - An introduction to NAWBA, starts at 4:00 PM in the Granary (Cost $5.00 members/ $10.00 non-members)

North American Working Bouvier Association (NAWBA) - Presentation on the History of NAWBA and how you and your Bouvier can compete and obtain titles in Schutzhund/IPO without doing protection work.  I plan to explain how AKC Obedience and IPO Obedience are very nearly the same.

Discuss how ABdFC and NAWBA can compliment one another and offer venues/titles through both clubs that are not conflicting.
AKC vs. AHBA Herding, ABdFC Carting vs. NAWBA Carting titles, Conformation, etc.
NAWBA at the 2013 ABdFC Specialty.

There will be Q&A time as well.

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Performance Conditioning

By Dr. Kathy Topham - Performance Conditioning for all performance events as well as conformation, starts at 7:00 PM in the Elk/Coyote Rooms (Cost $20.00 members/ $25.00 non-members)

Our Bouviers are all athletes in their own right no matter what event we ask them to participate in – obedience, flyball, rally, carting, agility, herding, ring sport, tracking and even conformation. Dr. Topham will provide us with some insight on properly conditioning our athletes and avoiding injuries.

Dr. Kathy Topham graduated from University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1981. She graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. There was a multitude of animal related jobs in between. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Topham embarked on a career working as a zoo veterinarian for 8 years. During that time she became involved in working as a volunteer on Sled Dog Marathons, which sparked an interest in Canine Sports Medicine. That, in turn, led to certification courses in Canine Rehabilitation Medicine, followed by certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation, Canine Postural Rehabilitation and most recently certification in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians.

Dr. Topham also trains and trials her personal dogs in agility, and has tried her dogs in Lure coursing, Disc dog, Dock dog, Skijoring, Weight pull and Carting with varying degrees of success.

Now Dr. Topham works part time as a rehabilitation veterinarian in Ohio, and part time in Virginia.

Dr. Topham is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Canine Sports Medicine Association.

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Carting Workshop

Workshop by Julie Cramer and Lisa Rodier

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the ABdFC Carting Committee will offer a Workshop by Judges Julie Cramer and Lisa Rodier. The clinic will include information for all levels from the beginner to the advanced team. There will be a fee for working spots, and spectators are welcome. (Cost $25.00 members/ $35.00 non-members)


By Lisa Rodier - K9 Nose Work (A talk and demonstration)

Nosework with Corrine & WindyThe sport of K9 Nose Work® is sweeping the nation! Come to a talk & demo from 2-4 pm on Tuesday, October 16, in the ballroom to learn more about this great scenting activity appropriate for dogs of all ages and temperaments. K9 Nose Work® was inspired by the training methodology of detection K9s and borrows elements of that training for sport. See demos by advanced dogs, and watch a few “green” dogs get started. We will be looking for 3-5 dogs new to the sport to use as demo dogs; if you are interested in entering your dog, contact Lisa Rodier (bouv329@gmail.com) before October.

Led by Lisa Rodier, Certified Nose Work Instructor® (CNWI) and Corrine Dreyfus, Associate Nose Work Instructor® (ANWI). Sponsored by the American Bouvier Rescue League. Due to the nature of the sport, human spectators only, no dogs, in the ballroom during this event. Donations to the ABRL appreciated, but not mandatory.

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Hip Radiology

By Dr. Lonnie Davis, DVM

Dr. Lonnie Davis grew up on a 120 acre farm south of Xenia, Ohio. He loved his Beagles, German Shepherd and Aussie. He raised Angus cattle and showed steer in 4-H.
He graduated from Xenia High School in 1965 and went on to the Ohio State University where he received his B.S. in Animal Science in 1969 and his D.V.M. in 1973. From then until now, he has remained passionate about pets and the practice of veterinary medicine.
In 1982, Dr. Davis was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with the Canine/Feline Specialty.
After spending the first three years of his career working at the Shively Animal Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Davis started his own practice in Troy, Ohio in 1976, where he still practices today.
Dr. Davis’s interest in OFA radiographs and proper positioning started early in his career when doing films of a Rottweiler owned by an employee at his hospital. After two failing submissions, he retook the film with the dog awake and the employee controlling the head of the dog and, finally, the dog passed!
At that time, Dr. Davis compared the three films sent to OFA and realized the importance of precise and accurate positioning to get an accurate evaluation and grade.
Since then, his practice has continued to grow, along with his reputation, among breeders and handlers for his skill and accuracy in positioning. He routinely does 200 to 300 OFA radiographs each year and has helped many dogs go from failing to passing grades by ensuring that the dog is positioned properly and according to OFA guidelines.
By utilizing before and after images, Dr. Davis will illustrate the often dramatic difference that can be achieved in both the true representation of the hip joint as well as the final grade received simply by ensuring that the dog is positioned precisely and accurately for an OFA radiograph. (Cost $20.00 members/ $25.00 non-members)

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Canine Cancer

By Rhonda Hovan - Understanding Canine Cancer & Cacer Risk Reduction Strategies

Why do some breeds get more cancer than others? Is there anything breeders can do to reduce cancer in their lines? What can owners do to reduce their dog’s cancer risk? Fifty percent of all dogs over the age of ten died from cancer, so this topic affects all of us.  Please join us for a relaxed seminar and discussion of strategies to help you help your dog avoid this disease.

Rhonda Hovan is a canine health and genetics writer who has won the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) Health Education Award and the Eukanuba Canine Health Award.  She is an Emeritus Director of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, serves on the Advisory Board of the National Canine Cancer Foundation and is the Research Facilitator for the Golden Retriever Club of American.  She is also a breeder and owner-handler of Golden Retrievers and an AKC Judge. (Cost $20.00 members/ $25.00 non-members)

Judges Education

Judges Education is Thursday, Oct 18th at 9:00 am in the Granary with Ringside mentoring and Hands-On to follow in the afternoon after lunch.  Information concerning attendence fee and signup for judges-Contact: Sue Vroom, JE Chairman, suevroom@centurytel.net.

Breeders Question and Answer (Sponsored by BHF) - CANCELLED

From June Guido, Bouvier Health Foundation, Chair - We regret that we are CANCELLING our Breeders Q & A scheduled for Oct 18.

If you have any questions please contact June Guido @ gwbouv@yahoo.com or call 417-794-0701


Back by overwhelming demand!
$1, $2, $5 $ a couple $20 grand prizes for a total of $200 worth of prizes!
Bingo will follow the Welcome Hospitality in the Settler’s Cabin.
Pizza will be served during the games. (Cost: $10 + a can of dog food) All dog food to benefit the Erie County Human Society (who is supplying all the Bingo equipment)

Party in the Bar

Join us Saturday night for a Party in the Bar!!!! Kick back and enjoy some relaxation time before heading back home. Goodies offered courtesy of the BdFC of SEM.

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Performance Trials and Events

Agility | Herding Trials | Carting | CGC & TDI

All Breed Dog Show

Mad River Valley Kennel Club, Inc., October 13 & 14 Superintendent MB-F www.infodog.com. Two All Breed Dog Shows just two and a half hours south, Champaign County Fairgrounds SR 68 & SR 55 Urbana, OH. The Bouvier Judges are (Sat.) Maralyn Busse (Bouviers & Herding grp), (Sun) Sunday Mad River KC.....Rick Gschwender (Bouviers & Grp)


Oct. 12 - Northeast Ohio English Cocker Spaniel Fanciers, All-Breed Agility
Oct 13-14 – ABdFC Agility trial embedded in CABTC’s All-Breed trial.

Soccer Sportsplex
31515 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070

All breed agility trials (2-ring trials) will be held at the Olmsted Soccer Sportsplex in North Olmsted, OH, about 45 miles east of Sawmill Creek Resort. The Saturday and Sunday trials will be ABdFC embedded in the Cleveland All-Breed Training Club trials.

Opening date for the ABdFC trial is August 15 and closes September 26.   Send your entries directly to the trial secretary, Maureen Setter, 9600 East River Rd. Olmsted Falls. OH 44138-2721.   We have 60 runs reserved for Bouviers at this trial – lets fill every one of them!

ABdFC has reserved crating starting on Saturday morning at 6:30 AM.  Whenever you arrive you will be guaranteed a place to crate.

Read your premium for more details.  The premium will be available on August 1, 2012 on the CABTC website, www.cabtc.org.   Click on "Trials, Run Thrus", then "Agility Trials" and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link to download and print the premium. Or Click Here

Mail your completed and signed entry to the trial secretary Maureen Setter, 9600 East River Rd, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.  Make checks out to CABTC.

Come support The English Cocker Spaniel Club’s all-breed agility trial on Friday, Oct 12 same great site and you don’t have to move crates for the Bouvier trial on Sat and Sunday.  There is a separate Premium list for Friday's Agility Trial which opens on August 22 and closes September 26..

One last thing…all trials run because of the generosity of volunteer workers.  Be a Sport, fill out your worker slips and show Cleveland that Bouvier handlers ROCK.

Direct any questions to Deb Kaufman, trial chair. She can be reached by email at woof2u2@msn.com or by phone (440) 526-6425 (evenings).

Sure hope to see you all soon.  Drive safely,

Deb Kaufman woof2u2@msn.com

More information when available

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Herding Trials

Herding Trials will be held at 1388 Lockwood Rd., Barberton, Ohio

Herding Trials are Bouviers only. The Herding judges are Nancy Ward and Karen Trimble. Both have many years with training their own dogs in herding and have been herding judges for several years.

The herding trials are Sunday, 10/13 and Monday, 10/14 with Bouvier judges – our trial will be the first one held at the facility and they are very excited to accommodate us – the sheep work great with a variety of “loose eyed” dogs, primarily Australian shepherds, German shepherds and Bouviers. So come and have fun with us!

The premium will be available on our specialty site, in the meantime, any questions, contact Chuck Conklin at ohbouv@cox.net or 440-331-2038.


Check in and Equipment Check 8:00 am
Walk Through—8:30 am
Judging will begin 10 minutes after Walk Through
Lunch will be at the judges’ discretion

This year the Test will be open to Bouviers only, and is limited to 15 entries. Entered dogs must be at least 24 months of age. The most recent regulations can be accessed on the ABdFC web site at www.bouvier.org under the "Events" tab (Carting Regulations), or by contacting the Carting Chair. Look for an entry form in the Specialty premium.

Volunteers: We will need volunteers to act as stewards during the carting tests for the maneuvering course and freight haul. The freight haul is one mile. Volunteering is a good way to get close to the action and learn a lot in the process.
Contact: Ann Schallert ankat@ix.netcom.com or (314) 524-1376

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the ABdFC Carting Committee will offer a Workshop by Judges Julie Cramer and Lisa Rodier. The clinic will include information for all levels from the beginner to the advanced team. There will be a fee for working spots, and spectators are welcome.

It's not too late to start training to compete in the carting tests at this year's Specialty. Although not all Bouviers are naturals in draft work, many, after a proper introduction to the apparatus and appropriate conditioning, take to the sport quite well. You and your Bouvier will have an opportunity to compete at the Specialty Monday, October 15 under Judges Julie Cramer and Lisa Rodier. Successful completion of the test - which includes individual control exercises, maneuvering, and a freight haul - will result in titles being awarded ranging from novice (NDD), to advanced (DD), to veterans within each class.

Submitted by Lisa Rodier on behalf of the ABdFC Carting Committee

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CGC & TDI (Sponsored by BdFC of SEM)

Tester, Cindy Griswold - The Bouvier des Flandres Club of Southeastern Michigan will host a Canine Good Citizen test and a Therapy Dog International test on Monday, October 15th. It’s easy and the CGC rules are posted on the AKC web site and at www.tdi-dog.org for the Therapy Dog requirements. Two lovely titles to put at the end of your dog’s name!

Sign up on the Reservation Form. $15 for CGC & $20 for TDI.

For more information contact Cindy Griswold @ 765-438-5235 or griswoldsbouvs@gmail.com

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