Canine Good Citizen

AKC Community Canine Title (CGC)

Beckett - Owned by Nicky Bunch

Beckett - Owned by Nicky Bunch

Canine Good Citizen is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. Your dog will need to know the commands and exercises taught in a basic training class to qualify for passing score on the CGC test. Dogs that pass the CGC test receive a certificate from the AKC and are recorded in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Archive.

Canine Good Citizen Advanced

AKC Community Canine Title Advanced (CGCA)

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dogs title record. Whereas Canine Good Citizen tests are most often tested in a ring and situations are simulated (e.g. 3 helpers serve as a "crowd"). The AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community. There is no age limit for dogs taking the Community Canine test. However, before taking the test dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record at AKC.


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Conformation 2016 Club Member Titles

MV Select GCH. Charbo-Tanbark's Trinket v Hillside, TC, was Best of Breed both April 2, 2016 and April 3, 2016 at Purina Farms in a huge Specials class. Saturday's judge was Jamie Hubbard and Sunday was Charles Ovis. She topped it off with a Group 4 on Sunday.  Owners: Chris S. Kimerer, Tiffany Bartley, Judy DeRousse, Roberta Schiffelbein

Sally Hamm's Hillside-Tanbark Heidelburg Tiger Eye, TD, BN, CGC, added a major reserve to her resume April 2, 2016 at Purina Farms. Heidi's handler was Tiffany Bartley.


Nancy Kennedy and Heinz

Nancy Kennedy and Heinz


Rally obedience is an activity that you can do with your dog as a team. The dog and handler navigate a course with numbered signs indicating exercises to perform such as sit-down-sit, about turn, halt/sit, walk around dog, figure eight heeling or a jump, just to name a few. Handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement during the performance.

One of the main organizations that you will see offering rally trials is the American Kennel Club (AKC) Rally.  AKC offers three levels of competition for rally: Novice, Advanced and Excellent. Each level becomes more difficult. In all classes the dog and handler team must earn at least 70 out of 100 points to qualify. You must earn a qualifying score at three separate trials in order to earn the title and move on to the next level. You can earn the following titles through AKC:

  • RN – Rally Novice – Earned in the Novice level.
  • RA – Rally Advanced – Earned in the Advanced level.
  • RE – Rally Excellent - Earned in the Excellent  level.
  • RAE – Rally Advanced Excellent – you must qualify in both Advanced and Excellent 10 times at the same trial.


Buzz owned by Cheryl May

Buzz owned by Cheryl May

There are three levels of competition in Standard Obedience. After qualifying three times (score of 170 or above out of 200), under two different judges, the dog earns a title, which appears after the dog's registered name. Each qualifying trial earned is known as a "leg." 


For the dog just getting started in obedience. Exercises include:

  • HEEL ON LEASH AND FIGURE EIGHT: Shows whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with handler.
  • HEEL FREE OFF LEASH: Done off leash.
  • STAND FOR EXAMINATION: This is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.
  • RECALL: Provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.
  • LONG SIT (1 minute): Allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.
  • LONG DOWN (3 minutes): Dog must remain in a down position.


The second level includes more complicated exercises, which teach the dog to do a variety of tasks and to follow commands either by voice or signal. Exercises include:

  • HEEL FREE AND FIGURE EIGHT: Same as Novice, but off leash.
  • DROP ON RECALL: Can be a lifesaving command for a dog, since it gives the handler control in potentially dangerous situations.
  • LONG SIT (3 minutes): Similar to the long sit in Novice, but the position must be held for a longer period of time with the handler out of the dog's site.
  • SIGNAL EXERCISE: Shows the dog's ability to understand and correctly respond to the handler's signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice commands are given; only hand signals are allowed.


The third and highest level of obedience competition. Exercises include:

  • SIGNAL EXERCISE: Shows the dog's ability to understand and correctly respond to the handler's signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice commands are given; only hand signals are allowed.
  • SCENT DISCRIMINATION: Shows the dog's ability to find the handler's scent among a pile of articles.
  • DIRECTED RETRIEVE: Proves the dog's ability to follow a directional signal to retrieve a glove and promptly return it to the handler.
  • MOVING STAND AND EXAMINATION: The dog must heel, stand and stay as the handler moves away. The dog must stay and accept an examination by the judge and return to the handler command.
  • DIRECTED JUMPING: The dog must go away from the handler, turn and sit. Then, the dog must clear whichever jump its handler indicates and promptly return to the handler.

Obedience 2016 Club Member Titles

Heinz - 4th Place Novice Obedience

Nancy Kennedy and Heinz showed in Novice obedience in Topeka, Ks on May 6, 2016 and earned their first leg in that class with a fourth place.

Gero - First Place Preferred Novice, Second Place Novice

Debbie McHenry and Gero traveled to Topeka, Ks on May 6 and 7, 2016, where Gero finished his Preferred Novice title, placing first. They entered Novice for the first time and he qualified and placed second.


What is Tracking? 

Dogs have a very keen sense of smell – 100,000 times stronger than humans! Dogs with the help of their noses are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer!  AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. Unlike obedience and rally trials, where dogs respond to the handler’s commands, in tracking the dog is completely in charge, for only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track.  For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking is the hours spent outside training and interacting with their dogs. The tracking community is known for its camaraderie and they all share in the excitement of a “pass” ad the disappointment of a “fail.” 

Tracking Titles

 A dog can earn four AKC Tracking titles, with three increased degrees of difficulty. The TD (Tracking Dog) or the TDU (Tracking Dog Urban) title must be earned before competing for a TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent) or VST (Variable Surface Tracker) title. A Champion Tracker (CT) is awarded only to those dogs that have earned titles at all three tracking levels – TD or TDU, TDX and VST. If a dog is awarded the CT title, he is among the elite of those active in tracking. To earn a tracking title, a dog needs to pass the test in which he is exhibiting only once.

 Tracking Dog (TD)

Heidi,       Hillside-Tanbark's Heidlberg TigerI Charbo-DRousse CGC, BN, RN, TD finishing her TD bred by Chris S Kimerer & Tiffany C Bartley & Carole Hobbs & Judy DeRousse & Roberta Schiffelbein

Heidi, Hillside-Tanbark's Heidlberg TigerI Charbo-DRousse CGC, BN, RN, TD finishing her TD bred by Chris S Kimerer & Tiffany C Bartley & Carole Hobbs & Judy DeRousse & Roberta Schiffelbein

 The TD track is from 440-to-500 yards long with 3-to-5 turns (or change in direction), and aged from half-hour or two hours. A dog must indicate a glove, or wallet placed at the end of the track. Tracks are plotted in an open field with uniform cover. There are no obstacles. The start of the track will be marked with a flag.  A second flag is placed 30 yards from the start flag to indicate the direction of the first leg of the track. There are no other flags in the field.

Tracking Dog Urban (TDU) 

The TU track is 400-to-500 yards long, with 3-to-5 90 degree turns, and aged from a half-hour to two hours. Tracks are plotted in an urban environment on paved sidewalks, lightly traveled roads, baseball diamonds, parking lots and other non-vegetated surfaces. The track will have a minimum of two (2) different surfaces, vegetated and non-vegetated. The start is marked with a flag with a second flag set 30 yards from the first to indicate the direction of the first leg of the track. There are three dissimilar articles for each track, one at the start, one about midway on the track and one at the end. 

Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) 



The TDX track is 800-to-1000 yards long with 5-to-7 turns, and aged from 3-to-5 hours. The track also has two sets of cross (diversionary) tracks and has some of the aforementioned obstacles. The start is marked with a single flag and the dog must determine the direction of the first leg. There are four dissimilar articles for each track, one at the start and three more on the track. 

Variable Surface Tracking (VST) 

A VST track is from 600-to-800 yards long, with 4-to-8 turns, and aged from 3-to-5 hours. The articles must be one each of leather, cloth, plastic and metal. The VST track must also contain three different surfaces with one turn on a non-vegetated surface such as concrete. This test demonstrates the utility of the tracking dog to work in an urban environment.

Tracking 2016 Club Member Titles


Gero Vom Kleinen Holzweg CD PCD BN RE TD CGC

Gero received his Tracking Dog (TD) title on January 17, 2016.  The temperatures were in the single digits that morning. Gero was in his element, he loves to track, he drug me to the glove very quickly moving at a fast trot the entire time.  The trial was hosted by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City. The judges braving the weather were Vince Ramirez and Ken Barr. Debbie McHenry is the proud owner of Gero.



Running a dog in an agility trial is the ultimate game for you and your dog and is one of the most exciting canine sports for spectators. In an agility trial, a dog demonstrates its agile nature and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects. It's an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it's so enjoyable to watch and has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States!

Levels of Agility Competition

There are three different levels of competition in agility.

  • NOVICE - for the dog that is just starting in agility. There are 14 to 16 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Novice class is on performing the obstacles with minimal handling technique.
  • OPEN - for the dog that has completed the Novice level there are 16 to 18 obstacles on this course. The focus of the open class is on more difficult obstacle course performance with more handling skill required.
  • EXCELLENT/MASTER - for the dog that has completed the Open level. There are 18 to 20 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Excellent class is to provide the opportunity for dogs and handlers to demonstrate their superior skills in moving quickly and efficiently with close communication and teamwork through challenging agility courses. The Master level is the class where dog/handler teams can earn the title, Master Agility Champion (MACH)/Preferred Agility Champion (PACH), from the Regular or Preferred Classes.

Agility 2016 Club Member Titles

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Parent Club - Futurity/Maturity


Puppy bred by Chris Kimerer

Objectives of the Futurity System: 

The objectives of the Futurity System, created by the Futurity Re-Evaluation Committee, headed by Connie Beckhardt in 1984, are the same today as they were then:

  • To bring together each year as many young animals as possible from different bloodline combinations so that the fancy can share and learn by the accomplishments of each other.

  • To provide all club members, large breeders or single puppy owners alike, the opportunity to compete year after year under conditions equally favorable to all.

  • To provide an incentive to improve Shepherd bloodlines and add to the excellence of the breed as a whole. The Futurities provide the breeder with the opportunity to nominate his/her litter as a statement of faith in his/her breeding program.

  • To provide a means of early identification to breeders of the strength and weaknesses of current stud dogs.

  • To provide a Judging environment that will promote the highest level of sportsmanship, thereby eliminating direct perceptions of unfairness.

Futurity/Maturity 2016 Member Titles


Minion winning the Junior Futurity Bitch class. Official name is Hillside-Tanbark Shine Lika Diamond DeRousse Aramist
Owned and loved by Chris Kimerer, Tiffany Bartley, Judy DeRousse, Olivia & Donna Calabrese

Cameo - Senior Maturity Bitch class at the MidWest Futurity/Maturity at Purina Farms. Owned by Betty Johnson, Chris Kimerer, and Tiffany Bartley.

Kathy Potter's Coal, aka The American Pharoah of Tokaye Edan, was 2016 SE Best of Futurity under Judge Bart Bartley from the Intermediate Dog Class, April 16, 2016. Lenny Brown was the handler. Proud owners are Kathy Potter, Antonio Porras and Debbie Atkinson, Coal was sired by CH. Kennelwood's Man U Man ex Ch.  


Futurity/Maturity States per Region


 Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut


 New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia


North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Puerto Rico


Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky


Wisconsin, Missouri, Ilinois, Iowa, Minnesota


Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico


Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Southern California (all counties south of San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino


Nevada (except Las Vegas), Utah, Northern California (all counties north of San Luis Obispo, Kern and San Bernardino), Hawaii

            Eddie - Born 2008                          Owner - Tiffany Bartley

            Eddie - Born 2008                          Owner - Tiffany Bartley

Current Titles: BIF BOM Multi Best in Specialty Show, Multi Best of Breed Group Placing. Sel Can Am Grand Champion Edale's Eddison OFA Hips & Elbows OFA Hips GS-82453G27M-VPI Elbows GS-EL24068M25-PI

Sel Can Am Grand Champion Edale's Eddison                                (Eddie)

Sel Can Am Grand Champion Edale's Eddison 


Eddie came to me as an adult, as he is one of Alvin's grandsons. I had followed his show career in Canada and always just loved his temperament, movement, and beauty. After his amazing win at the 2010 US National Specialty I begged Stu and Sharon Birch to let me take him for a walk. He came right up into the stands and sat with me for the rest of the show. I begged them to let him come home with me to achieve his American Championship and with myself and the help of Jeff Pyle the job got done. I will forever be grateful to Chris Kimerer for driving him home from Wyoming! He is now retired and is a joy to all who meet him. He spends time with his Aunt Chris Kimerer and Carmi and I. He has been my rock, and best therapy, a person could possibly have. I am blessed to have him as a part of our fur family-Love you Edwardo 

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Save this date!!  Sunday, August 12 11:00-3:00 at The Dog Pool, 33004 E County Line Rd, Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Bring your chairs, canopy’s, sunscreen and food for you and lots of energy for your dog. Also bring along a toy that floats, towels for drying and a kennel so your dog can rest.

Please contact Darcey Seeger in order to get a head count of how many people will be participating to determine if we will need to buy more time at the pool. She can provide details about the event; i.e. check-in, and FaceBook review.

Darcy can be contacted at (816-914-6955) or

"This sport is so much’s like let your hair down and be silly...what’s even better is that the dogs go crazy for it." Darcey Seager


Dog Dayz of Summer Swim Party – August 12

Come out to our first ever swim party just for dogs!  We will meet at 11:00 AM at the dog pool and have a picnic lunch, general meeting and get safety instructions for using the pool. The swim time will be divided up into 10-minute increments, so each dog will have his/her own swim time; experienced or beginners with water wings...everyone can get in the pool.  This is a "dock diving event" pool with a ramp that the dogs can enter or exit the pool if they are not ready to jump off the dock!  This event will take the place of our August General don't miss it.  This is a rain or shine event..canceled only if it is lightening.  Bring chairs, picnic lunch for your family, and towels...if you have shade structure and want to share that would be great too!


Click on the link below to find out about this event!  This is open only to GSDC members and their dogs!