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Monthly Archives: December 2014

  • Shed Dog Training- Summer’s Ending!

    Hope everyone got to enjoy their summer! As I write this, the temperature has dropped 35 degrees since yesterday!  Living in northern Wisconsin really limits the length of our summer type weather! We try to take advantage of it as much as possible! We also try to find great ways to include our furry kid, Reba!

    Reba is a British lab and enjoys most things that labs do! She loves to swim and jump off docks! We work with the bumper and don’t have the snow to deal with during our few summer months. Leaping to catch a Frisbee is a favorite past time too! Summer is a wonderful time to start or refresh and continue your shed antler training. It’s great exercise for all of us! Please, always stay hydrated and keep your pets safe from overheating too!

    Depending on the day’s plans and weather conditions we will have a short one antler session or perhaps find several! Sometimes we take turns with our activities if we have a great day and time available. We’ve found that playing different “games” keeps Reba on top of things. We may play Frisbee, which doesn’t require a stay or a sit. Playing bumper means practicing sit, stay, release, and return with a hand off. Sometimes we go back to the soft shed that came with her DogBone training kit and play fetch.  Shed hunting calls for working that nose and returning with the treasure and being willing to give it up! Reba has been able to learn all this and enjoys it all.

    While this is fun for her it is a great refresher so she stays on top of all the different activities. She knows what “Let’s find some bones” means. There is no visible cue when we work on shed hunting, but when she hears the command she knows and is instantly excited. (There have been a few occasions where she “finds the bones” even when not asked. She had discovered where I kept them, while she couldn’t access them she knew and kept letting me know she knew!) We have not tested her or entered any competitions but she is performing the way we ask her to and that is what counts whether competing or just being a great partner.

    Reba is a well-rounded dog. She loves to play/work but equally loves snuggling as well. She has a wonderful temperament and is the perfect dog for my son who can be a little overwhelming I’m sure.

    I believe keeping her active is a huge part of keeping her happy. When a dog is happy and active they are less likely to find trouble and that keeps the owner happy.

    Shed hunting has been a great extension of the list of activities we enjoy together. The training is not hard like I originally believed it to be. Training doesn’t need to be expensive either. Doing the training yourself saves you money and can bond you and your dog in yet another way! As our partner, friend, family member, I think they deserve to be happy! A trained dog is also a safer dog. The more you work with Fido the more he will trust you and listen to you!

     As we look forward to frost this weekend we know snow isn’t far behind. We will continue to “find the bones” even in the snow. While it looks different depending on the time of year, shed hunting training is a year round activity to work on together. After all, the NOSE knows, in rain, snow or shine!

  • What is NASHDA Shed Dog Trials? Are They Right For Your Dog? Yes!

    We often get questions emailed to us about what NASHDA is and who can or should compete....well we wanted to address these questions for everyone.  If you ever need more information never hesitate to email us, we are here to grow the sport and support those in the shed hunting community!


          NASHDA... What is NASHDA?  Who can compete?  Who Should Compete in NASHDA Shed Dog Events?  Who is Ready to Join NASHDA?

    NASHDA’s goal is to create a fun event for those looking to use their dogs to find shed antlers. Our Qualifying Events run from May 1st to the season ending World Shed Dog Championship in April.

    Qualifying events will be set during the season to give dogs a chance to Qualify for that season ending NASHDA World Shed Dog Championship. In qualifying events, the dogs will compete against a standard and not each other to receive a Qualifying ribbon. Once a dog receives a Qualifying ribbon they will be invited to enter the World Shed Dog Championship at the end of that season.

    Qualifying events may also be listed as a Shed Dog Hunt test. For the hunt test, the dogs compete against the Qualifying standard and not each other. Dogs that Qualify at an event marked a NASHDA Shed Dog Hunt Test will earn a NASHDA Shed Hunting Dog Junior leg/ribbon. Once a dog receives 6 leg/ribbons they will receive a NASHDA Junior Shed Hunting Dog certificate. Junior in the NASHDA hunt test division is a description of course difficulty, not age of the dog. We hope, as we gain more interest, to add more levels of difficulty to the courses. This will create more NASHDA certificate levels.

    The World Shed Dog Championship is an invitational event. A dog must qualify during the current season to be invited to enter the World Shed Dog Championship. At the Championship, the dogs compete against each other for trophies and prizes. Dogs in this event are put into three categories: Junior (dogs under two years of age), Amateur Handler (for Amateur Handlers only) and Open (Professional and Amateur Handlers).

    A Qualifying course is set up with 6 hidden sheds. The judge will post the time length that the sheds must be found in. Since the courses vary from site to site in size and cover the judge will post the time at the event on the day of the event. Please see the rules for more general information on finding and retrieving of the sheds.

    We hope this gives you a general idea of our NASHDA events. If you have further questions please contact us. Again, our goal is to set up fun events for people to enjoy working with their dogs.

    Join NASHDA Today!

    Membership includes:


    NASHDA 2015 Qualifying Event Rules


    NASHDA on Facebook
    NASHDA is on Facebook!


    Items to bring with you to registration/event:

    1. Dog’s travel crate.
    2. Bowl and Food and water
    3. Collars, leash. Please have your dog leashed.
    4. Vaccination Certificate showing current:
      1. Rabies
      2. DHPP
    5. Reminder: In Season Females can not compete.
  • Updated 2014-2015 NASHDA Trial Events Schedule

    EverythingShedDog.com Is a Proud Sponsor Of NASHDA and the Shed Dog Training Community!!!

    2014-2015  NASHDA Events Schedule


    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test
    Saturday January 3, 2015
    9:00 am
    Ozark Shooters Sports Complex
    Branson, MO
    Contacts: Mike McSpadden (816)517-6288 or Mark McSpadden (417)559-7104

    Download Form


    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test
    Saturday February 28, 2015
    9:00 am
    Skyline Drive Kennels
    Location: Brownstown IN
    Contact: Shannon Neal 812-528-1549 www.shedhuntinglabs.com
    Judge: Jeff Neal 812-277-5914

    Download Form


    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test
    Sunday March 1, 2015
    9:00 am
    Skyline Drive Kennels
    Location: Brownstown IN
    Contact: Shannon Neal 812-528-1549 www.shedhuntinglabs.com
    Judge: Nathan Cardinal 812-528-2005

    Download Form


    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test
    Saturday March 7, 2015 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Location: Minnesota Deer Classic
    National Sports Center Blaine, MN
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    Entry Form Deadline February 28, 2015

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    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior, Senior and MASTER Hunt Test
    Friday April 3, 2015
    12:00 pm
    Brown’s Hunting Ranch
    29350 US Hwy 212 Gettysburg, SD 57442
    Contact: Robin Braaten 605-769-4340
    www.brownshuntingranch.com

    Entry Form to be posted 1/1/15


    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event
    NASHDA Junior, Senior and MASTER Hunt Test
    Saturday April 4, 2015
    9:00 am
    Brown’s Hunting Ranch
    29350 US Hwy 212 Gettysburg, SD 57442
    Contact: Robin Braaten 605-769-4340
    www.brownshuntingranch.com

    Entry Form to be posted 1/1/15


    NASHDA 2015 World Shed Dog Championship (Invitational)
    Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels Northfield, Minnesota - April 11 & 12, 2015

    The dogs that will be invited to enter the 2015 Championship in April 2015 are the dogs that qualified at a NASHDA Qualifying Event from May 1, 2014 to April 11, 2015. See the list of events above for dates that qualifiers will be held.

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