Fall Roundup AKC shows

Congratulations to Samie and Dax and Janice and Vrisco for completing their CDs at the Helena shows, and to Samie and Zappa for finishing their CDX. Aahzi and Anne got two legs and two first places in Open A. Thanks to club members Cari and Julia (and Jarrod!) for your help in stewarding – we expect to see you in the ring at the March trials! And huge thanks to Carol for taking on the job of Obedience/Rally Chair for four days. Big Sky Working Dogs was out in force!

Fall Trial

Our Fall Trial is now just a month away!
Date: October 11, 2014
Judge: AWMA Cynthia Zimmerman
Titles offered: BH, IPO-V, IPO 1-3, FPr 1-3, UPr 1-3, SPr 1-3, StPr 1-3 FH, FH 2
Contact: Anne Camper annecamper@gmail.com

Kody rocks nosework!

Kody & teaching mentor JJ

Kody & teaching mentor JJ

A huge thank you goes to Jay Belcher for his support and training. With his guidance Kody achieved his UN1 (United Noseworks Novice) Title, with individual titles in Containers, Interiors, Exteriors, and Vehicle searches. Way to go Kody!

Fall Trial

October 11-12, 2014

Big Sky Working Dogs

Judge: AWMA Cynthia Zimmerman

Titles offered: BH, IPO-V, IPO 1-3, FPr 1-3, UPr 1-3, SPr 1-3, StPr 1-3 FH, FH 2

Contact: Anne Camper


JJ Working Weekend

Saturday 19th July & Sunday 20th July

Starting Puppies, Schutzhund, Ringsports, Obedience, Flyball,etc.

Team Obedience

Anne & Aahzi, Lisa, Anastasia & Suzanne

Anne & Aahzi, with Lisa, Anastasia & Suzanne

So it is not the FMBB or a national IPO event, but four of us had a fun time today at the ABMC National Specialty in team obedience. We were attired in lab coats and t-shirts with the radioactive symbol and the dogs had bandanas with radioactive element names. We were awarded first place. Tons of fun, we were all laughing (audience as well) when we disrobed and handed the lab coats off to the stewards when the off lead heeling started.

Big Sky now an AWMA member club

After much discussion, it was finally decided that Big Sky should affiliate with the American Working Malinois Association. We have been a United Schutzhund Clubs of America member club for many years, but the expenses for our small club were getting to be too much. We’re sorry to leave UScA, but are excited about our relationship with AWMA.


Janice has added a new member to her household!



Here is my new 17 wk. female named Anka from Julia Priest. She is a red sable and comes with the required orbital accessory!

Warren Memorial

We’re planning a memorial for Warren Jones to be held Saturday 26th April at the Beall Park Art Center 5-11 pm.
Music * Potluck * Keg * Firespinning???
Bring something to share for the potluck, and your memories and stories of Warren.

JJ Working Weekends for 2014

!! Save these dates and join us for IPO, competition obedience and ringsports training !!
April 26-27
May 24-25 (right before the ABMC Malinois Specialty in Red Lodge)
June 21-22
July 19-20
August 16-17 Date change! Saturday, 9 August 2014 – Sunday 10 August 2014
Potential trial Sept 6-7 or following weekend Trial October 11th!

JJ has experience in behaviour modification, training for obedience competition, tracking and flyball, and is an excellent helper/decoy in the protection sports.

We train Saturday morning until dark, then talk dogs the rest of the evening with good food, good drink, and good company at a club-hosted potluck. Sunday morning we train until JJ’s plane leaves. We welcome newcomers, and whether you need help with a specific exercise on obedience or want to learn everything from the ground up, this is the place to do it.

If you want to read more about Jay Belcher, his training methods and level of knowledge, visit his website Sublime Canine.