Cantor (Cantor vom Wenner Haus at Celhaus)
came to Celhaus 9/5/16 at 5 months of age
shown at 25 weeks
When Faith’s hip prelims knocked her out as a breeding prospect, her breeder offered a replacement. Her next litter was a year away, but she had a male from this year’s litter who had been too busy for his previous home. I had already begun thinking that I’d need to soon start searching for a male who could be bred to my Quasi daughters who were also Chaos granddaughters (Mercy, Lovely & Jamboree). Cantor is out of Faith’s mother, Linea, and sired by the dog who was the sire of Valentine, a male I had whom I really liked but who had an elbow problem. I surgically fixed the elbows and placed him in a Search & Rescue home and he is doing fantastic. Valentine (now known as Laser) had showed incredible promise and focus from a puppy in nose work classes, with a natural and intense use of his nose, so it was a heartbreaker to lose him just as it is to lose Faith. I decided to give those genetics one more try, and told Melissa, his breeder (www.vomwennerhaus.com), that I’d take Cantor. Since he was by now too large to fly into Billings, she offered to drive him out. She and a friend delivered him and then headed to Yellowstone Park, making the trip a vacation and a chance to see the mountains for the first time.
Amazingly, I had a chance to name this five-month-old pup. His first owners had registered him, but Melissa wasn’t too fond of the name and had already gotten the paperwork to change his AKC registration. An AKC name was no problem, since they allow 36 letters, but since I compete in UKC nosework, I had to have a name that would work for their registration rules, which allow only 30 letters AND spaces between words. We could shorten our kennel names to “v WennerHaus Celhaus,” but that left only nine letters for a name. I worked hard and came up with 16 possibles. Melissa only liked six. We left it there until I had a chance to get to know him and his personality to pick both a registered name and call name (different if necessary) that fit him now and would fit him as an imposing adult German Shepherd male. The first thing one notices about this pup is his mouth. Bark, bark, bark. Bark, bark, bark. Bark, bark, bark in his crate, while playing, all the time except when he was mercifully asleep. He’s naturally a talkative boy, but that was compounded by the frustration barking he had developed in his previous homes. The barking can be decidedly rhythmic, so I was really wishing Melissa had liked one of my possible names, Chant. Thankfully, as I continued to deliberate on names, “Cantor” came to mind. That hadn’t been on my original list, but since the cantor is the one who leads monks in chanting – or leads a congregation in singing – it was close enough that I liked it – and I liked the sound of it, too. Melissa approved it – and the pup immediately responded to it, so he must like it, too.
9/13 Cantor had gone to his first home at 8 weeks, and to a second home at nearly 4 months. In both homes he was just too busy and intense. Sometimes working-line puppies can be real handfuls and prove far too much dog for people who thought they wanted one. He had developed a bad case of frustration barking from not being a “fit” in his first homes, so the first order of business here was to teach him “Quiet!” It was soon obvious that he has no impulse control, either. It took six days of intense work, repeatedly dropping everything I was doing to go reward him with a treat and a “Good Quiet!” in addition to a sharp command of “Quiet!” accompanied by whatever was needed to get his attention – walking towards his crate when he was crated, giving him a shake of the ruff if he was out, occasionally spraying him with vinegar water if he absolutely refused to quit barking. All this was coupled with lots of exercise, both playtimes with my other dogs and individual ball sessions with me, as well as training sessions involving shaping behaviors using a clicker and lots of treats. That was the physical component. He knew the clicker but acted like he had only been taught through luring or commanding behaviors; shaping makes the dog an active participant in training by using no commands but instead rewarding actions you want. It creates a dog who can take responsibility for his choices and is also free enough to continue trying things to earn a reward while not worrying about any corrections. This mental component helped him relax mentally, and by day six I was seeing a HUGE difference in his overall attitude. He was able to settle quietly by my side and enjoy petting. He began offering silence while crated, when other dogs walked past his crate, he figured out that he would not be let out of his crate while he barked and lunged about, but as soon as he quieted the door would open and he’d be able to play.
He had his first class with me tonight, a shaping class. This was the first time I’ve had him on leash and taken him anywhere, mainly because about the time I decided to, we had pouring rain for two days. He definitely does not respect the leash or his person, so much work is needed there. Once we got into the building, he was great. He barked in response to a border collie’s growl and lunge, but then was quiet the rest of the time, very interested in everything and willing to give me some nice attention, for which I frequently rewarded him. When it was his time to work, he was at first more interested in trying to visit with everyone but soon settled down and did a good job; second time out he was nicely focused. This is a cool pup, wanting to please and giving evidence of some really nice intelligence when he is clear headed and I see a lot of potential in him.
9/14 I began his nose work training. When I do nose work, I train all dogs (11 at the moment). We are currently retraining our indications as a result of a fantastic seminar with Karen Kroyer a couple of weeks ago, so I was working in the living room, teaching indication to their box (for more info see www.davekroyer.com). Each dog got two turns. Since he is crated in the living room, he got to watch three of the older dogs work before taking a turn. While the others worked, he also got lessons in “Quiet!” He really enjoyed the nose work session and eventually figured out that when he was quiet while another dog worked, a nice training treat came his way. After all four dogs in the first ‘set” got their second turn, I put them outside. Cantor went to the puppy pen and had a nice knuckle bone to chew on as he pondered his newest lessons and I continued working the other dogs.
I continue to see improvement as time goes on, though being quiet is EXTREMELY difficult for him.
Info on Canto’s Parents/Grandparents from his breeder:
Buzz & Linea
Sire: UCH SG Buzz vom Gildaf IPO2 AD CGC HIC
OFA EXCELLENT, normal elbows, DM clear, CERF normal
Buzz is best described by his owner and breeder, Melinda Clark…
“Buzz is a dark sable male with a lot of substance. He has a huge, masculine head and a lot of bone. He’s fit, athletic and 100% health cleared. Buzz is 100% stable. I can take him anywhere. He goes to parades with me, loves kids, good with dogs. His versatility is endless. I’ve only just begun with him. He is naturally protective of his family. He is extremely driven, loves to work and full of enthusiasm. At home, he has a nice off switch and settles easily.
Buzz is a high drive male. His tracking nose is excellent. His protection work is fast and confident. He hits hard and is serious. His obedience is biddable and very clean. Buzz has an excellent temperament. Buzz has nearly 20 progeny actively working and certifying in Search and Rescue. (one of those puppies is from the Vom Winner Haus A Litter, Laser)
In the August 2009, Buzz made his UKC Conformation debut. His Championship came very easily to him. In one weekend, he earned 4 Best Puppy, 4 Winners Male, 4 Best of Breed, 1 Group 4 Win and 1 Group 1 Win! On February 13, 2010, he earned his last 20 points needed for his UCH.
On May 15, 2010, Buzz made his debut in the German Breed ring. He was being shown for his Breed rating and earned an SG3. We are VERY proud that not only did Buzz earn his SG (Very Good) rating, but that he placed 3rd with his SG as well. He goes SG EVERY TIME he’s shown.
Buzz’s progeny are being trained and performing well in Search and Rescue, Flyball, Obedience, Schutzhund and more….
Dam: UCD URO2 UAG2 Int CH UGRCH H’Linea von Holtgrew BH CD BN RE CA HIC NW1 OV TC TDI CGCA
“a1” normal, normal elbows, DM Clear, CERF normal CHIC
Linea taking High in Trial at the 2015 German Shepherd Dog Club of American National Specialty
Linea taking a Group 4 and winning her UKC Grand Champion title
Linea is a beautiful bi color female with rich pigment and is the granddaughter of Melissa’s great male, Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg. She is clear headed and has an amazing personality and temperament; she gets along with everyone she meets whether they have 2 legs or 4. Linea is very athletic and built to work just like grandfather and very eager to learn and please. She is a powerhouse when it comes to nosework! She is happy worker and loves working with me no matter what it is. She loves to jump and does so with ease. Linea, like all my dogs, competes in a wide variety of venues including: Schutzhund, AKC/UKC obedience and rally, conformation, weight pulling, herding, nosework, barnhunt, lure cursing and whatever else we can find. Plus she is a working Therapy Dog. She is the total package.
These are photos I took of Linea when Melissa delivered Cantor.
Some of Linea’s Accomplishments :
UKC Grand Champion
UKC Best of Breed x7
UKC Group 3 x2
UKC Group 4 x2
IABCA Best of Breed x3
IABCA Group 3
High In Trial (AKC) x2
High Combined In Rally (AKC) x3
High in Trial Rally (UKC)
High in Trial Barnhunt Novice (BHA)
2013 #10 in Beginner Novice GSDCA
2015 GSDCA National High in Trial
2015 GSDCA National Elite Award
2015 UKC Obedience All Stars-Novice
Linea’s grandsire (dam’s side) is Int. CH, UCH, UCD OB1 Jaryn “Logan” von der Dornburg SchH 1, TR 2, AD, CDX, TD, Can. CD, RE, RL1, OV, TDI, CGC, has a truly amazing pedigree just check out his page for complete details. Logan is the son of V Rocky von den Zinglegärten SchH3 IP3, FH1 Kkl1’a’ who has competed well at the world level as well as many of his offspring. Rocky has competed at the WUSV for Germany, and at the Bundessieger, placing third in 2001and tenth in 2000! Rocky is described as a friendly and out-going dog in person and he shows wonderful concentration in his work. He is known for producing mentally stable progeny. Logan’s dam, Isa von der Kinzigau SchH3 Kkl1’a’, is best described by her owner, Laurie Tollifson, “Isa is a little power house. Wild as a March hare yet as intense as a hawk. She has a strong work ethic, balanced drives and a fun-loving personality. Also, extreme trainability and hits like a Mack truck.” Isa earned her SchH 3 at 24 months and took SG1 at the 2001 South Central Regional Conformation Show. Logan’s pedigree consists of many world and national competitors- 3 WUSV participants, 11 BSP participants with 1 Sieger and 9 with V scores! and 3 LGA participants…
Linea’s dam is SG Valley von Holtgrew SchH 1 Kkl1. She is a Logan daughter and has a super temperament. When she was in Germany being trained and titled she would work with anyone and was one of their favorites.
Linea’s sire is V14 ’11 Gordon vom Fuchsgraben SCHH3 IPO3 FH2 Kkl1 and is best described by his owner, Kris Taylor, “Gordon is an exceptionally powerfully built dog. He has superb explosive muscle tone with a very easy gait and has an extreme pigmentation that is second to none with working line dogs. He carries these traits with many of his offspring as he reproduces himself very well. He is amazingly well balanced in his drives, temperament and nerves. Gordon is a top sport level competition dog currently still competing nationally and will continue to compete in the conformation ring at the highest levels. His character is magnificent which makes him the picture perfect family dog. Gordon is completely neutral to other dogs showing zero aggression to other dogs, cats or any other animals. He is wonderful with small children and anyone acting in a normal fashion. Try to break into his house or approach a vehicle he is occupying and he would trigger every natural fear in a human nervous system. He is not a dog any stranger could just walk off with.”
Linea’s grandsire (sire side) is V KK1 Vito vom Waldwinkel SCH3. Many think that Vito vom Waldwinkel to be the best son of WUSV Sieger Tom van’t Leefdaalhof, producing dogs to the BSP and WUSV. Vito is known for producing strong working ability, as exhibited by his progeny at the top level of the sport in the present time. This is exemplified by the strong working kennels in Europe that bred to him and dogs that are on the competition field.
Linea is linebred on 1989 WUSV SIEGER Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 on both the sire and dam’s side. Fado von Karthago SCHH3 FH IP3 Kkl1 won the WUSV in 1989 and 2nd Place in 1990!
Info on the other Cantor grandsire from his owner:
Paternal Grandsire: V Puck vom Grafental SchH3 AD
“a” normal, HDZW = 74, normal thyroid, DM clear
Puck is one of the few 100% DDR dogs in the USA to attain a V rating in conformation in West Germany. Puck is a grandson of two great DDR sires, V Larry vom Wolfseck and V Murphy vom Schwarzhorn and continued their legacy of 100% DDR lines that are known to give exceptional working ability, structure, bone and pigment. Others of the greatest DDR dogs of all time also appear in his pedigree. Paternal side includes: V Larry vom Wolfseck, Ingo vom Rudigen, Held vom Ritterberg, Hassan vd Hassllelweisen, Pushkass vom haus Himple. Maternal (bottom) side includes: Muchta vom Schwarzhorn (littermate to Murphy vom Schwarzhorn), Don vom haus Iris, Alf vom Kornersee, Xito vom Barutherland and Condoe vom Marderphal. He is linebred on Don vom Rolandsteich (5 – 5).
A translation of Puck’s Koer Report states: Absolute middlesize, middle strong, contentful, strong head, nice expression, harmonious structure, emphasize stress structure firmness, correct front, pronounced wither, correct sufficient long croup, correct angulation shoulder blade, somewhat steep upper arm, good angulated rear, free movement with powerful strong supplies. Drive, self sureness and strainless pronounced, does out.
Constance Krebs (Hesed’s breeder and owner of Puck) told me this about Puck: “He passed away at almost 14 years of age back in October (2015)…very sad day. Anyway, he was world renowned. He was a gorgeous GSD. He was old DDR in type, not over the top in drive, but certainly held his own in the work. He produced better than he was. He had nerves of steel and a very stable temperament. I never replaced a pup from him… He was known for producing good bones and joints… was DM clear/clear. Several pups went to different varieties of working homes.”