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Clancy and I did well in Obedience and Rally at the 2014 Keeshond Club of America National Specialty in Asheville, NC.

Clancy and I did well in Obedience and Rally at the 2014 Keeshond Club of America National Specialty in Asheville, NC.

Welcome to my blog! Kees of Dog’s Delight: Sharing ways to enrich your dog’s life through experiences with my keeshond! After getting my first dog of my own as a puppy during the summer of 2011, Little baby Clancy I discovered there could be so much more to a dog’s life than just eating, sleeping, taking a walk and playing fetch. When my husband and I decided it was time to add a dog to our life, I spent a lot of time researching which breed not only would be suited to my family’s lifestyle, but if we could suit the breed. My husband grew up with an Airedale, a Wire-hair Fox Terrier and spent much time around Irish Wolfhounds, Labs, Great Pyrenees and Maltese.  I grew up with Alaskan Malamutes and a Sheltie, and though I loved them with all my heart, I wanted a medium-sized breed without hunting or herding instincts to reduce the risk of harm to my first furbabies of my own, my cats. Considering other factors such as exercise, companionship time requirements and canine social skills, we decided the keeshond (pronounced “kayz-hawnd”) and us would be a perfect match.

“The Smiling Dutchman” is always smiling! Here’s 6 1/2 week old Clancy playing and enthusiastically smiling in the dirt.

Being owned by a keeshond is an experience in itself which you may gather from reading some of my posts. Since my kees (pronounced ” keys”) was a tiny puppy, I’ve taken him everywhere I could and am always searching for new ways to enrich his, and in turn, my life. I believe that a dog’s life is too short and they have so much potential to do more than what humans give them credit for.

Soon I discovered a whole new

This is what I want to be when I grow up!

This is what I want to be when I grow up!
-Clancy at 3 1/2 months old pointing to the Keeshond breed standard

world of things I could do with my pup, “Clancy”. I hope to one day create even more things we can do with our dogs. We look forward to sharing our experiences together and hope we inspire you to look for similar things to do in your area.  Please stop by when you can!   Anybody and any dog would benefit from the stronger bonds created by doing things together along with the new friends that you will make… both canine and human!

Clancy and Stacie earn their AKC Rally Novice title and 1st place!

Clancy and Stacie earn their AKC Rally Novice title and 1st place!

While competition isn’t for everybody, it sure is fun and a learning experience to share with your dog!  It strengthens the bond and teamwork between man and canine as you put in the time needed to prepare to compete and earn titles.  Clancy and I have achieved the following titles so far:  AKC:  Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen, Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent, Companion Dog, Companion Dog Excellent, Dock Junior, Therapy Dog …   UKC:  Altered Champion, United Junior Jumper (dock diving), Rally Obedience 1, Rally Obedience 2, Rally Obedience 3 …  Other organizations:  Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, and Champion Trick Dog titles, Ultimate Air Dogs Dock Diving Junior Division title.  Other awards:  1st place in local Dog Talent shows three years in a row, many UKC Altered Best in Shows, many 1st place ribbons in Rally Obedience trials and ribbons in Obedience.

Clancy RO2 titleWe enjoy being part of our local Keeshond breed club, participate in a dog training club, and being a therapy dog volunteer team.  We bring smiles to so many of the elderly in assisted living homes, dementia patients, hospitals, children’s reading programs,  and to families at a hospice center and more.  Clancy is the first Keeshond to become a “Trick Dog Champion ” and I am a “Certified Trick Dog Instructor” through the “Do More With Your Dog” program.  I offer trick training and trick dog shows with Clancy as part of my own pet services business I recently started, that only provides services that would meet the high standards that I have for my own beloved Clancy.  We trial in Obedience, Rally, and compete in dock diving for fun (Clancy’s the first Keeshond to achieve a dock diving title).  All this by the time Clancy was 4 years old!  So…  pick an activity, or 2, or 3, or more 😉 and enrich you and your dog’s life!

Out of all the activities we do, this is likely Clancy's favorite dog sport that we participate in! Though a Keeshond may never be able to compete against Labs and such in dock diving, it is still a fun activity to enjoy together! Read my blog on dock diving to learn more about how any dog can compete in this exciting sport and how Clancy currently holds the record for the longest jump of his breed!

Out of all the activities we do, this is likely Clancy’s favorite dog sport that we participate in! Though a Keeshond may never be able to compete against Labs and such in dock diving, it is still a fun activity to enjoy together!  Clancy is the first UAD, NADD and AKC dock diving titled Keeshond!  Read my blog on dock diving to learn more about how any dog can compete in this exciting sport and how Clancy currently holds the record for the longest jump of his breed!

Clancy at six months old... The keeshond is known to be very smart and a clown! Clancy is both, along with being a Canine Good Citizen and an Advanced Trick Dog. We recently earned an UKC Altered Champion title and UKC Rally Obedience 1 title. We're working on gaining more titles and encourage you to pursue your own with your dog!

Clancy at six months old… The keeshond is known to be very smart and a clown! Clancy is both!  We’ll be working on gaining more titles and encourage you to pursue your own with your dog!

Best friends do everything together. Be your dog’s best friend! Thanks for stopping by! ~ Stacie (CTDI) & “Clancy” (ALT CH, RO3, CGCA, RE, CDX, THD, UJJ, UADJJ, TDCH)

6 month old Clancy with his first ribbons

6 month old Clancy with his first ribbons

Keeshonden (plural of keeshond, pronounced

Clancy in the leaves2 Keeshonden (plural of keeshond, pronounced “kayz-hawnd-en”), previously known as “Dutch Barge Dogs”, are intelligent yet mischievous, loving companion dogs that are not as hard to groom as they may look.

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