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Information & Commentary by Jim Engel

Carmine Battaglia: End of an Era

For well over three decades I have been a working dog historian, commentator, critic and advocate of establishing a viable American based working dog culture in place of European subservience. But there needs to be balance, a firm hand on the tiller, acknowledgement and commendation of the positive and good as well as advocating change, and to that end I try to make a point of honoring transformative individual effort and accomplishment. This past fall the success of Frank Phillips in the FCI IPO championships, with a remarkable German Shepherd out of the ongoing American breeding of T Floyd, has provided a particularly worthy occasion to put the spot light on the positive, something of enormous long term significance, an important mile stone in our American working dog quest. See here

But there has been a bit of a back story lurking in the shadows, one with roots going back to the late 1970s when I first took up training our young German Shepherd in AKC obedience. This was not about anything more than an evening diversion from my day job as a communications research engineer, something to get me more physically active and out of the house. Neither Schutzhund nor any sort of serious higher level involvement or competition was on my radar screen and my knowledge of or interest in the more arcane and esoteric aspects of canine history or politics was less than minimal.

Only a Game 1/25/2018
Carmine Battaglia: End of an Era 1/1/2018
End of the Beginning? 9/22/2017
The German Shepherd Identity Crisis 4/6/2017
The Commercialization of Schutzhund 3/28/2017
Alfons van den Bosch Interview 3/1 /2017
Leaders, Office Holders and Politicians 3/4/2017
Appeasement in Switzerland 2/28/2017
FCI Stick Ban: Pussification Marches On 12/3/2016
Illusion of Power 11/5/2016
The Messler Fiasco 9/23/2016
The Americans* 9/19/2016
Zappia Responds to the SV* 9/16/2016
Alloway Message on SV Dictates 8/22/2016
The Infamous Messler Letter 7/29/2016
The Mother State 4/19/2016
Style and Opinion Sports 2/15/2016
To Be or Not to Be 9/4/2014
FCI Knuckles Under 3/10/2014
USCA Stick Hit Policy* 2/11/2014
Peace in Our Time? 2/25/2014
Schutzhund over in Europe
The Govednik Affair  

USCA  Moment of Truth! 3/3/2013
The SV Empire Builders* 3/8/2014
The Pussification 10/1/2012
AWDF: The Way Forward 3/16/2012
House Divided Nov, 2010
The Martin Shepherd Oct, 2010
The Golden Idol Sep, 2010
Memo to the USCA Board 8/14/2010 
Time to Enter the 21st Century Aug, 2010
USCA: The Registry Problem Aug, 2010
Memo to the USCA Board 7/10/2010 
USCA & WDA July, 2010
The Danny Spreitler Resignation
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Frank Phillips with Kliff vom Floyd Haus
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Iron von den Wolfen IPO III, 2015 WUSV IPO Champion
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European Commentary:

Dirk Edler Interview 3/28/2017
Alfons van den Bosch Interview 3/14/2017

Reference information:

Schutzhund & IPO*  
Schutzhund Introduction  
Working Trials  
Show Dogs and Working Dogs
The Guardians
Canine Protection Primer
FCI Utility Dog Commission.* Roster
American Working Dog Federation* AWDF

The Ring & the Trial* 2014
The Euro Way* 2014
Dog Sports* 2014
Schutzhund and IPO* 2014
Schutzhund Commentaries* 2014
Schutzhund In America* 2014

The German Shepherd  
Web and Data Methods for USCA  
German Shepherd Page  

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