Report: Spring 2003
Much of my focus these past few months has been concentrated on ISSR business. It has bothered me tremendously that over the past decade we have not been able to successfully get the kind of LMX (Littermate X-Ray) data that I was used to in the previous decades. I have been blaming the foolish “splinters” and horrors of politics for our lack of adequate data collection, but being aware of the source of your problem and not taking action to adjust the scales will never lead to a solution! Therefore I have been working with my VIBs, the GTF, as well as many of our members to revise some ISSR rules in order to attain better results now (by bringing in our “lost sheep”) as well as for the future!
As of February we have agreed to take the following actions, in order to hopefully improve our track record.
1. All fines will be waved until 9/1/2003. Any dogs that have gone over the 14 month age limit, but are still under the 36 month line with only PIN (temporary Pink) papers—can upgrade now without having to worry about paying any of the fines (late fees) normally associated with late submission.
2. Temperament Test clarifications: Although it was not necessary to pass any type of TT for B/W papers, many people unfortunately misunderstood the simple requirements and therefore did not process their dog’s papers—even though they had taken x-rays etc. Easy to read, simplified requirements are listed on our website and will be sent out with future Pink papers!
3. All breeders will be required to have an easy to read—user friendly form—that explains the ISSR registration processing procedures available to all new puppy owners that request it. The GTF has also agreed to assist breeders that need to contact specific puppy owners for health survey information or to assist them with upgrading their dogs.
*Please note: over the next few months expect to be contacted by your breeder or a member of the GTF.
Please take the time to look at the charts below: they should speak to you! What should they be saying? Well, let’s look at group A (dogs turning 1 year of age prior to June 1 1993). We had 84% of our dogs’ hip records! Now look at Group B (dogs turning 1 year of age prior to Jan 1, 1996)—only 55% and what about Group C? 40% is not acceptable! And now in Group D we only have 23%? What’s wrong with this picture? How can we hope to maintain those great hip statistics I had in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s if we can’t get the dogs of this decade to send in their data?
Take some time to study these charts and then check your dog’s papers—has he/she been fully upgraded? Is he/she only a “pet”? Well, don’t you think that it is critical to document the hip ratings on every puppy in a litter (pet and show) prior to breeding any of the littermates? If that is so, then every pet must be accounted for, in order to provide the LMX information we need in order to breed the BEST dogs we can!
What if you did send your x-rays to OFA and they failed your dog due to sublaxation? This happens to us more often then we could like to admit! In all honesty, I would have to guess that close to 10% of our dogs will fail their first try at OFA. There are many reasons for that phenomenon, and we have a long article on our web site that may help you to better understand this problem—but for right now I want you to see how we all handle it! If your dog is a pet send this info in with your request for final B/W papers and you will receive a SP rating. If you choose to change this status over the next few years all you need to do is to have your dog x-rayed again and then submit your OFA certificate to the ISSR and we will upgrade your records. I believe that RED and ORA dogs get ONE free upgrade and GOLD dogs get up to 3 free upgrades, please be sure to double check the rules!
Back in February we placed some educational charts up on our web pages at www.shilohshepherds.info, but for those of you that have not fully entered the new technology yet, I am reprinting our hip certification chart. Please note that our standards always have and still surpass those set by the SV—who to this day still produce GSDs with the best hips out there!
Methods of Hip Certification
Original publication date in the Shiloh Shepherd Learning Center February 2003
If you have any questions regarding the information you have just read, please be sure to join your special Yahoo group list SSDCAMembers and ask us! (The link is off our home page at www.shilohshepherds.org).
The ISSR has also added some new “goodies” to the rules and hopefully they will encourage all of you to participate more fully with your club to help us all in making these the best dogs on earth!
Our most exciting new addition is the 5 Star Program! We have been working on the logistics of this for nearly a year now. I am sure that it will serve to improve the health factors for entire breed! Please be sure to take some time to read the requirements of the 3-4-5 Star program which are detailed on Page 26 as well as the requirements for the Platinum Plus status for your dog! Yes, even your RED or ORA papered dog can be become a 5 Star Platinum Plus show off. All it will take is a little extra effort on your part! Come on, folks, doesn’t your dog deserve one of these great new certificates?
And if your puppy is not old enough to get his/her GOLD stars, then maybe you could focus on working towards our new Junior Championship? Yes, now your puppy can start competing for real points as soon as you pick him/her up! Two-twelve month pups now have their own rules! Be sure to take some time to read them on our website at http://www.shilohshepherds.info/issr.htm or ask your breeder to send you this section of the rules! And if your puppy wasn’t destined to be a future Champion, then get involved in some of the fantastic STM-HERDING etc events our chapters are preparing for you! Every Shiloh puppy has some special talents—be sure to take the time to test your puppy’s skills.
Most of all, don’t forget to visit our new ISSR pages in the Learning Center (www.shilohshepherds.info). Those of you without computer access may want to ask a relative or friend to print them out for you and if that fails, go to your local library, where you can get someone to print them for you!
I will be looking forward to talking to all of you on the lists, until we meet again in August at the Homecoming!