Crown Royale Sporting Dog Shampoo #16
Every dog is unique and should be treated as such, and with Crown Royale Sporting Dog shampoo #16 specifically engineered for dogs with hard and wiry coats, we've got you covered. Not only can this shampoo be used before you go out on an adventure with your companion, but after as well, leaving your pet looking better then you'll believe at all hours of the day. Developed with a specific field friendly fragrance, not only making your companion shine, but keeping them smelling fresh as well.
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Not only does this shampoo smell fabulous, it can be applied straight or diluted with water and rinses clear. It does not soften the wire coat and helps remove grime from the field and loosen any matts in the coat. This is my go-to shampoo for my Griffs both those who hunt and for the show ring.
Remember when you purchase #16 formula is for wire coated breeds, while the Sporting Dog 12 is for smoother coats like setters.
Reposted from an article written in November 1917 by Walter A. Dyer on the Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon
What a day! ❤ Etta James □□ BOB under Judge William Alexander and then Etta went Group 2 under Judge Gordon Hayburn in a lovely sporting group. □ Official photo coming soon! Thanks to CJ Dyment for the expert handling! Also a big thank you & congratulations to breeders Aline Tremblay & Jean-Christophe Boulinguez
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March 14, 2020
At Just 10 months of age, beating 2 specials from the puppy class we are proud to announce our NEW CHAMPION! Can Ch DuValin Louisiana Blues aka "Etta James"
Etta is currently the #1 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in Canada #GoEttaGo
(Published in the April Edition ~ Great North Arrow Newspaper)
I’m sure that this article will raise the hackles on more than a few backs…but I have something to get off my chest.
I used to do rescue, I own 1 rescue and 1 adopted mutt, along with my well-bred purebred dog. I probably will assist with rescue at some point in the future. But guess what, I'm soured by the "Adopt Don't Shop" industry. And yes it IS an industry with many making their livelihood off it.
Animal Rights people and rescues vilify breeders of purebred dogs.
Ethical, responsible Breeders who do genetic and health testing, training and fulfill their dogs potential. Breeders who care about the long term health and longevity of every dog they breed, are up to date on the latest veterinary research findings and training methods...good breeders who will take their dog back if at any point in its lifetime you cannot care for it. Dogs that come with a health guarantee and are sold on the merit of their conformation, bloodlines, health record and performance.
Now cue the rescue individuals (not all, but becoming a large majority) many have NO experience with dog behaviour, training, nutrition or health. Many rely on the "free" foster method so they can push the capacity of dogs available. Those fosters aren't trained either. They skimp on Veterinary visits to save money. They spay/neuter at a very young age making a major mistake for the health and longevity of the dogs. And they create marketing scenarios to sell you a sick or unhealthy dog for a high price...selling sad stories that make you feel like a hero for rescuing it. And they import dogs from other countries en masse without proper veterinary care or quarantine. This is unconscionable and puts ALL of our domestic dogs AT RISK.
Here's a fine idea...Buy a purebred dog from health tested parents from a reputable breeder. They are guaranteed healthy. OR Adopt a CANADIAN DOG! With so many dogs in need in this country it is disgusting that "rescues" are wasting all that money that could help our domestic dogs, flying sick dogs into North America and putting all of our domestic dogs at risk! 😡😡
In the past month rescues have imported RABIES, PARVO, DISTEMPER, ASIAN CANINE FLU, BRUCELOSIS, PARASITES and more into North America. Some of these diseases have never been seen before in North America and as such have no cure. Do you want your beloved dog to die because someone spent vast sums of donated money to fly puppy mill dogs here from a foreign country? Should the Canadian dog sitting in a shelter waiting for a loving home lose out on that home and be euthanized so someone can feel better about themselves by choosing a meat dog from a foreign country instead?
Rescues should be severely restricted from importing unhealthy dogs and also high numbers of dogs. They should also be fined.
Saying "oops, sorry" isn't enough for me!
Where was the Veterinary paperwork on the imported Rabies dogs from Egypt? Why were they not quarantined? The Rescue organization put hundreds of people at risk, from airline staff, to their own staff and all adopters and anyone who came into contact with these sick dogs. Rabies is no joke!
I'm sick of it. It has to stop and dog lovers need to call it for what it is. That $4,000 purebred golden retriever "meat dog" that's imported from Korea and is sick IS A SCAM.
If rescue really wants to do its job, it shouldn't be a for profit industry working off a non-profit model and surviving off the donations and misguided love of kind people. There are a few that raise the bar and are an example for others. But as a whole the rescue industry has become aligned with backyard greeders, puppy mills, and importing auction dogs from foreign countries. Spreading disease should NOT be collateral damage from rescue!
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When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with dogs. (Not much has changed) Some of my earliest memories as a toddler, were sitting on the floor with a dog, caressing its soft fur and felt simply bursting with love and a sense of kinship.
Canines gravitated towards me, I’m not sure if that is because I was so tiny and already at their level, or because I was quiet and unchallenging and they sensed a kindred spirit.
Growing up as an only child, often in Northern Ontario, there were not many children to play with.
My very first playmate was a wire fox terrier named Buffy. I don’t remember Buffy passing, all of a sudden she wasn’t there, and my parents brought into the house a glossy huge magazine called “Dogs in Canada”.
Perhaps they were searching out breeders for a new dog, I was too young to know, but I thumbed back and forth through that magazine first gazing at the photos of the different breeds, and then as I got older reading every word of the articles and breed standards. I cut out photos of dogs I liked and gazed and daydreamed, that magazine was like my bible, I treasured it. I specifically remember being most in love with Bull terriers, Rottweiler’s and Doberman’s.
Instead of bringing another dog into the house, my mother decided I should have a cat, and kittens had claws and scratched me, which upset me greatly as they were nothing like a dog.
This did not sway my parents who then adopted an adult cat. This cat was supposed to be my first pet.
She hated all of us, didn’t like to be pet, wouldn’t cuddle or play with me…to be honest, I didn’t really enjoy her all that much. I begged for a dog, I pleaded for a dog, I prayed for a dog, I asked Santa, I asked Jesus…I cried. No dog.
I can’t even begin to explain the heartache in my tiny soul.
Every night I would go through all the back issues of Dogs in Canada wishing, hoping & praying that one day I could be like the people in these pages and raise my own dogs.
As I got older, I purchased every dog breed book, canine veterinary book and reference book I could get my hands on…knowledge filling the void in my dogless life.
Every year in March my parents had a booth at the Toronto Sportsman Show at Exhibition Place, back in the day the top floor was dedicated to the MNRF wildlife exhibit, antiques and the Purebred Dog section.
Breeders came to showcase their breed and market their business. There was even a green carpeted ring where 2 times a day they had a “dog show” of Meet the Breeds where breeders would parade their dog around the ring while the announcers read off fun facts and breed standard information.
I was hooked, I lived upstairs. (Luckily my parents didn’t mind) The Dog breeders didn’t mind either as they sensed my eagerness. I also was always willing to take the dogs to do their business, clean up after them, fetch coffee, anything to be a part of the action.
One older lady took a shine to me, and let me groom and show her English Bulldog for Meet the Breeds. This moment stands out as pivitol in my life…I do not even know who she was, but I am grateful for her kindness.
Over the years we owned a handful of dogs, an Airedale, Wheaten Terrier, a German Wirehaired Pointer, a Doberman and another Wire Fox Terrier who would become the foundation of my first breeding program. The dog breeding & show world is not easy to navigate for a newbie, and while I have whelped, raised and re-homed multiple litters, some my own and others for breed rescue, the show scene is by far the hardest to figure out. With my current dog, a Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon I might be breaking into something I have wanted for my entire life. Perhaps one day the dog on one of those glossy magazine pages will be mine, and I will feel like that dream I had as a little girl has really come true.
Oh a hunting we will go! Let me begin by saying I don't hunt. I shoot with cameras, and while I am not anti-hunting, I feel very uncomfortable around guns. Not off to a great start?
I have been a family pet dog trainer for over 15 years, I mainly work with young dogs and rescues. I have done rescue training and re-homing with puppies...so how hard can this NAVHDA thing be?
My breeder wanted me to get his NA “Natural Ability”, so I joined NAVHDA International and purchased the video to see how I should prepare. My Sporting breed friends at dog shows were telling me to avoid this group and instead do the CKC Field Dog Jr, title. It seems that there is a clique/elitist perception around NAVHDA events.
After watching numerous videos and working with Kanoe on tracking and swimming, I was sure that I had it handled.
I didn’t have an easy time connecting with anyone to learn more about the test and to get registered…It was a bit stressful. I ended up paying for 2 NAVHDA NA tests by 2 different chapters to ensure that I had a spot in case he failed the first one. (I didn’t get a refund) This test is time sensitive and has to be completed before they are 16 months of age. I was loathe to cross the border for a hunt test, so things were a bit panicked until I was able to enter a test.
On the day of the test I was up at 3:30am to drive the 3 hours to the test site…FUN!
When I arrived at the test site, cold coffee in hand, I felt like a total fish out of water, in a sea of camo and true blaze orange. Was I the only one in a cute orange equestrian jacket? Was I the only woman? Crowded around me were groups of men. It seems that people brought their hunting buddies, mentors and coaches with them for the day. People had coaches! Some people had trained for months for this test. Boy did I misunderstand the term Natural Ability! At this point I started to sweat. When I was escorted to the test site, I found myself immediately in trouble. It seems that NAVHDA trainers have a different idea than that of my dog show & obedience friends. They are against chain and slip lead collars (nowhere was this written down in any training material)…so I had a bunch of older white men looking at me like I was a clueless idiot. Cue REAL stress sweat…I blew it and the test hasn’t even started yet! Luckily I always carry a spare flat buckle collar. They were also most unhappy to hear that he had not experienced gun shots over his head yet. Yikes!! So without further ado the leash comes off and my dog is free to begin the search and point portion of the test.
It was decided because I was new and the Jr. Judge was new (and female) that she would squire me around the test. I had prepared at home by walking my dog in a zig zag pattern through the field to make it easier to find the birds. I was told however, to not do that, but rather walk in a circle around the outside edge of the field, and my dog was supposed to go through the middle and find the birds. I did not receive much guidance or advice from the judge making this a really confusing and bumbling exercise. Kanoe found the first bird, held a point and flushed it himself, he then preceded to chase after it, not coming back when I called. I was calling him and blowing my whistle like a crazy person. He did return, and found, pointed and held the next point until I flushed…he also came when called this time. He did not flinch or even react to the gun shot. I felt like we had come back from the brink…but the judges wanted him to find and point another bird, they didn’t want him to focus on the area of the field he was sure had a bird, so we gave up and called him back. (I feel like I should have trusted my dog over the judge’s opinion of where the bird was) Feeling a bit down in the dumps, I headed back to get ready for the next exercise and to pick all of the burrs out of his pristine show coat…so far I was hating the day and wanted to cry. I found out after that when he ran off through the thicket he found the man with the bird cages on his ATV and pointed the birds, he didn’t come to me because he had a solid point. It was nice of the man to inform me of this and he said my dog had a natural talent he wasn’t being disobedient…wish he had told the judges!
The water exercise should have been his forte. Kanoe loves water, but we are used to clean water and open spaces, this pond was a small clay filled, muck ringed hole in the side of the field. After much fanfare & encouragement he went into the water 3 times, the judges asked for a 4th time, and while he didn’t retrieve the dummy, he went into the water as asked, swam, turned around and came out. No-one told me that when your dog comes out of the water you have to straddle him. I still cannot figure out the point other than getting me soaking wet and muddy. Having a show dog, I find it very possible to showcase their coat, conformation, balls & bite without holding them in a reverse bear hug. Strange people these hunters! Having survived this test, without my dignity intact, I was sure I failed my dog and was feeling defeated. I was so far out of my element that I could have been on Mars. I had to take a moment and sit in my car to gather myself.
I was feeling bone weary tired, as only those can feel that have walked acres in a stressful situation and had a very excited dog pulling like a lunatic on the end of a lead without much control. One exercise to go…the only one I thought I knew how to do. Working dogs track…I had Kanoe track...but what if he was opposed to a live pheasant…what if he ran away? What if tracking the way I know it, is not how you train a hunting dog? The sweat at my armpits, must have been all the way to my ankles…everyone around me seemed like a pro…and I was just a newbie with no clue what I was doing.
We had to drive along the edge of a dusty road to a farmer’s field where they had set up a blind. Kanoe and I traipsed through the field, with me pulling his collar up high, so I could have more leverage and in his excitement he wouldn’t drag me. I didn’t have much left in me. Finally the judge’s called us out and I took Kanoe to the spot marked with feathers, let him smell and unclipped the lead. He was off! What a spectacular beautiful sight to see dogs in action, doing what they were bred for. Kanoe followed that track directly to the pheasant and pointed it! He held the point and I was able to walk up to him and clip his lead back on.
As I was walking back my peers were literally clapping and cheering! We did it! He followed the exact track they said! That was perfect they said, High five you did it! They said.
And with that…when they read the scores HE PASSED! Kanoe earned his NAVHDA NA (Natural Ability) title with no help from me!
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