NINA such an incredible girl!  She is our foundation dam here at Gardenpath and mother to our girls Ava, Lyra & Ella.  I cannot thank Jeff Smith and Geoff Hunnicutt of Canzone Standard Poodles in Oregon, USA enough for entrusting me with this amazing Standard Poodle.  Not only is she the most loving girl to live with, she is a show Champion herself,  phenomenal titled performance dog and Top Producer.  Mother to 12 puppies including 7 Canadian Champions, 3 Canadian Grand Champions, 2 American Champions, and an American Grand Champion.  We are especially proud of Nina’s daughter Ella who won Winners Bitch at Poodle Club of America 2016, Best of Variety Poodle Club of America 2017 and has earned multi Best In Shows and multi Best in Specialty wins.  



Tracking With Nina

We are so proud of Nina!  She earned her CKC Tracking Dog (TD) title at the Newark Tracking & Obedience Club in Stevensville, ON under judge Sandy Briggs on October 16, 2011.  Nina is a year old now and proving to be an excellent working dog and exceptional tracker.


Nina new TD!
My favourite venue to train and compete in with my dogs is tracking.  Tracking with Nina is an amazing experience.  She loves to track!

At the TD level the dog follows a track on vegetation (grass or hay fields are most often use for these test) where a person walked for 400 – 450 metres (1312 – 1476 feet), 30 minutes to 2 hours ahead of time making 3 to 5 left and right corners no sharper than right angles. They are required to indicate a leather article such as a glove, wallet or flat piece of leather at the end of the track to pass. It’s up to the handler to decide how they wish to train their dog to indicate and will be asked by the judge before they begin the test what their dogs indication is. Nina’s indication is to lie down at the article with it between her front legs and wait there for me. Other indications may be to sit, stand over or retrieve the article.

We are continuing Nina’s foundation tracking training towards her Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) test and Urban Tracking Tests. The TDX test requirements are for the track to be not less than 900 metres (2953 feet) and not more than 1000 metres (3281 feet). It will be aged from 3 – 5 hours and crossed in 2 places at well separated intervals by a more recent track by a different track layer. There are 5 – 8 turns and acute angles that should be no less than 45 degrees. Three leather articles are dropped for the dog to find. The primary track should be laid over varying vegetation and cross a road. The use of wooded areas is also permissible.
Urban tracking tests (UTD and UTDX) are held in areas such as office parks, industrial parks, campuses, schools etc. Approximately 1/3 of a UTD track and 1/3 to 1/2 of the UTDX track require non-vegetated surfaces such as gravel, dirt, sand, mulch, brick, concrete or asphalt. The dog must commit to following ONE SPECIFIC designated person in all of these tests. In urban environments enticing smells of other people, kids, food, other dogs, cats, squirrels, vehicular traffic and whatever else was anywhere on the path the track layer took before or after the track was put down has to be ignored after it’s been analysed by the dog’s nose. It’s amazing to see a dog do that… just because I asked him/her to for me, because they have learned to follow one stranger that I specified to them. We start at a marked spot the person stood still at for 60 seconds (to clarify to the dog who they are to search for) and then track them hours later.
This may not be the most interesting information to read about when you’ve not done the work and don’t know the dog, but trust me, this is beautiful and awe-inspiring when you’re at the end of the lead 10 metres (30 feet) behind your own dog and haven’t a clue (I know in training, not in tests) where the person went, what they dropped or where the dog is leading. The trainer/handler has to learn to read their dog’s body language to know when to follow and how to handle the dog by the signals they’re telling us. This is a team sport, but the dog has to be the leader of this working team.
Hilites of Nina’s finishing ring time winning a 4 point major



NEW CHAMPION ~NINA finished with a 4 point major under Dr. W. Cesepedes Arias at the Elora Gorge Kennel Club dog show going Best of Winners and Best Puppy at just 9 months of age on December 28, 2010. Beautifully presented by Chrystal Murray.

The purpose of dog shows (conformation events) is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation (overall appearance and structure), an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality puppies, is judged. The Poodle Breed Standard is available from the Canadian Kennel Club.  The Standard states that the origin and purpose of the breed is the “world’s oldest water retriever, circus performer and truffle hunter. It’s a versatile dog that can be all things to all people”. The poodle is “a very active, gay, intelligent, smart and elegant-looking dog, squarely built, well proportioned carrying himself proudly. Properly clipped in the traditional fashion and carefully groomed, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself.” For temperament the standard states, “The Poodle is known for his intelligence, his lively, mischievous sense of humour, and his willingness to please. The Poodle is a people-oriented breed that refuses to be ignored.” For details on size, coat quality, clip, coat and skin colour, structure, gait, major faults and disqualifications please refer to the complete Breed Standard.

Poodles are herding dogs too
Nina passing her Herding Instinct evaluation (HIC) and her Birdiness evaluation at PCC June 2012
Most people know that Poodles are outstanding retrievers.  They excel in competitive obedience and since the 1980’s the Canadian Kennel Club has allowed Poodles to compete in the Working Certificate tests.  The word Poodle comes from the German word Pudeln which means to splash about in water.  Our breed is one of the original water retrievers.  The CKC states in their rule book that the original purpose of the WC test is to have retrievers become more proficient as hunting partners.  They are tested by retrieving ducks and some times pigeons on land and water.

What a lot of people don’t know is that Poodles are descended from herding dogs.  You can read more about this here in the Poodle History Project by Emily Cain.  Many Poodles have retained their natural herding instincts.  They were originally an all-around, multi-purpose farmer’s dog.  From the beginning Poodles were bred to be very versatile dogs.The HIC evaluation (Herding Instinct Certificate) tests to see if the dog has natural instinct to herd livestock.  Dogs may be tested on a variety of stock such as sheep, goats, calves, ducks or geese.  Nina was tested on sheep at the Herding Instinct evaluation held by the Poodle Club of Canada.  To see one of the original water retrievers with natural herding instinct is wonderful.

Nina’s Herding Instinct evaluation stated her Stock Evaluation was co-operative and controllable.  Herding Style: gathering. Approach: runs moderately wide. Eye: loose. Wearing: shows some wearing. Bark: works silently. Temperament: readily adjusts. Interest: sustained interest. Power: sufficient power for stock. Responsiveness: responds to guidance/control. Grouping of Stock: keeps stock grouped/regroups. Balancing of Stock with Handler: some adjustment. Comments: Great Job!  Lots of fun to see her “get it”!  Evaluator CKC Herding judge Sue Jewel of Shepherd’s Watch Farm (Jun.17-12).  Learn more about herding dogs by clicking here and here.

Photographed by Kinnear and Chung at 11 weeks old
Thank you Jeff Smith and Geoff Hunnicutt of
Canzone Poodles for entrusting us with such a wonderful girl!
Sire:   AKC Ch Avion Turbulence II ~ Turbo (black)
Nina’s pedigree can also be found by clicking here for the Poodle Pedigree Database.

Health Clearances + Colour

Nina is clear and normal for the following:

OFA Elbows:  Normal – PO-EL1661F26-VPI
CERF ~ POS-350357 Normal 2012-25
NE (Neonatal Encephalopathy w/Seizures ~ NEwS): Normal – PO-NE325/16F-VPI
vWD (von Willebrands Disease) ~ Genotypically Clear — PO-VW724/16F-VPI
DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) ~ Clear ~ PO-DM337/25F-VPI
Heart ~ PO-CA823/12F/C-VPI-ECHO  Normal, no ASD – echocardiography by cardiologist
Thyroid ~ PO-TH2213/28F-VPI, Normal
SA (Sebaceous Adenitis) ~ PO-SA3799/29F-VPI ~ Normal
Link to Nina’s results on OFA
CHIC #81998COLOUR: DNA Analysis ~ VetGen Report #63909   BbEE ~ Black ~ carries the black and brown genes, does not carry the cream-white-red-apricot geneHeight 23-1/2 inches (60.325 cm)
Weight 44.2 lbs. 

BISS MBPIS MBPISS GCH Gardenpath Concours d’Elegante aka Ella
GCH Gardenpath Casino Royale aka Vegas
MBPIG GCH Gardenpath’s Bettin On Black RN CGN aka Lyra
MBPIG CH Gardenpath Avant Garde aka Ava
BBPIS Am/Can CH Gardenpath’s Ace Of Hearts CD aka Ace
BPIS CH Gardepath’s A New Hope CGN aka Kuiper
CH Gardenpath’s Archangel aka Boomer
Ryan & Nina