Kreative Kennels interview published
"Das Schäferhund Magazin" Germany, February
I am Michael Osmundson, president
and CEO of Creative Genetics of CA, Inc, located in the San Joaquin
Valley of northern California. We are 99 miles east of San Francisco,
or 85 miles south of Sacramento. Creative Genetics is known worldwide
for inventing the ProCross system for breeding better dairy cows,
by using a three breed rotation. For over forty years we have been
improving the genetics of dairy cattle by using a progeny testing
system. Creative Genetics is the mother company of Kreative Kennels.
We employ fifteen full-time people
for the primary purpose of producing police
dogs. This is a story of how we became interested in the German
Shepherd working line dog.
Years ago we helped a friend who had
a huge problem; he had no money to repay us. So one day, he sent
us his best young female pup, a working line German Shepherd, as
a token of his thanks. Lady grew up to be a very protective, tough,
hard, police type dog! We checked into her pedigree and found some
of the top dogs in the world. Her mother was Xyra von den Wannaer
Hohen from Germany. In her father’s pedigree was Querry von
haus Antverpa, Yoschy von der Dollenwiese, Quasy von der bosen Nachbarschaft,
and Aly vom Vordersteinwald. Lady was one of the best police dogs
ever and died at fi ve years of age while working. It was a very
sad day, but that was what was needed to start a business known
as Kreative Kennels.
We started searching in Germany and
the Czech Republic for people who we could trust so we could find
dogs for our breeding program. Those people have done a great job
in fi nding excellent dogs for our program. Our breeding goals are
to breed many top police-type dogs per year.
We want to breed dogs that are very
dominant and serious with veryhigh drives and active aggression.
In order to achieve our goals we progeny test all of our stud dogs
and breeding females. By this I mean that we select our
stud dogs and get one litter from them. We test all of the pups
in the litter. If the litter has a very high percentage of good
pups, we use the stud dog again. If they are good, he now becomes
a full time stud dog. If not, he is eliminated from our breeding
program. The same is true with the breeding
females. The pups are tested for the following traits: confidence,
prey drives, aggression, natural protection instincts and mental
alertness. We prefer that a pup has these traits naturally.
We are breeding police dogs, not
top sport dogs. Many traits are the same, yet some are distinctly
different. We are not concerned about high scores nor perfection
on any one skill that a dog has; however we are concerned that a
dog is hard enough, fast enough, strong enough, clear-headed and
We need a dog that is born with high
levels of confidence, aggression and natural protection. We like
dogs that are almost too hard to handle. It is easier to slow a
dog down with obedience training, than it is to build a dog up who
does not have any aggression or confidence.
Most of our dogs are sold as police
dogs and most of our customers do not care if the dog has a title
or not; they just want a dog who is willing to protect his handler
and is willing to apprehend the bad guy. We also want a very healthy
dog with good hips and elbows.
We feed our dogs a raw meat diet consisting
of 45% beef, 45% ground chicken leg quarters, 8% dried beet pulp
soaked in milk, and 2% salmon oil or flax seed oil. Since switching
to a raw meat diet, our dogs have had consistently higher energy
levels and fewer health problems.
At Kreative Kennels, all pups are
born at our breeding farm. We employ a full time health care manager
and puppy caretaker. The first 8 weeks they are in the care of the
health care manager where they are vaccinated, wormed, evaluated
and played with. The health care manager is also responsible to
observe and record everything she sees about each pup in every litter.
She notes the confidence, protectiveness and aggression as well
as health issues of each pup in the litter.
At nine weeks of age they are moved
to the police dog training kennel where the health care manager
starts to train them with such things as environment, ball play,
tug work and some simple obedience. The most important factor in
training our young dogs is never use negative reinforcement. We
use positive praise for everything in our training of young dogs.
We never close a training session with a negative feeling; it is
always ended on a high note. Our trainers believe that it is important
to take the training one day at a time and remember that you cannot
make a puppy into a dog overnight.
After the pups have changed their
teeth, we move on to tugs, puppy pillows and a soft sleeve. Once
they are biting on the sleeve, we make changes that will improve
their confi dence, their protectiveness and their aggression. At
the end of their police training, a dog must bite on the hidden
sleeve while the decoy is firing a 38 caliber pistol overhead. The
dogs cannot be equipment oriented. They are also trained for building
searches, vehicle searches and bite work inside a vehicle. The dog
cannot hesitate while accomplishing these tasks.
We work half the dogs in our kennel
every day with them having access to exercise runs on the off day.
All dogs in the kennel are assigned to one handler and multiple
decoys. By working with a single handler, the dog completes his
police training in a timelier manor. We think contact with people
is very important to a dog. Since we employ fifteen full time people,
each dog comes in contact with various people during the day. Twice
each week, they are taken from the kennel site to a new environment
to build up confidence and environmental skills.
There are several things that scare
me about the development of German Shepherd Dog in recent years. My biggest concern
is the over-angulation of the rear end of the dogs. I have seen
this in dairy cattle and it definitely shifts the weight to the
rear of the animal; therefore, it wears out the hips and elbows
faster. Our goal is to have little angulation with a medium sized,
strong, muscular dog, more like the real wolf. Other concerns include
breeding soft dogs and inbreeding. We are very grateful to all past
and present breeders of the German Shepherd Dog for giving us such a great dog.
We have learned much from talking to many breeders and searching
the websites. We are simply stating facts in this interview not
wishing to sound boastful; we are learning more all the time from
Kreative Kennels interview published
by ABC's NEWS10 channel