KCFA’s latest community service project, titled “Puppy Serenade,” will culminate in a artful yet practical watering fountain for human and canine users of Rock River Park in Fort Atkinson.
The club is seeking monetary donations toward completion of the bronze statue by local sculptor, Mark Dziewior and a tri-purpose (human/canine/bottle filling) fountain; and a combination bench/pedestal by local artisan, Bob Muench, from Stonecroft Masonry.
The project will honor the three founding members of KCFA—Patty Beran, Marleen LaPlant and Rita Hasel—and their dogs.
Visit our Puppy Serenade Project page for more information and a link to the recent Daily Jefferson County Union article.
KCFA’s Training Committee is pleased to announce that registration for Session 4 training classes (all outdoors) beginning in September, is now open!
KCFA will offer Puppy Kindergarten on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Basic Skills and Everyday Manners on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., beginning Saturday, September 12. [Note: Both Puppy K and Basic Skills are full as of 9/9/20.]
Both classes will be six weeks long, will cost $80, and will be held in the Humane Society of Jefferson County’s exercise yard. This large yard is securely fenced, is convenient to the shelter’s parking lot, and is equipped with dog waste clean-up tools and disposal receptacles. [Please note: We will not have access to the Humane Society building during these classes and there will not be access to restrooms on-site. Bring drinking water for yourself and your dog. Dress for the weather including appropriate footwear, as the grass could be wet. Registrants will be advised regarding notification of any cancellation necessary due to weather. ]
Just for KCFA members! The popular Dogs About Town class will be offered this fall on Saturday afternoons (time and start date TBD). This class will be open to members only and is for teams that have mastered the Basic Skills Criteria and are looking to continue with more advanced training. The location of each class meeting will vary in order to provide the teams with different environments in which to practice their skills. A minimum of 4 students will be needed to hold the class (maximum of 8).
As we adjust to living with the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, KCFA has taken steps to resume group training classes as safely as possible. Not only will the Session 4 classes be held outdoors, but several safety measures will be implemented to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. These include: limiting the classes to 8 students, requiring all participants to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing, allowing only the handler of each dog to enter the fenced class area, and conducting the classes without physical contact between people, between dogs, or between people and dogs other than between a dog and its own handler.
The full list of KCFA’s safety measures can be found in the “COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment and Participation Agreement,” a signed copy of which must be received by KCFA to secure a place in any class, along with other required forms, records, and training fees. Registrations for Session 4 training classes will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Project Lead XXXII group overcame many obstacles in completing their goal to make Fort Atkinson even more dog-friendly. KCFA member Heather Traxler was an integral part of the 2020 Project Lead team. As a result of the group’s efforts, dogs and their people can now quench their thirst, rest their legs, and find pick-up bags as well as essential training tips, in many additional locations around town.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to take a puppy “out and about” so it can experience a wide variety of social situations and stimuli. Though KCFA has had to cancel classes for the summer, we want to encourage “puppy parents” to provide training and educational opportunities at home. In support of those who’ve recently acquired a puppy, KCFA’s Puppy Kindergarten instructors and Training Committee have collaborated to produce several informational articles. Please visit the Course Descriptions page for the links to these articles.
Due to the ongoing public health emergency from coronavirus (COVID-19), all KCFA 2020 Session 3 training classes have been cancelled.
We’re sorry to have to cancel another session of training and apologize for the inconvenience. The decision was made by the KCFA Training Committee with careful consideration and an abundance of caution and concern for the health and wellbeing of our instructors and students.
In the hope our state will meet the criteria for the reopening of schools in September, the training schedule for the remainder of 2020 is as follows: Session 4 is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of September 13, and Session 5 the week of November 1. All classes for both of these sessions will be six weeks and will cost $80.
Assuming we are able to open registration for Session 4, everyone, including those who had previously registered for Sessions 2 and/or 3, will need to submit new class registration materials in order to register for Session 4. Registrations for Session 4 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, once specific class days and times are announced and registration has been opened.
Please check back for updates as Session 4 draws closer. Also visit our Facebook page for news, training tips and fun photos and videos. Just click the Facebook logo (“f” in a blue circle) at the bottom of this page.
On behalf of the KCFA Board of Directors and Training Committee, thank you for your understanding, and stay well!
Many KCFA members compete in a variety of dog sports, and several dog-handler teams earned new titles during 2018. These teams were honored at the recent KCFA Annual Meeting held at Sammy’s Place restaurant. Titles earned range from Canine Good Citizen to Trick Dog to Rally, Agility and Hunter titles.
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Come join us on Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m.,
to meet working service dogs and their handlers, and to listen to their stories of teamwork and transformation. Learn about the functions of service dogs, how they’re trained, and laws that apply to them. The presentation will be held in the Community Room of Dwight Foster Public Libary, 209 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Amber Marzahl, a member of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, will anchor the presentation with her service dog, Cadence. Gulf War veteran Warren Demmin and his PTSD service dog, Loki, will add their own remarkable story to the presentation, and Katie McDonald, with her service dog, Zyko, will talk about what it takes to train a service dog and what functions they might perform.
Topics will include: What is a service dog? Who can benefit from a service dog? What public access rights do service dogs have? What are a business owner’s rights with regard to them?
The growing problem with “fake” service dogs will be discussed. These are dogs that don’t perform services other than providing companionship, but are purported by their handlers to be service dogs in order to gain access to housing or public venues where dogs aren’t usually permitted.
Time will be allowed for questions from the audience, as well.