Calling All Puppies!

Get your puppy off to a great start with the training basics in a fun Begging doggiesetting, including the opportunity to socialize with other puppies and people.

The next class of Puppy Kindergarten will begin Monday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m.  Preregistration is required.   Visit our Course Descriptions page and Dates and Registration info page for details and registration forms.

Read Why Should My Puppy Go to Kindergarten? for a better understanding of why early socialization and training is essential for you and your new friend.

Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog Evaluations

The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson will offer AKC Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog, and Intermediate Trick Dog evaluations on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 9 a.m.

For KCFA members, the first evaluation for each dog will be $15, and each additional evaluation $10.  Members may use points earned toward payment of fees.  For non-members, each dog’s first evaluation will cost $20, with each additional evaluation at $15.  Fees may be paid in cash or check payable to KCFA.

Handlers may need to bring specific equipment or props with them for the Trick Dog evaluations.

Preregistration is required.  To register, call the KCFA at 920-568-0364 and leave your name, contact information, which evaluations are desired, and how many dogs you plan to bring.

Check out the following links to learn more about the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluations:

Session 3 Classes Announced

Register now for Session 3 training classes! Three dogs in class

Puppy Kindergarten will be offered Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., beginning June 3rd.

Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will meet Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., beginning June 4th.  (This class is full as of May 23.  To be put on a waiting list, call KCFA at 920-568-0364 and leave a message.)

Continuing Basic with a Rally Novice emphasis will be on Thursdays, beginning June 6th, with class convening at 6:30 p.m.

The popular “Dogs About Town” class will be offered for Intermediate Skills, meeting in various locations to train in real life situations.   Dates, times and locations will vary.  (This class is full as of May 27.  Call KCFA to be put on the waiting list.)

Advanced Skills (competition emphasis) will meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., beginning June 4. (This class is full as of May 15.  Call KCFA to be put on the waiting list.)

Preregistration is required and class sizes are limited.  If the class you wanted is full, call KCFA and leave a message to be added to the wait list in case of a cancellation.  Instructor approval is required for some classes.   Click the following links for more information:  course descriptions and class dates and registration forms.

Furry Friends 5K May 18

FF5K 2019 Poster.aiThe Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson will once again participate in the Furry Friends 5K Run/Walk in support of the Humane Society of Jefferson County.

Stop and say “hi” at our booth on Saturday morning, May 18, at the Jefferson County Fair Park.  We’ll be ready to provide information about dog training classes and, if you’re interested, membership in our club.  We’re always happy to just “talk dogs,” with fellow enthusiasts, too!

For more information about the FF5K or to register for the run/walk, visit:

https://hsjc-wis.com/event/2019-furry-friends-5k/

Here’s a poster you can print or crosspost to help promote the event:  FF5K 2019 Poster pdf

Hope to see you there!

Entries Open for 2019 Fun Match

Rea and JackThe Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson’s 25th  Annual Spring Fun Match will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Western Waukesha County Dog Training Club in Ixonia.   The Match will be conducted according to AKC rules and regulations, including the new AKC Obedience Regulations which took effect May 1, 2018.

Not only does the annual KCFA Spring Fun Match allow handlers a chance to “tune up” in the show ring, it offers handlers a valuable opportunity to practice the new Obedience exercises outside of a formal trial setting. Advance entries close April 24th.

Classes include Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Juniors  (including PeeWees, 2 – 4 years old), and a Rare Breed Show. Check out the links below for more information:

2019 Fun Match Premium
2019 Entry Form

New Titles Honored

Heather - OpalMany 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.

Visit our Join the Fun page to see photos.  Click on a thumbnail photo to enlarge it, and use the browser’s “back” button to close the photo and return to the page.

Congratulations to all our new title holders!

Service Dog Tales

Come join us on Saturday, July 28, at 1:00 p.m.,
to meet working service Cadence pushing door buttondogs 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.

Here’s a poster you can print and post to help us spread the word about this event:    Service_Dog_Event_Flyer

 

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Founders Patty Marleen RitaMembers, former members and friends of the Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson celebrated the club’s 25th anniversary with a gathering at the Fort Atkinson American Legion Dugout on Sunday, October 29.

Club founders Patty Beran, Marleen LaPlant and Rita Hasel are pictured here with a congratulatory plaque from the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visit our Join the Fun page for more photos.