Fall Training Classes Announced

Marcus backpack with spaceIt’s back-to-school time once again, so take a look at our offerings and see where you and your best friend fit best!  Puppy K will be offered on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting September 17.  Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will begin on Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m.  Continuing Basic will be Thursday evenings at 7:00, beginning September 20.  Intermediate Skills will begin Thursday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m., and Advanced Skills will be on Tuesday mornings, beginning September 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Additionally, a four-week junior handling class will be offered on Saturday mornings, beginning September 22.  (Time to be announced – tentatively set for 10:00 a.m.)  This class is for children ages 4 – 10, and is open to children of KCFA club members only.  Dogs must be under the reasonable control of the child and safe in a group setting, and a parent/guardian must be present for class.

Preregistration is required and class sizes are limited.  Instructor approval is required for some classes.   Click the following links for more information:  course descriptions and class dates and registration forms.


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



Special Offerings for Summer Fun

KCFA has several summer training offerings for you and your canine pal.  Check them out and register early, as classes fill quickly!

If there’s a puppy in the picture, you’ll want to register for the next six-week session of Puppy K, beginning  Monday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, click the Training tab above.

A special  “Dogs About Town” class begins June 16.  Begging doggie

This Session 4 Intermediate Skills class is open to Intermediate/Advanced handler-dog teams who either wish to continue with higher level training or who are training for competition in either traditional obedience or rally.

Exercises will focus on refining competition skills, both on and off leash, as well as team obedience.  Emphasis will be placed on precision in handler body language and footwork, and on the dog’s focus, attention, and reliable responses to commands.  Opportunities will be provided to practice specific competition exercises which may vary depending on the makeup of the class.

The locations, dates, and times will vary in order to provide the teams with varied environments, other than the KCFA training facilities, in which to work on their obedience skills.  Handlers should dress appropriately for weather and outdoor conditions.

Preregistration and instructor approval required.

A special four-week workshop in Carting will begin Monday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m.  Harnesses, carts and wagons are provided for class use, with six sets of equipment available.    Since not all dogs will accept the harness or cart, any wait-listed applicants should attend the first class meeting in case other dogs are withdrawn from the workshop.  The fee for this workshop is $20.   Carting Workshop Flyer/Poster

Click the following link for more information about class dates and registration forms.

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.

Please “Like” our K9 Veterans’ Day Facebook Page

We have started a Facebook page dedicated to the efforts of declaring March 13th National K9 Veterans’ Day.

Please click “Like” on our page to support the cause and follow our progress!


While you’re at it… Please don’t forget to sign our petition for national recognition of K9 Veterans’ Day!


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