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!

Session 1 Training Classes Announced!

happy-new-year-clipart2019 will soon be here!  Check out our listing of training classes and find the best fit for you and your canine pal.

Puppy K will be offered on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting January 21.

Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will be offered in two sections:  one section will begin on Saturday, January 26, at 9:00 a.m. (this Saturday section is full as of 12/20/18 – call KCFA at 920-568-0364 to be put on the waiting list), and the other will begin on Tuesday, January 22, at 11:45 a.m.

Continuing Basic will be Wednesday evenings at 6:30 , beginning January 23 (this class is full as of 1/22/19).  Intermediate Skills will begin Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m., and Advanced Skills will be on Tuesday mornings, beginning January 22, at 10:30 a.m.

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

 

 

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!

https://www.facebook.com/NationalK9VeteransDay

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

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/national-k9-veterans-day.html

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