Registration Open for January Classes

KCFA’s Training Committee is pleased to announce two classes scheduled to begin Saturday, January 14th.

Session 1 of Basic Skills and Everyday Manners will be held Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m., and Puppy Kindergarten classes will begin at 10:30 a.m..  [Note:  Basic Skills is full as of 1/5/23.]

Basic Skills meets for seven weeks, and Puppy K meets for six weeks.  Please note that neither group will meet on Feb. 11th or Feb. 18th.  Therefore, the final meeting of Puppy K will be March 4th, and the final meeting of Basic Skills will be March 11th.

Both classes will be held in the Community Room at the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Road, Jefferson, WI.

For detailed descriptions of each class, please visit our Course Descriptions page.   To register, visit our Training Dates & Registration Info page and scroll down to find the required forms.

Classes fill quickly, so don’t delay.  Mail your registration today!

(At this time, masks are optional; this policy is subject to change.)

Rally Workshop and Run-Thrus Sun, Nov. 20

The Kennel Club of Fort Atkinson, Inc. will offer a fun activity on Sunday, November 20th, for handlers and dogs with basic obedience skills or above.

The afternoon will begin with a basic Introduction to Rally Obedience at 1:00 p.m., followed by Novice Run-Thrus.  Intermediate Rally Run-Thrus will be from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m., and Advanced Rally Run-Thrus will be from 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

This free event will be held in the Community Education Room of the Humane Society of Jefferson County, W6127 Kiesling Rd, Jefferson, WI.  Cash donations to benefit the Humane Society of Jefferson County and the KCFA will be accepted the day of the event.

A limited number of teams can be accommodated in each segment, therefore, preregistration is required.  To register, fill out the Registration Form and General Agreement, and mail both completed forms to:  KCFA; PO Box 205; Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538.

We will attempt to notify you by phone and/or email if the activity you selected is already full when your registration is received.  If you need to cancel your registration, please leave a message at 920-568-0364 so your spot can be given to another team.  Thank you!

Puppy Training Tips

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.

For a smile break, check out the Parade of Puppies video on our Join the Fun page, or visit the link directly at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/embed.animoto.com/play.html?w=swf/production/vp1&e=1595467127&f=VLxyfocoDGhzlzbv4RWfgA&d=0&m=p&r=360p+720p&volume=100&start_res=720p&i=m&asset_domain=s3-p.animoto.com&animoto_domain=animoto.com&options=%20allowfullscreen/iframe

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