Time For Our Pets: Fun and Games (and Education)

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Are your dogs going a little stir-crazy with boredom as this long winter crawls to a close? The Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club offers classes that can keep your dog busy and burn off some of its pent-up energy.

Scentwork

On this Saturday (March 4) we are offering a course in Scentwork. Under the guidance of Tara Houston, your dogs will learn to identify then search for a particular scent. You’ll be provided with scent cans and target scents for practising at home. Eventually, your dog will be able to search your entire home or yard until he/she finds the target!

Scentwork exercises dogs’ brains as well as their bodies and is a fun and exciting way to pass the time on snowy or rainy days.

If you’re interested, contact Tara Houston at (705) 254-7137 or email jcricketful28@gmail.com and check out this video of her dog, Cricket, warming up with an easy find!

Spaces are limited, so don’t wait too long. The cost is $50, and the class runs from 9 to 3.

Agility

This one will get you up and moving, too! Our qualified and experienced instructors teach you to guide your dog over and through a series of obstacles. Your dog will run and jump, climb ramps and weave through poles, all while you point the way.

These classes are available for dogs of all shapes and sizes, from beginners to beyond. Consult our website (www.ssmkc.com) for more information.

Do you want an idea of what it looks like? Here’s another Tara Houston Youtube video!

Obedience

Our club’s qualified instructors also offer obedience classes virtually year round. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, with some knowledge or none, we can help!

Obedience training offers more than face-value benefits. Mental stimulation has been shown to be as tiring to dogs as some levels of physical exertion. Classes offer the opportunity for socializing your dog (and yourself!), plus who needs an excuse to spend more time interacting with your best friend?

Again, more information can be found on our website or our Facebook page.  (www.Facebook.com/ssmkc)

Education

Have you ever wondered about the proper structure of a dog’s body and how that structure can affect movement, and even soundness? Or perhaps you’re an experienced dog handler who might some day consider a role in judging?

Gord Garrett, one of our most experienced members, is offering a FREE seminar on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00PM. It is open to the public and will be held at our clubhouse on Fourth Line, near ARCH. If you’re interested in attending, please email me at aemaltman@shaw.ca as soon as possible.

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