Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

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Welcome to our July 2021 Newsletter!

Hello fellow dogs lovers, just giving you a heads up that we have our general meeting happening on Tuesday July 13th from 6-7 p.m. Bring your furry friends and relax as we have guest speaker Alyssa Grover from Head to Tail Animal Chiropractic coming to share some information about animal chiropractic.

Mark your calendars as well for Session 4 registration coming. August 12th for members, August 14th for non-members, and classes start on August 24th!

Pandemic Puppy Poop Pointers

Author: Rowan Trammell- Junior Board Member

All the social distancing last year and the isolation that came with it brought an increased appreciation of the companionship of dogs. Pandemic puppy sales and adoptions soared. This is great because I know how awesome having a dog in the family is. A friend for everyone; my dog mountain bikes with my dad, hikes with my mom, plays and sent trains with me and cuddles with my sisters. One of the unexpected problems of the increased dog ownership was the huge amounts of poop accumulating at parks, on trails and especially trail heads. The silver lining of all this is that it got me a job. I wrote a letter to my city suggesting I become the official city pooper scooper and boy I had a steady supply of work to do! I learned that there is honor in all work and it was awesome to see people out with their dogs and that everyone needs to clean up after their pets. Here is what I call poop pointers.
  • Make it a habit to ALWAYS clean up after your pet even if it is to the side of a trail or sidewalk. I get that dogs need a place to poop and if you have a bag ready you will find that the owner of that pristine lawn doesn’t mind as much.
  • Always carry a poop bag with you. Grab a grocery bag, newspaper bag or better yet having a roll of poop bags in a container attached to your leash ensures you are never caught walking your dog without a bag available. Many leashes have an extra ring attached just under the handle just for this purpose, and if you use your last bag on your walk fill it as soon as you get home.
  • It really isn’t a big deal to carry it with you on your walk and you can consider yourself safer because you are armed and dangerous. No one wants to mess with you and risk that being swung at them.
  • Many people think it is not a big deal to not clean up after their pet but I guarantee you will feel like it is a big deal if you step in it. (Take it from my mom who lost her sense of smell due to COVID last year and tracked it around for a while unaware.)
  • If I am at a trail head I hover around the beginning for a bit and when it happens I bag it up and put it in a garbage can or put it just under the windshield wiper so I won’t forget it and don’t need to leave it in my car to smell it up. So many people will leave their filled bag on the trail to “pick up” later and trust me this just doesn’t happen and bags don’t biodegrade as well. If an emergency happens please use a stick and brush it off the side of the trail and smear it around with a rock or in dirt so it will break down better.

Club Members as AKC CGC Evaluators

We want to give a shout out to some of our club members who have gone above and beyond to become AKC CGC Evaluators.
  • Shea Garcia
  • Karyn Forsey
  • Emily Christiansen
  • Carrie Ann Jensen
  • Ann Miller
Thank you all for your hard work, dedication, and commitment for continuing to improve our club and help make it what it is today! If you would like to become an AKC evaluator, reach out to our training director Shea Garcia at and she can help answer any questions you may have.

Good Luck Shout Outs!

Dog Training Equipment
We want to wish all the participating members a successful win at this weekend's AKC Agility Trial.



Have you thought about wanting to become a dog trainer? Did you think it would be fun but you're just nervous about doing it? Are you questioning if you can train other people to train their dogs? If you're considering any of these things then look no further! Right now the G.S.D.O.C. is looking for assistant trainers. The classes that would be great classes to learn how to assist with other talented trainers are:
  • FIC (Focus Impulse Control)
  • CGC (Canine Good Citizen)
  • Puppy
  • Obedience 1
If you are really considering if you want to be an assistant, reach out to Shea Garcia our Training Director at and she can help answer any questions you may have with this.

Keeping Your Dog Cool

Author: Stanley Coren, Ph.D.
Article from AKC Family Dog Magazine July/August 2021 addition

Is the weather too hot for your dog? Here are some signs to watch for and things you can do to help keep your best friend cool. Dogs have 2 types of sweat glands: merocrine glands (similar to human sweat glands) and apocrine glands (located throughout a dogs body). Merocrine glands are not really distributed throughout a dogs body, but rather through their paw pads. When dogs sweat through their paws, it helps them to cool down just a little. The apocrine glands help dogs sweat too but this sweat doesn't act as a cooling function. Apocrine sweat contains pheromones which are scent cues that convey information about the dog and help with dog-to-dog communication.

The hotter your dog is, the faster and harder they will pant. If you've ever noticed your dog pause and take a deep breath while panting it's probably due to exchanging air in the lungs. Panting pauses occur for your dog to maintain oxygen levels in the blood. Another unique way dogs can cool down is through a process called vasodilation. The blood is seeking to cool itself down. Blood vessels expand and rise towards the skin level when external air cools the blood before returning to the heart. This mostly occurs in the face and ears.

Dogs have some of their own tricks to stay cool all on their own too. Seeking shade, laying on their bellies on a cool ceramic floor to lower their body temp., or laying on their back exposing their underside to get air flow on their belly. Since dogs don't have an effective way to sweat like we do, they're at risk of heat stress and more as their body temp. rises to higher levels.

Best strategies to helping your dog keep cool and stay comfortable is simply avoiding situations where your dog might overheat. Keep your dog indoors during the hottest parts of the day, always make sure there is plenty of water for them to drink, cooling vests, frozen water bottles, or even crate fans are just some ways to help your canine keep cool during these hot temperatures.

Happy July Everyone! Stay hydrated & Enjoy

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