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Welcome to our November 2021 Newsletter!


Tuesday, November 9th will be our general meeting from 6-7 pm. We will be having the Search and Rescue come and speak to us about important things. Donations are welcome to them. They are a great charity to donate to if you're looking for an organization.
6 o'clock classes won't happen due to the meeting and the 7 o'clock classes will resume.

November 20th at 11:00 am. will be the AKC Fit Dog Club/ Turkey Trot 5K. This will take place at the Smith Family Park which is right across the street from Smith and Edwards. It's $20 to register and receive a medal while supplies last. Medals are limited so register fast to secure yours! After you sign up, email Shea at that way she can add you to our google roster so we know how many people to look for. Sign up link:

Next General Meeting will be on December 14th

Winter Social: Wednesday January 12th at the Pleasant View Library. Time will be announced as we get closer.

Agility Trials will be held at the Weber County Fair Grounds in the riding arena on January 28th- 30th 2022.

Food for the Holidays, Good or Bad?

Author: Rowan Trammell- Junior Board Member

Around the holidays there are many delicious foods that we enjoy and love to eat. Many of these our dogs would also love to eat. However, many of these foods are harmful to dogs which is why it is important to have a strong "drop it," and "leave it," command; to help our dogs stay healthy and safe. I encourage you to practice these with your dog before the holidays get here.

This is a list of things that your dogs shouldn't eat: alcohol, onions, chocolate, macadamia nuts, walnuts, corn cobs, grapes/raisins and fruit cake, but no one should eat fruit cake. 😉

Onions and garlic
Can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage and anemia.
Chocolate, coffee and caffeine
Can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.
Macadamia nuts
Can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia
Corn cobs
Although corn is okay, if you give your dog the cob there is a choking risk. If a cob is ingested it can cause a serious intestinal blockage.
Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death
Grapes and Raisins
Can cause kidney failure
Baked bones
Can splinter causing major injuries

Article of the Month

Canine Extinctions
Author: Alma Fong- Board Member

On September 29,2021 the United States Fish and Wildlife Department declared the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker extinct. It was a sobering moment as yet another species disappeared from our planet. This declaration made me wonder what dog breeds have become extinct and why. Sadly there have been many canine extinctions. They were wiped out for a variety of reasons. Here are the stories of four such breeds.

The Argentine Polar Dog was developed by the Argentine Army in the 1950’s to equip and provide transportation for Argentinian researchers. It became extinct in the 1990’s when these sled dogs were removed from Antarctica to comply with Antarctica Research regulations.

Grand Fauve de Bretagne was a French breed of scent hound from Brittany. Bred to hunt wolves and wild boars the breed became extinct in the 1930’s when wolves were wiped out in France.

The Diablo Dog of Scandinavia became extinct for the same reason.

The Hawaiian Poi Dog was kept by native Hawaiians as companions but disappeared as a breed after the introduction of European dog breeds to the islands.

The Salish Wool Dog was characterized by it’s wooly white fur which was thick and warm. It was created by the people of Washington State and British Columbia. The absence of sheep in these areas made this breed’s fur coat essential. The dogs were shorn in the early summer to make Salish blankets and other items.

These are just a few of the dog breeds which have disappeared over the years around the world. There are a variety of reasons they no longer exist. Most extinctions are related to a loss of function. Arctic research and otter hunting are outlawed. Sheep were brought to an area where they were previously not available so dog fur became unnecessary, and native breeds were overwhelmed by the introduction of foreign breeds.

Follow this article next month for interesting news on some rare breeds that are now or have been on the brink of extinction.


We are still looking for help!!

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 or would like to volunteer, reach out to Shea Garcia our Training Director at and she can help answer any questions you may have with this.

Happy November!

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