Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

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Welcome to our March 2022 Newsletter!

Thanks for taking the time out of your daily schedule to read what's happening in our neck of the woods.
Here's some upcoming things, great information and articles for you to read.

***New location for classes to be held will be at Ogden Prep Academy school. Session 2 classes will start there at this new location for the Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club. Classes will be held in multiple locations for session 2. Please note the location of the class you are registering for.

Prior to registering for session 2 classes, please make sure your membership is current. If your membership has lapsed because you haven’t paid your 2022 dues you will not be able to complete registration. There is no wait list for full classes. We apologize if you are not able to get into a class but we are limited by the number of teachers available.

Session 2 registration opens for members on March 31st and for non-members on April 2nd. Session 2 will begin on Tuesday April 12th.

General Meeting for March will be on March 8th (already passed).

GSDOC will be hosting a barn hunt clinic on Tuesday March 29th in the Exhibit Hall at Golden Spike Event Center. There will be two clinics, one at 6 PM and one at 7 PM with 10 slots available per clinic. Registration for these clinics will open to everyone on Wednesday March 9th at 8 AM.

Our first "Fit Dog" Club walk on Saturday, March 19th. This will be held at 11:00 AM and we will be meeting at the Centennial Trailhead at 438-584 Cottonwood Drive, South Weber, UT 84405. This is a dirt trail, appropriate shoes should be worn, dogs on leash at all times, bring water and any treats necessary.
May 14th 9:30-11:30 - Ogden River Trailhead - Meet at Rainbow Gardens Parking Trail Lot 1851 Valley Drive Ogden 84401
July 16th 9am Riverdale Weber River Parkway Trail 4600 Weber River Dr. Riverdale 84405
August 20th 9am TBD
September 24th 9am TBD
October 22nd 11am TBD

New Memberships will remain on pause for the time being.

Obedience trial will be held in March 25th-27th 2022 at the Legacy Event Center in Farmington.

GSDOC is currently looking to fill multiple board positions. We are in need of a Vice President, Treasurer, Communications Director, Membership Director and a Co- Training Director. If you are interested in any of these positions but have questions please contact the current Vice President Alma Fong at

Board nominations will be taken at the April 12th General Meeting. Club elections will be held on May 10th during the May General Meeting. Please plan on being at the May 10th meeting to elect new club officers.

Article of the Month

Author: Alma Fong- Board Member

If you have a purebred dog who comes with registration papers from the breeder you may register your dog with the AKC and participate in AKC confirmation and sporting events. What can you do if you have a purebred dog that does not have papers because the breeder did not give them to you or they were lost? What if your dog was adopted through a breed rescue or because of an owner surrender? These dogs can still be registered and participate in AKC events through the AKC PAL program. PAL stands for purebred alternative listing. You complete a AKC PAL application, include pictures of your dog and send in a fee to the AKC and your dog will receive a registration number so that you can participate in AKC sporting events. The only event your dog will not be able to participate in is Confirmation which is limited to registered purebreds.
Maybe your dog isn’t purebred but rather a Heinz 57 mixed breed and you can only guess what its parents might have been. The AKC wants to include you too! Simply complete an AKC Canine Partners application and proudly register your dog as an All American Dog. Your dog will also be able to participate in AKC events.
What’s the takeaway here? The great news is that you and your dog can enjoy participating in one, two or more events for as long as you choose. I’ve included a long list of events available to you and your canine. If you don’t know what an event involves but it sounds interesting look it up on the AKC website, watch a video on YouTube or ask a club member. Somebody we know has probably done it. Don’t wait to register until you want to participate. The process is simple but does take a little time. Be ready with your number in hand the next time you see an Agility trial,Barn Hunt or Fast Cat event listed.I’ve included a long list of events available to you and your dog.
AKC sporting events: Agility, Coursing, Earthdogs, Farm Dog, Fast Cat, Herding, Hunt tests, Jr. Showmanship, Lure Coursing, Obedience, Rally, Scentwork, Therapy Dog, Trailing and Locating, Trick Dog, and others I may have missed. Enjoy!

Dog Toys

Author: Rowan Trammell- Junior Board Member

We all have toys for our dogs, some of these can be great toys that entertain and exercise your pet while others can lead to potential vet visits. So without further ado, here are some dog toys you may want to avoid. First and foremost are rawhide bones; these may look cool and be cheap but when your dog chews them up and swallows pieces, they can expand in their stomach which (if they swallow a big enough piece ) can upset the stomach by expanding and occasionally get stuck, leading to an expensive vet visit for you and a painful process for your dog. The next thing you may want to avoid is giving your dogs plastic bottles to play with. Plastic bottles can be chewed up by the dog if you're not watching them and if they see one in the garbage they may see it as a toy instead of trash. This can inadvertently train them to get into your trash and leave a mess everywhere. Another thing that you want to avoid is cheaply made dog toys. These are often made with low quality materials that fall apart and your dog can easily swallow them or they could pose a choking hazard, possible poisoning, or digestive problem similar to rawhide. Remember to keep all this in mind when choosing the next toy for your dog. Though you may be paying more for quality toys, you will save money in the long run and have a happier, healthier dog.

We Are Moving Locations!

Please don't forget that our club sessions and everything forward at this point will be at a new location, Ogden Prep Academy school 1435 Lincoln Ave, Ogden. Session 2 classes will start here at this new location for the Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club. Classes will be held in multiple locations for session 2. Please note the location of the class you are registering for.

Happy March Everyone!

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