Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

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Welcome to our May 2023 Newsletter!


WHERE: Andy Adams Park, Layton
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GSDOC March Obedience and Rally Competition

By: Ann Miller
Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club held a successful Obedience/Rally trial on March 24-26th. Participants traveled from California, Colorado, and Idaho. Of course, we
had many people from Utah.

We had great volunteers starting with the organizing committee. The committee
helped develop the general plan in addition to helping with setting up equipment on
Thursday and taking down the rings on Sunday. Special congratulations go to the
stewards. We were fortunate to have some very experienced stewards, in addition
to some stewards who had never watched an obedience/rally trial. The experienced
stewards mentored the stewards with little or no experience. In the end we had
great teamwork. Stewards stepped in help wherever needed.

Special congratulations go to Judy Curtain and her dog, Gunner. Gunner titled in
Beginner Novice and Novice earning a Companion Dog title. Ann Miller’s Belgian
Tervurens, Ziva and Masi, both earned Rally Advanced titles.

We held the trial at Versa Dog Sports in Layton. This was the first time we used this
venue. Versa is an arena built for dog sports. Over the years we have lost some of
our venues and that is why it’s nice to support a venue designed specifically for dog

Letter from the President

By: Alma Fong
We had a very busy year and have accomplished many of our goals. We provided classes, programs and trials that have served the dog community and the community at large. Through our Fill the Bowl program we donated both money and food for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. We continued in our commitment to provide our members with quality learning experiences while also offering opportunities for them to strengthen the bond they are forging with their dog through classes and activities.

We celebrated with socials, photo ops, and costume parades including a visit from Santa. General meeting topics ranged from poisonous plants to therapy dogs, tricks, barn hunt and even n Easter themed scent work demonstration.

Our application process has been streamlined so that the public can become part of the club sooner and take advantage of the classes we offer. This past year, we have given 27 puppies and their owners a great start on their journey together. We've also made opportunities available for instructors to become AKC evaluators, and class teachers and assistants.

Looking over this past year, I think our greatest accomplishment was finding the club a new permeant home at Versa. The transition was not without growing pains, but i am proud that we stayed with it. We now have a training facility that offers our members and their dogs a safe, secure and fun place to train together.

All of these accomplishments are a celebration of the great members that are part of the GSDOC club. Thank you for choosing to be a member, participate with us and dedicating time to training your dog!

Guess the breed!

The _____________ has six toes on each foot and elongated rear foot pads. These dogs are alert and energetic, small and mighty, and make excellent hiking companions. Email with the correct breed to earn a prize at our next membership meeting!

Board Members Needed

We are still seeking the following Board Members:
  1. Communications Manager
Please email Cindy Orvedahl at if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about any of these roles.

Iron Toxicity in Dogs

By: Alma Fong
We recently experienced an emergency case of iron poisoning with our English Setter. It resulted in a life or death situation which thankfully ended in her recovery. In some dogs depending on their size and amount of iron ingested the outcome could be drastically different.

Iron toxicity is the result of the accidental ingestion of iron particles. There are many potentially dangerous items that can cause this type of poisoning. Common items include prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, fertilizer, pesticides, hand/foot warmers, oxygen absorbers, birth control pills and heating packets you place directly on the skin.
Bella was poisoned by consuming part of an oxygen absorber packet. Oxygen absorber packets are placed in dog treats to maintain freshness. They are also found in beef jerky packaging, dried fruits and other food items. The packets are about 1in x 1in and have the words “do not eat” on them.

One of the easiest ways to tell if the material inside the packet is iron is to test it with a magnet. If the particles are attracted to the magnet they are iron. The iron is irritating to the GI tract and has a corrosive effect on it’s tissues. Early signs of poisoning can be vomiting which may include blood, drooling, abdominal pain, lethargy or disinterest in food. Later signs can include muscle tremors, bloody diarrhea, low blood pressure, seizures or death.

Treatment depends on the amount of iron ingested related to dog size and how recently the product was ingested. Alert your vet if you suspect iron ingestion and bring any remaining packaging when possible. I would encourage you to move any of the items listed above out of reach of your dog. I now remove the oxygen absorber packets from all my food packages as well as all dog treats. Unfortunately our dogs do not recognize the words “do not eat” and accidents happen.

If you are ever concerned about an item your dog has eaten please contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24 hour outline at 888-426-4435.

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