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Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

February 2024

Dog & Human Connections

When it comes to chatting with our furry friends, dogs have their own unique way of talking to us humans. Ever noticed how they wag their tails, perk up their ears, or give those puppy-dog eyes? That's their way of saying, "Hey, I've got something to tell you!" And let's not forget about their barks, growls, and whimpers – each sound has its own meaning, like "Let's play!" or "I'm feeling a bit scared." Dogs are like emotional sponges, picking up on our vibes and giving us snuggles when we're feeling down. It's all part of the dog-human connection!

So, how can we make sure we're understanding our furry pals correctly? It's all about paying attention to their body language and sounds. When they're wagging their tails like crazy, they're probably super happy! And if they're whimpering or growling, they might need a little extra TLC. But it's not just about us understanding them—dogs also rely on us to be clear and consistent with our communication. When we listen to their woofs and wags and respond with love and care, we continue to build an awesome bond! Signing your dog up for GSDOC classes is a great way to build connections with your doggo.

Upcoming Elections

Would you like to get involved in the inner workings of the Golden Spike Dog Agility Club? The election process for the board will begin in March with final nominations due in April. Elections will be held at the May 14th General meeting. The following board members have decided to run for re-election Alma Fong, President; Ann Miller, Secretary; Denise Gnoit, Treasurer; Meridan Frost, Membership Director and Melissa Meyer, Communications Director. We are in need of a Training Director and Vice President. If you would like to run for any of these positions or nominate someone else please contact Alma Fong at alma3peet3day@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to elections.

Session 2 begins April 2

Our second session of classes will be announced soon on our website. The first class will start on April 2 and run through May 21. Public registration opens March 23 at 8:00 a.m. GSDOC members can register on March 21 at 8:00 a.m.

We are always in need of teachers for our classes so if you're interested in teaching a class or shadowing an existing teacher, please email boardpresident@gsdoc.org. Teachers earn 20 doggy dollars and assistants earn 10. Doggy dollars can be spent on membership dues and class fees.

Upcoming GSDOC Events

WHAT: General Meeting—Dog grooming with Savannah Stokes
WHEN: February 13 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa
WHAT: General Meeting—Conformation with Savannah Stokes
WHEN: March 12 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa
WHAT: Canine Good Citizen test
WHEN: March 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa
OTHER: The test is open to the public
WHAT: Obedience Trial
WHEN: March 22-24 @ 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Versa
OTHER: Volunteers are needed! Email Ann to sign up to volunteer at ajmiller575@comcast.net
WHAT: General Meeting—Herding with Kristen Sittner
WHEN: April 9 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: TBD and weather permitting
WHAT: General Meeting—Board Elections
WHEN: May 14 @ 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Versa
WHAT: Agility Trial
WHEN: July
WHERE: Scotsman Center, Mountain Green

Your 2024 Board Members are:

President: Alma Fong
boardpresident@gsdoc.org

Vice President: Cindy Overdahl
boardvp@gsdoc.org

Secretary: Ann Miller
ajmiller575@comcast.net

Treasurer: Denise Gnoit
treasurer@gsdoc.org
Training Director: Vacant

Membership Director: Meridian Frost
membership@gsdoc.org

Communications Director:
Melissa Meyer
communications@gsdoc.org
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