Golden Spike Dog Obedience Club (GSDOC)

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Welcome to our February 2021 Newsletter!

Hello fellow dog lovers! If your dog earned a title in 2020 please email Alma at with your titles and information by March 15th.

Class Price Changes

Due to cost increase we have had to increase our prices on classes starting in session 2 so we can keep going. For members it will now be $20 per class and for the public it will be $85 per class. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.


GSDOC is committed to creating a positive learning experiences for dogs and puppies alike! When it comes to dog and puppy training we believe in using and teaching the most positive approaches for creating behavior changes. LIMA is an acronym for “least intrusive, minimally aversive” training and it speaks to our commitment of “inspiring dogs and training people”. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior issued a position statement against the use of punishment-based training. In part it reads “AVSAB’s position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-use treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interacting with animals.”
In a simplified description, LIMA refers to trainers having a commitment to teaching behaviors by teaching the learner to work FOR something positive rather than work to AVOID something negative. LIMA is about asking the question, “What do you want the animal TO DO instead?” GSDOC will be practicing LIMA in all of our training classes and will expect class participants to do the same. Choke and prong collars will not be allowed without first consulting with your class instructor for other alternative methods of training. Have questions? Feel free to reach out
DEFINITION: LIMA requires that trainers use the “least intrusive, minimally aversive technique likely to succeed in achieving a training (or behavior change) objective with minimal risk of producing aversive side effects.” LIMA does not justify the use of punishment in lieu of other effective interventions and strategies. In the vast majority of cases, desired behavior change can be affected by focusing on the animal’s environment, physical well-being, and operant and classical interventions such as differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior, desensitization, and counterconditioning.

Training Director Message - Session 5

Training Director Message - Session 5
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Training Director Message....

Our #1 priority is keeping our instructors and participants safe during this time. If you are signed up for classes starting Tuesday night 10/20/20 we will be strictly only allowing one handler per dog unless the handler is a child requiring a parent. Others will be asked to wait outside. Do not bring your significant others, friends, kids etc. Masks are required inside the building and classes will be held inside the building. If you are feeling ill or have been around someone feeling ill do not attend class. Please let me know if you have any questions. Training Director, Dana Crawford email:

AKC Licensed Obedience & Rally Trials

We have an obedience trial come up March 26-28 at Legacy events center in Farmington. Accepting Entries for all AKC Recognized Breeds
& Dogs Listed as ILP, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners. Entries open January 27, 2021. Entries close Wednesday March 10, 2021 at 5:00
p.m. MDT at the secretary address after which time entries cannot be accepted. We will also be doing a Facebook live on our Facebook page for those interested. If you have further questions please reach out to us and we can send you more information. If you want to learn more about obedience here is a link to AKC that has tons of information for you
AKC National Obedience Championship 2019

The Russian Bear dog is also known as the Caucasian Shepherd

They were bred to care for flocks of sheep and to protect the home against predators. They are highly intelligent, but their independent nature can make them hard to train. Their natural distrust of strangers and other animals can lead to aggressive tendencies if an experienced trainer doesn’t keep them in check.

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