Columbia Valley dog club still flourishes

In 1979 a group of local dog show enthusiasts started a dog club so their dogs could be socialized and thus more prepared for dog shows.

  • Tue Aug 14th, 2012 8:00am
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Joan Grant

Columbia Valley Dog Club

In 1979 a group of local dog show enthusiasts decided to start a dog club so their dogs could be socialized and thus more prepared for dog show experiences.

The Columbia Valley Dog Club has been in action since that time, offering dog training classes and related dog activities.

Over the years, these activities have included informative “Meet our Dogs,” sanctioned puppy matches, agility demonstrations, and obedience demonstrations.

Every year two sets of obedience classes have been held to train owners of dogs how to make dogs better companions, and therefore the owners better citizens of the community.

As well as benefitting dog owners directly with these classes, monies raised have been returned to the community in the form of cash donations to dog associations of benefit to local residents.

These groups over the years have included CNIB which trains dogs for the blind, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

More recently the club has supported local rescue facilities, the Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) based in Calgary, which trains dogs for the deaf or for those who might have concerns such as epilepsy, or other debilitating problems, the local Sear and Rescue organization, as well as the closest SPCA which is based in Cranbrook.

The second set of classes for 2012 will take place beginning on September 5 or watch for our ad with information on this fall’s class.