Session III is underway. In response to news of a brand new CANINE VIRUS/FLU that began in FL & GA 6 weeks ago, ADTC Members are in touch with contacts all over the southeastern states, doing our best to keep abreast of potential spreading. There have been no outbreaks locally and we have not heard of any outbreaks anywhere close to us. However, we are being very cautious in order to protect the dogs currenty training at our facility. We posted informational signs at our facility and messages expressing our concern about the spread of this dangerous disease. If caught early, it can be treated successfully, but dogs have been lost to this virus w/ owners thinking the intestinal upset is caused by something their pet ate. If your dog displays any unusual symptoms, please do not wait, have them checked by their Vet asap. In response to this very real threat, a group of our Members have done a preventative cleaning of our facility, using products that should kill any germs. We have cleaned the entire building, including floor, crates, chairs and any other surface that might contain any germs. We are still holding classes, but please use your own good judgement as to whether your dog should attend during this possible crisis. Please check back here on our website, where we will do our best to report any incidences of this disease. Upcoming Events (that may or may not be canceled) : Nosework Seminars 6/17/17, Session IV begins 7/31/17, & Show 'n' Go planned for August. Interested? Please visit the link for each activity and contact us with any questions.

Location & Directions

Maps & Directions to our Training Facility

satellite

You will find the directions below to be most helpful.

Our formal address is: 13100 US Hwy 17 S. Hampstead, NC 28443, so for those of your who have a GPS in your vehicle, this address should lead you right to us!  Our little driveway isn’t actually a street, tho the street sign at the top of the driveway states:  McFayden Court. For those of us who do not have a GPS, the directions below are right on and we are hopeful you can find us!! Ya’ll come see us, ya hear?!?! 🙂

Directions to Azalea Dog Training Club (courtesy of Bob Jones…. thanks Bobby!):

From U. S. Highway 17 South: continue south through Hampstead, NC.  Follow U. S. Highway 17 South 1.35 miles past N. C. Highway 210 in Hampstead. You will need to make a U-Turn just past the building at the entrance to Whitebridge Subdivision. Once you make the U-Turn, ADTC will be on your right.

From U. S. Highway 17 North: continue through Wilmington on U. S. Highway 17 North. Stay on U. S. Highway 17 North at Interstate 140. Continue on U. S. 17 to Sidbury Road. Continue on U. S. 17 past Sidbury Road, past Scott’s Hill Loop Road, past Scotts Hill Animal Hospital, to ADTC on the right just past the entrance to Whitebridge Subdivision.

From Interstate 40 West: Follow Interstate 40 East until you get to the exit for Interstate 140. Take the exit to Hampstead and Topsail Island Beaches. Interstate 140 ends at U. S. Highway 17. Continue on U. S. 17 to Sidbury Road. Continue on U. S. 17 past Sidbury Road, past Scott’s Hill Loop Road, past Scotts Hill Animal Hospital, to ADTC on the right just past the entrance to Whitebridge Subdivision.

Additional directions off I-40: (courtesy of Nancy Parrott….. thanks Nanc!) using Castle Hayne exit, turn right onto Holly Shelter Road, follow this road until you come into Hampstead, NC. Turn right onto US 17 at the traffic light, follow directions already given from Hampstead.

Please note!!   There may be some sites in the wonderful world of cyberspace which list the address of our Training Facility as on Shearwater Dr., in Hampstead…. this is INCORRECT!!  Please follow the directions above!  Thank you!!

6/10/17 TDI Testing canceled due to low registration

On 6/10/17,  testing canceled

TDI Evaluator Margi Baldwin Moore & her merry group of helpers will not return to our area and conduct Evaluations for Teams waiting to be tested and approved at ADTC;  we’re so proud of all who wish to share their dogs love with others!  Deadline for registration is June 3rd, 2017

Please see info below.  Questions?  Please email me at the contact address on the website.

If interested, please use the ADTC website contact info or simply fill out the paperwork and send with check by June 3rd to:

Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:  obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com

Therapy Dogs International, Inc.

Certified Evaluator #940

Margi Baldwin Moore

  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (843) 229-2672 or email me at obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com. I look forward to meeting you and your dog.

Margi writes:

On behalf of Therapy Dogs International, Inc. (TDI) I will be conducting a TDI testing as follows:

Date:                Saturday June 10th, 2017

Registration:      Pre-registration is required, form is provided at the bottom of the page

Time:                Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Place:               Azalea Dog Training Club     13100 US Highway 17 South     Hampstead, NC 28443

I have been involved with Therapy Dogs International for about seventeen years now, and the interaction that occurs between therapy dogs, patients, residents, students, families, and staff is truly amazing. I’m excited that you too are interested in certifying your canine friend.

For those of you who have tested in the past, I will advise you that the testing procedures have changed tremendously. I am including the official TDI testing brochure and I strongly suggest you all become very familiar with each aspect of the new testing guidelines.  My test will not go in the exact order of the brochure, but every step will be covered and each dog will be tested on a pass/fail basis.  Potential therapy dogs must pass all aspects of the test in order to be awarded a TDI license.

Please complete and mail or email the attached pre-registration form so that I will have an idea of how many to expect and allow me to get the paperwork started in advance. This will also get us off to a more organized start, and save time the day of testing.  If you know of others who would like to test please give them a copy of this information.  Testing times are limited to twelve dogs and handlers and will be scheduled on a first come first pre-registered basis.

Listed below are a few things that have come from TDI that I need to pass along to you. In addition, I have included a few things that hopefully will eliminate some controversies that have occurred in the past.

  • Choke chains, prong collars, martingale collars, Gentle Leaders, Halti collars or no pull harnesses are Not allowed. Acceptable equipment includes a flat buckle collar, snap-in collar or non-corrective harness and 6 foot leash. Collars and leashes will be checked prior to the beginning of the test.
  • Food cannot be used during actual testing as a reward.
  • Even if you already have your CGC, according to TDI, you still must take the entire TDI test.
  • Dogs must be clean and groomed in order to pass the TDI test. This means no wet dogs and ears must be clean. No horrible doggie breath and toenails must be trimmed.
  • This testing will be held indoors. Your dog is being tested the moment he/she arrives on campus. If dogs are barking, growling or lunging prior to or during testing they will be dismissed. Also, if any dog eliminates in the testing area, they will be dismissed. There will be a designated “potty” area for the dogs.

TDI Testing Information

Testing Date:                            Saturday June 10th, 2017

Time:                                        Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Testing Fee:                              $20.00

(If dog is being tested with 2 handlers there is only one charge.)

(Pairs are not charged a testing fee, but both dogs must have previously passed and been certified)

Please Bring:                             Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number & your dog’s brush for the grooming portion of the test.

Location:      Azalea Dog Training Club, 13100 US Highway 17 South,  Hampstead, NC  (please return to adtc.us and click on “Location” in our search engine for text and maps to aid in helping you find us)

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Please fill out the following, provide pre-payment (Made out to Margi Baldwin Moore)

Return both to me by June 3rd, 2017

Mailing address: Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:  obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com

Handler Name:                                                                                                                                  

Address including City, State and Zip:                                                                                                

Phone including Area Code:                                                                                                               

 Email:                                                                                                                                              

 Dogs Call Name:                                                                                                                              

 Dog’s age:                                                 Breed:                                      Sex:                              

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What we’ve been up to…….

2017…..

2/11/17  All Obedience Show ‘n’ Go’s Saturday in our climate controlled  training facility.

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4/29/17  K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney

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6/17/17  K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney

 

2016….. 

DOG AGILITY SEMINARS

Presented by Azalea Dog Training Club, in our climate-

controlled training facility, Please join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Please note these important facts:  *TIMELINE, COST AND SEMINARS  First preregistrations w/payment rec’d, first to be signed up for chosen Seminar(s)

*All dogs entered must be reliable off lead; Agility is done off lead

*Working Teams limited to 8 each, $25 per Team, per Seminar(s)

*Due to space concerns we are not having Auditors during this event

*We urge you to preregister at least 2 to 3 weeks before the event.

To register:  please use the forms provided OR go to ADTC’s website for Agility Seminar(s)Registration (NOT our regular Classes format please).  Forms may be downloaded (printed out) from link:  www.adtc.us.registration   Fill in the requested information, add your dog’s vaccination record, check payment and mail to Barbara Bray, 2348 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.  Attach a check for $25, made out for each Seminar you plan to attend.  Questions?  Call Barbara Bray at 910 520 6567 or 910 686 0293

 

Please bring your dog’s supplies; crate, treats, water, water bowl.  We have chairs for your convenience.  And please “pack” light, space is at a premium.

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8:00 a.m. –  8:30 am Registration – Also 30 minutes before each seminar.

 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Beginner Agility Seminar – Building Your Foundation for Agility to Achieve Success – Different foundation stations will be set up on the floor so each student has a chance to work the different skills needed for introduction to the obstacles, such as the wobble board for the teeter, jumping technique instruction, etc.  Each student will spend time at the different stations learning proper form as well as becoming accustomed to the different obstacles on a strictly novice level.  Janet Doxey, Instructor

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Sequences to Build Skills and Speed – Exercises will include:  Box Jump Basics, Being ABLE To make Your Contacts & Sending your dog ahead to the tunnel.  Gwyn Scheidt, Instructor

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Fun and Challenging Sequences from Masters and International Courses with Tunnels and Weave Poles – Masters level and distance skills are needed for these sequences.  Barbara Bray, Instructor

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – What do Agility Training and Wine Have in Common?  – Distance work, out and here, crosses and difficult weave pole entries.  Dave Moore, Instructor

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Agility Seminar(s), October 22, 2016, Registration Form

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Seminar #1:  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Beginner Agility Seminar – Building Your Foundation for Agility to Achieve Success by Janet Doxey, Instructor

 

Seminar #2:  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Sequences to Build Skills and Speed by Gwyn Scheidt, Instructor

Seminar #3:  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Fun and Challenging Sequences from Masters and International Courses with Tunnels and Weave Poles Barbara Bray, Agility Director and Lead Instructor

Seminar #4:  2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – What do Agility Training and Wine Have in Common?    Dave Moore, Instructor

Please circle seminar(s) requested:  Seminar #1  Seminar #2  Seminar #3  Seminar #4

Name: ____________________________  Home Phone: ___________________

Address: __________________________ City/State/Zip: ___________________

Email Address: ___________________________  Work #: __________________

Dog’s Name:____________________ Breed:_____________________________

Age: ________ Sex: _________

AKC Registered?:____ UKC Registered?:____ Other Registry?: _______

Any child under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

SORRY, THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

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I (we) agree to hold the Azalea Dog Training Club, its members or agents, harmless from any claim for loss or injury which may be alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly to any person or thing by the act of this dog. I (we) further agree to hold the aforementioned parties harmless from any claim or loss, damage, or injury of this dog or my person by any cause while in or upon the training premises or grounds or near any entrance thereto.

Signature: _______________________________ Date: ______________

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Below this line for club use only:  please circle seminar(s) chosen

Seminar #1                   Seminar #2                   Seminar #3                   Seminar #4

Vaccination Records checked by________  Fee Paid: Check #_____   Cash  _______

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Sue plans to be back in January, 2017….. what it’s all about – see below!

K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney

Hosted by Azalea Dog Training Club, Serving the Community since 1971

13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443

was held July 30 & October 23, 2016

A second opportunity will be held on October 23, 2016 (please check for info on ADTC website, on it’s own page!  More details will be posted as soon as we know!

Many of ADTC Members have trained with Sue and have made glowing comments on her kindness, patience and expertise with dogs.  The folks who took one of the seminars in July at the ADTC training facility were delighted at how quickly their dogs caught on to the process, under Sue’s kind and gentle hands.  As I can no longer get images on ADTC’s website, please go to ADTC’s Facebook Page for lots of info AND pictures!!  Our FB page is Azalea Dog Training Club, Inc (clever, huh!  ?  It currently has one of our most wonderful Instructors, Bobby Jones and his Collie puppy, Journey as our “cover models”.   Let us know what ya think!  As of now, we only have the morning session recorded and are hoping that someone took pictures of the afternoon session (if you were the photographer, please let Marny know at marny3grs@ec.rr.com  thank you!

On Sue’s website   http://www.wholedoginstitute.com/       it states:

“Sue McKinney, owner of Whole Dog Institute and Dog Fun Forever, has a natural gift for teaching. She uses that gift to help her students understand how to communicate more effectively with their dogs and how to solve basic behavioral challenges, as well as teaching dogs what we want from them. Sue is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).”

Also on Sue’s website, to give you perquisites and a class description (a Seminar provides an introduction of this venue)  that provides you an idea of what it’s all about:

“K9 Nose Work®

Minimum age: 4 months, no obedience required
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Wonderful activity for dogs of all ages! Excellent mental stimulation – will tire out even high energy puppies/dogs. Also appropriate for older dogs looking for something fun to do, dogs who are rehabilitating an injury, or reactive dogs not comfortable working around other dogs.

All dogs have the ability to excel at K9 Nose Work® since dogs “see” the world through their noses. If you are looking for a way to exercise your dog and drain some excess energy, Nose Work may be just the thing. This is a sport that celebrates the dog’s natural abilities and teaches humans to recognize and build on those natural talents. Learn how to have fun with your dog’s sniffing habits (instead of complaining about them)! Classes are taken in sequence to first allow dogs to learn to problem solve finding the source, experience multiple environments and conditions, and then to train on specific odors. Because each dog works one at a time with no other dog present, handlers can relax and enjoy the activity (appropriate for reactive dogs). The sport also builds confidence in low confidence/anxious dogs.”

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Info in a nutshell:

K9 Nose Work® Seminar

“Find out how your dog’s nose works”

By Sue McKinney

Hosted by Azalea Dog Training Club

Serving the Community since 1971

13100 US Highway 17 South

Hampstead, NC 28443

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time: TBA

Pre-registration & Fee ($75) are required by TBA

ADTC Members & Students can leave registration & check payment (made out to

ADTC) in the Training Center office, labeled for Diane or Marny

OR

Members and/or Non-Members may mail registration & check payment

(made out to ADTC) to:  TBA

ADTC, c/o TBA

Please Bring: Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number

Hosted by & Location of Azalea Dog Training Club:  13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443

Directions: url: http://adtc.us/site/?s=location has maps & text info

Questions? On website, adtc.us, please click on “Contact” or marny3grs@ec.rr.com

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Registration Form

(this form, along with vaccination records & check payment must be in ________ to insure your spot)

Handler Name: ____________________________________

Address including City, State and Zip: ___________________________________

Phone including Area Code: _________________________________

Email: ___________________________________

Dog’s Call Name: _____________________________

Dog’s age: ____________ Breed: ______________________ Sex: ______

 

Owner or Handler’s Signature:

Print:___________________________  Write: ______________________________

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we’ve been busy as bees, have had one indoor Show n Go at our training facility and one outdoor Show n Go at Empie Park, planning another of each at the end of the Summer heat and into the Fall.  Have held testing for 12 Prospective Therapy Dogs (June 18), of which 10 Teams qualified. Special thanks to Evaluator Margi Moore from Florence, SC and her band of merry men and women for making this possible.

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4/27/2015  ADTC’s Therapy Dog Teams presented a Safety Demonstration and Petting Session at Cape Fear Middle School, Rocky Point, NC, at 3pm was a great success!  Children loved learning safety with dogs and then getting to pet the furry dogs. 

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ADTC’s Therapy Teams recently visited four schools to teach the after school kids all about dogs….. safety tips, training skills and just plain olde fun things!  Our dogs and their humans had a wonderful time and we think the children did, too! Here’s a note from Katie Wayman, YMCA Youth Development Coordinator! “On September 30th, the Azalea Dog Training Club visited the Wilmington Family YMCA After School Program.  The trainers brought six of their dogs, and gave the afterschool quite an awesome show!  The Training Club showed the kids how to “Stop, Drop, and Freeze” which is the correct way to react if a dog is dangerous and approaching.  The Training Club also shared tips on how to approach a dog with smelling of the hand, being calm, and how to correctly pet the dog.  Trainers even shared the signs of dogs that should not be approached.  Each trainer’s dog had their own obedience trick to show off to the kids such as how to retrieve, come when they are called, jump over obstacles, and weave through legs.  They shared a lot of safety information, and even some stories.  At the end of the presentation the kids had the opportunity to pet each of the dogs, and review the ways on how to approach the dogs correctly. The Azalea Dog Training Club also visited three of our other after school sites and presented to the kids. The sites were Temple Baptist Activity Center, Parsley Elementary, and Castle Hayne Elementary. The visits and presentation was definitely an organized and kid friendly, and we would love to have them back anytime in the future! Katie Wayman Youth Development Coordinator 2710 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403″ **************************************************

 

Member Lila Smith headed ADTC’s participation in Wilmington/New Hanover County’s “Cops Camp” held two weeks in June, two weeks in July and one week in August.  ADTC’s Teams have made a good showing and the children adored the petting session with the dogs at the end of the day!  It is more touching than I can express to see the unconditional love of our dogs enveloping these children, most of whom, have so little joy in their young lives. **************************************************

 

Our first indoor Show ‘N’ Go held in our climate control building of 2014 was well rec’d and we got to enjoy working with many old, as well as new, friends!  We hosted many very nice working Teams and know we will see them soon in the Ring as they follow their dreams of earning Titles!   Members of ADTC’s Therapy Dog Group accompanied Nancy Parrott to Cape Fear Academy for a Safety Demo for the younger children the middle of November 2013.  The wee ones were thrilled to have ‘the dogs visit’ and their reward for being so good was they got to have a petting session at the end of our visit!   Nancy presented a wonderful safety talk and the dogs were in heaven; enjoying the cool temps and loving the kids!  Despite the COLD temps, it was well rec’d.   Our Show ‘N’ Go the end of October at Empie Park was another fine example of how many hands make light work!  Our Members turned out in full force and reports from our exhibitors were very positive.  This included three Show ‘N’ Go venues; Traditional and Rally Obedience, along with Agility, with Canine Good Citizen throw in for good measure.   Our group has been busy as bees in the past six months!  Our Teams have been doing therapy work ,teaching and or assisting with our classes (which is our favorite thing to do….. everyone seems to have settled into the session and we’re seeing alot of learning and we are so proud!), hitting the trialing and showing scene regularly and we are so proud of each and every one of them, whether they came home with a Qualifying score (and brags) or a “Not Quite” score (usually with funny stories)! ****************************

 

Flyball Seminar by Diane Dargay was a blast and dogs and their humans enjoyed every minute!  Diane and her Gordon Setters showed how it’s done and then Diane walked everyone thru their paces and got them started on their way into the wonderful world of Flyball!  We’re all hoping for a another seminar real soon!         ****************************

 

The annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo was held at the “old & new” Convention Centers in downtown Wilmington (corner of Nut & Convention Streets, next to parking deck), the weekend of March 15th.  If you missed it year, you missed a real treat…. hope you’ll come out and support it next year!  Many of our members attended and said it was simply wonderful!  (I have some pics but struggling to get them loaded… please check back!) ****************************

 

Last  May 12th, a group of enthusiastic ADTC Members represented our group at the “Battleship Splash” Dock Diving Event! Our group presented a Safety Demo, Obedience and Agility Demos and manned (and womanned) a booth sharing dog training tips and training cookies! ADTC Member Missy Gordon is also a member of Carolina Dock Diving Club and is a wonderful representative of both groups!

 

Image by Dick Parrott Photography

 

6/17/17 K9 Nose Work® Seminars

ADTC is proud to host Sue McKinney will be providing two

K9 Nose Work® Seminars on Saturday, June 17, 2017

ADTC Serving the Community since 1971

13100 US Highway 17 South  Hampstead, NC 28443

Diane Dargay, our contact person extradinaire writes: 

“Cost is $75 for each fun filled 2.5 hour Seminar

and I must have payment by June 10th. If you are interested, please email me ( ddargay55@aol.com or ddargay@yahoo.com), so I can get a head count for this event.” 

Info in a nutshell:  Date: 6/17/17  Time: TBA based upon entries (min 8 – max 16)  Pre-registration & Fee ($75) are required by 6/10/17

ADTC Members & Students can leave registration & check payment (made out to ADTC) in the Training Center office, labeled for Diane

OR

Members and/or Non-Members may mail registration & check payment (made out to ADTC) in care of:

Diane Dargay at 1353 Oak Glen Court, Bolivia, NC 28422

                                     

Please Bring: Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number

Hosted by & Location of Azalea Dog Training Club:  13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443

Directions: url: http://adtc.us/site/?s=location has maps & text info

Questions? On website, adtc.us, please click on “Contact” or marny3grs@ec.rr.com

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Registration Form

(this form, along with vaccination records & check payment must be in on or before 6/10/17 to insure your spot)

Handler Name: ____________________________________

Address including City, State and Zip: ___________________________________

Phone including Area Code: _________________________________

Email: ___________________________________

Dog’s Call Name: _____________________________

Dog’s age: ____________ Breed: ______________________ Sex: ______

Owner or Handler’s Signature:

Print:___________________________  Write: ______________________________

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More Details about Sue and her Seminars:

by Sue McKinney of

All Dog Institute & Dog Fun Forever

General Noseworks general info for all future events thru ADTC:

at our climate controlled training facility on 13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443 or another outdoor location.  Please see details below, including “Location”, for maps & text directions

Noseworks soon to be an AKC Titling Event

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Many of ADTC Members have trained with Sue and have made glowing comments on her kindness, patience and expertise with dogs.  The folks who took one of the seminars in July at the ADTC training facility were delighted at how quickly their dogs caught on to the process, under Sue’s kind and gentle hands.  As I can no longer get images on ADTC’s website, please go to ADTC’s Facebook Page for lots of info AND pictures!!  Our FB page is Azalea Dog Training Club, Inc (clever, huh!  😉

On Sue’s website   http://www.wholedoginstitute.com/       it states:

“Sue McKinney, owner of Whole Dog Institute and Dog Fun Forever, has a natural gift for teaching. She uses that gift to help her students understand how to communicate more effectively with their dogs and how to solve basic behavioral challenges, as well as teaching dogs what we want from them. Sue is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).”

Also on Sue’s website, to give you perquisites and a class description (a Seminar provides an introduction of this venue)  that provides you an idea of what it’s all about:

“K9 Nose Work®

Minimum age: 4 months, no obedience required
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Wonderful activity for dogs of all ages! Excellent mental stimulation – will tire out even high energy puppies/dogs. Also appropriate for older dogs looking for something fun to do, dogs who are rehabilitating an injury, or reactive dogs not comfortable working around other dogs.

All dogs have the ability to excel at K9 Nose Work® since dogs “see” the world through their noses. If you are looking for a way to exercise your dog and drain some excess energy, Nose Work may be just the thing. This is a sport that celebrates the dog’s natural abilities and teaches humans to recognize and build on those natural talents. Learn how to have fun with your dog’s sniffing habits (instead of complaining about them)! Classes are taken in sequence to first allow dogs to learn to problem solve finding the source, experience multiple environments and conditions, and then to train on specific odors. Because each dog works one at a time with no other dog present, handlers can relax and enjoy the activity (appropriate for reactive dogs). The sport also builds confidence in low confidence/anxious dogs.”

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Therapy Dogs

Public Service Programs & Therapy Dogs

Azalea Dog Training Club was the first organization in New Hanover County to provide therapy visits to a five county area, to Nursing Homes, Rest Homes, Assisted Living and Treatment Centers, Adult Group Homes, and Special Needs Children.

Star News Correspondent, Chris Mudarri, covered one of our Therapy Dog classes and did a wonderful job on her article!  Please click here to see Chris’ terrific article!  (and THANK YOU, Chris!)  http://adtc.us/site/wp-admin/post.php?post=1174&action=edit   

ADTC’s next Therapy dog class and testing will take place on June 18th, 2016.  Information immediately below.  (If interested, please use the ADTC website contact info or simply fill out the paperwork and send with check to:   Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:  obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com

Therapy Dogs International, Inc.

Certified Evaluator #940

Margi Baldwin Moore

  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (843) 229-2672 or email me at obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com. I look forward to meeting you and your dog.

 

 

Margi writes:

On behalf of Therapy Dogs International, Inc. (TDI) I will be conducting a TDI testing as follows:

Date:                Saturday June 18, 2016

Registration:      Pre-registration is required

Time:                Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Place:               Azalea Dog Training Club

13100 US Highway 17 South

Hampstead, NC 28443

I have been involved with Therapy Dogs International for about seventeen years now, and the interaction that occurs between therapy dogs, patients, residents, students, families, and staff is truly amazing. I’m excited that you too are interested in certifying your canine friend.

For those of you who have tested in the past, I will advise you that the testing procedures have changed tremendously. I am including the official TDI testing brochure and I strongly suggest you all become very familiar with each aspect of the new testing guidelines.  My test will not go in the exact order of the brochure, but every step will be covered and each dog will be tested on a pass/fail basis.  Potential therapy dogs must pass all aspects of the test in order to be awarded a TDI license.

Please complete and mail or email the attached pre-registration form so that I will have an idea of how many to expect and allow me to get the paperwork started in advance. This will also get us off to a more organized start, and save time the day of testing.  If you know of others who would like to test please give them a copy of this information.  Testing times are limited to twelve dogs and handlers and will be scheduled on a first come first pre-registered basis.

Listed below are a few things that have come from TDI that I need to pass along to you. In addition, I have included a few things that hopefully will eliminate some controversies that have occurred in the past.

  • Choke chains, prong collars, martingale collars, Gentle Leaders, Halti collars or no pull harnesses are not allowed. Acceptable equipment includes a flat buckle collar, snap-in collar or non-corrective harness and 6 foot leash. Collars and leashes will be checked prior to the beginning of the test.
  • Food cannot be used during actual testing as a reward.
  • Even if you already have your CGC, according to TDI, you still must take the entire TDI test.
  • Dogs must be clean and groomed in order to pass the TDI test. This means no wet dogs and ears must be clean. No horrible doggie breath and toenails must be trimmed.
  • This testing will be held indoors. Your dog is being tested the moment he/she arrives on campus. If dogs are barking, growling or lunging prior to or during testing they will be dismissed. Also, if any dog eliminates in the testing area, they will be dismissed. There will be a designated “potty” area for the dogs.

TDI Testing Information

Testing Date:                            Saturday June 18, 2016

Time:                                        Testing times will be scheduled in groups of 6 beginning at 10:00 am

Testing Fee:                              $20.00

(If dog is being tested with 2 handlers there is only one charge.)

(Pairs are not charged a testing fee, but both dogs must have previously passed and been certified)

Please Bring:                             Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number.

Your dog’s brush for the grooming portion of the test.

Location:      Azalea Dog Training Club, 13100 US Highway 17 South,  Hampstead, NC

 

 

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Please fill out the following, provide pre-payment (Made out to Margi Baldwin Moore)

Return both to me by June 13, 2016

 

Mailing address: Margi Baldwin Moore, 454 Bellingham Court, Florence, SC  29501

Email address:  obedientcorgis@sc.rr.com

Handler Name:                                                                                                                                  

Address including City, State and Zip:                                                                                                

Phone including Area Code:                                                                                                               

 Email:                                                                                                                                              

 Dogs Call Name:                                                                                                                              

 Dog’s age:                                                 Breed:                                      Sex:                              

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To see more on our Therapy Dog activity!  Therapy Dog Archives

 

 

Kay Rodgers, and one of her four Havana Silk Dogs – pictured here with Quest, was not only ADTC’s Therapy Dog Evaluator, she also ADTC’s most faithful Therapy Dog Team; visiting area Nursing Homes at least once a week every week year round!  There are not enough ‘thank you’s’ in the world that could tell Kay how much she is loved and respected, both for herself and her long time supervision of ADTC’s Therapy Program.

Nancy Parrott remains and Kay was in the past, the contacts and planners of ADTC visiting area Schools, where ADTC Teams demo dog training, tricks and dog safety, hoping to help children be more aware of how to approach and keep safe around dogs.   Please click on the highlighted links for more info on Therapy Dog, Inc, and Canine Good Citizen, which is the first step to a Therapy Dog!

Nancy Parrott was the original Therapy Dog Evaluator here at ADTC.  Thanks to Nancy and Kay, the two of them have inspired many the terrific Team!  Since the mid 70s, ADTC’s dedicated teams have brought smiles back to the faces of many who have very little to smile about!! 

Medical professionals have now acknowledged what ADTC’s teams have known all along; that the interaction between our furry friends and people has a healing and comforting effect. Countless studies show the benefits of Pet Therapy visits.

Some examples are:     *Lowering of blood pressure     *Calming personalities and calming effect on all stressed individuals     *Reaching introverted patients suffering from depression     *Unlocking minds of stroke victims, Alzheimer patients, and brain injured patients     *Excellent Physical Therapists (many patients will play with a dog when they refuse other therapies)

ADTC periodically does testing for Certification for Therapy Dog, Inc., to enable new teams to join us in the ranks of smile givers!

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School and Safety Programs    In 1987, ADTC embraced educating children and adults about dogs, in a five county area, including Camp Lejune, the Wilmington Police Department, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Brownie Packs.  Since 1989, we have held copywrite on our own Coloring Book, designed and created by Nancy Parrott and the late Gretchen Bannon. This Coloring Book, on Dog Safety, is distributed to the children we visit.

ADTC purchased and donated a set of tapes produced by the American Kennel Club regarding “all things dog”, to the Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties Libraries and each county’s Board of Education Instructional Supplies and Textbooks, and to UNCW School of Education (Elementary level) Department. These tapes include dog care, in age related format how dogs aid mankind, incorporate Math, Composition and Literature for teachers use. As an example; Camp Lejune Elementary School collects cans of dog food for the Base Animal Control and before sending their donation to the facility, they use the cans for counting, weighing and other math problems. The children also write an essay on their favorite breed of dog and must read and make a book report at least one book that is dog related in preparation for ADTC’s visit.

A typical visit varies from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of the children. The demos are geared to the age of the kids. School representatives get release forms signed so that the students can have hands on interaction with the dogs. Many aspects of dogs and their relationships with man are covered, including the following:

*Care of dogs     *Breeds/History/Geography of dogs     *The ways dogs help man     *Humans proper behavior around dogs  *How to survive a dog attack     *Petting sessions

ADTC is proud to have hosted the Wilmington Police Department’s Summer Day Camp many times in the last several years. On three separate days, the participants are brought to ADTCs facility by the Police Counselors for a fun-filled instructive morning.

If anyone is interested in having Azalea Dog Training Club’s Team of Educators visit, please contact:
 Nancy Parrott 910 686 4298 or click on the Navigation Bar on our Home Page and email us!

This is a free of charge public service ADTC provides, though donations are welcomed to cover the cost of our Coloring Books. When a donation is given to provide additional Coloring Books, the sponsors name is printed on future copies of the books and acknowledged in our newsletter and website.

2/11/17 Indoor All Obedience S’N’G great success

Celebrating 46 Years of Service to the Community (1971-2017)

Azalea Dog Training Club presents

Obedience & Rally Show ‘N’ Go’s on Saturday, February 11, 2017

at our Climate Controlled Training Facility

Questions?  Please contact our Show ‘N’ Go Chairperson:  Bonnie Berg Eckhoff at 910-799-7201 or bjbergdogs@ec.rr.com

ENTRY FEES: all runs will cost $5 each

In response to Students and other Exhibitors’ asking when we will be holding an indoor SnG, in our Climate Controlled Training Facility on Saturday, 3/11/2017!  Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for a great training opportunity! We have experienced folks calling the various levels of Obedience and Rally and in addition to that, we generally have exhibitors who are beautiful examples of what we all strive for in the ring ourselves!  On a personal note, I find learning from successful handlers is a wonderful tool!

As ya’ll know, we do our best to have our indoor Show ‘N’ Go mimic a real Trial (tho, please note our ring is not regulation sized), so please bring your chair(s) and crate(s) and plan on working your dog(s) and having fun with old friends and new!!

 Doors open at 8:30 am!!  Run Thru’s open to all Obedience trained dogs!  However, we request that you only do Run Thru’s at the levels at which you are currently working.  In a Run Thru, there no time for a ‘caller’ to teach an exercise!

As always, we pay close attention to input from you, our friends, our exhibitors and we continue with the following format for our Show ‘N’ Go presentation:

#1  Exhibitors’ runs will be timed.  Time limits will be as follows: Utility 8 minutes, Open 7 minutes, Novice, (not including stationeries).  In Rally all three levels will be timed at 4 minutes.  So whether you wish to do a true Run Thru or simply want to practice on some element of the level on which you are working, the floor is yours for the stated times!

#2 The fragrance of ‘human’ food makes concentrating on the tasks in the ring really hard for some of the Canine Halves of our participating Teams, so please “no food in the building”!  We’re hoping that by our setting Utility (starting no earlier than 11 am) and Novice (starting no earlier than 1:30 pm), that this will enable everyone to take a lunch break and not have to sit and wait hungry and tired, all day!!

REGISTRATION for Rally Obedience will be conducted from 8:30 am until 9 am. The Excellent Walk Thru begins at 8:50 am!  Advanced and Novice courses will follow.  Latecomers’ entries will be accepted if the level in which they need to practice is not finished!  We will not be able to accommodate latecomers by resetting the ring level for either Rally or Traditional Obedience.

REGISTRATION for Traditional Obedience will be held all morning, and into the afternoon, as needed, with Utility beginning no earlier than 11 am.  Open courses will follow Utility, with Novice following Open. Beginner Novice and Novice will begin no earlier than 1:30 pm

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Show ‘N’ Go’s are not judged, but have ‘callers’.

ADTC can be found on the web at http://www.adtc.us  Directions to ADTC’s Training Facility on the website!  Please note we are located off Hwy 17 and NOT on Shearwater Drive in Hampstead!

Cold Drinks will be available on the show site, for a small fee!!  Be considerate of your fellow Exhibitors, no “human” food in the building, please!  (THANK YOU so much!!)

 Please be a responsible show person……remember, clean up after your dog! And we’re trying to make “our front yard” a “no potty” zone, so please try to guide your dog(s) to either our side or back yards. We provide poop bags and pooper scoopers for your convenience. Thank you!

NOTICE:  The Show ‘N’ Go Chairperson and/or representative, reserve the right to excuse from the Show ‘N’ Go’s Ground ANY dogAND/OR handler that displays aggressive or dangerous behavior. ADTC believes in training dogs in a kind, loving manner and will not tolerate harsh corrections.

 

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Azalea Dog Training Club Show ‘N’ Go Entry Form

**PROOF OF RABIES VACCINATION MUST BE AVAILABLE**

 

Name:  ______________________________________  Tele#  _____________________

Address: ____________________________ City  ________________Zip: __________

Email addy:  _____________________________________________________________

Dog’s name:  _______________________  Breed:  ______________________________

Obedience: (class(es)/jump height/# of runs) _________________________________________

Rally:  (class(es)/jump height/# of runs) _____________________________________________

The Show ‘N’ Go Chairpersons and/or Chairs’ representative, reserve the right to excuse from our grounds ANY dog AND/OR handler who displays aggressive or dangerous behavior.  ADTC believes in training dogs in a kind, loving manner and will not tolerate harsh or strong corrections.

I have read and understand the information above.

Signature:  ________________________________________  Date:  ________________

CGC Testing is only offered at our outdoor Show ‘N’ Go’s

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GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

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Special thanks to all the members of ADTC for their efforts, before, during and after the SnG, to insure this event is a success for the club and an enjoyable time for our friends, the exhibitors.

 2/11/2017    All Obedience Show ‘n’ Gos, indoor in our climate controlled Training Facility.  For an exact location, please return to adtc.us and type in “Location” in search engine and you will find both text and map info on where we are!

Therapy Dog Article in Star News

Group trains canines to help ailing humans

By Chris Mudarri   StarNews Correspondent    Published: Monday, October 11, 2010
Photo (unable to copy) by Matt Born:  Dave Temple and Kay Rodgers (center) work with Andrea Kelly and her dog Noah during a therapy test at the Azalea Dog Training Club in Hampstead. The test helps determine whether a dog will make a good therapy dog in a hospital or nursing facility. 

Note from webmaster:  Please note as our latest class was made up of 11 wonderful Teams, (which translates to Kay needing to supervise a total of thirty three visits for the group (three each Team, one-on-one supervised visits),  ADTC’s next Therapy dog class and testing will take place next spring. Contact Kay Rodgers through the ADTC website at http://adtc.us/site/

Now, on to Chris’ article!

“Let’s do walking,” therapy dog examiner Kay Rodgers said. “Slow … left turn … right turn.”  “Let’s go Tuck,” Lila McDowell said, taking her black Labrador Tucker through his paces. “Good job, Tuck!”

Tuck and McDowell approach a man in a wheelchair, a woman using a walker. Then another dog and owner passes them in the “hall” of the imaginary nursing facility set up in the Azalea Dog Training Club House in Hampstead.

Tester/observer through Therapy Dogs Incorporated, Rodgers hands out certification following testing in a classroom and observation during three on-site visits. She also organizes excursions to four nursing homes in the Cape Fear area.   Graduates just as often choose to go out on their own.

“One of our club members, he goes to New Hanover hospital every week,” Rodgers said, “and they spend a lot of time in the rehab section. He has a big black standard poodle that everybody knows.”

ADTC groups give “Dog Shows” in nursing facilities and other locations on request. Integrating humor and surprise into an act where dogs do tricks and jumps, run through tunnels and weave poles, Rodgers said they keep residents involved. After the demo, owners take dogs round to each resident to pet.

“There are times,” she said, “when I go into a room and get the feeling that this is the only person from the outside world they are going to see that day.”  She walks in and sees the smile. The hand goes out to pet the dog.  “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” she said.

Therapy dog tests     The next therapy dog tests take place in late fall/early winter. Contact Kay Rodgers through the ADTC website at http://adtc.us/site/

Tester/observer through Therapy Dogs Incorporated, Rodgers hands out certification following testing in a classroom and observation during three on-site visits. She also organizes excursions to four nursing homes in the Cape Fear area.  Graduates just as often choose to go out on their own.  “One of our club members, he goes to New Hanover hospital every week,” Rodgers said, “and they spend a lot of time in the rehab section. He has a big black standard poodle that everybody knows.”

ADTC groups give “Dog Shows” in nursing facilities and other locations on request. Integrating humor and surprise into an act where dogs do tricks and jumps, run through tunnels and weave poles, Rodgers said they keep residents involved. After the demo, owners take dogs round to each resident to pet.  “There are times,” she said, “when I go into a room and get the feeling that this is the only person from the outside world they are going to see that day.”  She walks in and sees the smile. The hand goes out to pet the dog.  “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” she said.

On the sidelines at ADTC, David Moore and Pepper, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, wait for their turn. Moore said he does the training for fun and because it gives him better control of his dog. The seasoned pair have already passed several other exams such as Canine Good Citizen.

Rodgers, a Hampstead resident, emphasized safety for the animals during the test.  “Get into the position so you have control of your dog,” she said. “It’s called ‘Protect your dog at all times.’?”  As the session goes on, therapy dog veterans take turns offering anecdotes about issues, some common, others rare, such as how to avoid wheelchair accidents with the dog’s tail or what to do in a fire drill.

As a final step, Rodgers kneels down to stroke Tucker’s head, throat, and ears, then touches his paws and tail checking for reactions. She sees what she was looking for.  “Very good,” she said slapping her thighs and rising.  “OK, you passed,” she said.