News Flash: Sunday 9/30/18 Regarding Session IV & V, as "Joe Friday" used to say: "Just the facts, ma'am" and here is the info for (first) Session V orientation will be held Monday Oct 8th, at 6:30. (secondly) this note is specially for our Students enrolled in Session IV will receive a $50 credit towards the next session for classes missed due to the storm. Now, for a look behind the scenes at your Instructors, Assistants and every Member who could; have put in 2 full days addressing the damages to our Training Facility. My internet access has been "gone with the wind" up to and including late last night! Special thanks to Stephanie and Bryan!, who got me up and running this afternoon. Our ADTC Family lost a wise and dear member, so we are mourning her greatly, at the same time we are all getting back on our feet from the storm.

What we’ve been up to…….


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


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


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




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:   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.


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


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


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.



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: ______________


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  _______


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  thank you!

On Sue’s website       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.”


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


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

(made out to ADTC) to:  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: has maps & text info

Questions? On website,, please click on “Contact” or


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: ______________________________


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.


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. 


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


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