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.

ADTC is proud of our Canine Good Citizen Teams!

 We, here at ADTC are always proud of our Student Teams in whatever the accomplish, whether thru our guidance or on their own!  And we are always tickled pink when our Teams work hard on achieving the goals they set for themselves…….   The Canine Good Citizen Certification is sometimes the very first goal our Teams work toward!
Here’s some recent news from ADTC’s Training Director, Large Breed Puppy Instructor and one of our Excellent CGC Evaluators, Nancy Parrott:
Dear Nancy Parrott, Thank you so much for all you do for the CGC program and for promoting responsible dog ownership……..       to which Nancy, ever the humble Instructor and Coach wrote to all ADTC Members: Yeah Cindy and Baz!   Way to Go Bonnie and Lu for helping them in the Pre-Novice class!  They were a pleasure in my puppy class. I was so proud when I tested them for their CGC.  Cindy and husband with Baz and Auggie (their other deaf Aussie) are now living in Virginia. We miss them. Love, Nancy Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Azalea Dog Training Club CGC Graduates — By Nancy Parrott  In one of our recent CGC classes, a very special dog earned his CGC. In the photo, at the front of the line is Cynthia Sutherland and her Australian Shepherd “Baz.” Baz is blind and deaf. Also in the class were CGC recipients Rebecca Godley with Amos, a Black Lab mix, and Catherine Welch with Tucker a Chinese Crested/Poodle mix. For other CGC instructors who may be teaching dogs with disabilities, here is a write up by Pre-Novice Instructor Bonnie Berg-Eckhoff that describes some of the techniques used when teaching Baz. Baz has completed both Puppy and Beginner Class with ADTC, and is in my Pre-novice Class. Emphasis in the Pre-novice Class is accomplishment of the CGC title within 6wks and graduation at 8wks, performing a Pre-novice Routine. Because of Bazs’ sensory deficits, both Cindy and Michael Sutherland, owners, communicate via a sequence of specific consistent tactile cues for Baz to heel, sit, down and stay. Use of a vibration-collar is utilized for the recall exercise. At the beginning of each class, both my assistant and myself greet Baz for scent purposes, so that when we work with stand-for-examination exercise he knows who is to examine him. Since all obedience exercises demonstrate some level of ‘team-work’, the stand-for-examination is a significant challenge for Baz, by introducing a 3rd member to the ‘team’. Stand-for-exam is not part of the CGC, however is performed in the Pre-novice graduation exercise, at the end of a 6′ lead. Baz’s recall exercise is quite interesting to watch as he weaves toward his master, following her/his scent, after receiving the vibratory stimulus to his neck. We train in the Pre-novice Class for 1hr and usually at about 30-40 mins we ‘break’ for playtime with a toy; allowing no dog-to-dog interaction. While so many teams have difficulty with play, there is Baz, joyfully chewing and squeaking a rubber chicken!! All is well with Baz! **************************************************************************
Photo by Dick Parrott Photography

Photo by Dick Parrott Photography

 We are delighted for and proud of these Teams!  Congrats to Instructors Marty Clugstone and Bonnie Eckhoff, from our PreNovice Class, for their wonderful CGC program incorporated into their class!
Left to Right:  Mary Beth Hock/Skipper (Lab Mix), Michael Farnum/Cupcake  (Corgi/Jack Russell), Victor Pearsall/Stone (Papillon), Monique Beech/Kaicho (Vizsla), Not Pictured:  Kim Hagan’s Ella (Border Collie), Michael Farnum’s Woody (Terrier Mix).




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