January 2016

From The President

Welcome to 2016 at the Tulsa Dog Training Club! As we begin the winter session, take a moment to think of the year ahead and the goals and objectives that you might have for you and your dog. Your primary goal might simply be to spend quality time with your dog and to enjoy the classes that we provide at TDTC. You might be looking towards earning advanced titles for your dog, or for showing a new dog for the first time. Whatever your goals and objectives might be, plan on committing to volunteer at TDTC as often as possible. We are the best training facility in the area, but as a volunteer organization, we function only through the generous contributions of the time and talents of our members. We need you and your involvement to make 2016 a successful year at our club. In addition to volunteering your time this year, I challenge all of us to welcome new people to our club and encourage those who have never trained to continue to train at TDTC and to consider showing their dog. Each of us took that step because we were encouraged and mentored by an experienced handler. Find a person to mentor this year, and let them experience the joy of working as a team with their dog.

I look forward to seeing you at the club.

Riker and Zula

Time to get off the couch &

back to class!

Happy 2016

Sue Shockley
Director of Training

Upcoming Events

TAC UKC Rally and Obedience Trial
January 15-17th, 2016

TDTC General Meeting
January 22, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Dr. David Russell, Board Certified Veterinary Dentist, will speak on dental care of our dogs.

Board Meeting
February 5, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Fun Run
February 12, 2016

TAC UKC Agility Trial
February 13-14th, 2016

March General Meeting
March 4th, 2016 @ 7:00pm

AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally Nationals
March 17-20th, 2016 @ Expo Square, Tulsa

To submit items for inclusion in PawPrints, please email them to pawprints.tdtc@gmail.com – deadline is three weeks prior to general meeting.

Notable News

Jane Tyson and Kenzie are going to the AKC Agility Nationals!

Jane Tyson and Kenzie are going to the AKC Agility Nationals!

Tracy Hendrickson and Prymme are going to AKC Obedience Nationals

Tracy Hendrickson and Prymme are going to AKC Obedience Nationals!

Many volunteers are needed to host this event. If you are interested in volunteering, go to the AKC website, click on events, click on agility events and scroll down until you see the button for “volunteer interest form”.

Comic Relief

Bet we can all relate to these.

Carnegie Christmas Visit

Paw Pals December 2015

Thank You

Thank you to each and every one of you that helped out at the TDTC AKC Agility Trials on December 4th, 5th, and 6th! This weekend of dog trials takes an army of people to make happen. I especially want to give a huge thank you to Bill Spens and Lee Blankenship. If it weren’t for them the equipment would have never made it from the club over to Expo Square. I would also like to publicly thank Dovie Ryan for all of the time and effort it takes behind the scenes as Trial Secretary for having it all organized and ready to go! Thank you to Becky Lane for coordinating and recruiting all of the spectacular volunteers. Thank you to Bill Spens, Lee Blakenship and Tom Kotch for being ready to reset rings as soon as the judges were ready, you helped the time management of the trials be great! Thank you to Debra Hnath for coordinating and taking care of all the vendors at the trial. Thank you to Jeri Hajek, Barb Castro, and Ann Morrison for all of their work as the hospitality crew at the trial. I heard nothing but rave reviews for the snacks that were provided throughout the trial. Last but not least I want to thank all of the TDTC Club members and students who volunteered at this trial. I would love to be able to name you all individually but I did not get everyone’s name in fear of leaving someone out, I will just say a huge THANK YOU.

Sandra Wright-Hacklers
Director of Agility Trials

This is a big “thank you” to all the people who volunteered for the December agility trial. Just ask anybody who coordinates trials what is one of the hardest aspects and they will answer getting workers. We should all be very proud of our club because we had plenty of help. Some worked all day and some worked an hour. All was greatly appreciated. So thanks again and let’s keep up the enthusiasm.

Becky Lane
Chief Ring Steward

Thanks to everyone that helped with the UKC Obedience Fun Run last Friday. It was a great success and everyone had a great time. There are more Fun Runs to come this year.

The next “Fun Run” will be an UKC “Agility Fun Run” to be held on Friday Night February 12th 5:30pm – 830pm. Last run at 0800. All welcome.

Barbara Casto


Phil Van De Verg and Gunner (submitted by Sandy)

After a long, dry spell (almost 3 years) Gunnie has finally completed his Novice Agility Title!!!!
In May of 2013 he Q’d three times in Springfield – unfortunately all three legs were under the same judge. Having earned those three Q’s I guess he figured he no longer had to Q in standard. He consistently refused the teeter, when he did complete the course he didn’t make time, and just generally was not having a good time. So he only ran jumpers for the next 2.5 years, advancing to the masters level. He returned to the standard ring in the fall of 2015 – and surprised us by having a good time and even being naughty in the ring. He ran his own courses, did the contacts multiple times and just had a good old time. He finished out the year at TDTC’s trial with a “Q” the last day of the trial. Very proud of this team who have come such a long way!

Jeri Hajek, Kanali and Kalea

Kanali & Kalea have had fun in trials the past two months!

Kanali earned her Novice Container title
In Springfield, placing 2nd & 3rd. She finished up her Pretrials in December.

Kalea earned her Advanced Container title, with a 1st and 3rd place, in Springfield. She finished her Open Jumpers title with a first place at our AKC Agility trial in December. The following weekend, Kalea finished first to complete her Novice Interior title, also taking High in Trial! She went on to earn a leg in Advanced Interior (3rd place).

Lynda Brownson and Allen

AllStar Givens LB Going All In aka Allen passed his Canine Good Citizen test on November 22, 2015. Allen earned the AKC Beginner Novice B title December 13, 2015, at the age of 10 months. He earned the first two legs at the TDTC Obedience Trial in October with two third place ribbons. He did not wow the judge on this third leg because at times he acted more like a beagle with his nose to the ground instead of watching his handler who was I, but our team qualified. There is more work to do for both of us, but I am pleased that we were able to do as well without any obedience class since Allen completed S.T.A.R. Puppy Kindergarten in September 2015.

Lynda Brownson and Brown

Brownson Givens N Allstar CGCA BN PCD RN aka Brown added a Companion Dog title to his name in September 2015 and on December 5 and 6, Brown went Best of Breed at 4 United Kennel Club Shows as well as taking one Group 2 and 2 Group 3s to earn his UKC Championship Title.

Dianne Warner and Molly

Molly placed in her first rally show at K9 Manners and More. She had a First Place with a score of 98 and a Third Place with a 100 (3 way tie).

Barbara Casto and Claire

Claire received nosework titles:  Advanced Container and 4th place and Novice Interior title and second place.  She also received 1 leg in advanced interior and two legs in handler discrimination.

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