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MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
- A "must" for new members!
When: Third Tuesday of each month
Time: Social Time 6:45 pm. Meeting and Program
Please check the monthly Newsletter for meeting location as it may change from
month to month. (Meetings are usually held at the Village Church,
343 S Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA).
For alternate meeting locations, directions will be in the newsletter.
The club convenes membership meetings on the third Tuesday of the month
9 times a year. We skip August, which is the month of the annual match;
December, when we host a holiday party; and March, when we hold our
annual awards dinner. We have guest speakers at most meetings, educating
us on a variety of dog related topics. Members are welcome to come
early for pizza and social time before the meeting/program begins.
The club publishes an outstanding monthly newsletter, which is the best
way to keep up on current club events, meetings and programs, as well
as member achievements and activities. We are very fortunate to have excellent
columnists and a newsletter that is both informative and interesting.
Have you competed in a trial recently or completed a title? Make sure to
let us all know! Have you or your dog done something interesting lately?
We'd love to hear about it. Submission information is described in the "Kibbles N Bits" column.
CLUB WEBSITE/PHONE LINES
The club maintains not one, but two, phone lines where members can check
on class cancellations. Information about the club numbers are available in the registration packets associated with each class. The main club line (310-851-6350) redirects both the general public and interested members to our website. The club website ( http://www.wlaotc.com) contains
a wealth of information about the club, including descriptions of special
events, class listings, photos, membership forms, etc. Potential students
may join our agility notification list from there, and/or pre-register online for obedience
Members may elect to join one or both
of our e-mail groups. The WLAOTC announcements group is restricted
to announcements about club activities. Members may not reply to these
e-mails. Postings are infrequent, typically fewer than three or four
per month. Members are encouraged to join the announcements list, since
this is the best way to receive timely information. The WLAOTC discussion
group is an open forum for members to communicate with each other.
Members share information, solicit recommendations about dog services
and products and discuss topics of interest to dog owners. If you would
like to subscribe to one or both of the groups, please contact the
club president using the "General Information" option on our contact
The club currently offers 12 obedience classes each week, covering
a wide spectrum of training. Our puppy class provides socialization
and teaches puppies basic manners. Older dogs may enroll in one of
the novice classes, while those with more advanced skills can continue
in an intermediate or advanced novice class. Handlers with an interest
in competitive obedience can enroll in the Competition Prep class,
where teams work on the precision needed for trials and are introduced to open and utility exercises. Dogs who have earned
their CD title or can competently perform all novice and some open
exercises may petition for enrollment in one of two Open/Utility classes.
We also offer two or three other classes on a rotating schedule determined
by demand. These include beginning rally, advanced rally and conformation
handling. Specialty classes are offered for Come When Called, Feisty Dogs or Tricks by demand. In addition, we typically offer 16 agility classes each
week for beginning through advanced students. During the Christmas
holiday hiatus, we usually schedule special two-hour agility classes
devoted to specific skills, such as contacts, weaves, etc.
All classes are held at the Cheviot Hills Recreation
Center, on Motor Ave near Pico Blvd, in West Los Angeles. Please go to the
club website http://www.wlaotc.com/classes.htm to get a complete and current
listing of classes and schedules.
Members get together most weeks
to train for obedience and/or agility. Obedience workouts are held on Saturdays
at 1:30pm near the archery range at Rancho Park. Participants set
up a ring or two and take turns putting each other through their choice of
novice, open, utility and sometimes rally exercises. This is an excellent
way to practice and to assess your dog's readiness to trial. Agility practices
are held for one hour on Monday mornings starting at 8:30 in the agility
area next to the archery range. Please note that both obedience and
agility practices may be cancelled and members are expected to help
with set-up and/or tear-down. Notice of cancellation will be posted
on the club announcement list. For more information about either workout,
see the "Kibbles n Bits" section
in the front of the newsletter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONTHLY OBEDIENCE SHOW & ASSIST
The club puts on a members-only mini obedience match
("Show N Assist")
on the first Saturday of most months. An experienced club member
acting as judge will put dogs through obedience exercises in a simulated
trial environment and offer training suggestions. Again - members are
expected to help with set-up or tear-down and to work as ring stewards.
If you have never worked as a ring steward, this is an ideal way to learn.
Further information is included in the "Kibble N Bits" section.
Please note this activity is temporarily on hiatus.
Members get an opportunity to practice agility at our "PractiCourse",
which is a mini agility match offered, weather
permitting, several times a year. An experienced agility handler acts as
judge, designs the courses and offers tips to handlers. If your
dog knows and can negotiate all the obstacles, but isn't quite ready to
trial, the PractiCourse is an excellent venue to train, since you
can run complete courses in a trial like environment. Your dog should have
a reliable recall and be able to work around other dogs. Members
who are trialing their dogs are welcome. Those who are enrolled in a WLAOTC
agility class are also welcome, but should check with Danielle,
our agility instructor, to confirm their readiness. Participants must help
with set-up or tear down and spend an hour working as ring stewards.
ANNUAL PRACTICE MATCH
The club's annual practice match, which we have hosted since
1951, takes place in August. We offer Canine Good Citizen testing
in addition to classes in novice, pre-novice, open, utility,
beginning and advanced rally, with as many as 250 entries. In
doing so, the club makes an important contribution to the obedience
community by giving trainers the opportunity to work with their
dogs in a trial like environment. The match is also good for
the wider dog community since it provides a living
advertisement of what a dog can be trained to do. It is a proven fact
that a well-trained dog is far less likely to wind
up in an animal shelter.
The club puts
on a two day CPE agility trial each spring. CPE offers titles
at 5 levels and their registry is open to all dogs.
Believe it or not, there are a couple of times a year when we get
together and leave our dogs at home. Our holiday party takes places
in December. Members will gather for dinner, an optional gift exchange,
and certainly lots of dog talk. Our dogs also have to settle for leftovers
on the night of our annual awards dinner, which takes place in March,
since they aren't invited to that either. At that time, we recognize our
volunteers, present title trays and give out club awards. Since
we know dogs like parties, too, they are included in our annual fun
day picnic. Members dine on fine picnic fare while playing games with their
dogs. The games, organized by J9's K9's, are for dogs at all
levels of training.
Members who met our volunteer/participation requirements are
eligible for several obedience and agility awards. Anyone whose
dog received a title or certificate during the year will receive
an engraved tray, which is a wonderful way to memorialize your
dog's achievements. The dog/handler teams with the highest scores
earned towards their titles (CD, CDX, UD, UDX, RN, RA, RE, RAE)
may win a trophy or plaque. Any dog who goes High in Trial, receives
an OTCH, achieves a perfect 200 or places in any of the agility
nationals, also receives a trophy or plaque. In obedience, we
recognize high veteran dog and give high in group awards, while
dogs with the highest combined scores in each of the agility
registries and dogs with the most double Qs, will likewise be
honored. The most coveted awards are probably the rookie of the
year and versatility awards. Rookie awards are given the team with
the highest combined scores in pursuit of their first title (CD, CDX,
RN, etc), while one must earn titles in three different performance
fields to receive the versatility trophy. Awards and eligibility criteria
are on the club website: http://www.wlaotc.com/membersonly.htm#03awards.
FRONT AND FINISH
The club also recognizes teams who have earned titles by placing an
annual or biennial ad in Front & Finish, the preeminent
dog training magazine.
The club owns a growing collection of DVDs, videos,
and audio books, which members may borrow and return
at monthly meetings. Titles are listed on the club
website,where members may also reserve selections prior
to meetings. In addition to many obedience and agility
titles, our library includes videos about conformation,
health, tracking, herding and general canine behavior.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DOG OBEDIENCE COUNCIL
The club is a member of and is represented on the SCDOC, a council
of 21 local dog clubs. We participate in the Top
Dog, the council's annual obedience competition, sending handler/dog teams
compete in novice, open and utility classes.
LOGO ITEMS/VOLUME PURCHASES
The club frequently makes volume purchases of items such
as bait bags, toss toys and rally flash cards, passing the
discount along to members. Members may also purchase apparel
and tote bags with the club logo imprinted on them.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
The club occasionally sponsors special workshops. Past events
have featured well-known canine experts, for example, Susan Garret
with One Jump") and veterinary sports specialist Chris Zink, D.V.M.,
Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete").
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