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NEW !! WSOTC All Breed Obedience & Rally trials November 2017

THREE days SIX trials!!

Washington State Obedience Training Club (WSOTC)  is hosting three days of AKC All Breed obedience and rally trials November 24, 25 & 26 2017 in Kent Wa at Family Dog Training Center.

wsotc logoThis trial is now OPEN and will close November 8 at 9:00 pm.

Format for TWO TRIALS each day

Trials will start at 9:00 am each day and run side by side – One Ring/One Judge/One Trial

This trial is LIMITED to SEVEN HOURS of judging time each trial each day so don’t wait to enter or you will be stuck on the Wait List!!

The final judging order will be published after closing so we can try to have the least amount of ring conflicts between the trials.

Download the premium and keep up to date on developments on these trials by visiting the  Events Page

Classes Offered by Day

🦃 🦃 Friday TWO Obedience Trials –

Beginner Novice A & B, Preferred Novice, Novice A & B, Preferred Open, Open A & B, Preferred Utility, Utility A & B

🦃 Saturday NOVICE ONLY Obedience trial –

Beginner Novice A & B, Preferred Novice, Novice A & B, Novice Wildcard

🍗Saturday Rally Trial –

Rally Novice A&B, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced A & B, Rally Excellent A & B, Rally Masters

🍗🍗Sunday TWO Rally Trials –

Rally Novice A&B, Rally Intermediate, Rally Advanced A & B, Rally Excellent A & B, Rally Masters

Credit Card Processing Option

Please follow the directions in the premium if you would like to utilize your credit card for paying entry fees. This option is provided by the trial secretary, Theresa Calter of, as a service for exhibitors.

As stated in the premium, invoices must be paid in full before entries will be processed into the trial. There is a $3 per transaction fee – not per dog or per entry or per day but per the whole transaction submitted at the time.

This trial is dedicated to Janine Prindle

janine prindle and cranberry the labWe lost a special member of the dog sports community this summer when Janine passed away in July. The club is dedicating this cluster of trials to her memory because she really epitomized what it meant to be a great dog person no matter what road life took you on — from 4-H leader to guide dog puppy raiser to obedience and rally competitor, Janine set her goals, worked towards them and attained them.

Questions after reading the premium?

Please email with WSOTC is the subject line.

AKC Agility B Match OUTSIDE!!

 This weekend Boston Terrier Club of Western Washington is having an AKC all breed agility trial at Lakebay Wa. They are hosting an agility B Match after the trial day is done around 330 pm on BOTH Saturday & Sunday. We also are having a potluck Judge’s dinner starting around 4 pm so feel free to join us in that too. We also will have a few vendors if you would like to come early and shop.

The trial and the match are outside on the grass with sheep fencing (large open squares of light weight net fencing). We will have a Standard ring and a Jumper With Weaves ring. You may bring toys in the ring but no food in the ring. Dogs do not have to be entered in the trial but  must meet the same criteria for the match as for a trial—they must be over 15 months in good health and have an AKC number ( MIXED BREEDS are welcomed in agility as well as other sports.

Sign up at the Secretary’s table starting  at noon each day. Cost is $5 for each 60 second run  (cash, check or worker voucher). You may do which ever ring(s) you want as many times as you want (at $5 for each 60-second run) but be aware that can be a long time when you are working on your plan, trying to build focus, understand a maneuver or trying to get a dog to come to you. You will sign up by jump height and you may jump whatever height you wish. (IMO) jump lower for working on your handling or problem solving or a new place and regular height for conditioning. I hear the weather should be in the 80’s.

Again, the agility fun match I am describing is an AKC ( event which means dogs must be under control at all times and on leash everywhere except in the ring and at the warm up jump. If you do not have off leash control you are not ready for a match yet, but feel free to work on attention on leash out of the ring. Dogs may not be on a prong or corrective collar on the show grounds—martingales are okay but the dog is expected to run in flat or rolled buckle collar for safety. While flexi/retractable leashes are permitted on the grounds they are not a good idea at trials because you should come to the line on a proper leash and (IMO) when walking your dog at an outside trial there are even more things to get tangled– humans or pop-up shade tent legs or chairs.

Don’t forget to be careful with your verbal corrections—nothing so harsh or loud as to upset bystanders. Again, if there is a serious problem or mishap the club must report it to AKC and punishments can be assigned for serious offenses even for a match.

A match for training purposes is for dogs and handlers that know how to safely engage the equipment on a course but you don’t have to do all the course as designed. It is NOT for LEARNING the EQUIPMENT but for experienced teams to practice skills (start line stays, wraps, contacts, serpentines, weave poles, shorter sequences) in the very different environment of an outdoor trial and for new teams to see where they are on the agility journey. You don’t want to put a dog in this type of match if they have never done the equipment or never been in such a stimulating environment. Why?? Because you don’t want your dog hurt by doing the equipment incorrectly nor do you want your dog to become afraid of the equipment or the environment and, since you are limited in your use of rewards and corrections, you don’t want them to become ring-wise (that is where they know you can’t get after them or bribe them like you do at home when they are being naughty or crazy)

Volunteer Park in Lakebay Wa on the Key Peninsula is a lovely park with a couple nice open spaces and a little forested walk. The Snack Shack will be open some of the weekend. You may park wherever there is room and there is overflow parking/camping in a field above the trial area. Just follow the road you come in on straight past the ball fields and up the dirt hill.


The Trial Secretary’s table should be not far from the rings so please don’t drag your dog up to the secretary table to ask questions. I will be wearing my new brown ball cap with this logo

We do not have an official to measure at this trial. If you  would like an unofficial measurement or to get your dog use to the measuring process please ask for assistance as the wicket is expensive and we don’t want it knocked about.

Since this is a public park it is imperative that you pick up any and all pet waste you come across or your dog deposits. There is no off leash area around the rings. Also, other folks may not have the recall they THINK they have when their dog sees your dog or your dog sees their tennis ball/Frisbee/stick. Don’t assume anyone wants their dog to interact with yours.

Come early and see the runs but please understand  from the perspective of those of us who are running dogs. Please let handlers focus on the course and our dogs before and after our run. Don’t come ring side and start chatting about our breed or want to tell us how the run looked or ask questions about strategies. We are trying to focus on the job at hand and build the bond with our dog—who is getting amped about running before we go in and demanding praise and cookies when we get out. We may be running to get our next dog so timing is precious. Ask questions or share observations once everything is settled back down for that handler. This is especially important to those who are agility instructors—students might want to film their runs for discussion later but please let them enjoy the time with their dog.

Trialing outdoors can be a great deal of fun but it does offer a different level of challenges. Hope I haven’t overwhelmed you but, the more you know and plan and train, then the better and more successful your agility career will be.

 Safe travels, Theresa and the Cardis



AKC-Agility-BTCWW all breed trial in Lakebay WA

See you in August in Lakebay

Yeah the premium is here for the  Boston Terrier Club of W Wa  August agility trial.

This celebration of the long history of AKC all breed agility on the Key Peninsula is just like it was “back in the day” with two rings outside on grass and one judge–so excited to get to work with Zach Davis this year.

We will be at Volunteer Park in Lakebay WA  August 5, 6 & 7. Which is Saturday, Sunday & MONDAY this year and means we can have All Levels on all three days.

The park has a family movie night on Friday so we will do set up in the afternoon but start the trial on Saturday morning.

Saturday, after the trial is done for the day their is a judge’s dinner which is a potluck barbeque–club usually kicks in with some fresh caught fish!!

You can enter on line at using the “my AKC” function or download a premium here and mail it in with check before the trial closes on July 22 at 11pm.

We are also so glad to be offereing a Junior Handlers entry fee rate-unfortunately the online system can’t support this options so please do paper entry for that. btcww-2017-lakebay-premium

There is dry camping at the site for $15 a day paid to the club—there are a few places in the trees for tent campers and a large field above the baseball field for RV’s and overflow parking. Camping next to the field is reserved for trial staff but we did have a few spots last year.

Safe Travels Theresa and the cardigans

Happy National Pure Breed Day

On St Paddy's everyone is Irish--Today every dog is pure of heart!
On St Paddy’s everyone is Irish–Today every dog is pure of heart!

Dobby is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi but the great laugh is how often I am asked if he is corgi mixed with border collie

Since childhood I read all I could about the history and purpose of various breeds of dogs. Learning about hte origin of a breed is a type of travelogue and history lesson for me.  I guess I am a dog version of a bird watcher with a life list of what I have petted in person. So take today to learn about a breed you think you might like to own (both breeds if you are looking at a designer dog) or a rare breed that is new to our shores.

Or just learn a bit more about my breed, the Cardigan is the older of the two corgi breeds (Pembrokes have the bunny butts). Not variations or types but actual separate breeds, they were interbreed for a number of decades after the railroads opened up the Welsh valleys and coastline.  Personality-wise the Cardigan (the one with the tail and all the color variations including blue merle) is more like a teenager–full of sarcasm and able to appreciate irony, working hard to show you how much they know already.  They are a big dog on short legs–we know this because they can out-shed a German Shepherd Dog.


AKC Agility B Match- Argus Ranch Auburn WA

Thirty minutes after the trial ends on Saturday March 25th (figure that is around 530)  there will be an agility  B match. A B Match runs exactly like a show, but with no scoring. You may use toys and you can train in the ring. There will be a time limit per run of 90 seconds. The cost is $5.00 per run. You must fill out an entry form and entries will be taken day of show. The dog does not have to be entered in the show to run in the match.

Here is a link to a post about what to expect when you do an AKC agility B Match at Argus Ranch in particular.


B Match – Obedience/Rally all breed – Labs in Renton

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The Lab club is holding a B/OB Match in Renton at Carco Park (also know as Cedar River Park and just off Hwy 167)  on June 18th.

Here is the link to the flier and you will definitely want to read it thru for all the details like who to send entries to and the schedule for the day, as well as, the handy map to the location.

As I understand it the Confirmation B Match is labs only. The Obedience and Rally OB Match is all breed. Please remember that this is an AKC event so rules about equipment and corrections  apply while you are on the “show grounds” You may download the match rulebook from the site.



We hold the match in the park (waterpark, community center, ball diamond) in Renton just off 405 at the Maple Valley exit… don’t remember the name offhand.



Fun Match -Obedience/Rally all-breed-Newfies in New Location

Just a reminder that the  Newfie fun match still has room


Outside, rain or shine!

New Location! 22117 – 40th St. E, Buckley, WA 98321

Obedience – pre-registration: first run $11.00, additional runs with same dog $9.00

Rally – pre-registration: $6.00 per 5 minute ticker

Newfoundland Conformation – pre-registration: $8.00

Pre-Registration must be received by Wednesday, June 8th

Questions: Contact Michelle Fuqua at

Download the flier here 2016 NCS Fun Match Flyer

AKC-Agility-Chuckanut Summer trial

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One of my favorite trials is opening soon. This is just in from the trial secretary Marian Snapp.

The premium for the summer trial held at the NW WA Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA is available at  Online entries available at R2Agility when the trial opens.

We’re looking forward to having Jan Skurzynski and Dale Mahoney of Idaho judging for us. Four Premier classes are offered – JWW Friday night, STD Saturday afternoon, and JWW and STD on Sunday. Friday evenings runs, as usual, are Exc/Masters only for the STD and JWW courses.

Our great volunteer lunches will be back for this trial. Yeah! Also, check the premium for information on the Oxford Inn & Suites that is the host hotel for July’s trial participants.

If you have questions, please contact me at or call 360.305.0593. We hope you will join us in July. Marian Snapp

Dr. Patti Schaefer is back on her feet

canisport logoDr. Patti Schaefer took a bit longer to get back to her vet practice than she had planned but she is finally back on the road to see her patients —just in time for the summer dog sport season. Patti is still recovering the stamina and strength you need do battle with the traffic in our area so her on-site clinics in Olympia, Tacoma and Kent have been limited in the number of returning clients she can see. Patti wanted me to pass along her heartfelt thanks at all the support the community sent her way as she recovered from her surgery to fix her broken hip.

Dr Patti’s availability at Family Dog Training Center in Kent is located on their website at  Email  with your first two choices to be put on the schedule.

For her Tacoma and Olympia availability contact Patti directly here: