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October 16-18, 2020 – Dog Show – CANCELLED

The 56th annual ALBERNI VALLEY KENNEL CLUB Championship Dog Show, scheduled for October 16, 17 & 18th, 2020 at Glenwood Centre in Port Alberni, has been cancelled.

We are unable to hold this event due to COVID-19 health restrictions at this time.  

We are looking into making changes to our Dog Show event to meet health protocols but unable to do so for October 2020.


Oct. 18-20, 2019 Championship Dog Show

Our 55th annual CKC All Breed Dog Show was held at Glenwood Centre in Port Alberni, October 18-19-20, 2019.

2019 Dog Show and Canine Classic poster-750This year, the CANINE CLASSIC returns.  It was last held in 2014.  This special event has dogs who have earned a Group 1st or better in a previous show,  compete for cash prizes for BEST IN SHOW.  This is a formal evening was held on Saturday October 19th, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

Highlights for the 2019 Dog Show Weekend

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Jenny Stewart, founding member of AVKC, with 2013 Best in Show winner.

New this year…

Jenny Stewart

Junior Scholarship Award

for Best Dog Shown by a Junior Handler, entered in official class on Saturday only.

This award was named after Jenny Stewart who with her husband, were founding members of the AV Kennel Club.  Jenny was very fond of Junior Handlers and supported the program throughout her life.  This is the club’s way of continuing her legacy.

$500. Bursary (for post-secondary studies) was awarded Saturday to Miss Panagiota Rounis.

Canine Good Neighbour Test

We were pleased to have 12 dogs tested and passed the Canine Good Neighbour test on Friday, Oct. 18th.

Exhibitors Dog Costume Parade/Contest

Friday at 4:30 pm, Dogs and handlers were paraded and presented with prizes for Best Group Costume, Best Homemade, Best Owner/Dog,  Country of Origin (Dog), Funniest and Scariest.  Our guest judge is Gary Bartlett of the RCMP K9 unit, assisted by Kayla Aolick and her Seizure Response Dog, Shadow.

CKC All-Breed Championship Dog Show

Judges:  Judith Byrne, William Byrne, Carlos Navarro Seemann

Friday, Oct. 18th – Best in Show – SAMOYED – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky Strike

Saturday, Oct. 19th – Best in Show – GOLDEN RETRIEVER – GCh Allsgold Tip Your Hat

Sunday, Oct. 20th – Best in Show – GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG – GCh Woodside’s Belle Jun.

Full details of the Dog Show can be found on www.canuckdogs.com

Junior HandlingFriday & Saturday

(Full Results TBA)

Friday we had 2 school classes tour the Dog Show in the morning.  All the kids were invited to come back on Saturday with a parent and they could enter Junior Handling at noon.  Thanks to the exhibitors who let their dogs go in the ring with these first time handlers.

Friday – Overall Best Junior Handler – Charlotte Jardine

Saturday – Overall Best Junior Handler – Melanie Kirk

Chuck a Duck Fundraiser – Saturday

Total pot of $524.00 – Winning duck belonged to Margaret Lehmann who gave 1/2 of her winnings back to the Junior Handling program (raising $393. for Juniors.)

Puppy Sweepstakes 

Saturday at Noon we had 48 dogs, in ages from 3 months to 18 months.

Top 4 dogs received cash prizes representing a percentage of fees collected.

1st (30%)  2nd (20%)  3rd (15%)  4th (10%)

Friday Night Social (Buffet Dinner & Door Prizes)

We served a main entrée of Roast Beef and Chicken with dessert of Trifle to 87 people (paid by donation)  We also had free draws for a variety of door prizes.

Alberni Canine Classic – Saturday 6:00-10:00 pm

We had 60 dogs entered in this special competition.  Click on the following link to see (.pdf) judging scores in the Canine Classic – 2019-CANINE CLASSIC FINAL RESULTS

Judges:  Shaunna Bernardin, Michael Goldman, Gerri-Lynn Shurb

Best in Classic ($500.00) – Samoyed – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky StrikeDSC07779-1

Sponsored by:  Canadian Dog Fanciers and Savoie Faire

Best Veteran in Classic (250.00) – Norwich Terrier – Ch Sea of Flames

  • ($100.00 each)
  • 1st in Sporting GroupRetriever-Golden – GCh Alls Gold Tip Your Hat
  • 1st in Hounds GroupRhodesian Ridgeback – GCh Habi Nago Manwe
  • 1st in Working GroupSamoyed – GCh Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky Strike
  • 1st in Terrier GroupWest Highland White – GCh Skyehigh’s Here We Go Again
  • 1st in Toy Group Silky Terrier – GCh Carmorosa’s Ranger Rick
  • 1st in Non-Sporting GroupSchipperke – GCh Bonchien Lawless V Jet
  • 1st in Herding GroupGerman Shepherd – GCh Lacomtesse Ritchie Gecko

Other photos taken by Savoie Faire at the Canine Classic:

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More information & photos will be added, as they become available.


AVKC Member Trains & Certifies Service Dog

Argos will be 4 years old in August 2019, but today he passed the exam/evaluation by the BC Guide & Service Dog Division of the Justice Institute to become a Service Dog for Tasha Lee.

Tasha got Argos as a puppy and started with Basic Obedience Training.  Argos showed potential to become a Service Dog and Tasha researched the requirements of taking on such a task.

It is not just teaching your dog to sit, down, stay, come, etc.  There are over 40 skills they must master to become a service dog.  It takes a lot of time and patience.  Tasha persevered through the training despite struggling with her health issues.

Argos now “officially” works for Tasha to aid her in her day-to-day tasks.

When you see them in the community, please keep your distance.  As much as everyone loves to acknowledge and pet a well behaved dog, Argos has a job to do and he can not do his job if he is distracted.  (Tasha will thank you for your understanding.)

Congratulations on this milestone event!

 


July 14, 2019 AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials

Once again, mark your calendar for our annual Obedience & Rally trials.  For members of AIOC – Association of Island Obedience Clubs (Vancouver Island kennel clubs).

It was held Sunday July 14th in Coombs at the Arrowsmith Activity Hall.

Campbell River Dog Fanciers & Alberni Valley Kennel Club shared the task of hosting this event.

 

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Here are a few of the ribbon winners.  Congratulations to everyone!


Basic Obedience Training

We are very proud to offer our2015BOCNOV-350 Basic Obedience Training over the past 3+ years.  Just in 2018 we trained 106 dogs which is 26% more dogs than previous year.

Primarily young dogs, but we have had many older dogs take the class with success.

Our instructor, Synneva Stubbs has lots of experience with all sorts of dogs.  As a Certified Canine Behaviour Specialist, Synneva has the patience and knowledge to help you with any struggles you may have with training your dog.

We have added training for advanced obedience skills.  We can now prepare you for taking your dog to Novice Obedience &/or Novice Rally trials.  We 18-4 Class July 2018-350x553can also prepare you for the Canine Good Neighbour test which comprises of 12 obedience exercises to demonstrate good canine manners.

Every dog has their own successes.  We have had several dogs go on to earn their Canine Good Neighbour Certificate as well as titles in Novice Rally.

We are proud to support service dogs and their acceptance in the community.  We assist a couple handlers that have “Service dogs in Training” with their on going training needs.  Shout out to Argos & Ladybug!

If you have a dog and looking for some training that is fun for you and your dog, please contact us.

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Ladybug has qualified in a couple Rally trials and earned her Canine Good Neighbour Certificate.

 


Oct. 19-21, 2018 Championship Dog Show

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2018 Premium List

Our Premium List of Events  includes:


This event is open to the general public at no cost.  


Highlights for Spectators:

Friday Oct. 19th is a School Pro Day.  We recommend that the best time to bring children to the dog show would be from 10:00 am to noon.  For a Group tour, check in at the Show Secretary desk upon arrival.

Also on Friday Oct. 19th we have “Come Meet the Breeds” starting at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  This where our dog exhibitors and AV Kennel Club members showcase their dogs.  Whether you want to get a closer look at any particular breed or just a dog lover at heart, we hope to have a good variety of dogs for you to see.

2018 Simple Judging Schedule (for general public) 1 pg.  Shows the 7 Breed Groups (Sporting, Hounds, Terriers, Working, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toys) being judged and the number of dogs in the group.  The best of each breed, moves on to be judged for best in Group.  The best in each of the 7 breed groups are then judged for “Best in Show”.

Sat. October 20th we have the Vancouver Island Toy Dog Club hosting a Specialty Dog Show for dogs in the Toy Breed Group.  This starts at 1:00 pm.

If you are wanting to watch a particular breed/group or just  Best in Show, come early in case judging wraps up earlier than expected.  This is especially important on Sunday as there are fewer breaks in judging.

We have a Halloween Dog Photo Contest that is open to the public.  Bring a photo of your dog in a costume by noon on Saturday to the Show Secretary desk and the judging will be done after Best in Show.

Our Halloween Dog Costume Contest/Parade is open only to dogs and their handlers/owners who are registered in the Dog Show.  The Parade of participants will take place after Best in Show (approx. 4:00 pm).  This event is a crowd pleaser.

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If you have any questions regarding the Dog Show events, please feel free to contact us by email:  avkc.webadmin@shaw.ca

Lisa Tremblay – Show Secretary – ltremblay67@me.com   ph 250-720-5585


July 15, 2018 – AIOC Rally & Obedience Trials

PRE-REGISTER FOR TRIAL (by email) – until Friday July 13th, will save you time and line-ups.
On Trial Day – Sunday, July 15th – you will only have to pay and pickup armbands.

The 1st & 2nd trials will run in the same order.  This will give everyone an equal amount of time between each trial.

To Pre-Register, email us the following information:

  • Your name
  • Name of AIOC member club
  • Your dog’s name & breed
  • Name of Trial & Class you wish to enter
  • At $10. per run, total amount due upon arrival
  • Email:  avkc.webadmin@shaw.ca

This is recommended for all registrants.  Upon arrival you will need to present your AIOC card and pay your fees.  Your competition number will be ready for you.

Please Note:

AIOC – Association of Island Obedience Clubs comprises of 10 Vancouver Island Dog Clubs.  To be a member of AIOC, you must be a member in good standing with one of the 10 Vancouver Island Dog Clubs.  You must be a AIOC member to participate in an AIOC event.

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2018 Winner of Rally – Masterclass


Canine Good Neighbour Training & Test

The Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) test is offered at our annual Dog Show.  This year the test will be in Friday, Oct. 13th 2017.canine-good-neighbour

The purpose of the Canine Good Neighbour Program test is to ensure that your dog is accepted as a valued member of the community. Canine Good Neighbours can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.
Canine Good Neighbour training is fun, rewarding, and useful, and can enable owners to achieve a better relationship with their dogs.

All dogs (incl. mixed-breeds) are eligible to take the test.

Detailed information on the program can be found on the Canadian Kennel Club website – Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) Participants book (pdf file)

To practice or refresh training we recommend you join in our weekly CGN lessons.

  • Classes will be Tuesday, Sep. 26, Oct. 3 & 10th, 2017
  • 6 pm at Cherry Creek Hall-Gym, for 50 minutes.
  • Cost for 3 classes – $45.  Your instructor will be Synneva Stubbs

If you are interested, please pre-register with Roxanne Leyland, avkc.webadmin@shaw.ca or 250-723-9939

The CGN exam will take place at Glenwood Center on Friday October 13th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  We will accept applicants on site or you can pre-register

Cost of test is $25.  Dogs that qualify receive a badge and certificate.


 


53rd Annual Dog Show – Oct. 13-14-15, 2017

Alberni Valley Kennel Club is pleased to announce their 53rd Annual Championship Dog Show will take place October 13 – 15, 2017 at Glenwood Center in Port Alberni.

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  • This year’s theme will be Friday the 13thHALLOWEEN with special events.

    • Exhibitors asked to wear “black” on Friday the 13th
    • Exhibitors encouraged to wear “orange” or costume on Sat. Oct. 14th
    • Exhibitor & Dog Costume Parade on Saturday (for exhibited dogs only)
    • Photo Contest of your Dog in Costume – Everyone welcomed.  Enter your photos by noon on Fri. Oct. 13th (with Show Secretary)
  • 3 – All Breed Championship Shows – Friday – Saturday – Sunday

  • Friday Events include: – Halloween Photo Contest – Meet the Breeds – Sanction Match – Canine Good Neighbour Testing

  • Saturday Events include: – Sweepstakes, Junior Handling, Halloween Costume Parade, Social Dinner, various prize draws & silent auction

  • Sunday Events include:  the final All Breed Best in Show

  • Fundraising for CKC Junior Obedience/Handling program & Lions Foundation for Dog Guides



2017 Official Premium List AVKC Oct 13-15

Entries  closed Wed. Sep. 27, 2017


Judging Schedule (Simplified):

 
  FRIDAY-OCT.13         SATURDAY-OCT.14       SUNDAY-OCT.15
 9:30 - Sporting       9:00 - Working        9:00 - Working
10:00 - Toys           9:00 - Hounds         9:00 - Hounds
11:00 - Terriers       9:15 - Toys           9:00 - Herding
 1:00 - Hounds        10:15 - Non-Sporting  10:00 - Terriers
 1:00 - Working        1:30 - Sporting      10:30 - Toys
 1:30 - Herding        1:30 - Terriers      11:15 - Non-Sporting
 2:00 - Non-Sporting   2:30 - Herding       11:20 - Sporting

Catalogue  – ($7.) will be limited in print form but will also be available in digital form at the opening of the show on Oct. 13th.  Each catalogue will have a ticket in a prize draw to be done Saturday evening.


Results are available from Canuck Dogs:

Alberni Valley Kennel Club 2017 Dog Show Results


 


July 16, 2017 AIOC Trials in Coombs

PRE-REGISTER FOR TRIAL (by email) – until Friday July 14th, will save you time.

On Trial Day – July 16th – you will only have to pay and pickup armbands.

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Judging started at 9:00 am with a short break between Trials 1 & 2.  All judging completed by 2:00 pm.

Trial Results:

Note:  Novice Intermediate Class is “Exhibition Only”

Candid Photos:

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AVKC Hosts CARO Trial, May 21/17.

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Click here for Premium List:  2017 CARO Premium List AVKC-NKC

Click here for Paper Entry Form:  AVKC-NKC-CARO Entry May 21/17

CARO Chairperson for AVKC:


Basic Obedience Dogs

Our first Basic Obedience Class of 2017 – 18 dogs in 2 sessions on Monday evenings at Cherry Creek Hall-Gym.  Synneva Stubbs returns this year to instruct the classes throughout 2017.

If you want to get your dog into its first obedience class or a refresher, pre-register now to reserve a spot in the class.  They fill up fast.boc-17-1-class


Meet the Breeds – Fri. Oct. 14th

Back by popular demand, we have invited breeders to come to show their dog(s) to the publicmeet-the-breeds-2015_0627

It will take place on Friday, Oct. 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Glenwood Center.

Here is your chance to get a close look of a variety of dogs and ask the breeders any questions you may have.

Here is a list of Breeders attending.

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Margaret Byron – Diablotin Kennel


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Jackie Marriott – Dunsmuir Kennels – 250 338 5936 – myscotties@shaw.ca


sealegends-t-armich-1Shih-tzu
Sea Legends – Teresa Armich


trekhond-tibetan-spaniel-mcphee-bcTibetan Spaniels – Ann McPhee


finnish-lapphunds-bc-picFinnish Lapphunds – Kerri Perras


havanese-business-card_2017Havanese – Bev Dorma


nsdtolling-retriever-bc-picNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
Wendy Lee – Lealee Tollers – lealee@shaw.ca


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…more to be added as info becomes available.


Meet Shadow

Shadow is a special Golden Retriever, especially to his owner/handler Kayla Aolick.13125021_1039929899427208_7895978289934161381_n

Kayla suffers from epilepsy (due to a cancerous brain tumor) and she was advised to get a seizure response dog to help manage her episodes. Kayla was matched with Shadow in 2012 through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and this new relationship has completely changed her life.

Shadow is truly her best friend and loyal companion. Kayla believes Shadow came into her life at a time when she needed him most, and since then, Kayla has gained her independence back. Shadow has helped Kayla overcome obstacles and take on new challenges that she never thought she could. Overall, Kayla is grateful to Shadow for always being there for her as her “guardian angel” – protecting and watching over her as well as giving her family peace of mind that Kayla is always in good hands (or “paws”).purinaaward

In 2016 Shadow was awarded the Purina Hall of Fame – Better Together Award and travelled to Toronto to accept the award.

Here is an interview with Shadow:

https://servicedogtales.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/interview-shadow-the-seizure-response-dog-guide/

Shadow has a Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/shadow.srdguidedog/

Local ShawTV produced a video that is on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6amqTst8TA

Kayla and Shadow are a team and spend their time giving back to those that have given so much to them.  She is still active with the Tour de Rock Bike Ride for childhood cancer.

Together they have set a goal to raise enough funds so that someone else can get a Guide Dog through the Lion’s Foundation.

We are proud to have Kayla & Shadow as special guests of the Alberni Valley Kennel Club’s 52nd annual Championship Dog Show, October 14-15-16, 2016 at Glenwood Center.  Come by and meet Shadow and support the fund raising activities at the show.Kayla-Shadow-Lions Foundation for Dog Guides

BC Gaming Event Licence – Class D – 50/50 Draws – Licence #88731.


52nd Annual Dog Show * Oct. 14-16, 2016

 

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Click here for complete PREMIUM LIST

Our list of events include:

All 3 days:

  • All Breed CKC Championship Show – Best in Show – incl. Brace Competition & Baby Puppy Classes
  • Fundraising for Lions Foundation for Dog Guides

Friday –

  • Meet the Breeds – Breeders Forum  –  5:00 to 7:00 pm – Link to List of Dogs
    • Various Breeders bring their dog(s) to show to the public.  Get a closer view of the dog(s) and ask any questions you may have.  ***DON’T MISS THIS***
  • Pointing Club All Breed Sanction Match – Register at 5:00 pm.  Start at 6:00 pm

Saturday

  • Canine Good Neighbour Testing  – starting at 10:00 am until 1:00 pm
  • Juvenile & Veteran Sweepstakes – at noon
  • Junior Handling – after Best Puppy in Show
  • Chuck-a-Duck Fundraiser for Junior Handling – following Junior Handling
  • Saturday Night Social Dinner (by donation) – approx. 5:00 pm –
  • Catalogue Draw – Rags Custom Embroidery
    • Purchase a Show Catalogue & your name is entered in draw.  Digital Marked Catalogues are also available.

Click here for the full 2016 Judging Schedule


2016 AV Kennel Club Championship Dog Show – Simplified Schedule
Friday
Oct. 14th
Saturday
Oct. 15th
Sunday
Oct. 16th
9:00 AM
Hounds
9:00 AM
Sporting
9:00 AM
Working
10:00 AM
Working
9:00 AM
Hounds
9:00 AM
Terrier
10:30 AM
Herding
10:30 AM
Herding
9:00 AM
Toys
10:45 AM
Terrier
11:00 AM
Non Sporting
10:00 AM
Non-Sporting
Lunch Break
12:00 PM
Sweepstakes
11:00 AM
Sporting
1:00 PM
Sporting
1:30 PM
Working
Lunch Break
1:00 PM
Toys
1:30 PM
Toys
12:30 PM
Herding
1:00 PM
Non-Sporting
3:10 PM
Terrier
12:45 PM
Hounds
The following times are approximate.  It will depend on the completion of judging
3:00 PM
Best in Show
3:00 PM
Best in Show
2:30 PM
Best in Show
5:00 PM
Meet the Breeds
4:00 PM
Junior Handling
6:00 PM
Sanction Match
4:30 PM
Jr. Fundraiser
5:00 PM
Dinner

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We would like to thank the following sponsors, donors, contributors and supporters of our annual Dog Show.  We couldn’t do the show without you.

Dog Show.caCanadian Dog FancierAlberni Veterinary Clinic Pacific ChevroletCedarwood LodgeFenceline ProductsShar KarePort Puddle DucksTyee Village Motel Manzini Veterinary ClinicAnimal ArkBute St. Vet ClinicBuckerfieldsCircle DairyKlitsa KennelsNaesgaard’s Farm MarketRedford Motor InnBosley’s Pet StoreIndustrial Heritage SocietySmitty’s Restaurant | Somass MotelRiverside MotelCokely Wire RopeTim HortonsClam Bucket RestaurantPurple Paw GroomingEBA Dogs – Training

 


2016 Obedience Training

In 2016 we have scheduled 7 Basic Obedience Training sessions.  We are currently in the middle of BOC #5.

We would normally start another session right after the a session ends, but our instructor is having a surgery and we have postponed BOC #6 to start September 19th.

Go to “Classes” to get all the details of the remaining training sessions.

Also note that BOC16-7b is for repeat/refresher training only.  It is only 4 lessons and it will cost $50.

There will be no training scheduled for December.  We will post the schedule for 2017 as soon as it available.

If you are interested in advanced Obedience training, please let us know.

Novice level Obedience follows the CKC program.  It is open to all dogs including mixed breeds.  Successful completion and testing of the Novice level will result in the title of Companion Dog, aka CD.

Once we get enough interest, we will arrange for an instructor and schedule classes.

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Our Town – Blair Park – 2016

AV Kennel Club is pleased to attend the annual “Our Town” event in July at Blair Park.  This event is all about animals and lots of fun for families.  A fun time was had by all.  We will be back next year.

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2016 AIOC/AVKC Trials July 17th

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May 29, 2016 Purina Walk for Guide Dogs

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Alberni Valley Kennel Club is pleased to support the Lions Foundation of Canada and the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, by participating and donating to the Walk.

We had a chance to meet local Guide Dog, Shadow is a seizure response dog for Kayla Aolick.  He is very special to her and gives her the comfort and care to live a more independent life.  Kayla wants someone else to get the gift of a dog to make their life better.  It takes the donations of many to support the guide dog program.  Every little bit helps.

You can still donate online:  Port Alberni Purina Walk for Dog Guides

Also at the walk,  AV Lions BBQ,  Mini Silent Auction,  Kids Draw and Bosley’s.

AV Kennel Club challenged all Obedience Class participants (past & present) to donate.

The weather was great and there were lots of dogs.  (Congrats to Roberta for walking 4 of her standard poodles.)

If you missed it, be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year.


Video – AVKC 2015 Dog Show

Shaw TV – AV Kennel Club Dog Show 2015 – features all kinds of dogs


Local News – 51st Annual Dog Show – Oct. 16-18, 2015

http://www.avtimes.net/news/331710501.html

Claire Boudreau of Abbotsford readied JD with a grooming at the 50th annual Alberni Valley Kennel Dog Show at Glenwood Centre last year. Organizers are looking forward to another show starting Oct. 16.  - Kristi Dobson, Times

Claire Boudreau of Abbotsford readied JD with a grooming at the 50th annual Alberni Valley Kennel Dog Show at Glenwood Centre last year. Organizers are looking forward to another show starting Oct. 16.

— Image Credit: Kristi Dobson, Times

Kristi Dobson, Alberni Valley Times

Some of the top dogs in the country will be showing their stuff at an upcoming dog show.

The long-running show, hosted by the Alberni Valley Kennel Club, is the final competition of the season on Vancouver Island, so it attracts one of the largest groups of participants.

In its 51st year, the dog show features handlers and breeders of all types, from the largest Great Danes to tiny chihuahuas. In that respect, it has something for everyone, but this year, the show will offer an educational component for anyone wanting to learn more about the various breeds.

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17, the We Love Dogs Breeders forum will be set up with information on all types of dogs.

“It is a chance for the public to talk to breeders about their specific breeds,” said kennel club member, Jolie McMullan.

She said the push is on to educate the public in order to keep the animals out of shelters and the hands of those running puppy mills.

“Someone might be interested in getting a border collie, but goes to work for 12 hours a day and wonders why it destroys the backyard,” McMullan said. “This prevents that.”

She said it is also an opportunity to see what is available for those looking at acquiring a dog for the home.

“Not every breed of dog is suited to every type of person,” McMullan said. “They can find out about a dog’s health problems and exercise needs. Some are great for apartment and others, not so much.”

Bulldogs are large, but great for apartment dwellers, she said, because they do not require a lot of exercise. Dalmatians and Weimaraners, on the other hand, are sporting dogs and require much more outdoor activity.

The show starts Friday morning and after the Best in Show, participants and the public will take in the annual dinner. That evening features the Chuck-a-Duck fundraiser for Junior Handling. Every zone that competes sends a youth aged six to 18 to the Canadian Nationals and funds are need to assist with flight costs. Port Alberni is included in the Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland zone and has a number of junior handlers. This year’s winner, who was awarded the most points at the Zone Finals in the summer, is from the Lower Mainland.

The show has 783 dogs registered for the three-day event.

“We are the only show on the Island where numbers went up this year,” McMullan said. “Some of the top dogs in Canada will be here and even the number one dog in Canada is entered.”

The dog show is free to the public and runs from Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, Oct. 18 following the Best in Show at 3 p.m. For more information, including the judging schedule, go to www.https://albernivalleykennelclub.wordpress.com.

Kristi.Dobson@avtimes.net


2015 – 51st Annual Dog Show – October 16-18

15-Oct-DogShow-black-2000x2000Our 51st AVKC Annual Dog Show is “ALL ABOUT DOGS”

Instead of a “Canine Classic Show” (scheduled to return every 2 years) we plan to have a “MEET THE BREED” exhibit and the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of Canada is holding a sanction match.  Details will be posted when they become available.


2015 Premium List (.pdf)

2015 Judging Schedule Revised-Oct 14


Here is a summary of the events over the weekend.  All times are approximate, based on the completion of preceding event.

Friday

  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm (after Breed Judging) Best in Show
  • 5:00 – 7:30 pm, Friday Night Dinner (by donation) and music by Lance Lapointe
  • 6:00 – “Chuck a Duck” Fundraiser for Junior Handling

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Saturday

  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm (after Breed Judging) Best in Show
  • 10:00 am – Canine Good Neighbour Testing. Registration starts at 9:30 am
  • Noon – Cold Lunch (by donation)
  • Noon – Sweepstakes (Baby Puppy, Veterans)
  • 12:00 Noon – Junior Handling
  • 5:00 to 7:30 pm – Meet the Breeds – Breeders and their dogs on display.
  • 5:00 pm – Lagotto Romagnolo Sanction Match

Sunday

  • 8:00 am start of Breed Judging in Groups 1-7
  • 3:00 pm – Best in Show

Every day:

  • 50/50 Draws (noon & 6 pm on Fri & Sat – noon only on Sun.)
  • Show Catalogue purchased and you will be entered  in a Free draw
  • Food Truck(s)
  • RV Overnight Parking – Thu, Fri. & Sat.

AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials – July 12, 2015

2015ObedienceClasses2500x3850This is our 4th annual AIOC Obedience & Rally Trials.  It takes place inside the Coombs Activity Hall.  There is limited space inside the hall for crating dogs.

An entry is $10. per dog/trial.  (We will help you schedule multiple dogs &/or schedule you in each trial)

Don’t forget to bring your AIOC Trial Cards.  If you are new to AIOC, please bring your Kennel Club Membership card.

We will take registration from the dogs that will go in the ring first.  (Obedience – Utility, Open…  Rally – Novice A & B…)

Lunch break is at the discretion of the judges.  Limited snacks will be available.


Purina Walk for Dog Guides – May 31st 2015

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