July 15, 2023 – Obedience/Rally Stewarding Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to train Vancouver Island club members, how to steward in an Obedience &/or Rally trial.  Participants will also learn the fundamentals of the sport to help them navigate a dog through trialing.

We are looking for anyone who has participated in either Obedience or Rally, or plans to trial them in the future.  No experience required.

There is no cost to attend as long as you are a member in good standing of one of the AIOC (Association of Island Obedience Clubs) member clubs.

In lieu of fees charged we ask that participants will steward a Vancouver Island trial by the end of 2024, without charging the club.


Location:  Cherry Creek Hall/Gym, 3270 Moore Road, Port Alberni, BC

Saturday, July 15, 2023          10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Instructors: Ruth Bridges & Penny Jackson

Registration form:  STEWARDING WORKSHOP (.PDF)

Scan or photograph the completed registration form and email it to: 

Please register as soon as possible, and before June 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime.

Roxanne Leyland

Alberni Valley Kennel Club, Treasurer

ph/voicemail:  250-723-9939



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!


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, 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.