These are events sponsored by the Pocatello Kennel Club along with some other notable local events. We also list other local events for dogs, and events sponsored by other clubs within 275 miles, on our calendar.
Training Classes and Workshops
We currently offer three sessions per year for S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, and Conformation (January, May, and August). We will be offering other classes and workshops in the future so please check back!
Training Director: Paige Zellmer contact
S.T.A.R. Puppy (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility)
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.
Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you'll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.
When you complete a basic training class (taught by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator) with your puppy (up to 1 year old) your puppy is eligible to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. You'll attend any puppy or basic training class at least 6 weeks. Your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test at the end of the course. Upon passing the test, you'll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program including purebreds and mixed breeds. Your puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal (for display or memento purposes; not suitable as a collar tag). You and your puppy will be listed in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy records.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life. We sincerely hope that CGC will be only a beginning for you and your dog and that after passing the CGC test, you'll continue training in obedience, agility, tracking, or performance events.
All dogs, including both purebred and mixed breed dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.
There is no age limit for the CGC test. A dog is never too old to be a good citizen. Puppies who have completed all immunizations and boosters may be tested, however, because we know that behavior and temperament can change over time, when puppies pass the CGC test, owners should have them re-tested as adults.
Agility/Agility Course Test
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.
The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry level agility event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility.
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Committee Chair: Brittany Slane contact
Barn Hunt is an exciting new sport based on the skills used by rat catchers who would travel between farms to protect grain supplies and lower the risk of disease by cleaning out vermin. Dogs use their hunting ability to find and mark rats in an above ground "barn-like" setting, using a straw/hay bale maze to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog’s path. Rats in aerated tubes are hidden in the maze for the dog to find. Some tubes are empty or contain only litter.
Barn Hunt is for ANY dog who loves to hunt and who can fit through an 18" wide gap between two hay bales. It tests speed, agility, and surefootedness. The sport tests dogs at finding rats that are securely enclosed in ventilated tubes hidden in stacks of hay bales.
Committee Chair: Julia Alpert contact
A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but a comparison of each dog to a judge's mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the individual breed's breed standard. Dog show judges attempt to identify dogs who epitomize the published standards for each breed. This can be challenging, because some judgements must necessarily be subjective. As an example, what exactly entails a "full coat" or a "cheerful attitude", descriptions found in breed standards, can only be learned through experience with the breed that has that particular requirement.
Do you have a purebred dog that you have been wanting to get into the show ring, but not sure where or how To start? Or are you a seasoned veteran in the ring that just needs some extra practice? This is the class for you! This class is there for those that just need some practice or for those that are just beginning. Come as many or as few times in the 6 weeks as you Like. 5:30 - 6:00 PM, cost Is $5 per dog per class.
Lure Coursing/Coursing Ability Test
Committee Chair: Julia Alpert contact
The democratic nature of the event gives it a particular charm. As galumphing Newfie or a prancing Pomeranian competing in a realm usually reserved For leggy, aristocratic coursing hounds is a sight not soon forgotten. It is hardly surprising that rangy dogs like Dobermans and Boxers excel on the CAT course, but high achievers come In all shapes: Short-legged but determined Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and terriers have all earned CAT titles.
CAT is based on the sport of lure coursing, in which sighthound breeds test their instinct for high-speed pursuit by chasing a plastic lure over a course of straight-aways and turns. But unlike the breed-specific world of lure coursing, CAT is open to every breed and mixed-breeds.
Committee Chair: Denise Burgoon contact
Obedience trials demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring and emphasize the usefulness of the dog as a companion to humankind. The objective of obedience trials is to recognize dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions.
In competition, merely sitting, lying down, or walking on a leash are insufficient. The dog and handler must perform the activities off leash and in a highly stylized and carefully defined manner. For example, on a recall, the dog must come directly to the handler, without sniffing or veering to one side, and must sit straight in front of the handler, not at an angle or off to one side or the other. Training for obedience competitions builds on basic obedience training.
Committee Chair: Sandra Law contact
Unlike regular obedience, instead of waiting for the judge's orders, the competitors proceed around a course of designated stations with the dog in heel position. The course consists of 10 to 20 signs that instruct the team what to do. Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course.
Fundraiser for Bannock County Humane Society. Included in the event are vendors, some related to animal needs and others more focused on their masters. There is also live music and plenty of food and drink to be had. More Info
Lava Heat Aquatics and the Lava Hot Springs Foundation invite dogs and dog-lovers to Lava Hot Springs! Dogs are allowed to swim in the outdoor pool - although their humans need to stay on the deck - and play in the fully fenced lawn area. More Info
Family Fun Day
Come join us for our annual Family Fun Day! There will be complimentary food and beverages, a bouncy house, pet games, children's games, face painting, petting zoo, hospital tours, a drawing, and fun give-aways! Proceeds from the drawing go to our Compassion Fund to help pets in need. More Info
Run With the Big Dogs
Join hundreds of walkers who will be raising money to support Pocatello’s homeless animals! You can enter the 2K walk, 5K walk or 5K run with or without a dog or in memory of a beloved pet. More Info
Splash Dance for Dogs
This is a great event for dogs where the large pool and kiddie pool are opened up to dogs only giving them a safe "dog park" with pool area to play and run off leash. In the large pool dogs were flying off the pool edge to fetch tennis balls, frisbees and toys landing in the water with big splashes. After retrieving their prize (unless another dog got to it first) they bring it back to the edge for the next round. It was non-stop fun. Dogs also had full access to the kiddie wading pool and this area turned into a wet racetrack. Dogs were jumping and splashing while running in circles chasing more than tails that day. Owners could sit back and just share in the fun and laughter the dogs tails were communicating to all. All proceeds from the event go towards the adoption programs at the Pocatello Animal Shelter. More Info