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~Upcoming Events~
Some of the Class offerings, descriptions.
Intermediate...This class is a continuation of the basic obedience skills and an introduction to on-lead heeling, off-lead recalls and long stays.
Beginners...This class is for people new to obedience. This class will introduce you to basic obedience, the development of commands, including walking under control on leash, come, sit, down and stay.
Novice...This class is is for those who want to train for the AKC Companion Dog Title (CD), the first level of obedience competition. The skills learned in the Intermediate Class will apply in Novice and will become more refined with both on-lead and off-lead heeling.
Open/Utility...This class is a combination of Open exercises and Utility exercises.  Class is used to train for the Companion Dog Excellent Title (CDX), the second level of obedience competition, and the Utility Dog Title (UD), the third level of obedience competition.
Intro to Agility...This class in a general introduction to the sport of Agility.  Learn the basics of handling as well as starting some equipment.  We are limited by space and footing but it's a great base from which to build a great Agility team.
Nosework...A recreational offshoot of the training received by scent detection dogs (drug, explosives). It encourages your dog to use its natural instinct for picking up scents and locating the source. Ultimately, there are 4 locations for searching: containers, interior, exterior and vehicle. 
(Birch will be used in place of drugs or explosives)
Conformation...Training dog and handler for the conformation (breed) ring. We will learn ring patterns and rules.

Don't miss out on your chance to join us.
A set of six classes is $75.00.
~Breaking News~
Julie (Grouse Hill Ironess)
July 12, 2004-Oct. 29, 2015
Julie spent only the last 2 years of her life with us. Her early years were spent raising puppies to be trained for field work.  After being retired she ended up in a bad situation for a couple years. She came to us through Molly's Wish.  Julie was a kind and gentle soul who brought us much joy and affection. She will live in our hearts forever.  Janice & Howard

Recently, I competed in my first obedience trail with my best friend, aka my dog. I must admit I was a bit nervous to be competing in a dog sport but soon learned that my nervousness was pointless. The stewards, judges, and friends were extremely helpful and supportive, providing me with guidance and a kind word when needed. The end result, my dog and I jived at the perfect moments and together we brought home a blue ribbon in our first Rally class, 3rd place in our next and our first obedience leg. It was a fantastic experience and I can't wait for our next competition.

MV member.

Would you like to be like this member?  Sign up for a set of classes and see where the journey takes you and your dog.

MVDTC wins area club competition, Again!
MVDTC's team placed first in the Interclub competition held in Syracuse on Oct 5 . Our team's total score was 1019 of a possible 1200 points.  Not bad for one of the, if not THE, smallest club in the competiton

Team members were (as pictured left to right)
Leslie with Henley (open), Dee with Austin (nov), Greg with Stormy (utl), Kathy with Ace (open),
Meg with Hobbes (nov), Janice with Britta (utl). 
Not pictured are alternates, Melvin with Q, and Janice with Gwyn.

From the shows in snowing Hamburg...
Rhett finished his Grand Championship taking a 2 point select win in a very competitive breed ring on Sunday
Two days prior he took the breed with a 5 point major over two top Canadians. Good boy Rhett!!!

At the Syracuse shows,
Rhett placed in the conformation ring each of the three days, earning 8 points & the last two required major
wins toward his Grand Champion title. He was owner handled each day.

Summer SOTC Obedience/Rally Trial
Sailor ... Two BN legs to finish his BN title
Stormy ... UD leg #1

With great sadness, we had to say goodbye to Klown today.. He had heart problems for about a year, but that was under control. Lately, Klown was having more and more trouble getting around. First his front end gave out and over the weekend his rear legs also gave out. At times, he could still manage to get on his feet, but it was clear he was really struggling to do it. We knew it was time to end his pain and let him go.

Klown was Nat's first agility dog. With Nat handling, he earned agility titles through excellent, RE, Freestyle and a CD. At the time when we did mini-shows at nursing homes, Klown was the star of the show, with his many tricks and his obedience, agility, Freestyle and Schutzhund demonstrations. Nat said Klown wasn't the best at anything, but he was good at everything. After he finished his agility career with Nat, Pam started running him in preferred agility, and together they earned his novice preferred titles. Pam said running Klown was like driving someone else's Rolls Royce. 
He was such a good boy.

We'll certainly miss you, Klown, and will never forget you. We are so lucky to have had you in our lives.

Nat and Pam

Late Fall Classes
6:00-7:15 - Beginners - Meg
7:15-8:00 - Intro to Agility - Greg
8:00-8:45 - Inter/Nov - Greg
8:45-9:30 - Open/Utl - Kathy
Remaining class dates for this session are;
December 29.
​This set of classes are held at Canine Sports Unlimited
at ​351 Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro on Fri nights.

NOTICE...In the case of class cancellation, your instructor will contact you.
Call Karen w/cancellation questions at 315-768-8641 .
Save the date...
Feb 18, 2018 is our
annual Agility Show and Go 
at the SOTC training facility.
Hope to see you there.
Class for tonight, Dec 22, has been postponed to Dec 29 due to weather.