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Canine Club

The Canine Club was formed to provide students with a forum to discuss and learn about aspects of canine medicine, behavior and other issues beyond that presented in the classroom. The Club was organized and began operation as a SCAVMA club in 1997. Starting in 1998, the Club has taken responsibility for organizing and operating the Canine Parade of Breeds portion of UTCVM's Open House. The Club holds bimonthly meetings featuring topics of interest to club members concerning canines. Speakers include members of the faculty, invited guests from outside the college and veterinary students with dog-related expertise. The Club is also responsible for one general SCAVMA meeting during the year, which will feature an authority on a canine-related topic.

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Canine Agility/Obedience Training

If you would like to participate in Canine Obedience/Agility training please e-mail me, Anne Gottfried,  

  • Registration Form:
  • Make checks out to SCAVMA. 
  • The first obedience class is Tues., March 23 at 7 p.m. in the arena
  • Bring dog on SECURE collar and lead. We don't want dogs slipping out of their collars. I recommend a tight-fitting buckle or quick-release collar. For the obedience (NOT for the agility)classes, if people are familiar with them and know how to use them, a choke or pinch collar are OK. A 6-foot or 4-foot lead, either leather or nylon, is a much better choice than a chain, herding-style slip lead, or Flexi. We'll see what choices people make and I'll suggest alternatives as necessary.
  • Bring along favorite treats or toys -- whatever motivates your dog the most. And prepare the dog ahead of time accordingly. If he's food motivated, bring a delicious treat and DON'T feed him dinner right before class. If he's toy motivated, use that toy sparingly before class -- don't saturate him by sticking the toy in his face all the time. If he's sluggish, don't take him on a 5-mile jog first. If he's wild and crazy, take him on a 10-mile jog. Common sense stuff, but it might help to spell it out. The treats I prefer to use are those that slip right down the throat with no chewing (e.g., cheese chunks or hot dog slices, not milk bones or crunchy things). Make sure your dog is used to the treats ahead of time, so his system can tolerate them.
  • Potty your dog before class. Play with him, and relax with him. During class, keep him more interested in you than any of the many distractions. Allowing him to bark at or play with other dogs is NOT appropriate during class. If your dog acts aggressively toward another dog, correct him IMMEDIATELY and move your dog away from the crowd.

These classes are open to all, special pricing for club members, vet students, and vet staff.

  • General Public
$75 for all and $50 for just agility
  • Veterinary Students and Staff
  • Canine Club members 

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