2019 Special Event Schedule

Barn Hunt

The American Kennel Club has this to say about Barn Hunt:

“Not everyone will understand the importance of “rat catchers,” but if you live in the countryside, you sure do! “Rat catchers” rid farms of destructive vermin – and the hunting and teamwork skills required to do so are the foundation of the sport of Barn Hunt. Dogs and their handlers work as a team to locate and mark rats (which are always safely held in aerated tubes) hidden in a maze of straw or hay bales.

Some breeds are specifically created to fill this role as well as some mixed breeds being up to the task, but as long as your dog can fit through an 18″ wide by bale-height tall tunnel, he’s eligible! “Barn Hunt tests the nose, speed, agility, and surefootedness of dogs that have a history of above-ground vermin hunting,” said Robin Nuttall, founder of the Barn Hunt Association.”

Barn Hunt events include a pass/fail instinct class for owners who want to familiarize their dog with the test. Courses are made increasingly difficult by adding more obstacles, additional diversions and more rats to find.”

The Detroit Kennel Club is pleased to once again host Barn Hunt Trials at the 2019 DKC Dog Shows on both June 22 and 23! Enter your dog in the Barn Hunt Trials, or come and watch these amazing dogs in action!


AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine (CGCA) and Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Testing

Canine Good Citizen

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs have participated in the program since it began in 1989.

Many dog owners choose the CGC as their first step in training their dogs. It also provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports.

As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training. You’ll enhance your bond with your dog, and dogs with basic obedience training are a joy to live with—interacting well with other people and dogs and responding well to household routines.

The CGC program offers many practical advantages too. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The tagline of the CGC program is, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” and that is what CGC is all about.

CGC Testing will be available at the 2019 DKC Dog shows for both dogs entered in the dog shows as well as non-entered dogs! If you have been attending basic obedience classes with your dog and are ready to take the CGC test, walk-in registration for this testing is available.

AKC Community Canine

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.

As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

CGCA Testing will be available at the 2019 DKC Dog shows for both dogs entered in the dog shows as well as non-entered dogs! If you have been attending basic obedience classes with your dog, passed the CGC test and are ready to take the CGCA test, walk-in registration for this testing is available.

Therapy Dogs International

Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

To belong to Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator. A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).

TDI Testing will be available at the 2019 DKC Dog shows for both dogs entered in the dog shows as well as non-entered dogs! If you have been attending basic obedience classes with your dog and are ready to take the TDI test, walk-in registration for this testing is available.


Weight Pull

Many dog breeds were developed to pull heavy loads to assist their owners. Today, these dogs enjoy the sport of weight pull, which enables dogs to put on a special harness and pull a cart that is loaded with weight, often bags of dog food.

The Detroit Kennel Club will host weight pull events on June 22 and 23!

Enter your dog in the Weight Pull events, or come to cheer on your favorite during this thrilling exhibition of doggy strength and determination!


Scent Work

Did you know? Dogs have a sense of smell that’s between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than ours! The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning their favorite activity into a rewarding game.

For many dog sports the handler is in control. In Scent Work, neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.

The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs — such as drug dogs — employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In Scent Work trials, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate “the find” to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.

Sound intriguing? Don’t miss the Scent Work Trials at the 2019 DKC Dog Shows on Sunday, June 23! Enter your super-sniffer, or come to see these amazing dogs out-sniff the competition!