| Club Meetings Membership
About the Club
In 1983, a group of responsible dog owners
began thinking about a club to promote dog training in the Bellingham and
Whatcom County area. They held their first meeting in October of that year,
with ten people attending. A couple of months later, they christened
themselves the “Chuckanut Dog Training Association” and began plans for
their first fun match, which was held Saturday February 18, 1984. It was a
great success, with judges and exhibitors congratulating the club on how
well organized and professional it was.
Shortly thereafter, the club adopted its logo
and the club began holding informal training sessions at local schools and
parks. In June of 1984, the club held their first tracking seminar. Again
this was a big success, drawing lots of praise from presenters and
participants. Also that year, C.D.T.A. began holding obedience classes for
the public, and began their policy of community service by visiting nursing
homes with their dogs.
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the Constitution and Bylaws for the C.D.T.A. in .pdf format.
General Membership meetings of the club are held on
the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at 1012 E. Hemmi Road, Everson, WA, just off of
the Hannegan Road. Bring your canine
friend with you. Guests are always welcome.
Click on the link at right for directions.
There are some months when we have special programs or activities and hold
our meetings in a different location. Check our Home
page for the location and
directions. We’d love to have you join us.
Board meetings are held at least 4 times a year.
The location is determined at the previous meeting. Notice of the meeting is
given to members in the monthly newsletter and on the Yahoo! group site.
If you are not a member but wish to attend a meeting,
please contact our President, Nancy Reynolds at 360-671-9074
e-mail or our Membership Chair -
Tracy Gorham at (360) 306-5952
e-mail. Please put CDTA in the
of 1012 E Hemmi Rd
Everson, WA 98247-9777
Leashed, well mannered dogs are ALWAYS
welcome at the meetings.
June 2104 - Herding at Jan Wesen's farm in Bow, WA
July 2014 - Open Training at Hyline Hotel
August 2014 - Club Picnic - place TBA
Participate in any two of
Chuckanut's meetings or activities. Meetings may be a general meeting, a
board meeting, or a committee meeting. Activities may involve taking a
class through CDTA, helping at one of the fun matches or trials, or
participating in a community service or public awareness event.
Find two members of the club to
sponsor you and to have one of these folks write a short recommendation piece on
|Fill out an application for membership
and turn it in, with dues ($25 for adults, $20 for Juniors), once you meet the requirements.|
|After the application is received, well announce you in our newsletter for a vote at our next meeting, and once voted
in, then youll start to receive our newsletter and be granted
access to the Yahoo! group for our club.|
Our Agility committee is one of the largest
and most active in the club. We hold classes at Canyon Creek Farms on
Everson-Goshen Road on Thursday evenings. Classes
are limited in size and are generally eight week sessions. We
offer Agility Readiness for the young dogs or those just beginning their
agility career. It's a good
opportunity for both the dog and
handler to decide if this is an activity they might enjoy. Then the dog
and handler team can move on to Basic I, Basic II, Intermediate and
Advanced classes. In addition, once a dog has completed an Intermediate
class, the handler may bring him to the open practice sessions which are
held after the Thursday night classes. We frequently put on agility
demonstrations and hold several licensed trials each year. C.D.T.A. also
sponsors agility seminars and workshops with top competitors in the
Classes are held early Fall through late Spring at Bloedel-Donovan
Park Recreational Building. These classes are geared mainly to the
pet-owning public and emphasize how to train your dog to be a well-behaved
companion. Classes are offered both for young puppies and for older
dogs. In addition, we also offer a “polishing Novice” class, for those
who wish to go on to compete in formal obedience trials. We have recently
added a class for an introduction to the new AKC performance class—Rally.
Classes are taught by club members who
volunteer their time. Potential instructors must assist under the
direction of an experienced instructor before they are approved to teach
on their own. We encourage positive training methods in all our classes.
The classes are for a six-week session, and fees are set according to the
prevailing rate of classes in the area.
We have held a number of fun matches and
AKC sanctioned matches. Each year, since 1994, we hold a licensed
Obedience trial and Rally Obedience trial, the first weekend in November at the Lynden Fairgrounds.
CDTA now offers tracking classes in
the winter months. Enrollment is limited. A number of our members
have already received their tracking titles and are always ready to “go
We also put on an AKC sponsored Tracking
Test in November each year and have added a Variable Surface
Tracking Test in June of 2007.
Started at CDTA in 2011 and offered through
Nose Work Magic and Alecia Elvstad in Ferndale, WA, this is a fairly new
sport for dogs that lets the dogs use their noses! Popularity of the sport
is growing in club members. The challenge is in reading what your dog is
telling you instead of you telling your dog what is needed. Several members have titles
on their dogs already.
CDTA does not hold events or trials for Nose
Work. We leave that up to Nose Work Magic. News of these however is
published in our newsletter and on our Yahoo! group site.
Although the club does not have official
herding classes, we do have several members who are very active in herding
and give classes at their own facilities. We hope to put on a herding
match in the near future. Contact Jan Wesen, chair of the herding committee, for more information.
Community Service/Public Education
C.D.T.A. members participate in educational
programs to introduce everyone to the fun activities we enjoy with our
dogs. We have participated in “Dog Days in the Park” at Lake Padden,
where we demonstrate many of our clubs various activities and work with
other canine groups in educating the public in responsible dog ownership.
C.D.T.A. also makes periodic donations to
dog related charities.
Library and Programs
C.D.T.A. maintains a library of dog-related
publications that are available for the members to check out on a monthly
basis. The library includes videotapes, books and periodicals
At our monthly meetings, we try to schedule
educational or informative programs on dog or animal-related subjects. We
have had speakers from the Humane Society, the police department K-9 unit,
Canine Companions for Independence, Search and Rescue, Red Cross,
Summit Assistance Dogs, veterinary clinics, and others.
We also take time to
play games with our dogs and of course enjoy some good snacks.
All work and no play would definitely make
C.D.T.A. members dull folks! Our club year includes several planned social
events: a potluck dinner, sometimes with a silent auction, a summer picnic
held in August and the Holiday Awards Dinner, held in conjunction with our
annual meeting in December. At the awards dinner, those who have
completed titles on their dogs are honored with plaques and certificates.
There is always a fun activity included for the humans at this event.
The world of dogs is almost limitless, and
C.D.T.A. is a good place to start your exploration.
COME JOIN US!