• April 15, 2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have heard from a number of vets, through our students and membership, about the increase in the current dog influenza type virus.  According to these sources the virus is caused by a new influenza virus variant and their recommendation is that “your dog maintain a current vaccination for canine influenza particularly if they regularly socialize with other dogs or go to dog parks, daycare or boarding.” These e-mails to various client bases also state that "many of the dogs that have come in with this disease have reportedly been vaccinated for both Bordetella and Canine Influenza".

    How is that affecting the club so far?  We have had a few students that have missed one or more nights of class due to some form of “kennel cough”.  So far, no one else in those classes had any symptoms.  We routinely advise against having dogs come to class and play or interact with the other dogs directly as that makes the other dogs more interesting than the owner trying to get their dog’s attention for training.  For this reason, direct nose to nose, close contact interaction is not normally a part of our classes.  Direct interaction is the common mode of transmission for this respiratory disease. 

    Currently the club requires all dogs to be current on the normal vaccinations.  Due to COVID restrictions we have already reduced some contact vectors by not allowing use of the club dog crates, requiring students to bring their own crates when needed, and reducing class size.  We had considered, relaxing these restrictions and possibly allowing a small increase in class size due to COVID status for our county moving to a less restrictive tier but in light of the current increase in influenza type illnesses in dogs we will continue with existing COVID restrictions which will also serve to keep our classes safer for the dogs.

    Social distancing for the dogs (which includes bringing your own water dishes and water as needed to limit transmission between dogs) seems to be in order during this period of increased influenza type illness in dogs.  

  • April 13, 2021 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A committee hearing has been scheduled for AB 702 on Tuesday, April 27. The AKC is actively working to fight this legislation and is asking for clubs and individuals to contact the committee members to express concerns and opposition to the bill before the hearing date. You can find a list of talking points, a list of the committee members and their contact info, as well as online contact forms at the link below. Please take a moment to read through the updated alert and voice your concerns.

    Click this link and scroll down to find the post titled "California: Breeder Permits Bill AB 702 Set for April 27 Hearing – Contact the Committee Today!"

  • March 09, 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please take a moment to read through the recent legislative alert sent out by the AKC. Assembly Bill 702 has been scheduled for a hearing on March 19, 2021. This bill would require anyone who owns an intact dog or cat to obtain a breeding permit from their local jurisdiction. This bill would be incredibly detrimental not only to hobby breeders, but anyone involved in purebred dogs, dog shows, performance events, or anyone who choses to keep their pet unaltered for health reasons. Click the link below to read the brief on Assembly Bill 702 provided by the AKC, along with who to contact to show your concerns and some suggested talking points.

  • February 04, 2021 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Scent Work Trial will be held by Napa Valley Dog Training Club on April 17 and 18, 2021 in Napa, California. Entries open FEBRUARY 8th, 2021 AT 9 AM, Pacific Time and close March 26th, 2021 Noon, Pacific Time

    This event will be held at PSI located at:

    651 Trabajo Lane
    Napa, CA 94588

    Premium is now available at:

  • February 01, 2021 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We will be hosting a rattlesnake aversion clinic on March 28, 2021! See the attached flyer for details.


  • November 17, 2020 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come join me on Zoom for a 1 hour free presentation about On-line Scent Work Training on Thursday December 10th at 7 PM

    I will explain how On-line Scent Work Training is done, what materials you will need for the class and how to sign-up. Because of the Pandemic people have been shut in with their dogs with little to do. On-line Scent Work Training can help you and your dog fight the boredom from the safety of your home.

    Scent Work is a relatively new activity for Pet Dogs and can be done with all breeds and ages. Even dogs with disabilities can do it. It's a great way to get your dog engaged and active by using their number one sense, smelling.

    Attendance is by reservation only. Please send me an email to reserve your spot. There is a limit of 40 attendees. The Webinar is Free.

    Thursday December 10, 2020 at 7 PM 
    Send Reservation to:

    Come Join the Sniffing Fun.

    Steve Bettcher 
    K9 Sniffers 

  • November 05, 2020 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sacramento DTC Obedience and Rally Trials are now open and held UNDER COVER on synthetic soccer field turf. Rally trials are Friday and Saturday Jan 15, 16 and Obedience Trials are Saturday and Sunday Jan 16 and 17 at Sycamore Lane Kennels. The premium, entry form, COVID release and Sycamore Lane Kennel release are on the website The trial closes on Dec 30 or when the 8 hour judging limits for each level are reached.           

  • October 10, 2020 5:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AKC has posted a legislative alert for a bill that is currently in the US Senate. This bill would create new mandates for breeders and is especially concerning because to a non-expert, it all sounds great. Animal rights activists have been pressuring lawmakers to back the bill and it has been gaining quite a lot of traction. The AKC is urging its community to contact our leaders to express our concern and disagreement with the proposed legislation. Please click the link below to read more about it and to find out what you can do to help.

  • September 21, 2020 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Countywide will be hosting it's first Virtual Rally event!  We  will be setting up Novice course 3 and Intermediate course 5 from the 5 approved AKC courses at each level. Linda Hause & Tim Gulley (rally instructors) will be there to assist. There are only 24 entries available so be sure to register early! For more information, please see the attached flyer and link to the class listing.

    Countywide Virtual Rally Event.pdf

  • September 21, 2020 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    County-Wide is offering a four-week class in October to introduce handlers to and prepare dogs for the Beginner Novice Optional Titling Class. BN is a fun transition from rally to obedience. This class will introduce teams to the five Beginner Novice exercises and provide training tips for happy heeling, solid stays and rapid recalls. The BN exercises to be covered in this class: Heel on Leash (with rally signs), Figure 8, Sit for Exam, Sit Stay and Recall.

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